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Fantastic Half Term Activities in Leeds

· Katie Wells · Family

Take the kids on an adventure the whole family will enjoy this half term.

Wondering how you’ll keep the kids entertained during the school holidays? Fear not, because there are loads of family activities in Leeds this half term.

The October half term is nearly here, and there are oodles of events and activities in Leeds that will help keep little ones entertained during the school holidays. From family-friendly theatre to Halloween-themed days out, robot building and comic book workshops, there’s loads to do. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your half term adventures.

Under the Sea Whale Weekend

Leeds Museum

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You can be one of the first to see Leeds City Museum’s gigantic pilot whale skeleton as it goes on display to the public this half term. To celebrate the big reveal, there will be lots of marine-themed activities for the kids to get stuck into, from creating your own sea critters to making replica whale-tooth pendants. You can also follow a special whale-trail around the museum and drop in to expert talks on giants of the deep blue sea.

Under the Sea Whale Weekend takes over Leeds City Museum on Saturday 26th October 2019.

Art Monsters Kids Club

Inkwell Arts, Chapel Allerton

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You can let the kids go wild with glitter, paints and colourful pens without having to worry about any of the mess at the Art Monsters Kids Club. It’s a Halloween-themed event where kids aged 6 to 12 can make their own terrifying masks to take home. The only limit is imagination, so youngsters can come up with their own crazy monsters or stick to classic designs.

Art Monsters Kids Club comes to Inkwell Arts on Saturday 26th October 2019.

Movie Monsters

Royal Armouries

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The Royal Armouries are bringing the magic of Hollywood to Leeds with a week of film-themed half-term activities. From vampire hunting to zombie apocalypse survival, mummy attacks to big battle scenes, you can experience all the best big-screen adventures for yourself. There’s also a brand new gallery exhibition for October called MAKE:Believe, where you can see the arms and armour used in your favourite TV shows and films like The Lord of the Rings.

Movie Monsters takes over The Royal Armouries from Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November 2019.

The Halloween Adventure

Stockeld Park

Stockeld Park are celebrating Halloween with a week of spook-filled activities. There’s lots for young families to get stuck into like pumpkin picking, a haunted maze, a hilarious monster-mash pantomime and zombie-slaying laser tag. Teens can get their skates on at the disco ice rink and face their fears in the terrifying haunted farm house. After dark, the enchanted forest will be lit up with spectacular illuminations.

The Halloween Adventure comes to Stockeld Park from Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November 2019.

Halloween at Temple Newsam

Halloween at Home Farm Temple Newsam

Credit: Leeds Museums and Galleries

Ghosts, ghouls and all things ghastly are taking over Temple Newsam for Halloween this half term. In the day you can spot creepy crawlies hiding in the house and then, after dark, you can take the Spooky Spooktacular tour through the most haunted parts of the old Tudor manor. Home Farm will be dressed up in a frightening decor too and there’ll be loads of craft activities to get stuck into across the estate.

Halloween takes over Temple Newsam from Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November 2019 and the Spooky Spooktacular tour takes place on Thursday 31st October 2019.

Spooky Scarecrow Trail and Skeletown

Lotherton Hall

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You can spend the day exploring the historic grounds of Lotherton Hall on the Spooky Scarecrow Trail. As you creep through the gardens and the woods, keep your eyes peeled for all the ghastly scarecrows and creatures lurking in the shadows. End the trail at Skeletown, a Wild West saloon full of dead cowboys where you can take part in family-friendly craft activities.

The Spooky Scarecrow Trail and Skeletown takes over Lotherton Hall from Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November 2019.

Creepiest Creatures

Creepiest Creatures Tropical World

Credit: Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside

Ever come face to face with a tarantula? Well, this half term you can at Creepiest Creatures in Tropical World. You’ll be taken into the Keepers Lair where you can meet some of the creepiest crawlies that live at the zoo. They’ll teach you all about the critters and anyone that’s brave enough can even hold some of the beasties. All ages are welcome and there’s a fun quiz for kids to complete too.

Creepiest Creatures comes to Tropical World from Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November 2019.

Messy Harvest

Left Bank Messy Harvest

Left Bank are running a family craft day this half term. It’s autumnal themed, so you can make leaf crowns, paper hedgehogs and 3D pumpkins to take home and decorate for Halloween. If all the crafting makes you thirsty, you can press your own apple juice while you’re there. There’s even a kids treasure hunt around the stunning Grade II-listed church building – solve all the clues and you’ll be rewarded with a sweet treat.

Messy Harvest comes to Left Bank on Sunday 27th October 2019.

Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show

Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show

Looking for half term activities in Leeds that the whole family will love? Check out Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show – it’s an hour of crazy science experiments that’ll amaze kids and adults alike. From exploding elephant’s toothpaste to howling jelly babies, you’ll get to see all kinds of mind-blowing discoveries, so don’t miss out.

Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show comes to The Carriageworks Theatre on Monday 28th October 2019.

Halloween Monster Mash

The Rainbow Factory

The Rainbow Factory’s annual Monster Mash is back for more fun and games this October half term. There’s something for every little monster to enjoy here, from crafts to cupcake decorating, obstacle courses and party games. At lunch the kids will be treated to a Monster Tea Party and the day ends with a bang at the Monster’s Ball – a Halloween-themed party complete with disco lights and groovy tunes.

The Monster Mash takes over The Rainbow Factory on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th October 2019.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Hungry Caterpillar Leeds Playhouse

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What better way to spend the school holidays than at a family-friendly theatre show? Eric Carle’s beloved children’s story The Very Hungry Caterpillar is being brought to life on the Leeds Playhouse stage in a colourful and lively performance, alongside a host of his other much-loved tales. 75 puppets will take to the stage to introduce the little ones to the wonderful world of the animal kingdom.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show comes to Leeds Playhouse from Monday 28th to Wednesday 30th October 2019.

Creative Kids Workshops


There are loads of creative activities to get stuck into at Honey Pottery this half term. The Leeds studio has a jam-packed week of workshops where the kids can paint pottery, master the art of sewing, style their own tie-dye t-shirts and learn to make slime from scratch. While the kids get messy, parents can relax in the cafe with a pot of tea and freshly baked cakes.

The Creative Kids Workshops comes to Honey Pottery from Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November 2019.

The Mystery Matinee

Armley Mills Palace Picture House

Movies are a great way to keep the kids entertained, so why not head to the Palace Picture House for one of their Mystery Matinees? A cosy 24-seat cinema built in the 1920s, it’s a truly unique way to watch a flick. They’ll be showing family favourites all week, but you won’t know what you’re seeing until you get there. It’s cheap too – a family of five can enjoy a film and explore the rest of Leeds Industrial Museum for just £9.

The Mystery Matinee comes to The Palace Picture House at Leeds Industrial Museum from Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November 2019.

Harewood’s Half-Term Holiday Club

Nursery workshop, Harewood House

Credit: Harewood House Trust

Harewood House have an action-packed week of half-term activities for kids to get involved with right here in Leeds. From mini beast hunting to visiting the bird garden, there’s something new for the kids to explore in the beautiful grounds of the estate each day. They can also make pin-hole cameras to shoot their own sun photographs and create wildlife sculptures.

The Half-Term Holiday Club takes over Harewood House from Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November 2019.

The Snow Dragon

Snow Dragon Carriageworks

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You can be whisked away to the fantasy world of the Snow Dragon this October at the Carriageworks Theatre. It’s a fun-filled musical show which sees you join Billy the goat on his adventures. On the night of the friendly snow dragon’s annual visit, he gets into trouble in the woods. Will he escape in time to see the dragon? Bring the whole brood and find out for yourselves.

The Snow Dragon comes to The Carriageworks Theatre on Tuesday 29th October 2019.

Children’s Comic Book Workshop

Sunny Bank Mills

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Professional artist Doctor Simpo is running a spookily-themed comic book workshop at Sunny Bank Mills this half term. Kids will be able to get their creative juices flowing as they design beastly characters and frightful story-lines for their very own comic strip. After the comics are completed the fun doesn’t stop as there’s monster mask making straight after, where the youngsters can craft their own scary face to complete their fancy dress.

The Children’s Comic Book Workshop comes to Sunny Bank Mills on Wednesday 30th October 2019.

Make Talking Pumpkins

IzWiz Robot Building

Credit: Jo Orange

Young scientists and tech wizards can learn how to make talking pumpkins this half term in Leeds. Head to Junglecatz where robotics experts from IzWiz will show the kids how to build, code and programme the animatronic pumpkins in pairs. The robots are built with LEGO and easy-to-use software on iPads meaning any kids aged 5 or above can get involved in the 90-minute session.

Make Talking Pumpkins takes over Junglecatz on Thursday 31st October 2019.

Cover image credit: Harewood House Trust