As the evenings draw in and the half term draws closer, LIFE AS IT IS gets inspired. Here are ten great things to do with the children throughout Autumn...
1) Totally Thames, London
The river comes to life with a month of free events, including open days, art, family fun, talks, walks and plenty of boats. 1-30 Sept
2) Sea Life, Brighton
The brand new breath-taking Secrets Of The Reef experience has received rave reviews, making it the perfect autumn activity for the whole family. Discover the paradise of a Maldives reef and meet its most famous residents including the regal tang and clownfish. Enjoy interactive displays and an incredible new crawl-through coral reef.
3) See a ballet at the Royal Opera House
Perhaps one of the greatest ballets that children can see is Frederick Ashton’s much loved rom com ballet La Fille Mal Gardée. A combination of colour, music, gaiety and super easy story to follow makes it a hit with children everywhere.
4) The Food and Drink Festival, York
Watch cookery demonstrations, browse market stalls, and have a great family day out with more than 250 attractions to enjoy. 23 Sept -2 Oct
5) The Enchanted Forest, Scotland
Treat your senses with this unique sound and light experience in the autumn splendour of Faskally Wood in Perthshire. 29 Sept - 30 Oct
6) Southbank Centre's WHY? Festival’s WEEKEND FOR FAMILIES
Families can take part in a range of free activities for all ages including creative dance workshops exploring children’s right to freedom of thought and expression; outdoor games including a mass game of ‘it’ hosted by game design studio Antidote, free performances from the Future Talent orchestra and a ‘Big Sing’ workshop. 22 - 23 Oct
7) Ocean City Festival, Plymouth
Observe marine wildlife up close, hop in a kayak, catch a film at the open-air cinema, or just enjoy the fresh sea breeze. 11-25 Sept
Raven Tor Living History Group will be portraying the life and times of the 11th century Norman Period in The Keep at Arundel Castle. With combat, weapons, armour and crafts displays, visitors will be able to see what life was like for those living in a castle following the Battle of Hastings, and the building of the first phase of the castle. 26 - 27 Oct
9) Go wild and get outdoors
Nature’s never far away. Find your closest outdoor space at gov.uk/find-your-local-park, discovernorthernireland.com, or mypark.scot. Locate a community garden or city farm near you at farmgarden.org.uk
10) Falling leaves
From woodland walks to arts and crafts, autumn is the very best time of year for children to have fun. Spend time outdoors stamping through the newly fallen crisp and colourful leaves, gathering them up as you go to bring home and turn into beautiful creations. Painting leaves and printing with them is one way of bringing the outside in, leaf rubbing with crayons, another.