If, like me, you’re still skint from summer, you might want to check out these 25 fabulous free and cheap things to do with the kids in Bristol this October half-term. Don’t let the wind and rain stop you – most of these events are indoors. Have I missed anything? Feel free to share any free or affordable events on my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.
Now until Nov 3. Aardman: Animating Early Man at M shed. £5 adult, under 16s free.
Developed with Aardman, this exhibition will take you behind the scenes to show you the making of the movie. Set when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of caveman Dug who, along with his sidekick Hognob, unites his tribe against the Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game – football.
Now until Nov 3. Pumpkin patch – pick your own. Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park. From £2.
Pick your own pumpkin at Avon Valley this half-term. Entry costs £2 and pumpkins are priced at anything from £2 to £12 and your entrance costs will be taken off the price of your pumpkin. Please note entry to the park is not included in the pumpkin patch entry and vice versa.
Sat Oct 26. Kids Halloween disco at The Wishing Well, Bristol. From £2.
There’s a kids disco at The Wishing Well pub in codrington from 3 ’til 5pm. There’ll be plenty of party games, party food, pumpkin carving and making your own toffee apples as well as a fancy dress competition and trick or treat bags to take home.
Sat Oct 26. Halloween Party at Emersons Green Village Hall. £4.
Fancy this fancy dress children's Halloween party this Saturday from 4 ’til 6pm? There'll be a disco from Party Peeps and food for sale. Tickets available from hall reception or call 01454 862182 for details of how to reserve and pay.
Mon Oct 28. Curious Stories for Curious Children. Henbury Library. Free.
Check out these storytelling sessions popping up at Bristol landmarks every day of half-term. Each day a storyteller will entertain you with a different science themed stereotype-busting story and on Monday the tour will stop at Henbury Library.
Mon Oct 28. Autumn Play Club. Malcolm X Community Centre. Free.
On the first day of the holidays you can take your kids to this fab free event the Autumn Play Club where they can play outside on the ecological wooden games and puzzles. Aimed at children aged 8 to 12, drop in from 1 ’til 2:30pm.
Tue Oct 29. Ghostbusters Junk Modelling at Creative Workspace. £2.50 in advance, £3 on the door.
This October half-term pop into this family-friendly workspace in Bishopsworth between 11 and 3pm for Ghostbusters Junk Modelling where little ones can create their own ghost-busting kit and have fun in the ghosts and aliens den.
Tue Oct 29. Curious Stories for Curious Children. Wick Road Library, Brislington. Free.
Another chance to take children to a free storytelling session as part of the Storytale Festival taking over Bristol this half-term.
Weds Oct 30 & The Oct 31. Halloween at The Mall. Free.
It’s Halloween at Cribbs and that means it’s time to get creative. Pop over to the Pimp My Pumpkin craft station and pick up a pumpkin to take home from 11’til 4pm.
Weds Oct 30, Bristol Shopping Quarter. Free.
Take your little terrors to this free Halloween event at Cabot Circus on Wednesday 30 October where they can enjoy slime-making, mask decorating, dress-up and more. Don’t forget to download the Cabot Circus plus app ahead of your visit, as they’ll be giving away loads of cool stuff for free like Hotel Chocolat treats and candy floss! Meet near Goldsmiths.
Wed Oct 30 and Thu Oct 31. I aint afraid of no ghosts. The Galleries. Free.
The kids will have loads of fun transforming themselves with freaky face paint, playing with ghost-busting props and climbing onboard the ghost car (if they dare!) for a spooky photo-op! I aint afraid of no ghosts will take place at The Galleries.
Weds Oct 30. Curious Stories for Curious Children. Henleaze, free.
On Wednesday the Storytale Festival comes to Henleaze library for anther free dose of storytelling.
Weds Oct 30. Family Takeover Days at SS Great Britain. Free.
Learn the ropes by becoming part of the crew for the Family Takeover Days and stay on board as a free visitor after your shift. This unique experience is available on certain dates until November 24 – but booking in advance is essential.
Weds Oct 30. Sticky ends: spooky edition. Creative Workspace. £2.50 in advance or £3 on the door.
This is a family theatre show suitable for children aged 4+ at Creative Workspace in BS13. Expect stories, songs and silly spookiness and a post-show workshop.
Weds Oct 30, Apple Day at Lawrence Weston Community Farm. Free.
Brave the outdoors and take the little ones for a walk around the farm and woods and enjoy free family activities as part of their Apple Day. Bring your own apples if you have some and make toffee apples.
Thu Oct 31. Curious Stories for Curious Children. Westbury Library, free.
On Wednesday the Storytale Festival comes to Westbury from 2 ’til 2:30pm for anther free dose of storytelling.
Friday Nov 1. Curious Stories for Curious Children. Wick Road Library, Brislington. Free.
Check out these storytelling sessions popping up at Bristol landmarks every day of half-term. Each day a storyteller will entertain you with a different story. https://www.facebook.com/events/1220265614847055/
Sat Nov 2. We are family: I’m bitter about glitter. Free.
Head on down to the Arnolfini and have fun with this workshop that uses props, poetry, sound and ideas to discover our inner glitter gods and give them a chance to shine in this free exhibition: I'm bitter about glitter.
Sat Nov 2. Cinema Saturday at Creative Workspace. £2.50 in advance, £3 on the door.
What a bargain – watch a film and enjoy free craft activities after the film screening for as little as £2.50! As part of Cinema Saturday kids can make a fridge magnet inspired by the film in the workshop afterwards to take home with them.
Until April 2020. Do you believe in magic? Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Pay what you think.
Do you believe in magic? This exhibition features over 200 fascinating objects and stories that reveal how magic has been used to heal, hunt and harm across the world. Open to everyone, but most suitable for those aged 14+.
Rainy days. Vue Cinema & Odeon. From £2.49.
Take kids to the cinema from as little as £2.49 during the school summer holidays if they haven’t seen the The Lion King, Angry Birds 2 or Dora & The Lost City of Gold. See Vue Mini Mornings or Odeon Kids for times and dates. Little Miss Diva and I enjoy money off the cinema all year round with our Gourmet Card. Want to know how to get your hands on one for free? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All holidays. Adventure playgrounds, Bristol. Free.
Have you been to one of Bristol’s adventure playgrounds yet? This is a great place for kids to be active, meet other local children and it’s all for free. There’s one in Southmead, St Paul’s, Easton and Lockleaze – we love the Felix Road one – see individual websites for exact opening times and activities.
Sat Nov 2. Festival of Diwali. Eastville. Free.
A special community event celebrating the Festival of Light. This will take place at the end of the M32 Flea Market under the M32 Motorway. Bring candles and lights to brighten up the space, and add to the mandalas created with local children. Remember sweets and delights to share!
Sat Nov 2. Geekmania. Thornbury Leisure Centre. From £3.20 (cheaper to buy in advance).
Get ready for lots of geeky fun and entertainment this November. Expect special guests, traders and more when Geekmania comes to Thornbury Leisure Centre this October.
Sun Nov 3. Worth the Weight Vintage Kilo Sale. Pennywell Project. £1.50.
Love a bargain? Have a rummage through vintage clothing from the 60s-90s, including all of your favourite branded names! Changing rooms on site so you can try before you buy. More info.
Have a fab half-term everyone and if you enjoy any of the events I’ve listed please send me your pictures and I’ll share them on my social media pages using the hashtag #BrokeInBristol. If you love local deals, discounts and affordable days out then don’t forget to like Broke in Bristol on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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