“Another school holiday?” is what I imagine most parents and guardians are dreading… I mean ‘thinking’ as October half term approaches. With the weather unpredictable, it’s a chore thinking up rainy day activities to keep the kids occupied and detached from mobile devices, and how many more packed museums can you visit?
Head to Seven Dials Market where from October 16th you’ll find an all day cultural mash up of exciting street food, music, a bookshop and bar under one roof. More excitedly, across October half term the talented street food enthusiasts at KERB are putting on a feast for the senses just for children.
Cheese and wine pairing for kids? That’s not a typo. On 25th October KERB are bringing London’s first cheese and ‘wine’ pairing mini workshops, for mini foodie enthusiasts. Cheese experts Pick & Cheese have teamed up with the market’s non-alcoholic soda creators Square Root Soda to create a food pairing that would make you wish you were a kid again. The unique rotating cheese conveyor belt will keep them entertained whilst they learn about different cheese variations. Don’t be surprised if your little ones start turning up their noses at stringy cheese. (Tickets in advance via the website)
The food discovery doesn’t stop there with child-friendly offerings and family meal deals across the market including famed Jewish deli, Monty’s Deli and free Egg Creams (a New York-style chocolate milkshake) for families who spend £15 or over, and British seafood experts CLAW’s mini crab rolls and crisps on the menu for just £4. YUM!
Can’t wean the kids off cheesy pasta? Head to Strozzapreti and tempt them into trying something a little more creative, with half price plates for children under 12 when with an adult spending £10 or more. There isn’t just food on the menu, Seven Dials will be serving up a plateful of child friendly activities to keep the kids occupied. Nurture your child’s imagination and creativity with a series of free children’s interactive storytelling sessions From 22nd – 24th October, hosted by popular children’s authors Louie Stowell (‘The Dragon in the Library’), Loretta Schauer (‘A Monster’s Moved In’) and Mo O’Hara (‘Romeosaurus and Juliet Rex’). Sessions will include author led drawing and craft workshops inspired by characters from their books and an opportunity for children to make their own masks for a special dinosaur masked ball.
Morning and afternoon sessions are taking place in the Market Bookshop.
It’s all indoors, so come rain or shine Seven Dials and the KERB team have got you covered this October half term.
Address: Seven Dials Market, Earlham St, London WC2H 9LX
Written by: Eboni Addoh