October half term is closer than you think, with most west London schools taking Monday October 24 to Friday October 28 off for the break.

But if you're stuck for ideas of what to do with the little ones this half term, don't worry!

We've rounded up the best children's events in west London to try to help stop your kids getting bored.

And with Halloween falling during the break, you can also get up to some spooky fun with your children!

Join in a fun Halloween charity event!

Halloween Colour Dash for Michael Sobell Hospice

Get into the Halloween spirit during the half term holidays, as the Michael Sobell Hospice Halloween Colour dash aims to raise money for a good cause.

The run will be from three to nine miles and will see fundraisers sprayed with ghastly colour as they walk, jog or run through monstrous 'colour stations'.

There will also be fancy dress and a pumpkin carving competition on the day.

This event takes place on Sunday October 30 from 11am. Registration costs £20 for adults, £10 for children.

Michael Sobell Centre, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, HA6 2RN - 020 8326 2367

See an incredible exhibition at the Natural History Museum

Colour and Vision: Through the Eyes of Nature at the Natural History Museum

Discover how the entwined histories of colour and vision have filled the natural world with the vibrant hues and shades we see today.

Follow a 565 million-year journey through the eyes of nature, uncover how vision first evolved and how colour in animals suddenly became the difference between life and death.

Exhibition runs until Sunday November 6. Tickets cost £10.80 for adults, £5.40 for concessions.

The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD - 020 7942 5511

See an enchanting play just for children

Why The Whales Came at The Lyric Hammersmith

Performer and storyteller Danyah Miller vividly brings to life another enchanting tale by Michael Morpurgo in Why The Whales Came.

Children Gracie and Daniel have been forbidden to go near the mysterious and seemingly dangerous Birdman... but messages and clues intrigue them, and they begin to unravel the Birdman's secrets...

This event takes place on Thursday October 27 at 5pm. Tickets cost £10.

The Lyric Theatre, King Street, Lyric Square, Hammersmith, W6 0QL - 020 8741 6850

See a touching play just for children!

Enjoy some frightening fun in Brentford

Spookfest at The London Museum of Water and Steam

Halloween falls during the October half term, so why not get stuck into some spooky activities?

Enjoy family fun with plenty of craft activities, a ride on the Ghost Train and a trip through the creepy wood!

Enjoy Spookfest on Saturday October 29. Book your tickets here.

The London Museum of Water and Steam, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, TW8 0EN - 020 8568 4757

See a magical play just for children

How To Hide A Lion at Polka Theatre

When a lion is chased out of town, a young girl helps him find somewhere to hide. It's not easy - lions are too big, too fluffy and too heavy!

Join Iris on a mission to squeeze and squash her furry new friend into a variety of sneaky spots, as Helen Stephens' magical book comes to life with playful humour, dazzling puppetry and original songs.

This play runs from Wednesday October 26. Tickets cost £12.50 for adults, £9 for concessions.

Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SB - 020 8543 4888

Visit the Natural History Museum's iconic ice rink

Ice rink at the Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum's iconic ice rink opens for another year, just in time for the October half term.

Why not skate around the beautiful rink and enjoy the stunning surroundings before heading into London for a delicious hot chocolate?

Thursday October 27 to Sunday January 8 2017. Tickets cost from £12.65 for adults, from £8.80 for children.

The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD - 020 7942 5511

Why not go ice-skating this October half term?

See Steve Backshall live at a fascinating talk

Steve Backshall at The Beck Theatre

Wildlife TV presenter, adventurer, naturalist and children's author, Steve Backshall, takes us on a tour of the real life expeditions that have inspired his books The Falcon Chronicles.

It's a wild journey, illustrated with photos and films from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from the tundra to the top of the world's highest peaks, and from the depths of the rainforest to the bottom of the ocean.

This event takes place on Tuesday October 25. Tickets cost £22 for adults, £18 for concessions.

The Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, UB3 2UE - 020 8561 8371

Enjoy a fun pumpkin festival in Isleworth

Halloween Pumpkin Festival at Osterley Park

Over the half term, the National Trust is putting on a fun Halloween pumpkin festival in Isleworth's Osterley Park and House.

The festival will take place from Saturday October 22 to Sunday October 30 with loads of spooky fun, crafts and activities.

Osterley Park, Jersey Road, Isleworth, TW7 4RB - 020 8232 5050

See your favourite YouTubers live in Hammersmith

Joe and Casper Hit The Road USA Live at The Eventim Apollo

Everyone's favourite YouTubers Joe and Caspar are bringing their Hit The Road USA live show to the UK for the first time ever.

Enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, a VIP meet and greet, pranks, forfeits and challenges in this hilarious stage show.

This event takes place on Sunday October 30. Tickets cost from £29.50.

The Eventim Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9QH - 020 8563 3800

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