Arts and crafts activities, children’s theatre and literary events are all on offer to families this half term in the West Yorkshire area.
Many are free or low-cost but require forward planning as the more popular events, for which booking may be necessary, will fill up quickly.
The Creative Arts Hub in Mirfield, home to professional artists, is holding art and craft workshops for five to 12-year-olds at its base on Huddersfield Road.
Artists will work with youngsters to create a Halloween playworld from cardboard boxes and recycled materials, papier mache and paint.
The free sessions will run on Wednesday, October 29, and Friday, October 31, and have been funded by the Kirklees Holiday Activity Scheme.
The Hub is also running Saturday workshops (from next month) for children interested in all types of art – from mask making to abstract sculpture. These sessions cost £5.
As usual Kirklees Museums are hosting a series of events for children, many related to arts and crafts.
The Bagshaw Museum in Batley (01924 326155) is holding a Halloween trail throughout half-term and a harvest festival activity on Tuesday, October 28.
Oakwell Hall in Birstall (01924 326240) has craft sessions on Wednesday, October 29, in the visitor centre at a cost of £2 per child, per session.
Dewsbury Museum in Crow Nest Park is running art classes on Thursday, October 30, to make lanterns, bats and spiders. The drop-in session is from noon to 4pm and free.
Huddersfield’s Tolson Museum is hosting Halloween workshops on the 31st, to which youngsters are invited to attend in fancy dress. The events start at 11am and 2pm and cost £1 per child, per session.
Horrible Histories author Terry Deary, known to children of all ages, will be at the National Media Museum in Bradford on Wednesday, October 29, to present a Villainous Victorians Roadshow, just one of many half-term themed events at the venue between October 25 and November 2.
All the activities are free and take place between 10am and 3pm daily. Tickets for Terry Deary’s presentation are free but need to be booked here .
Sunday, October 26 will see The Gruffalo making an appearance at Huddersfield Town Hall – in musical form. The Royal Northern Sinfonia is performing Rene Aubrey’s score from the much-loved films of the Gruffalo books by Julia Donaldson.
The live music will accompany a double-screening of the films.
Tickets are £8 for adults and £1 for children. Book here.
Kershaw’s Garden Centre near Brighouse is hosting five mornings of craft for children over half-term. The sessions, from 10am until noon, Monday to Friday, will cover everything from making spider’s webs to decorating a pumpkin. There will be a small charge for materials.