Encourage your little ones’ interest in space while you can and take them to this festival of art, music, science and education themed around the night sky, extra-terrestrial activity, astrobiology and a good deal more. Events include talks, screenings of classic space-questioning films, including ET and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, workshops and even extra-planetary food and drink including alien invasion cup-cakes, martian munch-boxes and space-themed cocktails. Highlights include the Scopic Game, which shows you how looking down a microscope can help you understand space; and the exhibit showing how the British government has been keeping an eye on UFOs. Has it really now? 25-31 Oct,
Family discount in the Cotswolds
Seize the opportunity to escape to tranquillity with the kiddies at Wyck House near Stowe. Grownups can indulge in treatments at the Elemis spa and there are a 100 acres of beautiful grounds. The half term offer is one night for a family of four from £120 per room including breakfast (kids must be under 12). www.bespokehotels.com.
Cartoon craziness in Bloomsbury
There’s no time like half term for exploring the quirkiest offerings in your hometown. The Cartoon Museum is a particularly delightful spot for kids and has a half term programme that will delight most youngsters. Next week’s events include workshops on animation, manga, “stupid and scary” monsters. Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell St, WC1A 2HH.