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This fun-packed mu­seum has six zones – cov­er­ing top­ics such as the hu­man body, na­ture and tech­nol­ogy – with 400 in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits. The cur­rent tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion is de­voted to dig­i­tal art, and chil­dren can cre­ate their own an­i­mated crea­ture. Over half-term, kids can en­rol in Ghoul School, where ter­ri­fy­ing teach­ers in­clude Dr Franken­stein, a witch and a were­wolf. Lessons cover po­tion-mak­ing and sur­vival skills, and dress­ing up gets bonus marks. For adults, Hal­i­fax’s re­cently ren­o­vated, 18th-cen­tury Piece Hall is next door to the mu­seum.

The Horn­i­man Mu­seum in For­est Hill, south-east Lon­don, is free and fam­ily-friendly, with lots of ob­jects that kids can pick up, try on and play with, es­pe­cially at han­dling ses­sions on Satur­day morn­ings and some Sun­days. It also has an aquar­ium, but­ter­fly house, nat­u­ral his­tory col­lec­tion and 16 acres of gar­dens with views

Ched­dar Gorge Som­er­set

Eng­land’s big­gest gorge – 120 me­tres deep and three miles long through the lime­stone Mendip Hills – has two main caves to ex­plore, Gough’s and Cox’s. Cox’s is the set­ting for Dreamhunters, a 30-minute multimedia show pro­jected on to the walls of the cave, telling the story of early hu­mans. Gough’s is the larger of the caves, with soar­ing cham­bers, se­cret cav­erns, tow­er­ing spires, and sta­lag­mites and sta­lac­tites ga­lore. At half-term (27 Oc­to­ber to 4 Novem­ber), there is a Halloween mys­tery to be solved in the cave, with Drac­ula, Do­rian Gray and Franken­stein’s Mon­ster hid­ing there (not suit­able for very young chil­dren). Else­where over the hol­i­day pe­riod, stone

There are more than 300 ex­hibits over the three floors of the Glas­gow Sci­ence Cen­tre, in­clud­ing spots where chil­dren can move ob­jects with the power of their mind, run on a sprint track and feel the force in a hur­ri­cane booth. There are lots of ex­tra ac­tiv­i­ties go­ing on over the hol­i­days, in­clud­ing a live sci­ence show about gases with spec­tac­u­lar demon­stra­tions us­ing liq­uid ni­tro­gen and dry ice; a ses­sion on an­i­mal cam­ou­flage; an hour of code for bud­ding soft­ware en­gi­neers; and work­shops on foren­sic sci­ence and DNA.

The phizz-whizzing Roald Dahl Mu­seum and Story Cen­tre in Great Mis­senden has been closed since dam­age caused by flash floods in May, but it re­opens on 20 Oc­to­ber, just in time for half-term. It has three hands-on gal­leries, in­clud­ing Solo, which houses his orig­i­nal writ­ing hut. There are free craft ses­sions ev­ery day and free sto­ry­telling at week­ends and in school hol­i­days. Over half-term, there are ses­sions (£3) themed around Twits’ Tricks and Matilda Magic. Splen­dif­er­ous!

• Adult £7, child £4.70, un­der-5s free, roald­ 2 LUNCHES & 12 DIN­NERS IN­CLUDED (lim­ited avail­abil­ity) NO SIN­GLE SUP­PLE­MENT

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