Magicians Morgan and West dabble in captivating chemistry, phenomenal physics and bonkers biology. Qualified scientists, the pair promise explosive thrills, chemical spills and a risk assessment that gives their stage manager chills! They perform three shows at Cambridge Junction on 20 and 21 October.
Parents and children can get on the dance floor at Revolution with Raver Tots, the award-winning rave for families. From 2pm to 4pm on 6 October there will be DJs playing all forms of dance music, plus face painting, balloons, confetti and giant parachutes, all in a rave atmosphere. Suitable for 12 year olds and under plus, of course, their parents.
Tom Gates Live on Stage
Based on Liz Pichon’s character from her bestselling book series, Tom Gates Live on Stage is a new story from the producers of Horrible Histories and Gangsta Granny. Another sad face on the school chart will mean Tom misses the school trip. Can his best friend help, and will Rooster the dog stop eating his homework? Find out from 23 to 26 October at Cambridge Arts Theatre.
Learn loads of bat facts and enjoy bat-themed craft activities on 5 October at the Botanic Garden. The event is aimed at five to 11 year olds; drop in any time between 10am to 1pm, no booking required.
Colourful classical music comes to Saffron Hall with Heroes & Villains: a Concert for Families, on 6 October. Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra will play Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Grieg’s Peer Gynt among other pieces, with James Mayhew and Antonio Reche-Martinez painting scenes from the stories live.
Master the art of breadmaking at Cambridge Cookery’s parent-and-child baking class on 22 October, where you’ll mix, knead and shape your creations using a variety of different techniques. There’s a morning class at 10am and another at 1.45pm. Tickets from £45.
Apple Day at Burwash
Burwash Manor’s annual celebration of all things apple (nothing to do with iPhones!) is back on 12 October. There’ll be food stalls, cider tasting, apple pressing, children’s rides, places to be creative and much more.
Family gaming night
Can you beat dad at Space Invaders, or mum at Pac-Man? Find out on 26 October when kids young and old join forces, or battle it out, at the latest family gaming night at the Centre for Computing History. As well as retro games, there will be other games to play on modern consoles like Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360. Tickets are £9 for adults and £6 for children.
Down on the farm
Grab your little pumpkins and take them down to Standalone Farm, Letchworth Garden City, for some Halloween fun on 26 and 27 October.
Pick your own pumpkin and get creative carving it as ghoulishly as possible, before displaying it on the straw sofa for all to see. The pumpkin ‘brains’ feed the pigs or get spread on the field – how eco friendly is that?!