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Top 10 half-term activities in London

Impress the kids with some of the quirkiest activities London has to offer this May half-term

Family activity day © Pia Ostlund

As much as we love telly and video games, we have to admit: a half-term (Mon May 25 - Fri May 29 2015) spent hunched on the sofa is one wholly wasted. With that in mind, here’s our round-up of London’s best events, activities and even more this half-term. Batteries not included – or necessary.

1

In the Night Garden Live

Critics' choice

At the live show you are greeted by the HaaHoos (huge full-size bouncy things) before venturing into a pristine white inflatable tent where the atmosphere is cocooned and cosy, though it's not small. As in the TV shows, the story is simple and easy to follow, the music playful. A great introduction to theatre for under-fives.

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The O2 and Richmond Old Deer Park Thursday May 28 2015 - Saturday July 4 2015
2

May Half-Term at Discover

It's Oliver Jeffers Week at Discover! As well as checking on the interactive exhibition of his work, you and your kids can enjoy Jeffers-themed events right across half-term week. It kicks off on Bank Holiday Monday with the Hueys taking over Discover for the day. Tuesday and Saturday are all about kites: hear about Floyd's love of kites, before getting a chance to make and decorate your own kite. 

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Discover Children's Story Centre Monday May 25 2015 - Sunday May 31 2015
3

Teethtastic

If getting the kids to clean their teeth is a daily challenge, this event might just convince them to brush for the full, NHS-recommened two minutes. Find out fun fang facts galore, from the inside scoop on how many teeth a shark has, to how to make elephant toothapste, and take part in a chomping challenge. Suitable for ages 7+. Book in advance.

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Centre of the Cell Wednesday May 27 2015 - Thursday May 28 2015
4

Bouncing Cats and Boom Boom Pups

Street culture is brought to life in this immersive storytelling adventure that unfolds in a purpose-built graffiti installation. The cats and pups of the title need your help to navigate their way through Animal Land, a place filled with the sounds of freestyle hip-hop courtesy of spoken-word artist Maxwell Golden and the colours of graffiti artist Mr Dane. Prep your vocal cords as audience beatboxing and participation is part of the fun. Suitable for all ages but geared towards families with under-tens.  The event is part of The Last Word Festival at the Roundhouse (May 16-31).

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Roundhouse Wednesday May 27 2015
5

Animal Encounters

Get a closer look at the many creatures which have made their home in the wetland reserve in these free drop-in sessions for all ages. Learn how and where to spot beautiful birds, amazing moths, slippery amphibians and reclusive reptiles, and find out more about how dragonflies begin their lives as underwater predators. Bug hunts, reptile rambles, duckling walks and pond dipping sessions will also be available to join in with.

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London Wetland Centre Saturday May 23 2015 - Sunday May 31 2015
6

Create and Make

Kids aged five to 11 can become a designer in these informal art workshops inspired by the Design Museum's temporary exhibitions. The monthly events focus on making activities and are free with museum entry. No booking required.

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Design Museum Sunday May 31 2015 - Sunday August 30 2015
7

Storytelling and Music Sessions

Fuel your little ones' musical talents good and early at these storytelling sessions for babies and toddlers which encourage interaction between children and their parents or carers through playing music, singing, movement and stories. Each group will learn more about the Royal Albert Hall's rich musical history, with activities designed to develop coordination, self-confidence and awareness.

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Royal Albert Hall Wednesday May 6 2015 - Wednesday July 15 2015
8

Toddler Time Travel

These historical workshops are an interactive, creative introduction to Wandsworth's past for little Londoners aged between six months and four years. Each two-hour session will focus on a different time period starting with early man, and the songs, stories, object handling and creative play will be themed accordingly. Lead songs and stories are at 10.45am but visitors are welcome to drop in at any point.

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Wandsworth Museum Thursday April 30 2015 - Thursday July 2 2015
9

Young Archaeologists' Club

Children aged eight to 16 can dig a little deeper at these sessions for those interested in the history to be found underground. Learn about the community archeological digs which have taken place at Fulham Palace and what they've revealed, as well as taking part in hands-on sessions led by archaeologists.

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Fulham Palace Saturday May 23 2015 - Saturday July 18 2015
10

Ceramics Family Sessions

The whole family can get their hands dirty in these creative ceramics sessions. Friendly, helpful assistance comes from an artist and a childcare professional, and all materials and tools are provided. Your creations will even be fired so that you can take them home to be admired or used as you wish. Those who are very productive can purchase extra clay for £5.

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Blighty Coffee Saturday May 2 2015 - Saturday August 29 2015

Looking for more half-term ideas?

Half-term in London

Summer looks to be on its way so the kids needn't be stuck in front of the telly all week. This May half-term London has enough fun lined up to have the family raring to leave the house

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Comments

5 comments
lilibartley
lilibartley

Thanks ThomasCrock, I am going to take you up on the Lincoln thing! My daughter is weirdly obsessed with him so that will definitely wile away a few hours...

ThomasCrock
ThomasCrock

great selection. thank you, has been invaluable. Did also go to the new Tiger space at London Zoo, unfortunately was a very rainy day and the tigers (as with most of the animals) were in hiding. Have also been using www.lincolnfingerpuppet.com as a companion to keep the kids amused!

Daniela Dellacqua
Daniela Dellacqua

hello i am very impressed with your choices of children half term activities only i would like to suggest to include a few for the under 5 years old many thanks

Anne Bradley
Anne Bradley

Half term for some parents outside of London started on the 11 February 2013. London should take into account this.

Maureen
Maureen

I do feel sorry for more than 2 kids in family as I feel they do miss out I know my 4 grand children do I want to take them to places but just cant afford places of interest as 4 comes so expensive.