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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
A series of drop-in, first-come first-served activities for two to 16 year-olds inspired by the museum's current exhibition, 'Home of the Homeless'. Workshops include making wacky nest hats (Tue May 26, 10.30am-12.30pm & 2pm-4pm; ages 5+), decorating wooden birdhouses (Wed May 27, 2pm-4pm, ages 11+), and a day of garden-themed events to celebrate Chelsea Fringe Festival, including a new activity cart in the beautiful back gardens (Thur May 28, 2pm-4.30pm). Look online for a full list of activities and timings.Read more
Alleviate your kids' boredom in the same way nineteenth-century Greenwich Pensioners entertained themselves: at the Old Royal Naval College's Skittle Alley. It's open for May half term and every Saturday in June, and these unique tours take visitors back in time to discover the history of the ORNC and the lives of the people who called it home. Don't worry, it's not just walk and talk: you'll get a chance to have a go at using original wooden skittles and bowling balls.Read more
Visitors to the London Dungeon this May half-term will need to have their wits about them as a number of the highwaymen and women who terrorised the rich on the roads during the 17th century will be resurrected. The notorious Moll Cutpurse and Claude Duvall will be demonstrating the ultimate highway robbery, signing up those daring enough to deliver the goods to a life of crime alongside them. Those who aren't so brave may well have their purses pinched.' Rascals and Rogues' is included in the standard ticket price.Read more
Fancy taking the kids to see the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace for free, all at the same time? During half-term week each paying adult can bring two children for free to see the whole the capital from its highest point at The View from The Shard. Check online to confirm opening times.Read more
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.Read more