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 Until Saturday July 4 2015
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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 June 28 2015 - Sunday August 30 2015
3

Visit the Victorian Skittle Alley

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.

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Old Royal Naval College Saturday June 6 2015 - Saturday June 27 2015
4

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 Until Wednesday July 15 2015
5

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 June 4 2015 - Thursday July 2 2015
6

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 June 20 2015 - Saturday July 18 2015
7

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 June 6 2015 - Saturday August 29 2015
8

Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze Classes

Gorilla Circus take kids and adults through the basics of aerial circus skills. The open-air trapeze contraption consists of two swings 25ft up. Adults and children alike gather for the two hour session – which sees you progress from hooking your legs over your head and hanging upside down to getting caught by an acrobat.

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Regents Park Until Sunday September 6 2015
9

Plantastic

This family-friendly, interactive exhibition is one big tribute to the plant. They're clever, useful and beautiful and visitors will discover a huge amount about their diminutive world through exhibits and games. Discover how a bee sees the world, how essential plants are to the world's survival and how they move without being uprooted. From May onwards specially designed outdoor displays such as a mass planting of sunflowers and a border themed around pollinators will be added to the exhibition.

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Horniman Museum Until Sunday November 1 2015
10

It's My Party

Wilfred is a shy boy. He lives at the Museum of Childhood and it's his birthday, except he doesn't want to celebrate. At least he didn't think so until he saw all the ways there are to enjoy your birthday – with close friends, with a huge party or even on your own. The MOC have pulled together a variety of birthday experiences for their new exhibition, 'It's My Party', including interviews with children and their parents about what have been their preferred ways to celebrate.

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V&A Museum of Childhood Until Sunday July 5 2015 Free

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.