Top ten half-term activities

Spend the week with the kids doing some of the coolest and quirkiest activities London has to offer this May half-term

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Family workshop at the Wallace Collection

Family workshop at the Wallace Collection

As much as we love telly and video games, we have to admit: a half-term 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 more this half-term (May 26-30). Batteries not included – or necessary.

Open Studio: The Object is an Actor

  • Free

Catching a blockbuster exhibition often means the kids needs to be otherwise occupied, but not so at Tate Modern's phenomenally successful Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, whic also happens to be extremely child-friendly. Under-12s go free to the exhibition and also eat free at the gallery with a paying parent. Alongside the show, these free workshops build on the artist's statement that the object is an actor and let kids explore ways of representing their chosen characters in still-life drawings. The sessions are suitable for under-16s.

  1. Tate Modern Bankside, SE1 9TG
  2. Sat Sep 6 - Sun Sep 7
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Clip 'n Climb

Clip 'n Climb is a new themed climbing attraction where visitors can clamber, climb, hang and drop from 22 colourful challenges including The Skyscraper, Dark Tower, Jungle Gym, Leap of Faith and a Vertical Drop Slide. The activities are suitable for everyone aged four and up and no climbing experience is necessary. Ninety-minute sessions include a 20-minute induction. The venue is also available for private and corporate hire. There is a coffee, juice and snack bar at the centre and secure lockers to store belongings in. Booking recomended.

  1. 19 Michael Road, SW6 2ER
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Plantasia

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew has great plans for the summer. Visitors can go au naturel (from the ankles down) to wander the barefoot walking trail: balance on beams, hop across tree trunks, experience the moist, bouncy softness typical of rainforest floors and get muddy in the squelch zone.

  1. Kew Gardens Kew Rd, TW9 3AB
  2. Until Sun Sep 7
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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.