Top 10 things to do with the kids this bank holiday

Stuck for things to do with the kids this May bank holiday? We've got plenty to keep them entertained

This year's late May bank holiday takes place on Mon May 25 2015 and, as always, we've got some fail-safe family-friendly ideas to keep the kids happy over the long weekend.

May bank holiday events for kids


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

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at the Museum of Childhood

Celebrate Lewis Carrol's magical book's 150th anniversary this half-term with one of these daily drop-in workshops. Choose from Mad Hatter's Hat Making sessions or the chance to design and print your own playing card, helping the museum to create an entire Alice-inspired deck. Storytelling, dressing up and craft activities for all ages take place daily. 

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V&A Museum of Childhood Monday May 25 2015 - Friday May 29 2015

Late May Bank Holiday at Discover

With the excellent Oliver Jeffers exhibition still open, activities for this Bank Holiday weekend at Discover are built around a takeover by the Hueys, much-loved characters created by Jeffers. The Story Builders will keep the over-3s entralled with tales from the books, before giving them a chance to make a jumper for a little Huey that they'll take home.

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Discover Children's Story Centre Saturday May 23 2015 - Monday May 25 2015

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. 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 Monday May 25 2015 - Saturday June 27 2015

Family Cabaret Uncovered

Make the most of the bank holiday and hopefully the sunshine, by rounding up the family for this outdoor fun day in Greenwich. Dancing, music and circus tricks are on the bill and the whole day is totally free.

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St Alfrege Park Monday May 25 2015 Free

Institute of Imagination Mini Maker Faire

The festival brings together an innovative bunch of makers to inspire little ones to experiment with crafting, weaving, designing, 3D printing, virtual reality, robotics and more. The activities are aimed at 5-11-year-olds.

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Oxo Tower Wharf Saturday May 23 2015 Free

Help Build Lego Taylor Swift

Legoland Winsor is launching a new area, Heartlake City. Guests visiting Legoland over the bank holiday will be challenged to take part in creating a gigantic Lego mosaic of the country-pop princess, which will be revealed in all its glory on Bank Holiday Monday (May 25).

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Legoland Windsor Resort Saturday May 23 2015 - Sunday May 24 2015

Theatrical Thirties

Let the little ones take to the stage for a 1930s production at Eltham Palace. As well as being given the chance to shine in the spotlight, children can also learn more about theatre from the golden age.

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Eltham Palace Sunday May 24 2015 - Tuesday May 26 2015

The People's Tower

Head to Burntwood School in south west London for this unique chance to work with world renowned artist, Olivier Grossetete. Members of the local community and pupils from the school will work together to create a temporary tower constructed entirely from tape and cardboard. 

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Burntwood School Saturday May 23 2015 Free

Meet the Neighbours

The planets next door may not be home to intelligent life (that we know of) but there's still plenty of interesting things to learn about them. The live planetarium show is interactive, with audience members deciding which planets they'd like to visit. 

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Royal Observatory Until Wednesday December 23 2015

Looking for more bank holiday ideas?

Bank holiday in London

If laying in bed with a boxset was your initial bank holiday plan, scrap it – there's too much going on to stay indoors.

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By: Elizabeth Darke



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