Half-term in London

Stuck for things to do with the kids this May half-term? Panic over, we've got plenty to keep them sweet

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 (May Mon 25-Fri May 29 2015), London has enough fun lined up to have the family raring to leave the house.

May half-term ideas

Kids

Top 10 half-term activities

A half-term spent hunched on the sofa is one wholly wasted

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Things to do

City farms in London

Meet the animals at one of these urban green spots

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Museums

Top 10 museums for kids

Dinosaurs, mummies, rockets and planes – who said museums were just for grown ups?

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Kids

Free indoor play spaces

We've sought out a few diverting ideas that are strictly for older kids

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A few half-term highlights

Things to do

In the Night Garden Live

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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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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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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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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What to see with the kids

Film

Take a trip to the cinema

Can't keep them quiet? Our pick of family-friendly films will have them hooked this half-term

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Theatre

Top 10 children's theatre shows

A sure-fire way to keep the whole family happy this holiday

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London's child-friendly museums

Things to do

V&A Museum of Childhood

Home to one of the world's finest collections of children's toys, dolls' houses, games and costumes, the V&A Museum of Childhood shines bighter than ever after extensive refurbishment, which has given it an impressive entrance. Part of the V&A museum, the museum has been amassing childhood-related objects since 1872 and continues to do so, with 'Incredibles' figures complementing bonkers 1970s puppets, Barbie Dolls and Victorian praxinoscopes. There are regular exhibitions upstairs and the V&A Museum of Childhood has plenty of hands-on activities for kids and special events at weekends and during school holidays, while the café helps to revive flagging grown-ups.

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London Transport Museum

Among the vehicles on display at the London Transport Museum is the first underground electric train, which had no windows because there was nothing to see underground. The trouble was that no one could tell which stop they were at, a glitch resolved by employing an athletic announcer who ran to each carriage at every station, shouting out the stops. Dating from 1890, this is one of several museum exhibits you can board. The design gallery is a tribute to Frank Pick, the man responsible for rolling out the London Underground brand and giving each line its own character. For children, the London Transport Museum has an under-fives play area decorated with Steven Appleby illustrations and the chance to sit in the driver's cab of a red bus and guide a Northern Line simulator through tunnels and up to platforms – (truth be told, it's fun for adults, too).

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Natural History Museum

The handsome Alfred Waterhouse building houses a collection that contains some 70 million plant, animal, fossil, rock and mineral specimens. The Natural History Museum’s Life Galleries are devoted to displays on animal life, from creepy crawlies to the plaster cast of a Diplodocus that lords it over the Central Hall. The Earth Galleries explore the natural forces that shape our planet, the treasures we take from it, the effect we have on it and its place in the universe. The museum's wildlife garden attracts urban wildlife such as dragonflies, blackbirds and wrens and highlights inner-city wildlife conservation.

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Museum of London

The history of London, from prehistoric times to the present is told in the Museum of London through reconstructed interiors and street scenes, alongside displays of original artefacts found during the museum's archaeological digs. Check the website before your visit as a packed programme of temporary exhibitions, talks, walks and children's events is central to the life of the Museum of London.

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Dora M
Dora M

Come to the UCL Your Universe Festival of Astronomy!