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Top ten half-term activities in London

Keep the kids busy and entertained this May half-term with some fantastic activities around London

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Don't just spend the May half-term (Monday May 29 – Sunday June 4 2017) pottering around the house with the kids – get out and about and enjoy London.

There are all kinds of top-notch activities to wow the young ones, so here's our guide to the very best stuff half-term happenings around the capital.

RECOMMENDED: Check the full guide to half-term in London for more events.

Half-term activities for kids


Brambly Hedge: the Art of Jill Barklem

Take a closer look at the stunning illustrations featured in Barklem’s classic children’s books about the lives of hedgerow creatures and their families. Her intricate and carefully researched wildlife illustrations of flora and fauna are a joy to look at for young and old. Artworks will also be available to buy.

Illustration Cupboard Gallery, until Jun 3. Free.


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Merrydown Festival of Mucky May’hem

Hobbledown farm and adventure play park hosts its popular feast of outdoor messiness including foamy, slippery activities and lots of silly wet frolics. Activities include the Slip ‘n Slide ride, Bubble Workshop, Quad Bungee, Maze Runner match and eating competitions! Free with main park admission.

Hobbledown. May 30-Jun 1. £16, £10.50 concs, £17 children, under-twos free.


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Half-term at Woodlands Farm

There’s lots going on to inspire young nature explorers at this farm during the half-term break. Take part in a drop-in hunt around the farm on Wednesday, have a go at pond-dipping on Thursday and find out all about brilliant bees on Friday.

Woodlands Farm Trust. May 31-Jun 2. £1-£2 per child per session.

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Drawing and Discovery

Have a go at designing your own seed packet, inspired by the museum’s collection. Travel through the Time Tunnel to gather ideas for how you might make it, inspired by designs dating back as far as Victoria times, and take home your own cress seeds.

Museum of Brands, Mon May 29-Jun 4. £9, £7 concs, £5 under-16, under-sevens free.


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Picturing Hetty Feather

An exhibition dedicated to the popular storybooks of Jacqueline Wilson, featuring a spirited Victorian foundling called Hetty. The exhibition is a must for Hetty fans but also for visitors of all ages who are interested in the history of this period.

Foundling Museum, Fri May 26-Sep 3. £8.25, £5.50 concs, children free.


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Place, House and Building

Got a brood of budding builders? Get along to the V&A Museum of Childhood where there’s a half-term schedule of construction activities inspired by the new permanent installation ‘Place (Village)’ by YBA Rachel Whiteread – a magically lit ‘community’ of dolls houses.  There will be other drop-in activities, too.

V&A Museum of Childhood, Mon May 29-Jun 2. Free.

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Modern Marvel

Through half-term week you can find out how Tower Bridge was designed and then have a go at making your own paper model to take home. Ages five-plus.

Museum of London Docklands, Sun May 28-Jun 3. Free.


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Make-it: Music Festival

While the V&A hosts the current Pink Floyd exhibition, kids can take their own journey into sound with half-term music-making sessions. Book in advance, for ages five to 12 (accompanied by an adult).

V&A, Mon May 29-Jun 2. £8.

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