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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.