The May half-term in London (Monday 27 - Friday 31 May) has plenty to offer kids. From interactive exhibitions, child-friendly museums, family cinema trips and rainy-day activities to walks in parks overun with spring flowers and trips to see baby animals, London’s got it all. If you’re keen to keep the little ones off the sofa, check out our guide to all these fun activities which will keep you and your gang going over the break from school, plus lots of free things to do for when you need to keep an eye on the pennies, too.
May half-term in London ideas
A few half-term in London highlights
Lego lovers will be in their element at the Horniman Museum’s Brick Wonders exhibition. There are about 50 Lego models on display – that’s about half a million bricks if you’re counting – covering everything from ancient pyramids to the International Space Station. There are interactive play areas and a mini-cinema showing LEGO animation shorts, and you can buy a combi ticket if you fancy ticking off the aquarium and Butterfly House while you’re here. Family ticket £18.
Luna Kids Cinema
The kids version of this popular pop-up cinema outfit doesn't disappoint. This year's event takes place during half-term in Dulwich Park, before moving to Hampton Court Palace for the summer. Weather dependent (obvs) it not only gets your little ones out the house but keeps them (and you) entertained, too.
Morgan & West's Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show for Kids & Childish Grown Ups
Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West have sleeves full of tricks that will astound kids, and bamboozle adults. Close-up magic, jokes, and plenty of audience involvement make this a ridiculously entertaining hour of Victorian-themed trickery.