The May half-term in London (Monday May 29 – Sunday June 4 2017) has plenty to offer the kids. There are all kinds of fun activites to keep you and your gang going, whether you fancy a child-friendly museum exhibtion, taking in a children's theatre show or visiting one the city's best best parks, plus lots of free stuff for when you need to save the pennies.
We'll be updating this page with events nearer the time, so keep checking back for the latest half-term highlights.
May half-term in London ideas
Top ten children's theatre shows this half-term
Stuck for ideas of what to do with the kids this half-term? Hit the theatre! London has tons of great children's theatre during the May half-term (Monday May 29 – Sunday June 4 2017), so treat the gang to some culture and keep them entertained. And remember you're allowed to treat yourself too, so why not check our critics' round-up of the best new theatre openings. RECOMMENDED: explore the full guide to half-term in London.
A few half-term in London highlights
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.