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Half-term in London

Looking for fun stuff to do in London with the kids over the May 2019 half-term holiday? Get inspired with our guide to half-term events and activities

101 things to do in London with kids
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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

9 brilliant half-term activities
Kids

9 brilliant half-term activities

Ace ideas for entertaining the little ones over half-term

The best zoos in and around London
Things to do

The best zoos in and around London

Take a walk on the wild side

City farms in London
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City farms in London

Meet the animals at one of these green urban oases

Fab family day trips from London
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Fab family day trips from London

All within easy reach of London

10 children’s theatre shows this half-term
Theatre

10 children’s theatre shows this half-term

Treat the gang to some culture and keep them entertained

Free things to do with the kids
Kids

Free things to do with the kids

Keep the kids entertained without spending a penny

Harry Potter experiences in London
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Harry Potter experiences in London

How to go from muggle to wizard in a day

11 amazing local parks
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11 amazing local parks

The city’s major parks are slowly filling with the sun-seeking masses

A few half-term in London highlights

Brick Wonders
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Brick Wonders

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.

Beasts of London
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Beasts of London

Come face-to-face with the beasts who once roamed the city in the Museum of London’s new interactive digital installation. 'Beasts of London' takes visitors on a journey through London’s past via a cast of animal narrators. 

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Luna Kids Cinema
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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.  

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Morgan & West's Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show for Kids & Childish Grown Ups

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. 

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London’s child-friendly museums

V&A Museum of Childhood
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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

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

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

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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More half-term inspiration for little ones

101 things to do in London with kids
Kids

101 things to do in London with kids

There need never be a dull moment in this city

Kid-friendly climbing walls in London
Things to do

Kid-friendly climbing walls in London

Take your little ones to grand new heights this half-term

23 places to see spring flowers in London
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23 places to see spring flowers in London

Our list of London’s most floral spots 

The best child-friendly restaurants in London
Restaurants

The best child-friendly restaurants in London

These central and neighbourhood restaurants in London know how to feed the whole family, offering value for money grub for babies, children and adults, too. You can even enjoy a cocktail while the kids are kept entertained.