The May half-term in London (Saturday May 26-Sunday June 3) has plenty to offer kids. There are all kinds of fun activities to keep you and your gang going plus lots of free stuff for when you need to keep an eye on the pennies.
May half-term in London ideas
A few half-term in London highlights
All Points East: In the Neighbourhood
All Points East is a new London music festival that's taking over Victoria Park for two weekends at the end of May and beginning of June. In the week between the gigs, which happens to be half-term, there's a huge programme of free events and activities for the whole family, including an open-air cinema, kids’ sport and art workshops, a street food market, children’s theatre and storytelling.
Love Your Zoo week
You can hang out with various critters this half-term at Battersea Park Children's Zoo, where you'll be able to take part in animal-themed activities and help the keepers give some of their wards a special treat. Each day a different creature will be in the spotlight – participants include meerkats, coatis, monkeys and farm animals – and there'll be special celebrations on Wednesday May 30 for World Otter Day.
‘Astérix in Britain: The Life and Work of René Goscinny’
Getafix of the long-running career of René Goscinny, co-creator of Astérix. This exhibition's vitalstatistix include scripts, storyboards, photographs, films, sketches and even a bit where you can dress up. Just make sure you're not Unhygienix.
Dalston Children's Festival
On the Saturdays that bookend half-term, Dalston will be buzzing with free events for kids. There's an emphasis on creativity so little hands will be encouraged to make things like fruit pizza, a Day of the Dead mask after a screening of ‘Coco’, and science experiments. Dalston Square will be transformed into a giant playground and, on Saturday May 26, Stonebridge Gardens will host the Hackney Pride 365 family picnic, featuring storytelling sessions with drag queen Maxi More. Photo: Andrew Woollard
London's child-friendly museums
More half-term inspiration for little ones
This enormous indoor play centre is a cut above the competition, thanks to its towering wooden climbing frame, the Orb. Unusually, parents are allowed to explore alongside their children, zooming down the ‘black hole’ slide, getting lost in the labyrinth or dodging cannon fire in Thunderball City. Crazy golf, a climbing wall and cavern maze, mini go-karts and a multi-sensory play area for toddlers round off a very full family day out.
Venue says: “Don't miss our fantastic new Climbing Zone, featuring a beanstalk and medieval castle (included in your admission fee).”