12 Things to Do With The Kids During The May Half-Term Holidays ||My Baba Parenting Blog

Go Ape this Half Term

With venues all over the country you’ll have no trouble going ape this half term at the UK’s number one forest adventure. There are countless outdoor activities and days out in their forests to entertain the older children. Make sure you book ahead, as places will fill up very quickly!

WHEN: All year round
VENUE: Various
AGES: 10+

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Sunset Safari at London Zoo

What better way to spend the evening then watching the sun going down in the presence of some of the world’s most fascinating animals? Be there to watch London Zoo come to life at nighttime on a safari adventure across the zoo. There’ll be music, animal themed acrobats, face painting and festival fun with fairy lights and animal lanterns lighting up the view.

Book now to reserve your place, there are only eight events taking place across June and July. If you fancy travelling further afield, the Sunset Safari is also taking place at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

WHEN: Friday 3rd June
VENUE: ZSL London Zoo / ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
AGES: All ages

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Above and Beyond at the National Maritime Museum 

We can’t wait to head down to the National Maritime Museum to check out Above and Beyond, a new interactive exhibition. Fantastic family fun will be had as you’ll be able to encounter the wonder of space flight, learn to fly like a bird, race your own supersonic jet, or even take an elevator ride to the edge of space.

WHEN: May 27th – 29 August
VENUE: National Maritime Museum
AGES: 7+

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Giffords Circus at Daylesford Organic Farm

Roll up, roll up! Venture up into the Cotswolds this month for some old-fashioned family fun.

The Gifford Circus 2016 tour The Painted Wagon is stopping at Daylesford Organic Farm in Kingham this half term, with this year’s theme featuring the stars of the old west. The family-friendly 90-minute show includes live animals and breath-taking acrobatics making it a day not to miss.

WHEN: 3rd – 6th June
VENUE: Daylesford Organic Farm in Kingham
AGES: All ages

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Westminster to Trafalgar: Half Term Activities for Kids

For a fun free day out in London with the kids, check out the Westminster to Trafalgar family trail, covering 1,000 years of history in just over half a mile. Download Nanny Anita’s guide plus fun fact sheets from My Baba’s website. A great option for those not looking to splash the cash.

WHEN: Anytime
VENUE: London
AGES: All ages

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The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl

Who doesn’t love the books by Roald Dahl? My all-time favourite has to be Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, with The BFG and Matilda coming in joint second. I was so excited to hear about this exhibition, taking place at the Southbank Centre. Book a place on this brilliant interactive journey and explore the famous stories and characters of the legendary children’s author. You’ll also get to view various installations and unique items from the Roald Dahl museum.

WHEN: Until 3rd July
VENUE: Southbank Centre
SUITABLE FOR: 7 – 12 years

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Superhero Funky Moves Holiday Course at The Bedford

There are four mornings of super hero fun planned for the May bank holiday. The Funky Moves team promise a jam-packed course including fancy dress, dancing, games, arts, crafts and action heroes! Kids are split into age groups and looked after by a ‘Funky Mover’ who will ensure they have maximum fun over the four-day course. The day is divided into different activities with an emphasis on fun, friends and funkiness!

WHEN: 31st May – 3rd June
VENUE: Bedford, Balham
AGES: 4-12 years

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Your Mysterious Brain Workshop

Get your geek on this holiday and sign up to a science workshop, taking place at various locations over London. Your Mysterious Brain Workshop is for children who love science, with its focus on project-based learning. The workshops provide a foundation for budding scientists to explore the world around them, while also learning about far away galaxies, and other mind-blowing stuff.

WHEN: 31st May – 3rd June
VENUE: Various locations in London
AGES: 4-9 Years

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The Zip in Cornwall

I’ve tried and tested The Zip at Adrenalin Quarry in Cornwall and I can personally assure you of its awesomeness. Anyone between 25kg and 115kg can take part, and the best bit is, you don’t have to pre-book, and the queuing when I went along, was really very minimal. At 490m long, 50m high with speeds of 40mph you’ll fly off a cliff over the old quarry. They claim their youngest jumper so far was 19 months old, and their oldest, 94! There’s also a very scary swing over the quarry, which I think is meant for the older kids, I tried this too, but have to say, it was way to scary for me to want to try it again! If you’re looking for somewhere further afield, this is a brilliant place to head.

WHEN: From 1st May
VENUE: The Zip at Adrenalin Quarry, in South East Cornwall
AGES: 2 years up

 

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Lions Sports Academy

Half term rugby camps in Greater London are taking place again this May, run by the brilliant Lions Sports Academy. Mornings are spent focused on skill based drilled and games, with afternoons packed with tournaments, a small sided games. The Academy camps are fantastic for developing skills and building confidence, kids don’t have to be particularly gifted or sporty, as all abilities are welcome, a word of warning – book soon before spaces disappear!

WHEN: 31st May – 3rd June
VENUE: Various venues Greater London
AGE: 6+

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Spitalfields City Farm

Based just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Brick Lane, you’ll find Spitafields City Farm. As well as all the usual farm animals you’d expect to find, Spitalfields City Farm is also home to many rare breeds of animals. Built in 1978 in a former railway goods depot, the farm works with local residents to host projects such as cookery classes and kids’ activity classes. You can’t beat a family day out at the farm, and if you’re local to London, this one is a brilliant choice.

WHEN: All year round
VENUE: Spitafields City Farm
AGES: All ages

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A Trip to The Theatre: Septimus Bean and His Amazing Machine

There’s a new show at the Unicorn theatre opening on 20th May based on the book by Janet Quin-Harkin. Septimus Bean and His Amazing Machine is a comical, rhythmical and inventive show, and a great option if a trip to the theatre is your thing this half term.

WHEN: 20th May – 26th June
VENUE: Unicorn Theatre, Southwark, London
AGES: 4+

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