The Best Activities In London This Half-Term

The May half-term holidays have finally arrived. We’ve put together a roundup of the best events taking place across London over the next fortnight.

Go Ape At Alexandra Palace

The tree-top adventure course which recently opened at Ally Pally is an ideal place to keep your little monkeys entertained this half-term. Climb up through the trees, unleash your inner Tarzan on the zip wires, and complete this outdoor assault course. Adults can get involved too, if you’re brave enough!

WHEN: Open daily
WHERE: Alexandra Palace, 38 Vallance Rd, London N22 7UB
GREAT FOR: All the family

Picturing Hetty Feather 

This family-friendly exhibition explains and explores how writers and designers have worked with historical evidence to fill in factual gaps and bring the Foundling Hospital to life. The exhibition, named after the Jacqueline Wilson novel and CBBC adaptation of Hetty Feather, presents unseen treasures and artefacts from the Foundling collection archive. What’s more, there will be costumes and original props from the children’s show. The kids will have the opportunities to dress up and take part in interactive activities.

WHEN: Until 3 Sept
WHERE: Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AZ
GREAT FOR: All the family

Flip Out Trampolining

If outdoor Go Ape assault courses aren’t for you, take the kids trampolining to use up all that energy and excitement they’ll have for the holidays away from school. With trampolines, wall runners and foam pits, you can guarantee they’ll love bouncing around and sleep soundly that evening — giving you some much needed relaxation time.

WHEN: Daily from 9am
WHERE: Bendon Valley, Wandsworth SW18 4LZ  
GREAT FOR: All the family

The Wardrobe Ensemble

A fantastic storytelling production from the Wardrobe Ensemble, who are back to creating again with incredible stagecraft, superb soundscapes and light up sunglasses. We heard a rumour of disco dancing and dinosaur fighting too. There will definitely be something to appeal to all of your little ones in this production. 

WHEN: 30 May – 3 June, 2pm
WHERE: Ovalhouse, 52-54 Kennington Oval London, SE11 5SW
GREAT FOR: Ages 7-12 

Shark Feeding At SEA LIFE London Aquarium

Head to one of London’s most popular attractions on the Southbank this half-term and experience some incredible underwater life. Home to thousands of different creatures and six species of shark, the kids will truly fall in love with underwater life. Watch feeding time for the sharks, if the kids don’t find the sharks too terrifying. 

WHEN: See website for details
WHERE: SEA LIFE London Aquarium, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7PB
GREAT FOR: All the family

King And King

This hilarious fairytale with a twist tackles homophobia and family diversity. A prince who is soon to be king needs to find a bride. He meets hundreds of princesses but still cannot find the perfect partner, until one day a princess arrives with her brother. A great play for teaching children about societal values and acceptance.

WHEN: 1 June
WHERE: Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ES
GREAT FOR: All the family (Ages 5+)

BFI Film Clubs

The Southbank’s BFI always have plenty to offer during half-term for the little ones and these upcoming weeks are no different. Animation workshop Once Upon A Very Bad Fairytale will be taking place Tuesday 30th where children will have the opportunity to make stop-motion animations and mix up all the characters of traditional fairytales. Similarly the Green Screen Animating will look at stop-motion animation but with the more technical aspects of film-making. Saturday film club is also a great choice for learning about filmmaking and catching some free-screenings!

WHEN: See website for dates
WHERE: Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
GREAT FOR: 8-12 years

Cartoon Museum Workshops

If your kids are always keen on watching cartoons, why not get them involved in actually creating them with one of the Cartoon Museum’s workshop events? Visit their website to find out about their Manga For Beginners, Make A Mini Comic and The Adventures of You workshops. 

WHEN: 29 – 30 May
WHERE: 35 Little Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1A 2HH
GREAT FOR: Ages 8-12 

Horrible Histories – The Best Of Barmy Britain 

This is your chance to meet your heroes from British History. We admit they’re not the real deal but join the Horrible Histories crew for an hour-long production which comes pretty close. They’ll be battles against Boudicca, gun powder plotting, and lavish parties with Queen Victoria. This is definitely one all the family can enjoy.

WHEN: 27 May – 3 June
WHERE: Hampton Court Palace
GREAT FOR: All the family 

Feria de Londres

This celebration taking place at London Bridge is truly one for all the family. Dance workshops, face-painting, art-sessions, castanet-clicking, this Feria de Londres has it covered. Add a dash of Andalusian cuisine, including the churros favourite, and join in the celebrations at this Spanish festival. 

WHEN: Sat 27 May – Sun 28 May 
WHERE: Potter’s Field Park
GREAT FOR: All the family 

Place, House and Building Workshops

The Museum of Childhood will be hosting special building workshops to get children interested in construction and the townscape around them. They will have the opportunity to design their own towns and cities through drawing and painting; create their own doll’s house; and take part in interactive storytelling. 

WHEN: 29 May – 2 June
WHERE: V&A Museum of Childhood Bethnal Green, Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA
GREAT FOR: All the family 

Chelsea In Bloom

The world famous Chelsea art show returns this year for its 12th anniversary with a Floral Safari theme. The breath-taking displays will feature life-size floral animals. Look out for exotic, discovery, savannah and jungle-themed displays. Get involved on their website and help to vote for the winner!

WHEN: Until 27 May
WHERE: Various venues close to Sloane Square Station
GREAT FOR: All the family

Further afield: The Bug Club And Botanical Crowns

Bug Club will give children a chance to learn about bees and other insects. Hosted by the Friends of Forty Hall, this nature discovery club is back by popular demand. Following this 1 June will be the Botanical Gardens May Half-Term Botanical Crowns workshop. Go plant-spotting in the grounds of the Forty Hill estate, then create a durable and colourful crown to take home.

WHEN: 2pm 28 May
WHERE: Forty Hill, London EN2 9HA
GREAT FOR: Ages 4-11 

Get out of town: Merrydown Festival of Mucky Mayhem 

Head out to Hobbledown farm this holiday for its adventure park, and foamy wet activities. The weekend ahead promises to be a hot one, so cool down with these summer fun activities including slip ’n slide, Bubble workshop, Quad bungee and much more!

WHEN: 30 May – 1 June
WHERE: Hobbledown, Horton Ln, Epsom KT19 8PT
GREAT FOR: All the family

Restaurant of the week: Fortnum And Mason, The Parlour 

We admit this is more of a dessert parlour than a restaurant, but it’s an absolute favourite at My Baba so we had to give it a mention. This is the perfect way to spoil the kids this half-term. Book in and allow them to build their own sundaes! You can choose from artisan coffees, hot chocolates, sandwiches, as well classic and innovative ice cream flavours. Book in and grab a spoon!

About The Author

Lauren Hyland
Assistant Editor

Lauren keeps our readers up-to-date with the latest London events: from family outings to workshops for children to date nights in the city, she knows exactly what’s on and where. Contact lauren@mybaba.com

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