Brick Wonders
May
1
to 27 Oct

Brick Wonders

From an ancient Egyptian pyramid to Old London Bridge, and from the natural wonder of a coral reef to the modern marvel of the international space station, travel through history and explore over 50 models made using half a million LEGO bricks.

(c) Warren Elsmore

(c) Warren Elsmore

Kids can build whatever their imagination tells them to at the interactive play areas.

Ticket prices: Child £5; Adult £9: Family (up to 2 adults, 2 children) £20.

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Museum of the Moon
May
17
to 8 Sep

Museum of the Moon

Museum of the Moon, an awe-inspiring large-scale artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram, is part of a vibrant programme of space-themed events, performances and activities - from kids’ yoga under the Moon to a series of space-related talks from Museum scientists.

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Museum of the Moon, a six-metre spherical sculpture, features high-resolution NASA imagery of the lunar surface which allows visitors the chance to see the far side of the Moon.

Displayed to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and offering a space for reflection within the Museum, visitors are invited to contemplate their own relationship with the Moon and its influence on life on Earth.

More info here.

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Family Fun Day: All About Elements
Jun
1
11:00 am11:00

Family Fun Day: All About Elements

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the periodic table at a fun interactive day all about the elements. Suitable for 7–12-year olds though older and younger siblings are very welcome.

(c) Tim Mitchell

(c) Tim Mitchell

All activities and talks run throughout the day, so you do not need to arrive at 11.00am. There is sometimes a queue when they first open, so you might find it easier to arrive a little later, and you will still have time to see all the talks and try out all the activities.

Tickets from £7. More info here.

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My Great Orchestral Adventure
May
28
2:00 pm14:00

My Great Orchestral Adventure

The conductor of the orchestra is stuck in the future and you need to try and bring him back to the present day so he can continue his job of guiding the Orchestral Adventure.

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Using a special time machine, kids get to visit Jurassic periods and Classical eras, travel through the ages seeing the sights and hear the seminal sounds of the past.

Expect singing, dancing and a full symphony orchestra bringing the adventure to life.

Tickets from £15. Book here.

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Half Term at the Foundling Museum
May
28
to 31 May

Half Term at the Foundling Museum

We love a free event and all the below Museum-based events won’t cost you a penny:

Foley & The Art Of Noise - Tuesday 28 May, sessions run 11:30-13:30 & 14:30-16:30

Led by artist Albert Potrony and the Museum’s trainees, re-master works of art from the Museum’s Collections into 3D models. Learn to become a foley artist for the day, creating a soundtrack for the models using everyday sound effects. Suitable for age 5+

Interactive Sound Drawings - Wednesday 29 May, sessions run 11:30-13:30 & 14:30-16:30

Work with artist Anne Harild to create a large-scale sound drawing that you can move through, in this unique creative workshop. Experiment with new materials and explore mark-making on a large scale in response to the sounds in our exhibition Hogarth & The Art of Noise. Suitable for age 5+.

City Beats - Thursday 30 May, sessions run 11:30-13:30 & 14:30-16:30

In this special workshop learn the art of beatboxing with musician and world champion beatboxer Bellatrix. Inspired by our exhibition Hogarth & The Art of Noise, listen to the sounds of London today, then create your own responsive sounds using your mouth and body. Suitable for age 5+.

The Bells Of London - Friday 31 May, sessions run 11:30-13:30 & 14:30-16:30

Inspired by our exhibition, explore the sound of the bells of 19th-century London. Work with artist Isobel Manning to uncover the noises that William Hogarth would have heard when he was working in our city, then create your own clay bell to experiment making sounds with. Suitable for age 5+.

All events are free; more info here.

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Vivacious Victorians
May
28
to 30 May

Vivacious Victorians

If you've got a budding filmmaker (age 8 to 12), head over to the BFI for Victoriana, history and filmmaking.

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In Vivacious Victorians Live!, kids get to emulate Victorian filmmaking at its unique best and follow in their intrepid footsteps with the use of props and green screen.

Or attend Vivacious Victorians Animation Day and get royally animated by the Queen on screen via animation software as you delve into Victorian Britain.

There's also Victorian Inventions Live-Action Filming Day where kids draw inspiration from the whacky inventions the Victorians dreamt up and look at the hands-on demonstrations of early Victorian moving-image devices. Other activities include scripting, dressing up, prop-making, filming and green screen. Films will be uploaded to the BFI Families YouTube channel.

Tickets from £37.50. Parents drop children off for the day and packed lunch, drinks and snacks must be provided. More info here.

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Adventure Club
May
28
to 31 May

Adventure Club

Sharky & George will be in Hyde Park for a week of games and activities, including tug of war, boat races, nerf gun battles, mini olympics, rocket launching, science madness and water bomb catapulting.

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The Adventure Club is open to children aged 5-10 year olds.

Tickets from £72 per day with a 10% discount on week ticket types.

More info and booking here.

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Half Term At The Barbican Centre
May
27
to 1 Jun

Half Term At The Barbican Centre

If you’re at the centre over lunch or dinner, one child under 12 eats free for every adult ordering a main meal at the on-site restaurant, Barbican Kitchen.

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Half Term at Horniman Museum
May
27
to 31 May

Half Term at Horniman Museum

South East London’s best Museum never disappoints over half term. Our favourite events include:

A World of Stories - Monday 27 May, 11am, 12.15pm, 2pm, 3.15pm

Be whisked away to faraway places and different times in a free storytelling session inspired by the Horniman’s collections. Suitable for children aged 5+.

Family Art Fun - Tuesday 28, Thursday 30 and Friday 31 May, 11am-3.30pm (last entry 2.45pm)

Enjoy free craft activities inspired by bees. Make a bee mask to buzz around the Gardens in. Suitable for children for aged 3+.

Pond Dipping - Tuesdays 28 May, 11am (Members only), 12pm, 2pm, 3pm (45 mins sessions)

(c) Megan Taylor

(c) Megan Taylor

Explore what nature and wildlife live in the pond on the Horniman Nature Trail in late spring. Suitable for children aged 5+. All children must be accompanied by an adult. These activities are not suitable for prams or pushchairs. Tickets: Child £2.50

Big Wednesday: The Great British Bee Count - Wednesday 29 May, 10.30am-3.30pm

The museum will be buzzing with free, family-friendly bee activities as part of the nationwide Great British Bee Count initiative.

Mini-beast Safari - Thursday 30 May, 11am (Members only), 12pm, 2pm 3pm (45 mins sessions)

Hunt for creepy crawlies and bugs on the Horniman Nature Trail and discover the variety of insect life to be found in London in spring. Suitable for children aged 3+. All children must be accompanied by an adult. These activities are not suitable for prams or pushchairs. Tickets: Child £2.50

Hands on Base: Horniman Explorers - Friday 31 May, 11am-12.30pm, 2-3.30pm

Discover the collections that make the Horniman special! Explore and touch things from puppets to sharks jaws in the Hands on Base.

More info here.

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Half Term At The Southbank Centre
May
27
to 2 Jun

Half Term At The Southbank Centre

If you got children age 0 to 9, head over to the Southbank Centre for:

Soundpit

What does what sound feel like? What does music looks like? Find out in giant sandpits illuminated by beautiful graphics where kids get to create music with their movements as they become the composer of their own masterpiece.

(c) Pete Woodhead

(c) Pete Woodhead

Dragon Babies

Experience the sounds of Southbank Centre's gamelan (Javanese orchestra) and shake, rattle and gong in this music-making session for toddlers aged 3 – 5 years old.

(c) Pete Woodhead

(c) Pete Woodhead

Stick By Me

A quirky show about friendship and play, and the importance of treasuring little things. Expect comedy, mime, movement and a spellbinding musical soundscape, this show for children is full of excitement and energy.

Family Gamelan Taster Session

Discover Southbank Centre’s Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra comprising gongs, metallophones and drums. Aimed at inspiring self-confidence, improving coordination, sharpening listening skills and encouraging team-building, these sessions require no previous musical experience.

More info here.

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Cricket Coaching For Kids
May
27
to 1 Jun

Cricket Coaching For Kids

There’s nowhere better to experience the sport and learn to play the game than Lord’s and they’re reaching out to the cricketing stars of the future via their range of courses for kids age 3 to 16 (so perfect for when you’re looking for something for your tween/teen to do).

The MCC Cricket Academy at Lord’s have designed a new and exciting programme for children to experience the sport, with one and two-day courses available during school holidays.

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Kids get to learn the rules of the game and put them into practice when they play the sport in world-class facilities used by the England and Middlesex cricket teams.

Find out more here.

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ELMER Meet + Greet
May
26
2:00 pm14:00

ELMER Meet + Greet

Elmer the patchwork elephant is 30 and Waterstones is throwing a party where you can meet Elmer’s creator David McKee. Expect book signing and the chance to meet the patchwork elephant himself!

Booking is required for the David McKee book signing at 2pm so please register for your free ticket below to avoid disappointment. Parents/guardians accompanying their children don’t require a ticket.

Book here.

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Beasts Of London Family Festival
May
25
to 26 May

Beasts Of London Family Festival

Take a walk on the wild side with your family at this weekend festival inspired by the Beasts of London experience.

Create your own animated animal puppet show, discover the secrets of the Tower of London menagerie, get crafty with an animal mask or make a cast of your favourite animal footprint.

Keep your eyes peeled as you may spot some wandering characters in the galleries that may need some encouragement before performing in an animal cabaret!

The festival is a free, drop-in event, though attendance does not include entrance to the experience ‘Beasts of London’. If you would like to visit this, make sure you book separately.

Book here.



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Half Term At The Royal Parks
May
25
to 1 Jun

Half Term At The Royal Parks

Head to one of London’s eight Royal Parks:

  • Hyde Park

  • Kensington Gardens

  • Richmond

  • Bushy Park

  • St James’ Park

  • Green Park

  • Regent’s Park + Primrose Hill

  • Greenwich Park

for a range of activities including storytelling, a preview of a new playground, a production of The Wind in the Willows, Mission Invertebrate and Victoria and Albert’s Birthday bash.

More info here.

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Feria de Londres
May
24
12:00 pm12:00

Feria de Londres

Returning to the UK for its third year, Feria de Londres will be bringing its free, famous Andalusian carnival spirit to London.

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Colourful ‘casetas’ will be popping up in the aptly named Bernie Spain Gardens on the picturesque South Bank, serving up Spanish tapas, cocktails, tasting workshops, vibrant Flamenco dance shows, interactive activities and live Spanish music.

The three-day festival is inspired by Andalusia’s traditional spring fairs and throughout the weekend, there will be chances for everyone to fully immerse themselves in the celebrations. Flamboyant dancers from London’s best flamenco schools will lead Sevillana dance lessons and flamenco rhythm workshops, while children can enjoy face painting, fan making and kids flamenco dance lessons.

More info here.

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Half Term At The Postal Museum
May
24
to 31 May

Half Term At The Postal Museum

To celebrate the 200th birthday of Queen Victoria on 24th May, The Postal Museum will be treating the first 200 people through the door to entry for just 1p - the same price as the world’s first ever stamp, the Penny Black, when it launched in 1840 (and featured the face of Queen Victoria).

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As well as being able to see this priceless object up close, you’ll also be able take a ride on the world-famous Mail Rail as part of your ticket.

The first 200 visitors to The Postal Museum’s on-site café on the same day can also get a tea or coffee for, you guessed it, 1p.

The Museum is also giving free entry to all Victorias throughout the month of May. No matter the origin of your name (Wiktoria, Biktoria, Viktorie, Vittoria) you’ll be eligible for free entry throughout the month of May. All that is required is a valid form of photo ID to prove your link to Her Majesty.

Other activities on offer over half term include:

  • Royal Wave: Make a Queen Victoria Hand Puppet

  • Victorian calligraphy and paper making

  • Printing the Post

  • Make a Victorian Top Hat or Royal Tiara

  • Design your ‘Penny Black’ Greetings Card

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Entry starts at £3 for all non-Victorias. Book here.

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The Railway Children
May
12
to 26 May

The Railway Children

Introduce your kids to the classic that is The Railway Children (rated U) where an Edwardian family must leave their comfortable London home and move to Yorkshire after their father is taken away by the authorities. They soon find fun and adventure in the countryside – specifically in the vicinity of the steam-train railway line.

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Tickets from £4. Book here.

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Inclusive Hang Out
May
11
2:15 pm14:15

Inclusive Hang Out

Play, discover or just relax on Saturday May 11th at Oily Cart’s South London HQ at an Inclusive Play Space for the under 11s and an Inclusive Hang Out for older kids.

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This one off event – as part of the 10th Wandsworth Arts Fringe – offers a tactile, sensory wonderland for young people with complex needs and their friends and families.

The interactive and immersive 45 minute creative play sessions will run from 10am for children with complex needs under the age of 11, and from 2.15pm for young people with complex needs aged 11+.

Spaces are free but limited so booking is advisable. Book here.

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WAITRESS
May
1
to 25 May

WAITRESS

Katharine McPhee (you may recognise her from American Idol) joins the London cast to play Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage.

Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying run-in with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

Suitable for kids age 13+. Tickets from £. Book here.

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