Things To Do In London In May 2018 Half Term

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Things To Do In London In May 2018 Half Term

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RED RIDING HOOD: A puppet show on a boat captures the imagination of most kids, and if it's a well-known tale like Red Riding Hood, all the better. Marionettes and shadow puppets are used to tell the story for kids age 4+ and their adults. Puppet Theatre Barge (Little Venice), £12/£10 (£8.50 kids), book ahead, 19 May-8 July 2018

BE A JOURNALIST: Got a budding Kate Adie roaming around your house? Take them along to the National Army Museum where they'll use their tech skills to create a mini-documentary about some of the museum's artefacts. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book on the day, 26 May-3 June

POTION ROOM: Hot on the heels of this Soho bakery's fantastic Genie's Cave afternoon tea comes an even more magical Potion Room afternoon tea. Attend a potion class at the secret School of Wizarding Alchemy, and enjoy a sweet and savoury afternoon tea paired with the potions you make. Age 8+. Cutter & Squidge (Soho), £49.50 (£39.50 kids), book ahead, until September 2018

Attend a potions class at Cutter & Squidge

SENSATIONAL BUTTERFLIES: Get yourself all in a flutter in a tropical conservatory that's landed in South Kensington. Natural History Museum's Sensational Butterflies is a chance to get up close winged wonders from all over the world, and learn a little more about their habitat and life cycle. Plus, it's pretty. Natural History Museum (South Kensington), £5.85, book ahead, until September 2018

RAINBOW REVEALED: There's a new exhibition at Horniman Museum in Forest Hill showing how colour is made and perceived, and how it shapes our world. It's family-friendly, with plenty of interactive games to keep little ones interested. £7/£4, book ahead, until 28 October 2018

FAMILY DAYS OUT: Bored of trudging round the same old museums and parks? Try one of these seven alternative family days out in London, featuring caves, windmills and more. Or visit a budget-friendly alternative to the big attractions. Take a look a our map of where you can see animals in London — whatever the weather.

WHERE TO EAT: Finding somewhere to eat out with kids can be tricky, but these child-friendly restaurants in London offer more options than just pizza and chips. The pub may seem like an inappropriate suggestion, but bear with us — we've rounded up the best family-friendly pubs in London. See if your local made the list. Alternatively, try out these restaurants where kids eat for free.

CULTURE VULTURES: You may think art galleries and theatres are a no-go when you’ve got little ones in tow, but these London theatres are great for kids' shows, and these family-friendly art galleries will keep children happy — and have plenty for mum and dad too.

Saturday 26 May

The Hunting of the Snark comes to Southbank Centre

THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK: Southbank Centre brings The Hunting of the Snark — a nonsensical poem by Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll — to the stage, telling the story of an impossible voyage to hunt an imaginary creature. Queen Elizabeth Hall, £16/£8, book ahead, various times 26-28 May

LIGHT UP LONDON: Museum of London hosts a drop-in workshop where you can create atmospheric pictures of London landmarks, and use techniques to light up replicas of the landmarks. Age 5+. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 12pm/2.30pm (repeated tomorrow)

SOUTHWARK SARCOPHAGUS: A rare stone sarcophagus from Roman London was recently found in Southwark. Head to Museum of London Docklands to learn about why it's so important and have a go at making your own. Age 5+. Museum of London Docklands, free, just turn up, 12pm/2.30pm (repeated tomorrow)

Sunday 27 May

Not Now, Bernard at Unicorn Theatre

NOT NOW, BERNARD: David McKee's picture book, Not Now, Bernard, is brought to life on stage for kids over the age of 3 and their parents. Unicorn Theatre (Southwark), £6-£20, book ahead, 27 May-5 June

MOON MAN: The man in the moon visits London for one night only in this performance by an astronomer. Kids can learn some of the dances and boogie along with the moon man. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 1pm/2pm/3pm

Monday 28 May

Get inventive at Museum of Childhood

RAF MUSEUM: Storytelling and a craft workshop make up the entertainment at RAF Museum this half term, including a chance to make and decorate your own flying goggles. RAF Museum (Colindale), various prices depending on activity, 28 May-2 June

INVENTIVE CHILDHOOD: Become a crazy inventor or design and make your own mini robot helper at the Museum of Childhood's family workshops. Museum of Childhood (Bethnal Green), £5/£10, book ahead, 28 May- 1 June

LOVE YOUR ZOO: It's Love Your Zoo Week at Battersea Park Zoo, with a different animal in the spotlight everyday, and accompanying activities to take part in including story time and badge making. Battersea Park Zoo, various prices + admission fee, 28 May-1 June

Watch a free screening of Early Man at Museum of London

EARLY MAN: Bag your family free tickets to a screening of Aardman film Early Man, telling the animated story of prehistoric cave man Dug. Age 4+. Museum of London, free, book ahead, 11am/2pm

A LITTLE PRINCESS: See the UK premiere of the musical A Little Princess, based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's novel about a young girl sent from her home in Africa to boarding school in London. Age 5+. Southbank Centre, £35-£60, book ahead, 7.30pm

Tuesday 29 May

Celebrate all things space-themed at Royal Albert Hall

DRAMA WORKSHOPS: Unicorn Theatre runs various holiday workshops for kids and teenagers keen to take to the stage. This week's options include classes in drama, circus and movement, and making a play in a day. Full details here. Various dates, ages and prices, 29 May-2 June

ASTRONAUT DREAMS: As part of the Royal Albert Hall's Space Festival, see a performance of A Strange New Space, a one-woman, non-verbal show about a girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. Royal Albert Hall, £9.16-£13.24, book ahead, 11am/2pm

DEMON BARBER: Take brave little ones to hear the story of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, retold in a Penny Dreadful account. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 1pm/2pm/3pm

Wednesday 30 May

Ensonglopedia of Science at Royal Albert Hall

GAMELAN: Get to grips with the inner workings of a Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra at this gamelan taster workshop for kids age 6+ and their families. Southbank Centre, £5, book ahead, 30 May-2 June

TWINKLE TWINKLE: This is the story of Marty the puppy, whose bedtime songs and play-time with his Dad are the best part of his day, told on stage through puppetry and a musical score. ArtsDepot (Finchley), £16, book ahead, 30 May-31 May

HALF TERM STORIES: Stories, rhymes and crafts for younger children bring Forty Hall to life, with a chance to explore the house and estate afterwards. Age 5 and under. Forty Hall (Enfield), £4/£6, book ahead, 10.30am-11.30am

SCIENCE SONGS: Science meets songs in this performance at the Royal Albert Hall, which features a song about science for every letter of the alphabet, including atoms, the big bang, cells, DNA... Royal Albert Hall, £13.24, book ahead, 2pm

Thursday 31 May

Make a Victorian lantern at Museum of London

SPRING CRAFTING: Bring in the spring with this workshop where kids can make a green man doll and mask, and a clay secret bulb box, all while learning about spring traditions. Forty Hall (Enfield), £5/£7, book ahead, 11am/1.30pm

VICTORIAN LANTERN: Create your own Victorian-style lantern, then test it out on a Victorian walk, while learning about the gas lamps which still exist in London today. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 12.30pm/2.30pm (repeated tomorrow)

Friday 1 June

Musical storytelling at Museum of London

NIGHT TIME TUNES: Museum of London hosts a musical storytelling session harking back to the musical halls of 1850-1950. Learn music hall songs and hear night-time anecdotes from London's past. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 1pm/2pm/3pm

Saturday 2 June

LONDON LIGHTS: Kids can design and make a glow in the dark sign for their bedroom, linking in with theme of London at night and the lights that can be seen. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 12.30pm

Sunday 3 June

Moomins come to the Royal Albert Hall

BUG CLUB: Grab a magnifying glass and get outside to learn about the superpowers that different bugs have, then make your own super creature out of clay. Forty Hall, £5/£7, book ahead, 11am

MOOMINS: Love Moomins? The live score of the second book, Comet in Moominland, is being performed live, while the film version is shown on screen. Royal Albert Hall, £15/£13.50, book ahead, 8pm

Last Updated 27 April 2018