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Play Works

18th November-23rd June 2024

Venue: Orleans House Gallery

Website: www.orleanshousegallery.org

Play is timeless, ordinary and extraordinary. It is a defining feature of childhood and yet it is increasingly under threat. Play Works gives children the time and the space to do what they do best. This...

Solstice

1st-24th December 2024

Venue: Battersea Arts Centre

Website: www.bac.org.uk/whats-on/solstice/

Solstice is a brand new immersive trail through the seasons, with magical creatures and a festive adventure for all the family. Under the light of the moon, you will move through a winter wonderland where...

Dinosaur rEvolution

10th February-3rd November 2024

Venue: Horniman Museum and Gardens

Website: www.horniman.ac.uk/event/dinosaur-revolution

The first UK showing of Dinosaur rEvolution explores the relationship between dinosaurs and birds in a colourful exhibition, including five large animatronic models, many accurate cast fossil skeletons...

Bing's Nature Explorers

23rd March-2nd June 2024

Venue: WWT London

Website: www.wwt.org.uk

Learn all about wetland nature and wildlife with a little help from Bing and his friends. Join Bing and Flop to become a Nature Explorer with activity trails, storytelling, character appearances and much...

The Bear Trail

29th March-7th June 2024

Venue: Kingston upon Thames

Website: www.kingstonfirst.co.uk

The Bear Trail is free to attend and perfect for all ages – from families who are seeking fun activities during the holidays or any after-school entertainment to friends who want something fun to do...

Romeo and Juliet Family Workshop

30th March-26th May 2024

Venue: Shakespeare's Globe

Website: www.shakespearesglobe.com

Start your day with a walk inside the wooden ‘O’ to hear about the history of Shakespeare’s London and the theatrical world he created. Explore Shakespeare’s most famous love story together as...

Macbeth Family Storytelling

12th April-1st June 2024

Venue: Shakespeare's Globe

Website: www.shakespearesglobe.com

Enjoy the hurly-burly of Macbeth in a gloriously spooky and bloody storytelling set in medieval Scotland. For ages 5–12 and their families. Recommended for ages 5–12 and their families.

Disney100: The Exhibition

1st May-21st June 2024

Venue: ExCel London

Website: www.excel.london

Dive into the world of The Walt Disney Company and experience 100 years of magic like never before! Disney100: The Exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime event celebrating the iconic characters and stories...

Play Works

1st May-23rd June 2024

Venue: Orleans House Gallery

Website: www.orleanshousegallery.org

Play Works gives children the time and the space to do what they do best. This exhibition also gives adults the chance to explore play memories and advocates for richer play experiences beyond the gallery....

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Suitcase Circus

4th May-2nd June 2024

Venue: Puppet Theatre Barge, Little Venice

Website: www.puppetbarge.com

Suitcase Circus features the most unlikely of performers including the world's only acrobatic potato sack, a daredevil ski glove, an incredible dancing milkshake straw, the hypnotic tie snake Windsor Knot,...

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The Princess and The Pea

17th May-16th June 2024

Venue: Unicorn Theatre

Website: www.unicorntheatre.com

In a lavish Palace there lives a pampered Princess who has everything her heart desires. Each day, three loyal servants attend to her every wish and whim. But one dark and stormy night, she ventures beyond...

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Oliver!

22nd-25th May 2024

Venue: Churchill Theatre

Website: www.trafalgartickets.com

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, Oliver! follows the story of a small boy with a big heart as he journeys from a desolate workhouse to the paved streets of Victorian London in search of love and...

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Zippos Circus

22nd May-3rd June 2024

Venue: Beddington Park

Website: www.zippos.co.uk

Celebrating their very own "Magnificent Showman" Zippos Circus all-new 2024 production "Magnificent!" sees brand new routines from firm favourites within the Zippo core company whilst introducing new guest...

Half Term Fun at Battersea Power Station

24th-29th May 2024

Venue: Battersea Power Station

Website: www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk

Explore Battersea Power Station this May half-term for a host of activities, workshops and events, providing fun for the whole family!

MCM Comic Con

24th-26th May 2024

Venue: ExCel London

Website: www.excel.london

Don’t miss the chance to meet your anime, TV and film stars, the joy of browsing art from independent creators, the freedom to be yourself and all the special little moments you don’t get anywhere...

Weekend Wildlife: Small mammal trapping

24th-25th May 2024

Venue: Morden Hall Park

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/london/morden-hall-park

On Friday evening you'll be helping the team to set small mammal traps then, bright and early the following morning you'll be coming back to the traps to count the mice and voles and safely release them...

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

25th May-30th June 2024

Venue: Churchill Theatre

Website: www.trafalgartickets.com

This brand-new production of this much-loved family favourite, is bursting with unforgettable songs by the Sherman Brothers including Toot Sweets, Hushabye Mountain, Truly Scrumptious and of course the...

Clapham Pretty Muddy Kids

25th May 2024

Venue: Clapham Common

Website: www.raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org

Pretty Muddy® Kids is a fun-packed muddy obstacle course for children aged 6-12 (over 1.2m tall). The young fundraisers climb, crawl and slide their way around the course at their own pace, accompanied...

Flower Power Family Rave with Big Fish Little Fish

25th May 2024

Venue: Horniman Museum and Gardens

Website: www.horniman.ac.uk

Dance in the Horniman Gardens with your family and join the award winning fun! A max of 3 children per one adult. 2-6pm. Booking essential.

Kids Rule! At Eltham Palace

25th May-2nd June 2024

Venue: Eltham Palace and Gardens

Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk

Visit the grounds of Eltham Palace for hands-on activities and fresh-air family fun. Book online and save 15%.

May Half Term: Family Gardening Festival

25th May-2nd June 2024

Venue: RHS Garden Wisley

Website: www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

Plant the seeds of a lifelong adventure with plants, at RHS Wisley, Surrey this May half term at their Family Gardening Festival with Burgon & Ball. With family craft activities, a garden trail, exciting...

National Children's Gardening Week

25th May-2nd June 2024

Venue: Nationwide

Website: www.childrensgardeningweek.co.uk

An annual celebration of the fun that gardens hold for kids, supporting Greenfingers charity which is dedicated to providing magical gardens for children in hospices suffering from life limiting illnesses....

Royal Mews: Half Term Activities

25th May 2024

Venue: The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

Website: www.rct.uk

Head to the Royal Mews to enjoy some arts and crafts activities inspired by the amazing horses housed in the Mews. Whilst you are visiting, make sure you also visit the State Stables to dress up in livery,...

Sticks 'n' Sushi - Kids Masterclass

25th May 2024

Venue: 1 Nelson Road

Website: www.visitgreenwich.org.uk

It's never too early to learn some serious sushi skills, whether it's for a birthday party or social gathering.Classes are suitable for ages 8-12 years, the teaching is clear, thorough and tailored to...

Weekend of Wildlife: Bat Walk

25th May 2024

Venue: Morden Hall Park

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/london/morden-hall-park

Discover the nocturnal world of bats at Morden Hall Park. Learn about bats and borrow a bat detector to hear their calls and see if you can spot them fluttering above. FREE. Booking essential.

Children's Garden Quiet Sessions

26th May 2024

Venue: Kew Gardens

Website: www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on

Kew are closing the Children’s Garden to the public to allow children with special educational needs and disabilities, like Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or sensory processing needs, and their parents...

Greenwich Dog Show

26th May 2024

Venue: Old Naval College Grounds

Website: www.visitgreenwich.org.uk

Does your dog have the waggiest tail or could they be the prettiest bitch or most handsome dog? Every dog is welcome – big, small, pedigree, mutt, young and old – it’s a celebration of the canine...

Half Term Make and Do Workshops

26th May-2nd June 2024

Venue: National Maritime Museum

Website: www.rmg.co.uk

Workshops will focus on engineering and will encourage families to engage through creative experimentation with engineering concepts linked to RMG’s collections. 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. Suitable for all...

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Peckham Fringe: Storytropolis: Into The Story-Verse

26th May 2024

Venue: Theatre Peckham

Website: www.theatrepeckham.co.uk

Once every 300 years the realms begin to coincide and the beauty of Storytropolis comes alive. All stories come from somewhere… Suitable for ages 3+.

Go and see Bluey

27th May 2024

Venue: Epping Ongar Railway

Website: www.eorailway.co.uk

Take a ride on the heritage steam train to Ongar where Bluey will be making appearances. Capacity on each train will be limited and advance booking is essential.

Let's Get Creative - May

27th May 2024

Venue: Orleans House Gallery

Website: www.orleanshousegallery.org

Let’s Get Creative is aimed at families with children aged 4-11 years, though all are welcome.  Sessions are free and run regularly throughout the year. Specific details for this event, including...

Theatre & Cinema

Pop Princesses

27th May 2024

Venue: Churchill Theatre

Website: www.trafalgartickets.com

A Magical show where beautiful Princesses become Pop Stars! Featuring a soundtrack of top pop hits from artists such as Little Mix, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift. Meghan Trainor and Miley Cyrus, plus all...

One Day Ballet Intensives

28th-30th May 2024

Venue: Central School of Ballet

Website: www.centralschoolofballet.co.uk/dance-classes-courses/

A range of one day dance courses are available May half term, for children aged 4-16. Courses are suitable for all abilities, from dancers aspiring to perform through to those dancing for the first time.Central...

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Zog and the Flying Doctors

28th May-2nd June 2024

Venue: Rose Theatre

Website: www.rosetheatre.org

Based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling sequel, Freckle Productions (Zog, Stick Man, Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales) are back, with music and lyrics by Joe Stilgoe (Zog), for this truly...

Mask Making Mayhem

29th May 2024

Venue: Polka Theatre

Website: www.polkatheatre.com

Inspired by all the animals of Polka’s Half Term shows, make your own mask with paints, colouring pens or glitter! Once your mask is made, it’s time to learn some new mime techniques by using your...

Mish Mash Family Trail

29th May-2nd June 2024

Venue: Southbank Centre

Website: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Gather your family and friends and prepare for an interactive and colourful art journey across the site. The Mish Mash Family Trail was created by the Heart n Soul Feel Good Designers, and guides you to...

Theatre & Cinema

Peppa Pig's Fun Day Out

29th-30th May 2024

Venue: Churchill Theatre

Website: www.trafalgartickets.com

Peppa Pig is back in her oinktastic brand new live show, Fun Day Out! Packed full of songs, dance and muddy puddles, Peppa’s Fun Day Out guarantees giggles and snorts for all Peppa fans, and a perfect...

How to....Face Paint

30th May 2024

Venue: Polka Theatre

Website: www.polkatheatre.com

Would you love to learn how to paint dinosaur skin or a giraffe pattern on your child, grown-up, sibling or friend? There’s a lot to learn with face painting so join Polka to find out how to complete...

Theatre & Cinema

Mr Toad

30th May-1st June 2024

Venue: Greenwich Theatre

Website: www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk

Wise Owl Theatre bring the high-spirited and downright ludicrous tale of ‘Mr. Toad’ to the stage. The story is based on Kenneth Grahame’s ‘Wind in the Willows’, and includes appearances from...

Macbeth: Family Storytelling

31st May-1st June 2024

Venue: Shakespeare's Globe

Website: www.shakespearesglobe.com

Macbeth has no real plan in his quest to be king. But he is not going to let that stand between him and power. As Macbeth and Lady Macbeth get what they want, they soon find that their consciences and...

Theatre & Cinema

Pied Piper: A Hip-Hop Family Musical

31st May-2nd June 2024

Venue: Southbank Centre

Website: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Give in to the sway of hip-hop beats as this modern twist on the classic story pulls you under its spell – just look out for the rat catcher’s catchy tunes…The BAC Beatbox Academy returns to the...

CoderDojo

1st June 2024

Venue: Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre

Address: Learning Space

Website: www.rmg.co.uk

The monthly club consists of 90 minutes of programming in which participants can take part in an array of specially designed coding activities inspired by Royal Museums Greenwich’s vast collection. Suitable...

Theatre & Cinema

Exciting Science

1st June 2024

Venue: Fairfield Halls

Website: www.fairfield.co.uk

Watch in amazement as they recreate a volcanic eruption; turn a vacuum cleaner into a missile launcher or take aim at you with their smoke blaster! This brand new, exciting and educational show will amaze...

Make, Do and Maintain

1st June 2024

Venue: Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre

Website: www.rmg.co.uk

Ever wondered how to keep your silver shining or how to mount a picture? Join Prince Philip Maritime Collection Centre’s community of makers and menders. This is a club for old and young to share current...

Southern At War

1st-2nd June 2024

Venue: Bluebell Railway

Website: www.bluebell-railway.com

You won’t want to miss out on a weekend filled with re-enactors, classic vehicles, displays, stands, and more. Get into the spirit of the occasion by dressing up in your finest period clothing and immersing...

The Mughal Miniatures Dance Party

1st June 2024

Venue: Southbank Centre

Website: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Enjoy a vibrant outdoor performance as pop-up pictures come to life, learn new dance moves in a fun workshop, and put them into action with a live DJ to keep the party going.Performances and DJ can be...

Theatre & Cinema

The Comedy of Errors

4th June 2024

Venue: Southwark Cathedral

Website: www.handlebards.com

Join the troupe for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’ like you’ve never seen before. When two sets of estranged twins are brought together on the same island,...

The Big Help Out

7th-9th June 2024

Venue: Nationwide

Website: www.thebighelpout.org.uk

Early involvement in volunteering and social action increases a child’s likelihood of taking part in the future. Working together, teachers have the power to instil the values of compassion and community...

Theatre & Cinema

The Railway Children

7th-8th June 2024

Venue: Rose Theatre

Website: www.rosetheatre.org

After the sudden departure of their father, Bobby, Peter, and Phyllis are uprooted to a cottage in Yorkshire with their mother. There they fall in love with the railway and become involved in the lives...

Theatre & Cinema

Peppa Pig's Fun Day Out

8th-9th June 2024

Venue: Fairfield Halls

Website: www.fairfield.co.uk

Peppa Pig is back in her oinktastic brand new live show, Fun Day Out! Packed full of songs, dance and muddy puddles, Peppa’s Fun Day Out guarantees giggles and snorts for all Peppa fans, and a perfect...

Evening with the Moon

15th June 2024

Venue: Royal Observatory Greenwich

Website: www.rmg.co.uk

Join the Royal Observatory astronomers for an evening of moon-themed family fun, starting with a planetarium show and ending with an opportunity to see the moon through one of the Observatory’s modern...

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LSE Festival Family Day!

15th-15th June 2024

10am - 1pm, Saturday 15 June Construct your dream neighbourhood with Lego and data science, get creative with campaigning, build your own mini-business and more at this year’s free LSE Festival...

SENsory Sailors

15th June 2024

Venue: National Maritime Museum

Website: www.rmg.co.uk

Families with children with special educational needs and disabilities are invited to a monthly session to explore the collection, enjoy the opportunity to be creative together, and meet other local families....

Home Education Workshops - Pond dipping and outdoor habitats

17th June 2024

Venue: Horniman Museum and Gardens

Website: www.horniman.ac.uk

Dip nets in the Horniman’s pond and explore outdoor habitats their wild Nature Trail. Use scientific equipment to collect animals and first-hand observation to learn more about them. Reconnect with nature...

National School Sports Week 2024

17th-23rd June 2024

Venue: Nationwide

Website: www.youthsporttrust.org

This year's theme brings a special one-off Euro 2024 event that emphasises football as a means to engage young people in 60 minutes a day of PE, sport and play. By registering, schools will receive free...

Barnes Children's Literature Festival

22nd-23rd June 2024

Venue: Various venues

Website: www.barneskidslitfest.org

Barnes becomes the children's books capital of the UK with more than 100 fun events, workshops and performances for young book fans. Children can also get involved in creative writing, comics, art, Manga...

Chinese Astronomy

22nd June 2024

Venue: Royal Observatory Greenwich

Website: www.rmg.co.uk

Join this live planetarium show to hear an astronomer from the Royal Observatory Greenwich explore topics in ancient and modern Chinese astronomy, including the Sun, Moon, stars and space exploration....

Let's Get Creative - June

22nd-23rd June 2024

Venue: Orleans House Gallery

Website: www.orleanshousegallery.org

Let’s Get Creative is aimed at families with children aged 4-11 years, though all are welcome.  Sessions are free and run regularly throughout the year. Specific details for this event, including whether...

West End Live 2024

22nd-23rd June 2024

Venue: Trafalgar Square

Website: www.westendlive.co.uk

Theatre’s biggest stars will perform some of London’s leading musicals and must-see new shows. Entry to all areas is managed on a first come, first served basis and you will need to queue. Once capacity...

Primary Schools Morning: Tavares Strachan

26th June 2024

Venue: Southbank Centre

Website: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Take a trip to the Hayward Gallery Tavares Strachan exhibition in a free session for primary school groups. Featuring neon works, bronze and ceramic sculptures, and mixed-media installations, this is...

Safe Harbour

29th June-1st May 2024

Venue: National Maritime Museum

Website: www.rmg.co.uk

Safe Harbour is a series of free workshops created to provide a safe space for foster and adoptive families. The sessions are an opportunity for families to have fun together in a friendly and welcoming...

Blackheath Pretty Muddy Kids

30th June 2024

Venue: Blackheath Common

Website: www.raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org

Pretty Muddy® Kids is a fun-packed muddy obstacle course for children aged 6-12 (over 1.2m tall). The young fundraisers climb, crawl and slide their way around the course at their own pace, accompanied...

Burntwood School Open Morning

4th July 2024

Venue: Burntwood School

Website: www.burntwoodschool.com

Excellent teaching and a commitment to a rigorous academic curriculum means that at Burntwood School there is a culture of excellence which ensures that every student can succeed and is confidently prepared...

Joe Wicks Festival at Kew

7th July 2024

Venue: Kew Gardens

Website: www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on

Hosted by the much-loved fitness coach who won the hearts and minds of the nation with his daily PE workouts, Joe Wicks in collaboration with Kew Gardens, will host the ultimate feel-good family festival...

Theatre & Cinema

Milkshake! Live - on Holiday!

12th-14th July 2024

Venue: Rose Theatre

Website: www.rosetheatre.org

Join your favourite Milkshake! friends on Holiday with Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol, Dora, Pip and Posy, Blue from Blues Clues and You!, Milo, Milkshake! Monkey plus two presenters for an all-new...

Jigsaw Summer Camps

29th July-16th August 2024

Venue: Venues include Balham, Battersea and Wandsworth

Website: www.jigsaw-arts.co.uk

Students take part in dance, drama and singing classes, prop making workshops, friendship building activities and more! With classes for ages 3 - 16 years, a Jigsaw Holiday Camp will be the perfect choice...

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