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May Half Term

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Ready to make this May half term legendary for your kids and teens? London’s bursting with activities to keep everyone buzzing with excitement. We’ve got the lowdown on museum exhibitions, epic attractions, West End shows, stadium tours, adrenaline-pumping activities, blockbuster movies, concerts, and some quirky free activities. So grab a coffee and read on!





Embark on an extraordinary May half-term adventure at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, where there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy! Enjoy rides and attractions for all ages, stare wide-eyed at over 1,000 animals in our Zoo and SEA LIFE Aquarium and make unforgettable memories!

Age: All ages
Venue: Chessington KT9 2NE
Price: Great Offer on tickets. Book here.


Horrible Histories – Terrible Thames




What It Is: An exhilarating boat tour on the Thames by the Horrible Histories team, blending immersive theatre with hilarious historical facts.

Why Kids Love It: Kids are thrilled by the funny and gruesome tales of treachery, tyranny, and triumph, making history come alive in the most entertaining way.

KidRated Tip: Don’t miss the sea shanties—you’ll love singing along as you learn about the river’s murky past!


Age: All ages/Under 3’s Free
Venue: Tower Bridge Quay, St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LD
Price: Book your tickets via website 



Natural History Museum – Birds: Brilliant & Bizarre/Wildlife Photographer of the Year


  • What it is: The epic story of birds, from surviving a mass extinction event to inhabiting every continent on Earth. Plus the story of our planet via 100 powerful photographs.
  • Why kids love it: It’s the Natural History Museum – not only is it the location for the Paddington Bear movie it also has 100s of exhibits including animatronic dinosaurs.
  • KidRated tip: Make a day of it and visit the Science Museum or the V&A as well….
Venue: Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD


Wonderlab and Power Up Galleries at The Science Museum



The London Science Museum, known for its interactive and educational exhibits, features two standout galleries: Wonderlab and Power Up.


Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

  • What it is: Over 50 hands-on exhibits allow children to explore scientific principles through play, including a giant friction slide, magnetic sculptures, and thermal imaging cameras.
  • Why Kids Love it: Daily science shows and live demonstrations make complex concepts accessible and exciting, with crowd favourites like the chemistry show featuring explosive fun.
  • KidRated tip: The gallery is designed for all ages, with activities that cater to a wide range of interests and learning styles, making it a perfect family outing.


Power Up: The Ultimate Gaming Experience

  • What it is: Features over 160 gaming consoles, including iconic systems like the Atari 2600, NES, and Sega Mega Drive, allowing visitors to play classic games.
  • Why Kids Love it: The VR section provides immersive gaming experiences.
  • KidRated tip: The gallery provides an engaging mix of nostalgia and innovation, making it a hit for both seasoned gamers and newcomers.
Venue: Exhibition Rd, South Kensington London SW7 2DD

Young V & A



  • What it is: Formerly known as the V&A Museum of Childhood, the Young V&A Museum in Bethnal Green features thoughtful design, engaging exhibits, and a  wide range of activities.
  • Why Kids Love it? Interactive exhibits allow children to engage in imaginative play, physical activities, and creative projects. From dressing up and storytelling in the Imagine Gallery to building and crafting in the Design Gallery
  • KidRated Tip: Check out the interactive workshops and drop-in sessions—they’re a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills like manga drawing or coding.


Venue: Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PA

London Zoo:


  • What it is: An exciting new exhibit and activity area at London Zoo celebrating the incredible talents of reptiles and amphibians.
  • Why kids love it: They can challenge themselves with fun games like matching the accuracy of a Mangshan Pit Viper or jumping as far as a Mountain Chicken Frog.

KidRated tip: Head to the main lawn behind the exhibit to test your skills, then check out the animals to see how you measure up!

Venue: Outer Circle, London NW1 4RY


Family Events at Shakespeare’s Globe



Shakespeare’s Globe is always a win for families – a bit of culture and a lot of fun.

  • What it is: The Family Globe Theatre Guided Tour runs all year round and the Storytelling sessions are fantastic as actors bring Shakespeare’s characters to life with high energy readings of the text. Plus there’s a new interactive exhibition and a full children’s menu available at their on-site restaurant, Swan at the Globe.
  • Why kids love it: What’s great about this attraction is they separate the age groups in the workshops (5 to 8 & 9 to 12 years old). So older kids don’t have to be grouped  with their younger siblings.
  • KidRated Tip: Catch Romeo & Juliet at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre over the 25th and 26th May in a live storytelling session the whole family will enjoy. And A Midsummer Night’s Dream which takes place 29-30 May and is recommended for kids age 5-12.
Age: 5+
Venue: 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT

 Horniman Museum & Gardens



  • What it is: With its great galleries, amazing aquarium, beautiful butterflies and gorgeous gardens The Horniman Museum is an inspiring, surprising, family-friendly attraction in South London’s Forest Hill.
  • Why kids love it: Must-see exhibits include the AquariumButterfly House, and Dinosaur rEvolution – an interactive exhibition that explores the relationship between dinosaurs and birds including five large animatronic models –  plus dress up, games, and more.
  • KidRated Tip: Most of its exhibitions are free – just make sure you book in advance to ensure you get a time slot.
Venue: 100 London Rd, London SE23 3PQ

Greenwich – The Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum & the Queen’s House


If you’re looking for a fantastic family day out that’ll keep your kids and teens entertained, take a trip down the Thames to Greenwich. It’s an outing that has it all —history, science, ships, and plenty of fun!

  • Starting the Journey: The Thames River Cruise Kick off your day with a scenic boat ride down the Thames. The kids will love the amazing views of London’s iconic landmarks.



  • First Stop: The Royal Observatory Once in Greenwich, head straight to the Royal Observatory. This place is a hit with kids and teens alike. They can stand on the Prime Meridian Line, where the world’s time zones start, and explore the fascinating world of astronomy by taking in a planetarium show.
  • Exploring the Cutty Sark, the famous 19th-century tea clipper. Climbing aboard this historic ship is like stepping back in time. Kids will love exploring the decks and learning about life at sea.
  • Dive into Seafaring History at the National Maritime Museum The museum is packed with hands-on exhibits from ship simulators to maritime artefacts. It’s educational, but in the most entertaining way possible.
  • Final Stop: The Queen’s House An architectural gem with stunning art and beautiful views of Greenwich Park. The Great Hall and the Tulip Stairs are especially impressive. It’s a quieter, more relaxed spot to wind down your adventure, and it’s free to enter!


The Making of Harry Potter



  • What it is: A behind the scenes tour of the Harry Potter film series at Warner Bros. Studios. Discover the magic behind spellbinding special effects and explore the authentic film sets.
  • Why kids love it: For the very first time new filmmaking secrets and fan-favourite sets are on display to celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban. The Return to Azkaban exhibition runs from 1st May – 4th September 2024.
  • KidRated Tip: Remember this attraction is expensive so before you go make sure you read our guide about how to get value for money on the tour. Or failing that opt for the much cheaper day of exploring Harry Potter’s London.
  • Age: All ages/Under 4’s Free
    Venue: Studio Tour Dr, Leavesden, Watford WD25 7LR
    Price: Book your tickets via KidRated. Click here for details.


Adventure Workshop at The London Wetland Centre



  • What it is: The UK’s leading conservation charity with a mission to protect wetland wildlife and the natural habitat. If you are always trying to get your kids outdoors and off their screens, treat them to an inspiring family adventure at The London Wetland Centre.
  • Why kids love it: Plenty of fun, muddy adventures. During half-term week, as well as all the exciting Bing and Flop activities, kids can also enjoy:
    • Pond Dipping – daily sessions 11am to 12pm and 2pm to 3pm
    • Otter Talks – daily at 11am and 2pm
    • Mud Kitchen – get stuck in! Open all day.
    • Adventure Playground – bounce, slide and swing into action!
    • Wild Walk – a maze of balance beams and robe bridges through the reedbed
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Walk, London SW13 9WT
Price: See website for details




Queens Skate Dine Bowl



  • What it is: QUEENS skate dine bowl in Notting Hill is more than just bowling and skating.
  • Why kids love it: Whether it’s bowling, ice skating, or karaoke, everyone will have fun, fun, fun. With food and drink sorted by MEATliquor, you don’t even need to leave when you’re hungry.
  • KidRated tip: For those that want to take skating more seriously, there are private lessons on offer. Check their website for further information.
Venue: 17 Queensway, London W2 4QP
Price: See website for details



Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park



    • What it is: A giant trampoline park with dodgeball, foam pits, and obstacle courses.
    • Why kids love it: Bouncing off the walls and flipping into foam pits.
    • KidRated tip: Book a session with a parkour coach – ninja skills activated!
Venues: The O2, Acton & Croydon
Prices: See website for details

Laser Quest


    • What it is: A laser tag arena where kids can battle it out with friends.
    • Why kids love it: Running around in a dark maze, tagging opponents with lasers.
    • KidRated tip: Wear dark clothes to blend in and up their stealth game.

Age: 7+
Venues: See website for details


TeamSport Go-Karting


  • What it is: Indoor go-karting tracks where kids can channel their inner speed demons.
  • Why kids love it: Racing around the track and competing for the fastest lap.
  • KidRated tip: Bring their own helmet if they have one – it’s more comfortable.


Venue: Queen Elizabeth Walk, London SW13 9WT
Price: See website for details



Bay Sixty6 Skate Park


  • What it is: A top-notch skate park for skateboarding, BMXing, and scootering.
  • Why kids love it: Ramps, bowls, and street courses to show off their skills.
  • KidRated tip: Take a beginner’s lesson if they’re new – pros are made, not born!
Venue: Bay, 66 Acklam Rd, London W10 5YU
Price: See website for details





The Enormous Crocodile at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre




What It Is: A new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic picture book, featuring tasty tunes and mischievous puppets.

Why Kids Love It: Kids are captivated by the hilarious jungle adventure as the creatures team up to stop the greedy crocodile’s clever tricks.

KidRated Tip: A unique opportunity to let your kids experience the magic of live theatre with the excitement of being outdoors. Watching a play surrounded by nature, under the open sky, adds a sense of adventure and wonder that a traditional indoor theatre just can’t match.


Until 8th June 2024
Venue: Open Air Theatre, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4NU
Price: See KidRated’s Exclusive Deals

Princess Smartypants at the Lyric Studio


What It Is: A hilarious fairy tale about Princess Smartypants, who fights to stay single and make music with her monstrous pets.

Why Kids Love It: Packed with songs and madcap comedy, it’s a fun twist on traditional fairy tales where the princess is in charge.

KidRated Tip: Perfect for kids who are tired of typical fairy tales and love seeing strong, independent characters on stage!

Until 1st June 2024
Venue: Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith


Polka Theatre



Polka Theatre are famous for empowering children to navigate their world through inspirational theatre and creative experiences.

There’s something for everyone here – whether that’s watching a performance or taking part in a workshop. There is something running for all ages – Baby Explorers (0-8 months), Creative Explorers (18 months – 3 years), Act 1 (4-6 years old) and Act 2 (7-9 years old). Prices and dates vary.


Venue: 240 The Broadway, London SW19 1SB


Matilda the Musical



Who could resist the classic tale of Matilda, the dark and delightful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s tale of a child genius and her monstrous headmistress? There are a couple of scenes that could be slightly scary for younger children but its great fun for kids of most ages.


Age: 6+
Until 26 May 2024
Venue: Cambridge Theatre
Price: See KidRated’s Exclusive Deals



Back to the Future: The Musical



This stage adaptation of the iconic 80’s film, Back to the Future, is sure to evoke some feelings of nostalgia for many parents. The kids are sure to get excited when Marty McFly, your typical rock ‘n’ roll teenager, is accidentally transported back to 1955. In order to guarantee that he makes it back to the future, he needs to ensure that his parents meet and fall in love. You and the kids will marvel at the gravity-defying, time-travelling DeLorean that supposedly reaches speeds of up to 88 miles per hour!

Age: 6+
Until: October 2024
Venue: Adelphi Theatre
Price: See KidRated’s Exclusive Deals



 Frozen The Musical



This production of Anna and Elsa’s well-known story includes all the incredible special affects you’d expect from a Disney production, jaw-dropping scenery, and all the song kids (and parents!) know and love.

It’s an unmissable experience that will stay with the kids long after the curtain falls. Even the biggest Frozen fans will be in for a few surprises, as the production features new music from Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the unforgettable Let It Go writers.


Age: 6+
Until 15th October 2023
Venue: Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Price: See KidRated’s Exclusive Deals



Suitcase Circus – Puppet Theatre Barge



Step aboard the UK’s only floating puppet theatre for Suitcase Circus – a family show Suitcase Circus that 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, and the lovable yet bizarre magical Mexican hat Timrek.

Age: 5+
Date: until 5th June 2023
Venue: Puppet Theatre Barge, Little Venice





Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace


  • What it is: A ceremonial parade with soldiers in iconic red uniforms and bearskin hats.
  • Why kids love it: The pomp, the music, and the chance to see royal guards up close.
  • KidRated tip: Get there early for a good spot!



Southbank Centre


  • What it is: A cultural hub with free exhibitions, performances, and riverside fun.
  • Why kids love it: Street performers, skateboarding, and people-watching.
  • KidRated tip: Check the schedule for kid-friendly events and workshops.
  • Click here for our guide to the Southbank Centre



Granary Square Fountains



  • What it is: A playful water display at King’s Cross with 1,080 choreographed jets.
  • Why kids love it: Running through the fountains and getting soaked.
  • KidRated tip: Bring a change of clothes – they will get wet!



The Scoop at More London



  • What it is: An outdoor amphitheatre with free performances and events.
  • Why kids love it: Watching outdoor theatre, movies, and live music by the Thames.
  • KidRated tip: Pack a picnic and enjoy the show.



Mudchute Park & Farm



  • What it is: A city farm with animals, gardens, and a riding school.
  • Why kids love it: Petting the animals and exploring the open spaces.
  • KidRated tip: Bring some veggies to feed the goats – they’ll love it.
  • Click here for our guide to City Farms in and Around London



Greenwich Park



  • What it is: A royal park with vast green spaces, playgrounds, and the Prime Meridian Line.
  • Why kids love it: Running around, climbing on the giant playground, and straddling the hemispheres.
  • KidRated tip: Visit the Royal Observatory – stand with one foot in each hemisphere!
  • Click here for our Top 10 Things to do in Greenwich...




Museum of London Docklands



  • What it is: A museum exploring the history of London’s river, port, and people.
  • Why kids love it: Interactive exhibits, a Victorian Sailortown, and pirate fun.
  • KidRated tip: Check out the Mudlarks play area – it’s a hit with younger kids.




The Sky Garden



  • What it is: A free indoor garden with breathtaking views of London.
  • Why kids love it: The novelty of being in a sky-high garden and spotting landmarks.
  • KidRated tip: Book ahead online – it’s a must-do!
  • Click here for our Sky Garden review




Covent Garden Street Performers



  • What it is: A lively area with musicians, magicians, and acrobats performing for crowds.
  • Why kids love it: The up-close magic tricks, juggling acts, and lively atmosphere.
  • KidRated tip: Bring some coins for tips – performers appreciate it!
  • Click here for Things to do in Covent Garden



Hyde Park



  • What it is: One of London’s biggest and most famous parks.
  • Why kids love it: Boating on the Serpentine, the Diana Memorial Playground, and endless space to run wild.
  • KidRated tip: Pack a picnic and let them ride bikes or scooters along the paths
  • Click here for Things to do in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens


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