7 Things To Do With Your Children This Half Term

If you're stuck in London this half term, here are some ideas for kid entertainment.

Maybe you’re off to some gorgeous villa in Provence?

Or maybe you’re stuck in London like us.

In which case, here is some inspiration for kid-related entertainment in the big smoke.

You’re welcome.
Ps: If you’re after a villa – this one is going begging.

Dinosaurs at Port Lympne

On Monday 29th May 2017, the Dinosaur Forest at Port Lympne will be playing host to live performances by Andy himself, giving excited visitors the chance to meet him.

Dino Day Out, will be a family trip of Jurassic proportions.

Having joined in with Andy Day and his famous Dinosaur Raps, families can head on guided tours through the Dinosaur Forest where the Reserve’s very own Dinosaur Rangers will excite them with tales of these prehistoric beasts.

There will also be many other activities to get involved with including; Meet Pete, the fully walking, hot breath snorting, roaring realistic animatronic T-Rex, mask making, fossil digging and a Dinosaur Forest Challenge.

With over 100 life-sized dinosaurs to see and augmented reality where the dinosaurs come to life, this is one day a little budding palaeontologist does not want to miss.

11am – 4pm, Entry is included in the price of a day ticket to Port Lympne Reserve – from £18.90

To book click here 

Wombles Picnic

Why not head to Wimbledon for a Wombles picnic, courtesy of Waterstones Wimbledon? There will be free activities and story telling for Wombles fans on bank holiday Monday (29 May).

Free, book ahead, 11.30am

Robot Zoo at the Horniman Museum

My boys LOVED this. Meet a robotic rhino, a squid with 18-foot tentacles and a huge house fly with a vacuum cleaner mouth at the Horniman Museum’s Zoo for larger-than-life robot animals made from familiar machines and gadgets.

Through interactive games and challenges the robot creation will reveal how real animal anatomy works. Take a picnic to enjoy in the gardens afterwards.

Book tickets here.

Matilda the Musical

“Opening to rave reviews in Stratford-upon Avon before transferring to the West End in 2011 and snatching up Olivier Awards with all the alacrity of a sticky-fingered child in a sweetshop, Matthew Warchus’s RSC production remains a treat.” Time Out.

Book tickets here 

Sensational butterflies

At the Natural History Museum. Another exhibit my boys can’t get enough of.  Watch a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis, and find out why they’re so colourful while walking through a tropical habitat, home to species from Central and South America, Africa and Asia. Finish up with tea at Carluccio’s in South Kensington – at least that’s what we always do. £5.85, book ahead, until 17 September 2017.

Book here 

The Hive at Kew Gardens

Wolfgang Buttress’ 17 metre high, 40 tonne installation wowed audiences in Milan and is now installed at Kew Gardens for the summer. Your kids can stand, lie or sit within the massive lattice structure as thousands of LED lights flicker and an orchestral arrangement plays, triggered by the activity of bees in a nearby hive. The music has been specially composed in the key of C to mimic a bee’s singing voice. Well, what d’you know?!

Afterwards you can explore the rest of the gardens. Bring a picnic or pay through the nose for sandwiches in the cafe.

Book here 

Museum of Childhood

Make miniature illuminated houses or design your own townscape with help from the Museum of Childhood’s construction team.

£5/£7, book ahead, 29 May-2 June


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