May Half Term in South Kensington

This May half-term come and enjoy a great day out in South Kensington - with amazing exhibitions, events and workshops for the whole family.

Natural History Museum
If you are heading to the Museum's then visit Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum and walk among hundreds of live butterflies in the tropical house or unleash your inner scientist at Investigate. But if you want to explore the galleries, head up to Volcanoes and Earthquakes and feel the ground shatter beneath your feet in their earthquake simulator. Always popular is coming face-to-face with a roaring T.rex in the dinosaur gallery - you take follow a dinosaur trail and find out more about these fascinating prehistoric creatures.

Join the Museum for a family festival of environmental science-themed, family-friendly fun (29th - 31st May). Kids can dress up as pollinators, get hands-on with real ocean specimens or become wildlife detectives. 

Science Museum
Over at the Science Museum take a trip into space at the Museum's IMAX theatre and experience one of six 3D films on one of the biggest screens in the UK. 

Come and think like a scientist at Wonderlab. Order live experiments at the Chemistry Bar, see lightning strike before your eyes and play with forces on giant slides. With over 50 mind-blowing exhibits, shows and demonstrations to enjoy, Wonderlab is an experience unlike any other. 

Pattern Pod is an amazing free multi-sensory area for children under 8 years old. In Pattern Pod, children can explore water ripples without getting their feet wet, create symmetrical images on touch screens, follow robot trails and much more. 

Victoria & Albert Museum
Join The Imagination Station in the John Madejski Garden for making and performance activities, inspired by The Future Starts Here exhibition. Imagination Station runs from weekdays over the holidays.

Time travel to the future by taking part in a free, energetic sound and dance performances. 'Stardust' is a promenade performance with level access, that moves from the John Madejski Garden to the Sackler Courtyard.

Over the half-term weekends, there will be a number of special free family events including interactive storytelling adventures in the Theatre & Performance Galleries (26th May), Drop-in Design and the opportunity to build a collaborative lightweight structure working alongside Arup engineers (28th May-3rd June). You can also take part in workshops designed and led by artists and families from the Door to Design project (26th May).

Take a break in one of the V&A's cafés. With three to choose from, including the new Courtyard café, relax and enjoy a delicious meal with the family al fresco or in one of their three beautifully designed period rooms. 

Royal Albert Hall
Discover a wide range of events to bring the family to - from music, to family shows, to story telling or watch the Moomins and the Comet on a big screen accompanied by a live score!

As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Science, explore Space through a series of concerts, talks, screenings and comedy events for space and sci-fi fans young and old. Join Albert Einstein for a lecture like  never seen before, science based family shows, a musical journey to space or join an Orchestra of Adventures.

Join a guided tour to find out the inside story of the Royal Albert Hall, taking you on a fascinating journey through its unique history, incredible architecture and legendary performances. 

Royal College of Music
On 26th May join RCM musicians and members of the Royal Albert Hall’s resident ensemble Albert’s Band for an intergalactic introduction to the orchestra, from Holst’s The Planets to music from E.T.

Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens
If the weather is good, head to Hyde Park for one of their Discovery Days (30th & 31st May) and join the education team with a range of free and exciting nature inspired activities for families. You could be pond dipping, helping your children discover an underwater world, sweep netting in the meadow or bug hunting at our minibeast hotel. Or getting digging on a Nature Explorer day (30th May) in the allotment In Kensington Gardens - its a full day of outdoor games and activities for 8-11 year olds.

Serpentine Galleries
If you are heading to the parks, pop into the Serpentine Gallery to see the fascinating work of Ian Cheng in Emissaries, who computer simulations feature a cast of flora and fauna that interact - but closes 28th May. 

Institut français
Catch a movie at Ciné Kids including the classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit or A Monster in Paris or try a French film with subtitles, Mia et le Migou.

Kensington Palace
Discover what life was like for Princess Victoria growing up at Kensington Palace - imagine a story with a live illustrator, drop-in and create your won portrait to take home or get hands on with historical objects. Don't miss the fantastic Diana: Her Fashion Story, although we recommend booking before you arrive.

Design Museum
Take a tour around the Museum's latest exhibition celebrating fashion designer, Azzedine Alaïa, in the first UK solo exhibition of his work, charting his incredible journey from sculptor to couturier. Follow in his footsteps and book into a fashion workshop on 27th May to create your own mini fashion collection inspired by the work of designer Azzedine Alaïa.

The Royal Society of Sculptors
The Society are running free, drop-in workshops (28th & 29th May) giving you the chance to work with a real artist and learn how to sculpt in clay! Find out how to use clay tools and techniques to create your very own self portrait inspired by Anne Purkiss’ artist portrait photographs.


To see a full list of what's on over half-term, click here or to follow our May half-term trail, click here.

Sensational Butterflies, Natural History Museum
Sensational Butterflies, Natural History Museum (credit: Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London)
Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery, Science Museum
Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery (credit: The Science Museum)
May Half Term, V&A
Imagination Station, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.  
Half Term at the Royal Albert Hall
Half Term at the Royal Albert Hall (credit: The Royal Albert Hall)
Family Create at the Royal College of Music
RCM's Family Create Event (credit: The Royal College of Music)
Ian Cheng, Emissaries, Serpentine Galleries
Ian Cheng, Emissaries, Serpentine Galleries (Courtesy the artist, Pilar Corrias London, Gladstone Gallery, Standard (Oslo)
Nature Explorers, Royal Parks
Nature Explorers in Hyde Park (Credit: Royal Parks)