Making the most of May half-term in South Kensington

May half-term is a chance to get out and enjoy what South Kensington has to offer. We've pulled together some of the best holiday activities for the whole family.

Robots

On until 3rd Sep 2017
Science Museum
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Robots explores the 500-year story of humanoid robots and the artistic and scientific quest to understand what it means to be human. Featuring over 100 robots, from a 16th-century mechanical monk to robots from science fiction and modern-day research labs.

Our Lives in Data

On until 1st Sep
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Visit Our Lives in Data to uncover some of the diverse ways our data is being collected, analysed and used - discover new tools to protect your data.

Engineer your future

On until 16th December 2017
Science Museum
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Find out if you’ve got the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills to be a globe-trotting engineer of tomorrow.

Sensational Butterflies

31st March - 17th Sept
Natural History Museum
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Follow the trail in the tropical butterfly house through a tropical habitat of flowers, vines and foliage. As butterflies fly overhead, you'll pass chomping caterpillars, glistening chrysalises and busy feeding stations.

Bibliothèque Quentin Blake

10am-9.30pm
Institut français
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The children's library has reopened providing children with easy access to a wide range of interactive resources.

Boating in Hyde Park

April-31st Oct
10am til sundown
Hyde Park
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Hyde Park has a fleet of rowing and pedal boats on the Serpentine and the UK's first Solarshuttle, a magnificent vessel which glides across the lake powered only by the sun. The Solarshuttle carries up to 40 passengers and the pedal and row boats hold up to 6 persons each.

Wildlife Garden

1st April - early Nov
Natural History Museum
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Explore nature in the flourishing Wildlife Garden, a tranquil haven for plants and animals in the heart of the city. The garden is home to thousands of British flora and fauna.

Live Science

On til 2nd July except Tue & Weds
11-1pm, 2-5.30pm
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Are there differences between people’s facial expressions? How can we measure these small variations? Come and help researchers from Imperial College London learn more about how we can record and measure the small differences in everyone’s facial expressions. Age 5+

Free

The Imagination Station

27th May - 4th June
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Explore unusual artworks created for iconic bands and design your own album cover. Recommended for ages 3+

Free

Pop-up Performance

27th May - 4th June
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Experience a playful and interactive performance as two best friends come together to create their own Music Festival!

Half term at Kensington Palace

28th May - 3rd June
11-4pm
Kensington Palace
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Discover the surprising stories and amazing art of the Georgian Court. Get dressed up as a Georgian Courtier and pick up an activity bag or trail from the Time Explorers Station, with activities for babies to 13 year olds.

Creative Diagrams: Drawing about Thinking

28th May
1-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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A master-class in how to unlock your creative thinking using story-telling and illustration techniques. Timelines, family trees, and instructions are all examples of systems diagrams used to communicate complicated ideas to a broad audience. Age 12-16.

Make-It: Music Festival

29th May - 2nd June
10.30am, 2.30pm
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Led by a music producer and promoter, work with other families to create your very own music festival. Booking essential.

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Nick Cope's family songbook

29 May
11am, 1pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Monkeys, bears, socks and mud, this man sings about everything children are really interested in. Sit back and relax, or get up and dance at this interactive concert for families!

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Comedy Club 4 Kids

30 May
1pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Cracking stand up comedy for everyone over the age of six! Comedy Club 4 Kids has stand up from grown up, high-quality acts, who perform their usual sets without the swearing or rude bits.

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Family film: The Jungle Book

31 May
10am
Royal Albert Hall
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50 years after The Jungle Book was first released into cinemas, rejoin Bagheera, Baloo, Shere Khan and Kaa on the big screen in this anniversary screening of the Disney classic.

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Stories and poems with Michael Rosen

1 June
11am, 2pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Michael Rosen, one of the most well-known figures in the children’s book world, is coming to the Elgar Room to read some of his best-loved poems and stories for kids.

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Music

Albert's Band: Symphonic Superstars

2 June
12pm, 2.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Join the Royal Albert Hall’s resident Education & Outreach orchestra, Albert’s Band, as they perform a countdown of their top ten favourite pieces of classical music.

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Classical for kids: Fantastic Flutes

3 June
11am, 1.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Introducing little ears to the world of classical music, Classical for Kids concerts are aimed at children of all ages and their families to enjoy. Buggies, babies and budding musicians all welcome!

Science Night

3rd June
6.45pm-10am
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Science Night is a special overnight event for 7-11 year olds featuring exciting hands-on workshops, science shows, a sleepover at the Science Museum among the amazing exhibits, followed by a tasty breakfast and a breathtaking film in the IMAX Theatre.

Investigate for Families

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Get a feel for how scientists work by having a go yourself. Come and explore hundreds of real nature specimens that form the evidence Museum scientists use in their daily work.

Behind the Scenes spirit tour

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Join expert science educators for a behind the scenes look at the Museum's fascinating zoology spirit collection.

Dinosaurs

Natural History Museum
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Explore the different time periods dinosaurs lived, sort the facts from the myths about why they died out, and find out what our scientific research has taught us about these prehistoric giants.

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Explorer Trail

Daily
Design Museum Kensington
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The trail will include creative looking, thinking and drawing activities as you explore the museum and exhibitions. The trail asks the user to consider what it's like to be a designer, maker and user of some of the wonderful objects in the collection. Takes 30 - 40 minutes.

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

Daily
Kensington Gardens
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Explore and adventure in the playground with a huge wooden pirate ship which is the centrepiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground.

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery

Daily
Science Museum
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Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways.

Volcanoes & Earthquakes

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Through dramatic film footage, exhibits, interactive games and our famous earthquake simulator, explore how the powers within shape the world in which we live.

Princess Diana Memorial fountain

Daily
Hyde Park
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A unique fountain memorial to Princess Diana designed to reflect her spirit of life and love of children.

A Beautiful Planet

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Experience Earth like never before in a breath-taking portrait of the planet captured from the International Space Station on the biggest screen in Europe.

Space Descent with Tim Peake

From 24th March 2017
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As the European Space Agency's first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station. Using VR technology, get a 360° look inside a Soyuz capsule and retrace Tim's 400km journey back to Earth from the ISS.