There's lots to do in South Kensington this May half term, including amazing exhibitions, drop-in workshops, pop-up performances, space themed fun, storytelling, discovery days, music, great films and activities out in the sun too!
The exhibition of 100 images records the beauty and drama of the natural world, from tiny insects to massive mammals. This year's competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 92 countries.
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.
See hundreds of live butterflies and moths up-close in the tropical butterfly house. This technicolour exhibition features a huge variety of these beautiful insects, ethically sourced from Africa, Asia and the Americas.
Experience a unique journey through the design stories of the world's greatest ocean liners, including the Titanic, Normandie, the Queen Mary and the Canberra, and discover how these impressive vessels still loom large in our cultural imagination.
This exhibition will present fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes.
Find out if you’ve got the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills to be a globe-trotting engineer of tomorrow.
Uncover the hidden views and go on a visual treasure hunt with a range of exciting trails to guide your family through this amazing museum. Suitable for ages 3+
Hope to Nope will explore the diverse methods that have been used to construct and communicate political messages over the past ten years. As traditional media rubs shoulders with the hash-tag and the meme, never has graphic design been more critical in giving everyone a political voice.
Hear the heart warming Japanese tale of the Monkey and the Crab, give a cheer for the delights of the marvellous music hall and delight in stories of theatrical wonder. Download the Spring 2018 Pop-up Performance Programme for further details. Performance duration approx 30 mins.
As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s inaugural Festival of Science, explore Space through a series of concerts, talks. screenings and comedy events for space and sci-fi fans young and old.
Create your own design using a wide range of materials inspired by the Museum’s collection. Join us for special making activities and curate a cabinet of curiosities, celebrate St. George's day with shadow puppets and design your own Japanese family crest.
Celebrate the timeless beauty of the female form with thirty-five years of haute couture from Azzedine Alaïa, and discover the mastery of cut, tailoring, fit, innovative form and materials behind the designer's unique creations.
Discover a series of playful, recreational & instructional digital sessions, where we explore the potential that video games and apps may hold. In French, ages 6-12
Exploring the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow. From smart appliances to satellites, artificial intelligence to internet culture, this exhibition will bring together more than 100 objects as a landscape of possibilities for the near future.
Seasoned storytellers deliver a series of sessions for babies and toddlers, aiming to engage and encourage interaction between parents/carers and their little ones using musical instruments, singing, movement and stories.
Join RCM musicians and members of the Royal Albert Hall’s resident ensemble Albert’s Band for an intergalactic introduction to the orchestra then experience a symphony orchestra live on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in an interactive space-themed family concert My Great Orchestral Adventure.
The line between reality and fantasy gets blurred as gumshoe detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) tries to prove the innocence of a cartoon rabbit suspected of murder in this much-loved animation-meets-live action classic.
Join the V&A for free family drop-in workshops inspired by the museum’s architecture and design. Take part in workshops designed and led by artists and families from the Door to Design project, and view their work in the Door to Design display.
Aliens have arrived on planet Earth and they are not happy! The record player on their spaceship is broken - help the Orchestra of Adventurers bring musical harmony back to the galaxy with music from Grieg, Holst and Star Wars!
Paris, 1910. Emile, a shy movie projectionist, and Raoul, a colourful inventor, find themselves embarked on the hunt for a monster terrorizing citizens. They join forces with Lucille, the big-hearted star of the Bird of Paradise cabaret.
There is something for everyone on a Storytastic Sunday. Explore the palace with activity bags, listen to Story Time or get creative in Make History workshops. Head along to Kensington Palace on the last Sunday every month to join in!
Come and discover what growing up in a palace is really like and enter Princess Victoria's magical world of stories. Princess Victoria’s childhood experiences will be brought to life during May half term with drop-in sessions including illustration workshops and storytelling.
Can you solve the problems of the future? Design solutions for the challenges we will face in years to come. On selected days, you can work alongside Arup engineers and find out more about their jobs. Part of the The Year of Engineering 2018.
Time travel to the future by taking part in energetic sound and dance performances directed by Scanners Inc. and performed by House of Absolute. 'Stardust' is a promenade performance with level access, that will last approximately 40 minutes.
A Strange New Space is Tessa Bide’s non-verbal, one-woman show aimed at children aged 4-10 years old, and follows the journey of space-obsessed Amira, who dreams of becoming an astronaut.
Have an adventure this school holiday and take a wild walk to the Kensington Gardens Allotment for some digging and planting. The experienced teaching team provide a full day of guided outdoor games and activities for children aged 8 – 11. Book online to avoid missing out!
John Hinton presents his new science-based family show as part of the Hall’s inaugural Festival of Science: Space. Expect atoms, big bangs, cells, DNA and plenty more. Expect the unexpected, and expect it to rhyme!
Accomplishing space travel has permitted us to explore the Earth in ways otherwise impossible. On display for the first time, this exhibition celebrates scientists and the satellites used to unlock the mysteries of the natural world.
Hyde Park's expert education team run 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 the minibeast hotel.
Tangram Theatre returns to the Hall’s Elgar Room to present their family theatre show celebrating the 20th century’s most brilliant thinker as part of the Festival of Science: Space. Join Albert, the genius behind the übercoolest moustache in science, for a lecture like none you’ve ever seen.
Join the Royal Albert Hall’s resident Education & Outreach orchestra, Albert’s Band, as they take you on a musical journey to a galaxy far far away. This promises to be the perfect family-friendly introduction to some of the most famous and recognised pieces of classical music in the universe!
Participants are invited to tour the museum and sketch what excites them about contemporary design and architecture. There will be free sketchbooks for the first 50 people to arrive and the Sketchmob team will also be on hand to give quick drawing tips to help you get started.
In this adventure movie, Mia takes the audience on a trip across the South American landscape and helps discover magical creatures and the great power of Mother Nature. In French with English subtitles, suitable for ages 6+.
This is a rare chance for Moomins fans old and new to experience Anne Wood’s TV adaptations of Film Polski’s breathtakingly charming animations, all accompanied by a live score which mixes Casios with ocarinas and the voices of vintage synthesisers with instruments from around the world.
Ever wondered what goes on at the Museum when everyone has gone home? Find out on a sleepover for kids.
Following BOB, an artificial lifeform with a nervous system, Ian Cheng presents Emissaries, a computer-generated simulation featuring a cast of flora and fauna that interact, intervene and recombine in open-ended narratives
Have you ever wanted to fly your own jet? Come and take the controls on Fly 360°, the hands-on flight simulator. Get your adrenaline flowing by performing your very own aerobatic displays, barrel rolls and loop-the-loops, all as if you were really flying!
Take a look at the regularly-changing exhibitions, displays and residences in the two Serpentine Galleries, on either side of the river in the centre of Hyde Park.
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.
Pick up a family trail activity from the trail stand in White Court for a fun way to spend the day at Kensington Palace with children aged 5-11 years.
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.
Download the free Time Explorers app and try the new Digital Mission at Kensington Palace for children and their families.
Join expert science educators for a behind the scenes look at the Museum's fascinating zoology spirit collection.
Explore Queen Victoria’s long and fascinating life in her childhood home, Kensington Palace
Help to explode some rocket-fuelled bubbles, melt some marshmallows, and learn all about the challenges of space in this free interactive family show. This show is suitable for children aged 5 and above.
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.
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.
With stunning high definition 3D vision and flight simulator motion technology, you can see and feel for yourself what it’s like in the cockpit of a Red Arrow.
V&A Secret Seekers is a new mobile game for families, launched to coincide with the opening of the V&A's Exhibition Road Quarter. Let eight characters from the V&A's history guide you on an exciting treasure hunt to uncover some of the secrets of the Museum.
Get closer to the Museum and its incredible collections with our wide range of free or paid-for bespoke tours.
Borrow a V&A backpack and embark on an adventure across the Museum. Backpacks are free to borrow and do not need to be booked.
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.
Pattern Pod is an amazing multi-sensory area for children under 8 years old. Fun, interactive exhibits encourage them to recognise and copy patterns.
The Garden is an exciting interactive space, created especially for children aged 3–6 and their parents and carers in the basement of the Museum.
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.
Trace the evolution of Diana, Princess of Wales' style, from the demure, romantic dresses and other outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life. Recently re-opened with a selection of new outfits.
Get ready to pull a funny face and learn how to sculpt your own clay portrait! Work with a real artist to create your own sculpture inspired by Anne Purkiss’ portrait photographs in her Faces of Sculpture exhibition at the society.
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. The workshop is free, families can drop in and stay as long as you like!
This fun, fast-paced session will give budding fashion designers a whistle-stop tour of drawing and hands-on making to create a mini-fashion runway of your very own collection.
Join the Museum for a festival of environmental science-themed, family-friendly fun. Make your way around the Orange Zone and drop-in on games, shows and events that inspire and entertain. Kids can dress up as pollinators, get hands-on with real ocean specimens or become wildlife detectives.
Get out and about this summer with the Mayor’s new London Curriculum Family Explorer Trails which includes the 'Creative Quarter' in South Kensington. Taking you on a circular trail starting at the V&A, up Exhibition Road and through the Royal Parks.