May Half Term in South Kensington
Natural History Museum
Come to the Museum and see hundreds of live butterflies, meet a T-rex in the dinosaur gallery, unleash your inner scientist at Investigate or feel the ground shatter beneath your feet in an earthquake simulator
Cromwell Road, , London SW7 5BD
Follow the trail through a jungle habitat in the heart of London as hundreds of live butterflies and moths fly around you in a tropical butterfly house. Kids and families can find out fascinating butterfly facts and learn more about their behavior and diversity. Open from March to September.
Cromwell Road Entrance
No visit is complete to the Museum without a trip to the magnificent Hinze Hall, the gateway to the galleries and collections. Walk beneath the largest animal on Earth, a 25m skeleton of a blue whale suspended in the air, and explore dozens of other exhibits representing 4.5 billion years of natural history.
Come face-to-face with a T.rex
Blue Zone, Ground Floor
The Museum's dinosaurs are world-famous. Meet the roaring T. rex, see the skull of a Triceratops and wander among fossils in the Dinosaurs gallery. Find out more about these ancient creatures by downloading a dinosaur trail via free app which will introduce you to some of the famous specimens.
Family Festival: Operation Earth
Join us this half term for a festival of environmental science-themed, family-friendly fun. The festival is on from Tue 29th to Thurs 31th May. 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.
Drop into Investigate, a science centre where children and adults can get hands-on with the Museum's collection. Designed especially for families with children aged 5-14, Investigate has over 300 specimens to explore and spark your curiosity. You'll discover remarkable objects ranging from trays of fossils and beetles to larger bones, skins, minerals and much more. 11-5pm
Head up to Volcanoes & Earthquakes via the escalator at the Exhibition Road entrance. Through dramatic film footage, exhibits, interactive games, explore how the powers within shape the world in which we live in. Don't miss the chance to feel the ground shatter beneath your feet in the earthquake simulator!
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. More than 3,130 species have been identified in the garden since it opened in 1995. Open 10-5pm.
At the V&A families can enjoy free activities and events every day and during the school holidays there are additional events to inspire families and to get involved.
Cromwell Road, , London SW7 2RL
The Imagination Station
The John Madejski Garden
Join the Museum for making and performance activities this May half-term, inspired by The Future Starts Here exhibition. Imagination Station runs from Mon-Fri 10.30-5pm over the holidays and invites you to design solutions for the challenges we will face in years to come.
The John Madejski Garden
Time travel to the future by taking part in a free, energetic sound and dance performances directed by Scanners Inc. and performed by House of Absolute. 'Stardust' is a promenade performance with level access, that moves from the John Madejski Garden to the Sackler Courtyard and will last approximately 40 minutes. Mon-Fri, 11-3.45pm
Weekends at the V&A for Families
Over the half-term weekends, join the V&A for a number of special free family weekend events including interactive storytelling adventures in the Theatre & Performance Galleries (26th May), Drop-in Design and use your problem-solving skills to build a collaborative lightweight structure (27th May/3rd June) or take part in workshops designed and led by artists and families from the Door to Design project (26th May)
Grab a BackPack
Sackler Centre Reception
A great way to explore the Museum is to grab a backpack (recommended for 5-12 year olds) and discover curious ceramic objects, architectural inventions and incredible interiors. For under 5s, go on an adventure to find animals, explore sounds and textures on level 1 with the Agent Animal bag.
Take a break in one of the V&A's cafés. With three to choose from, including the new Courtyard café, let the kids play while you take a break in the outdoor Garden Cafe or sit back and enjoy one of the three beautifully designed period rooms. You could even book a Victorian Afternoon Tea if you're visiting on a Sunday!
The Science Museum is packed with around 15,000 objects on display including the original Apollo 10 command module and Stephenson's Rocket. This half-term there will be a busy programme of fun, free, family events.
Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD
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. In A Beautiful Planet 3D meet the International Space Station crew members as you witness humanity's impact on the natural world and develop a deeper connection to the place we call home. Screenings last 45 mins and run throughout the day. Tickets required.
Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery
Come and think like a scientist at Wonderlab. Fuel your imagination and get hands on with real scientific phenomena. 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. Tickets required.
If you have visited Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery, try treating the kids to a visit to the Shake Bar where you can indulge in delicious made-to-order ice cream milkshakes or design your own ice cream tubs.
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. Fun, interactive exhibits encourage them to recognise and copy patterns—or create entirely new ones of their own.
Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall hosts more than 390 events a year and there will be some amazing events for families all through half-term which will take on a space theme as part of the Festival of Science: Space.
Kensington Gore, , London SW7 2AP
Festival of Science: Space
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. 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.
Take a Tour of the Hall
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. Take a peak at the stunning auditorium and the Queen's box. Children welcome.
Take a break in the cafe
Did you know you can grab a coffee in the Hall's cafe even if you don't have tickets for a show? The Café Bar is open to all seven days a week, serving a wide range of muffins, delicate pastries, tempting cakes, healthy salads and hearty sandwiches. Look out for the Sir Peter Blake mural - a montage of over 400 famous faces who have performed at the Hall.