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May Half Term

Our museums, galleries and cultural spaces are excited to welcome you this May half-term. Explore the largest creature to have ever walk the earth at Natural History Museum, let off some steam at the Science Museum or enjoy the sunshine at the Royal Parks. There is something for everyone at South Ken this half term!

Discovery Days: Time Travellers

28th - 30th May
11am - 3pm
Hyde Park
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Another series of Discovery Days, this May half term travel back in time through The Royal Park’s history! With a variety of activities such as, making a plant print, designing a park and calligraphy...

Kung Fu Panda 4

26th - 30th May
Various Times
Institut français
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After three death-defying adventures defeating world-class villains with his unmatched courage and mad martial arts skills, Po, the Dragon Warrior, is called upon by destiny to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace.

Yinka Shonibare CBE: Suspended States

12th April - 1st Sept
10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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Suspended States is the artist’s first London solo exhibition in over 20 years. It showcases new works, interrogating how systems of power affect sites of refuge, debates on public statues, the ecological impact of colonialisation and the legacy of imperialism on conflict and consequential attempts at peace.

Pop up Performance: I am the Camera

29th - 31st May
11am - 4pm
V&A South Kensington
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Join artist Sian Fan to explore expressing yourself though movement. Create an outfit that is part sculpture and part costume inspired by Sian’s work and the V&A’s photography collection.

May Half Term Family Fun

28th May - 2nd June
All Day
Royal College of Music
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Enjoy a variety of family friendly activities in the Royal College of Music Museum this half term. Discover and engage with our amazing collections through music, stories and crafts!

Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre

24th May - 5th Jan
10am - 5.50pm
Natural History Museum
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Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre explores the world of birds like never before. From surviving the mass extinction that wiped out all the other dinosaurs to their remarkable evolution into more than 11,000 species.

Enzo Mari

29th March - 8th Sept
10am - 5pm
Design Museum
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Celebrate the life and work of one of the greatest Italian designers of the 20th century, Enzo Mari, in this major exhibition. Explore the exhibition with The Fable Family Trail featuring activities for children and young people.

Turn it Up: The Power of Music

Until 1st Sept 2024
10am - 6pm
Science Museum
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Just announced Turn It Up: The Power of Music has been extended through the summer! Don't miss this extra chance to explore this smash-hit exhibition and discover what is it about music that drives us to create, perform, feel, connect with others.

Mini Music Makers

28th May
10.30am
Royal College of Music
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Discover the wonderful world of musical instruments in this fun exploratory session in the Royal College of Music Museum. Explore music on a new instrument or instrument family and enjoy making some noise!

Image credit: Lucasfilm Ltd

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark™ Live in Concert

25th - 26th May
Various Times
Royal Albert Hall
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Part of their Films in Concert series, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert will feature the London Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams’ legendary score in full for the first time since they recorded the original soundtrack in 1981.

Image credit: © Zhai Zeyu, Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Until 30th June
10am - 5.50pm
Natural History Museum
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Get beyond the camera and discover the stories behind some of the best nature photography in the world.

Digital Kids: Crafty Cameras!

29th - 31st May
11am - 4.30pm
V&A South Kensington
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Turn your world upside down by building a paper camera inspired by early photography. View your creation through an augmented reality filter to see it in action, then capture a unique view of the world with your very own pop-up camera obscura.

IMAX: The Ronson Theatre

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Science Museum
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Book your ticket to watch this fully immersive IMAX experience on one of the biggest screens in the UK. Experience the very best of digital and analogue cinema on one screen with Antarctica, A Beautiful Planet and Hubble all in 3D.

Everest24

7th May - 11th June
10am - 5pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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This exhibition will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1924 British Mount Everest expedition. The exhibition seeks to show a range of photography, mapping, and original artefacts from the three 1920’s expeditions.

Judy Chicago: Revelations

23rd May - 1st Sept
10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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This exhibition is the artist’s largest solo presentation in a London institution. It focuses on drawing – a medium Chicago has explored for over six decades and traces the arc of the artist’s career, bringing together archival and never-before-seen artworks.

Zimingzhong 凝时聚珍: Clockwork Treasures from China’s Forbidden City

1st Feb - 2nd June
10am - 6pm
Science Museum
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Discover a beautiful collection of unique clockwork wonders. This exhibition will showcase the stunning craftsmanship and the inner workings of centuries-old timepieces prized by the emperors of China's Forbidden City.

Family Flight Night

31st May
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Natural History Museum
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Fly the nest and bring your flock along for an evening of fun as the Natural History Museum celebrate their new exhibition Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre with a night all about flight.

Grazie Enzo: Contemporary Responses to Enzo Mari

29th March - Feb 2025
10am - 6pm
Design Museum
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Accompanying the retrospective exhibition 'Enzo Mari Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli', this free display will showcase the work of 14 London-based designers, studios and collectives whose work shares an affinity with Mari's work.

Power Up

27th July 2023- 31st May 2024
10am - 5.30pm
Science Museum
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Immerse yourself in this hands-on gaming zone, featuring the very best video games and consoles from the past 50 years. From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just want to beat your family at Mario Kart.

Energy: Sparks from the Collection

Until 18th May 2025
10am - 6pm
V&A South Kensington
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This display shines a light on the diverse kinds of energy in photography, from the hidden processes intrinsic to creating a picture, to the subjects in front of the camera.

Adventures Babies

Various Dates
Various Times
Natural History Museum
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Delight the little ones with this sensory storytelling class at the Natural History Museum. Take part in a host of activities designed specifically to engage babies and encourage their development.

V&A trail: Explore as a family

Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A South Kensington
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Are you ready to go on an adventure? This trail takes you on a journey through V&A galleries, exploring some of the incredible cultures and traditions you can see. You will discover objects that are hundreds of years old, uncover secret meanings behind animals and colour in art, and learn about some of the wonders of the museum, from an emperor's throne to dragons, from plaster casts to wigs!

Careers Live

28th - 29th May
All Day
Science Museum
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Visit the Science Museum in May half-term for an opportunity to meet fragrance experts who work alongside the Fragrance Foundation UK in our free interactive family-friendly workshops.

Jurassic Encounters: Animal Show

28th May
Various Times
Natural History Museum
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Take a Jurassic jump back in time and meet the modern-day relatives of the animals that lived alongside dinosaurs in this fantastic animal handling show.