Family days out

May half term: 13 things to do for kids

Last updated 10th July 2022

Sunny days out:

1. Wild About Woods 

For all of those adventurous kiddos out there, Saltram is the place for you. In Snowdrop Woods, near Plymouth, kids will have the chance to enroll in Forest School, where they’ll learn to take care of themselves, each other and the environment. Children will discover nature through fun activities that stimulate their senses, and give them a big dose of fresh air and exercise.

Where: Snowdrop Woods, Saltram National Trust Park, Plymouth.

When: 29 May, 10am – 2pm

Ages: Best for kids up to 10 years

Price: £8.50 per child

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2. Hedgehog Heroes at Hyde Park 

Come and meet these prickly friends at the Isis Education Centre in the heart of London’s Hyde Park. Kids can enjoy hedgehog-themed activities including crafting a hedgehog from a paper plate, painting, colouring activities and even designing a hedgehog-friendly habitat.

Where: Hyde Park, London

When: 27-28 May

Ages: 2+

Price: Free

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3. Diggerland 

Now here is something that you don’t get to do very often. Kids (and grown up kids!) now have the chance to take control of giant diggers, dirt diggers and sky shuttles! Search for buried treasure or try your hand digger skittles, and no don’t worry about height restrictions because there are rides for everyone. The little ones can have a go with mini landrovers, mini dumper trucks and even mini tractors.

Where: Strood in Kent, Cullompton in Devon, Whitwoord in Yorkshire and Langley Park in Co. Durham

Kent – Medway Valley Leisure Park, Roman Way, Strood, Kent, ME2 2NU – Visit in Google Maps

Devon – Verbeer Manor, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 2PE – Visit in Google Maps

Durham – Langley Park, Co. Durham, DH7 9TT – Visit in Google Maps

Yorkshire – Willowbridge Lane, Whitwood, West Yorkshire, WF10 5N

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When: Everyday, 10am – 5pm

Ages: 2+

Price: £19.95; £16.99 adv; £9.95 over 65s; under 90cm tall free

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4. Chessington World of Adventures 

Chessington World of Adventures is a no-brainer for a thrilling family day out. Spin through the air at 43 mph or opt for the large soft play area for something less exhilerating. Extreme games, guides dressed up as fun characters and the most popular ride, The Vampire, are guaranteed to knock your socks off, no matter how old you are.

Where: Chessington, Surrey

When: Every day, 10am – 6pm

Ages: Great for teens

Price: £26 for day tickets

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Rainy days in:

5. In The Night Garden Live 

A little bad weather shouldn’t stop little ones having fun. Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka are waiting for tots to join them on their magical adventures. The family-friendly show dome in Greenwich invites families to venture into their world in an enchanted forest, and ensures young fans are close to the action.

Where: Peninsula Square, Greenwich, London

When: 28 May, 10am

Ages: 6 months +

Price: From £25

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6. Paper Plane-Making Workshop 

Let your competitive side loose as you craft your very own paper airplane. Inspired by Oliver Jeffers’ book ‘The Great Paper Caper’, join Discover’s Children’s Store Centre for their first ever Paper Airplanes Making Competition. Have a go and see where your creation ranks.

Where: Stratford, London

When: 27 – 31 May

Ages: 4 years+

Price: Adult £5, Family £18, Children £4.50

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7. Jungle Fun 

Relive a childhood classic and take your favorite characters home with you at the end of the day. Kids can make their own animal finger puppets of their friends from The Jungle Book and explore their theatrical side by putting on a show for the family.

Where: Harrow Arts Centre, Middlesex

When: 28 May, 9 – 9:45am

Ages: 3+

Price: £3

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8. ‘Home’ at The Cinema 

Grab your popcorn, get comfortable and join Oh as he goes on the journey of a lifetime. This little alien feels like an outcast among his people, until he meets Tip, a gutsy human. Follow their story of friendship in this action-packed adventure that is both emotional and out-of-this-world.

Where: Check your local cinema for listings

Ages: 8+

Price: Tickets starst at £4.29

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9. Foodies Festival 

Start your half term the right way by tucking into some tasty food. Taste sweet treats in the Cake & Bake Theatre and seize the opportunity to try internationally-inspired dishes in the Street Food Theatre – yum! There is plenty of fun to be had with live music, a cider farm to explore and more than 200 exhibitors.

Where: St Andrews Square, Edinburgh

When: 23-25 May, 11am

Ages: A hit for teens with curious palettes

Price: Adults £15, Children 12+ £12, Under 12s go free

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10. Elderflower Fields 

This fabulous festival is designed with kids in mind, making it the perfect choice for the school break. Rock climbing, face painting, arts camp, beach rugby and pond dipping are just a few of the fantastic activities you’ll find at Elderflower Fields.

Where: Pippingford Park, Sussex

When: 22 – 25 May, 12pm

Ages: Tots will love it

Price: Adult weekend ticket £105, Child weekend ticket £50, Under 5s go free

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11. Puppet Performers 

Are you ready to be entertained by a troupe of puppet performers? Musicians, jugglers and singers will perform in various sites across London, and you and the kids are invited to join in. Little ones will become engrossed in a performers’ world by crafting their very own puppet.

Where: Museum of London, Docklands

When: 23 May, 11am – 12:30pm, 2pm – 3:30pm

Ages: 5+

Price: Free

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12. Notting Hill Mayfest 

Celebrate your time off together by partying at the annual Notting Hill MayFest. Jam out to traditional musicians and contemporary artists in one of London’s most magical areas. Join together for music, art and family activities – not to mention a Mayflower Parade! The May Fair is loved for its traditional village games and stalls, Maypole dancing and dog show. With a vintage coconut shy and a bouncy castle, you won’t be able to drag the kids away.

Where: Notting Hill, London

When: 1 – 31 May

Ages: Best for little ones

Price: Free


13. Drama in The Docklands 

A blast from the past awaits you at the Museum of London Docklands. Travel back to the docklands of yesteryear and meet pirates, rogues and other colorful characters. Kids can get into the spirit of things by crafting pirate props and acting out your their own drama in the Georgian warehouse.

Where: Museum of London Docklands

When: 27 May, 11am – 12:30pm, 2pm – 3:30pm

Ages: 5+

Price: Free

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