May half-term activities in London 2024

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Get ready for a week of family fun in London during the May half-term holiday 2024, also known as summer half-term.

Plan your May school holiday break with this guide to the top things to do during half-term in London. Discover family-friendly museums, half-term activities and kids' shows, and take the children outdoors to London's parks and playgrounds on a sunny day.

When is May half-term in London?

May half-term in 2024 takes place 25 May-2 June.

May half-term events in London

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  • Meet everyone's favourite bear at the Paddington Bear Experience as you attend the biggest party of the year - the Marmalade Day Festival! Opening 31 May
  • Encounter your favourite characters and iconic movie props at the Disney100: The Exhibition
  • Entertain the whole family with a Shrek-cellent May half term at Shrek's Adventure! London as your venture to the land of Far Far Away.
  • Take the kids to the Spring Family Festival at London Zoo which includes exciting animal talks, arts and crafts and interactive gameshows and workshops. (27 May-4 Jun)
  • immerse yourself with the Science Museum's hands-on gaming experience Power Up that features the best video games and consoles from the last 50 years. 
  • Head to the Museum of London Docklands for an exciting half-term program of fashion-related experiences and workshops. 
  • Explore the city using the City of London's Spring in the City guide, enjoying fun family-friendly activities including the City of London Children's Trail and Family Film Club at the Barbican.
  • Discover prehistoric wonders at the Dinosaur rEvolution experience at the Horniman Museum this May half-term.
  • Get involved at Sensory Connections at the National Gallery, a free drop-in exhibition for families that has you interacting with different materials, 29 May

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Things to do during May half-term in London

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Half-term children's shows in London

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  • Take your seat at one of the capital's top musicals, with family favourites such as Wicked.
  • Enjoy mayhem and mischief as the much-loved children's novel Matilda comes to life on stage.
  • Meet the world's most entertaining choir of nuns at the hilarious Sister Act the musical.
  • Sing along to smash-hits by pop sensation ABBA at ABBA Voyage
  • Or have a look at what’s on over half-term in one of London’s theatres for children.

Find more shows in London for kids and top West End musicals.

Kids' outdoor activities during May half-term

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Make the most of sunny days with more things to do outdoors in London

Where to stay and where to eat with kids in London

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For more family day out ideas this half-term, take a look at a guide to London for kids, including the roundups of 101 things to do with children and teenagers.

In need of last-minute ideas? Check out this guide to the best things to do this weekend.