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Things to do during May half-term in London

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Treat the family to a half-term filled with exciting activities, interactive attractions, outdoor playgrounds and children's shows over the May school holiday in London.

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Get ready for a week of family fun in London during the May half-term holiday 2022, also known as summer half-term (28 May-5 Jun).

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.

May half-term activities in London

The Diagon Alley set from the Harry Potter film series, set in a nigh time atmosphere. 

Find more London attractions for May half-term.

Half-term children's shows in London

Mary Poppins dancing with chimney sweeps dancing behind her.

  • Take your seat at one of the capital's top musicals, with family favourites including The Lion King and Wicked.
  • Expect plenty of magical surprises from everyone's favourite nanny Mary Poppins at the award-winning Disney musical.
  • Marvel at magic and spectacular effects in the wizarding world adventure Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Enjoy mayhem and mischief as the much-loved children's novel Matilda comes to life on stage.
  • Be charmed by the fairytale story of Cinderella, reimagined and reinvented for the West End by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
  • Go Back to the Future on a musical adventure with Marty McFly and Doc Brown, make sure you fasten your seatbelts!
  • Be enchanted by Life of Pi, an extraordinary tale of survival against the odds, featuring breathtaking puppetry and dazzling visual effects.
  • Be captivated by princesses Anna and Elsa as they battle against Elsa's secret magical powers iFrozen.
  • 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 summer half-term

A smiling family is taking a selfie with the city in the background on top the Up at the O2.

  • Feel on top of the world Up at The O2, as you climb to the summit of the famous tented roof. 
  • Wander through gorgeous Kew Gardens and head up to the 59ft (18m) high Treetop Walkway for stunning views of the grounds.
  • Climb into royal towers and hunt for mythical creatures in Hampton Court Palace’s Magic Garden.
  • Experience the exhilarating twists and turns of the ArcelorMittal Orbit and slide.
  • Pack a picnic and head to ZSL London Zoo, where you can see a variety of animals from alpacas to zebras and enjoy up-close experiences. .
  • Take part in the All Hands-on Deck workshop at the Cutty Sark and learn how to sail the famous ship. 30 May-3 Jun
  • Spot life-size dinosaurs hiding between the trees of Crystal Palace Park.
  • Embark on a tree-top adventure at Go Ape Battersea or Go Ape Alexandra Palace this half-term in London.
  • Hire a pedalo or rowing boat in Hyde Park or Regent’s Park.
  • Buzz around the Horniman Museum's nature trails exploring bees and pond life this half-term week.
  • Connect with nature by walking or cycling to one of London’s stunning parks.
  • Admire sculptures and interesting spots dotted along The Line, London’s first dedicated public art walk connecting The O2 to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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

Unmissable half-term events

A rainbow coloured display of rounded objects made from sugar and candy.

  • Experience an imaginary landscape of vibrant colours and see artwork made from sugar and candy at Pip & Pop, included with entry to Kew Gardens.
  • Solve clues and unravel puzzles as you play detective at Sherlock The Official Outdoor Game, an immersive experience that the whole family can enjoy.
  • Explore the solar system at the interactive family workshop Out of this World: Moons at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. 31 May
  • Immerse yourself in a vibrant array of flowers within the Tower of London's moat at Superbloom, which marks the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. From 1 Jun
  • See toys and games that have travelled the world and survived maritime disasters at the Royal Maritime Museum's Toy Stories tour.  31 May-2 Jun.
  • Discover how scientists are combatting climate change at the Science Museum's Our Future Planet exhibition.
  • Unleash your inner adventurer as you take on the adrenaline-fuelled challenges in Tomb Raider: The Live Experience.
  • Travel back in time to experience The Gunpowder Plot and immerse yourself in one of London's most historical and infamous events.

Where to stay and where to eat with kids in London

A selection of colourful cakes and sandwiches on serving plates 

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.

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