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Things to do during May half-term from home

Get creative with your kids at online workshops this half-term. Credits: Kew Gardens. Image courtesy of Kew Gardens.
Treat the family to a half-term filled with exciting activities, interactive attractions and children's shows over the May school holiday in London. Read More


Get ready for a week of free family fun during the May half-term holiday 2020 (also known as summer half-term).

Despite the current coronavirus outbreak and closures of many London venues, there are still heaps of free London-themed things to enjoy during May half-term.

Plan your May school holiday break with our guide to the top things to do during half-term from home: enjoy virtual experiences, find unmissable half-term activities and workshops, and tune in to online kids' shows and concerts.

Creative May half-term activities

Find more virtual workshops to enjoy this week.

Things to do from home for teens

Best online shows for kids and teens

  • Teens interested in politics will want to see This House from the National Theatre. From 28 May
  • Watch Sadler's Wells recording of Hussein Chalayan’s Gravity Fatigue dance performance, which explores themes of identity and displacement. 29 May
  • Looking for free live gigs? See Imogen Heap (29 May) and Kaiser Chiefs (30 May) perform as part of the Royal Albert Home series.
  • Add some West End theatre to your Friday, as The Shows Must Go On! revisits one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s theatre shows each week. Past recordings have included Cats The Musical and The Phantom of the Opera. 29 May at 7pm
  • Check if your school has access to the National Theatre Collection, an epic one-stop shop for more than 30 world-class productions previously played at the National Theatre.

Fun and educational activities for kids

  • Join the latest in the series of Adventures in History with Imperial War Museums, as CBBC presenter Ben Shires meets a submariner in the navy. 27 May at 2pm
  • Hooked on Animal Crossing? Look out for clues on Twitter as the V&A’s art challenge tasks you with collecting Arts and Crafts-themed items hidden on the museum’s website to bring into the game. Until 1 Jun
  • Enjoy a royal treat each day at 10.30am with Westminster Abbey's live Royal Challenges on Facebook, including quizzes and treasure hunts for children aged three and above. Daily at 10.30am 

Parks and gardens to enjoy this half-term

  • If you're already in London, connect with nature by walking or cycling to one of London’s stunning parks. But make sure to stay safe and follow social distancing rules during your day out.
  • Prefer to spend your week in the comfort of your home? Take a virtual wander through gorgeous Kew Gardens with a video tour.
  • Spend some time at home admiring sculptures and interesting spots dotted along The Line, London’s first dedicated public art walk connecting The O2 to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

And that’s not all... Find lots more half-term ideas to do at home with our Virtually London guide and take a look at our weekly guide to things to do this weekend.

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