Creative things to do in London with the kids this May half-term (May 23-Jun 3)

Ongoing Events : Now until late Summer


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Changing the Guard : Buckingham Palace
September 1, 2013 at 11:30 am – July 31, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Street Circus Drop In (Age 11-25) 6-9pm £2 per session
March 6, 2014 – July 4, 2014
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, United Kingdom

The Richard Hamilton Show
March 10, 2014 – May 27, 2014
Tate Modern, Bankside, London, United Kingdom

Bailey’s Stardust : Exhibition
March 13, 2014 – June 2, 2014
The National Portrait Gallery, London

Vikings exhibition : Spanning four centuries and four continents
March 13, 2014 – June 23, 2014
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, United Kingdom

Secret Agents Exhibition
March 15, 2014 – September 1, 2014
Discover Childrens Story Centre, Stratford

The Glamour of Italian Fashion
April 7, 2014 – July 28, 2014
V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, London, United Kingdom
U12’s free : 10am – 5-45pm daily & to 10pm on Fridays

Matisse : The Cut Outs : Tate Modern
April 17, 2014 – September 8, 2014

Comics Unmasked : Art and Anarchy in the UK (Paccar Gallery)
May 2, 2014 – August 20, 2014
The British Library, Euston Road, London, United Kingdom
Parental guidance for visitors U16 years.

Havana Rakatan, Cuban Dance Show
May 6, 2014 – May 25, 2014
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, United Kingdom

BFI : Studio Ghibli Animation Movies : May Season
May 9, 2014 – June 1, 2014
BFI Southbank, London, United Kingdom

Tree Climbing Adventures
May 10, 2014 – June 1, 2014
Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, United Kingdom
http://www.alexandrapalace.com to book tickets for 1 hr sessions at £1 5.50. Min age 6. Arrive at the Ice Rink car park 15 minutes before the time stated on your ticket. This will allow you enough time to follow the signs to the tree.

Ancient Lives, new discoveries exhibition : The British Museum
May 22, 2014 – November 23, 2014
The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, United Kingdo m

Family Workshops : London Antiquarian Book Fair
May 22, 2014 – May 25, 2014
Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, United Kingdom


 May 23rd

U5’s Storytelling
May 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Museum of London, London Wall, London, United Kingdom
Join us in our galleries for a fun and interactive story, told using puppets, museum objects and music, followed by a making or explori ng activity.


 May 24th

little angel theatre

Codasign Workshop : Furtherfield Commons : Make a Musical Instrument : May 24, 2014

Crafty Kids : Club (Term Time only)
May 24, 2014 : The Little Angel Theatre, Dagmar Passage, London, United Kingdo m

9.45-11am or 11.30 – 12.45pm : Ages 2-5 : 8 week club : £125 pe r pair : Concessions too
Family Play Day: The Himalayas are Alive! (Ages 5-7) : 11 & 2pm

May 24, 2014 : Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London, United Kingdom
Free tickets available from the Academy’s Museum. Please contac t museumandcollections@ram.ac.uk, quoting your preferred time, the number of adult and children’s tickets required, children’s ages and a contact t elephone number.

Open Studio : Tate Modern : family art play
May 24, 2014 at 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Free : Cass Arts Islington : Decopatch Animals Workshop
May 24, 2014 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

British Museum : Digital Workshops : Age 7+ : 11.30am : Check websi te
May 24, 2014 at 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Unicorn Theatre : Saturday Up Club : Craft & See a Performance (Check web for show details)
May 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Unicorn Theatre, Tooley Street, London, United Kingdom

Saatchi Gallery : Family Art Workshops
May 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Saatchi Gallery, King’s Road, London, United Kingdom
(see website to book places)


parasol unit

May 25th

Storytelling Family Workshop: Seeing Is Believing
May 25, 2014
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, Wharf Road, City o f London, United Kingdom
2.30 – 4 pm : £5 | Family, Suitable for ages 5 – 15 yrs : Fami lies will weave together a story using collages of found images, blending cultures and discovering connections between ideas and histories. The colla ges will be woven together into an imaginative stop frame animation.

RHS Secret Garden Sunday
May 25, 2014 at 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
RHS Lindley Hall, Vincent Square, SW1P 2PE.
Held on the first Sunday of each month until December 2014

Magic Carpet Stories : National Gallery : Sundays 10.30am
May 25, 2014 at 10:30 am – 11:30 am

British Museum : Digital Workshops 7+ : 11am & 2pm
May 25, 2014 at 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Royal Academy : Family Drop In workshop (on 3rd Sunday of each mont h)
May 25, 2014 at 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Museum of London : Drop In : Art, Craft, Storytelling
May 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Museum of London, London Wall, London, United Kingdom

Family Walk & Talk : Year of the Horse : All Ages
May 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Arrive 1 hour before to book your place (free). Adults must stay during workshop.

Design Museum : Drop In Workshop
May 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Design Museum, Shad Thames, London, United Kingdom

Make & Do : Drop in : Family Fun : All Ages
May 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London, United Kingdom


cass arts kids

May 26th

The Shard : Kids Go Free
May 26, 2014 – June 2, 2014
The Shard, London Bridge Street, London, United Kingdom
With each paying adult 2 kids go free

Comic & Animation Workshops : Age 8+
May 26, 2014 : The Cartoon Museum, Little Russell Street, London, United Kingd om
Check the website for times, prices and workshop details.

Free Workshop : Cass Arts Kingston
May 26, 2014
9.30am-11.30am Fun Fimo Charms Make clay charms and mini mobiles using fimo air dry clay


 

 

May 27th

Flash Mob, Salsa, Street, Latin … Dance Show
May 27, 2014 – June 9, 2014 : Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, United Kingdom

Children’s Art Course with Hattie Bell and Sarah Cross
May 27, 2014 – May 29, 2014
Whitechapel Gallery, Whitechapel High Street, London, United Kingdom
£49 per child for 2 day course : Ages 5-8

Free Workshops : Cass Arts Hampstead
May 27, 2014
Experimental Watercolour Beginners 9.30am-11.30am ages 4-8 Make a splash and learn simple and fun watercolour techniques Intermediate 1 1.30am-1.30pm ages 8+ Discover more complex, exciting watercolour techniq ues

Free : Cass Arts Islington : Decopatch Workshop : Create a Forest
May 27, 2014

Ravenous Reptiles : Free Drop In
May 27, 2014 – June 1, 2014
Grant Museum of Zoology, University Street, London, United King dom

Adventure Days : Sharky & George Team : Years 1-3
May 27, 2014 – May 31, 2014
DAILY events : Each Adventure Day costs £78/head (inc VAT) with a 10% discount for additional siblings signed up on the same day. To view the programme for those in Year 4-8, please go here.

Family Activity Day : Crafts, butter churning and more
May 27, 2014
Charles Dickens Museum, Doughty Street, London, United Kingdom

Star Track : Athletics coaching : 8-12 years
May 27, 2014 – May 31, 2014
Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Meridian Way, London, United Kingdom

Toad Triumphant : Storytelling and Interactive sessions
May 27, 2014 – May 30, 2014
Bank of England Museum, Threadneedle Street, London, United Kingdom

Family Day Georgian Homes : Workshops
May 27, 2014
Benjamin Franklin House, Craven Street, London, United Kingdom

Activity Day, trail, ice cream making, crafts
May 27, 2014
London Canal Museum, New Wharf Road, London, United Kingdom

Musical Mysteries trail and performance : Age 5+
May 27, 2014 : Wigmore Hall, Wigmore Street, London, United Kingdom

Archaeological Detectives Family tours
May 27, 2014 Museum of London, London Wall, London, United Kingdom

London Jam Art Workshop ages 5+
May 27, 2014
Museum of London, London Wall, London, United Kingdom

Gardening Gang : full day of outdoor games, garden activities
May 27, 2014
Isis Education Centre, Hyde Park, W2

Mr King, Victorian Surgeon : Meet him! Age 6+
May 27, 2014
Hunterian Museum, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, United Kingdom

Comic & Animation Workshops : Age 8+
May 27, 2014
The Cartoon Museum, Little Russell Street, London, United Kingdom
Check the website for times, prices and workshop details.

Hampstead Heath Secret Garden Family Day : Be Nice To Nettles
May 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Parliament Hill, London, United Kingdom


royal court

May 28th

Family Workshop : Paper Boats 10.30 and 2pm
May 28, 2014
The Foundling Museum

Futuristic Furniture Sculptures : Workshops and Exhib
May 28, 2014 Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, London, United Kingdom

Family Event : Capturing The Stars
May 28, 2014 Esoterik Collection of Modern Italian Art, Islington

Shoe Box Rooms : Art Workshops : Age 6-11 : £25 : 10.30-3pm
May 28, 2014 Sir John Soane’s Museum, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, United K ngdom

Primetime : New Short Plays written by primary kids age
May 28, 2014 – June 1, 2014 Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, United Kingdom

Comic & Animation Workshops : Age 8+
May 28, 2014 The Cartoon Museum, Little Russell Street, London, United Kingdom Check the website for times, prices and workshop details.

Free Workshop : Cass Arts Kingston
May 28, 2014
May 10am-12pm Dino Decopatch ages 5+ Decorate a Decopatch paper mache dinosaur using colourful, patterned papers

Free Workshop : Cass Arts Hampstead
May 28, 2014
9.30am-11.30am Decopatch Sea Creatures Decorate Decopatch paper mache sea creatures with colourful, patterned papers


wild-city-book-launch

May 29th

Wild City Workshop : The Wildlife City Book authors : 12-4pm
May 29, 2014
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, United Kingdom
Nature Detective scavenger hunt, make a nectar cafe to tempt butterflies.

Free Workshop : Cass Arts Hampstead
May 29, 2014
9.30am-11.30am Fun Fimo Charms Make clay charms and mini mobi les using fimo air dry clay

Comic & Animation Workshops : Age 8+
May 29, 2014
The Cartoon Museum, Little Russell Street, London, United Kingd om
Check the website for times, prices and workshop details.

Bird Table Activities : Free Event
May 29, 2014
Paradise Park Childrens Centre, MacKenzie Road, London, United Kingdom

Cass Arts Islington : Free Workshop : Collage Woodland Creatures
May 29, 2014 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Family Workshop : Make your own pinhole camera
May 29, 2014 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm : Burgh House & Hampstead Museum, New End Square, London, United Kingdom


 

The Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection

May 30th

Spring Gardens watercolour painting workshop : Ages 9-12 : £12 per child
May 30, 2014 : The Wallace Collection, Manchester Square, London, United Kingdom

ARTBASH : Arty Workshop : Free
May 30, 2014 Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom : Ages 5+ book a place online or by phone

Comic & Animation Workshops : Age 8+
May 30, 2014 : The Cartoon Museum, Little Russell Street, London, United Kingd om : Check the website for times, prices and workshop details.

U5’s Storytelling
May 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Museum of London, London Wall, London, United Kingdom
Join us in our galleries for a fun and interactive story, told using puppets, museum objects and music, followed by a making or explori ng activity.

Crafty Kids : Club (Term Time only) May 31, 2014 : The Little Angel Theatre, Dagmar Passage, London, United Kingdom : 9.45-11am or 11.30 – 12.45pm : Ages 2-5 : 8 week club : £125 pe r pair : Concessions too


 May 31st

British Museum : Digital Workshops : Age 7+ : 11.30am : Check websi te
May 31, 2014 at 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Cass Arts Islington : Free Decopatch Workshop : Tissue Paper Flower s
May 31, 2014 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Kenwood House

June 1st

The Art of Books : Art workshop with Viyki Turnbull : Free
June 1, 2014 : National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Magic Carpet Stories : National Gallery : Sundays 10.30am
June 1, 2014 at 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Museum of London : Drop In : Art, Craft, Storytelling
June 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pmMuseum of London, London Wall, London, United Kingdom

Family Walk & Talk : Year of the Horse : All Ages
June 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Arrive 1 hour before to book your place (free). Adults must sta y during workshop.

The Wallace Collection : The Little Draw : drop-in art workshop : 1st Sunday of each month : 1.30-4.30pm.
June 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Make & Do : Drop in : Family Fun : All Ages
June 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London, United Kingdom

Kenwood House : Family Sunday Drop In Art Fun : 12-4.30 First Sunday of each month
June 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm


 June 2nd

Comic & Animation Workshops : Age 8+
June 2, 2014
The Cartoon Museum, Little Russell Street, London, United Kingd om
Check the website for times, prices and workshop details.


 June 3rd

Comic & Animation Workshops : Age 8+
June 3, 2014
The Cartoon Museum, Little Russell Street, London, United Kingd om
Check the website for times, prices and workshop details.

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