Half-term activities: May 2016

Keep your DC entertained over the May school break, with our Local editors' hand-picked selection of activities. Weather, don't let us down!

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Greater London  

Discoveries and Inventions at Eltham Palace Eltham

Place those thinking caps firmly on your head and take a trip through history's most exciting inventions, from the totally practical to the downright wacky.

Above and Beyond Greenwich

Learn all about space, ships and spaceships with a selection of workshops to help you build amazing and top secret machines.

Art workshops West Ealing

Ages 8-14

Get the kids to try out different art techniques and media with great professional artists, tutors and friendly volunteers. 

Football fun Harrow Weald

Ages 5-12

You'll be bending it like Beckham in no time with four days of football fun at Watford FC's CSE Trust at Cedars Youth & Community Centre. Including top-notch indoor and outdoor facilities, games, competitions and prizes.

Novotel superheroes day Wembley

Ages 4-11

From saving the planet to undertaking secret missions from the Craft Captain - enjoy a world of fun and imagination at this free, family event. Places are limited so do book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Pongo's party with the voice of CBeebies' Justin Hayes & Harlington

Ages 2-7

It's Pongo the pig's birthday, so come and celebrate - dressed in your best party clothes, of course - and join in a show full of fun, songs and laughter.

Train like the pro's cricket coaching Kennington

Ages 12-16

Have a great time (and learn some new skills!) with a masterclass from cricket legend Azhar Mahmood, plus exclusive sessions to give you an idea of how players prepare for matches at the Kia Oval.

Wild About Spring Vauxhall

Ages 6+

Give kids a chance to learn all about farm life through a range of fun and exciting activities. Each day focuses on a different area, from the animals themselves to growing your own food. 

Penguin Point at EA LIFE London Aquarium Southbank

Penguin Point is back this May with an expanded state-of-the-art viewing and learning experience, complete with a colony of ten Gentoo penguins.

Wimbledon YMCA holiday playscheme Lower Morden

Ages 4-11

Filled to the brim with lots of indoor and outdoor play, dance, sports, and arts and crafts. 

Children's assault course Wimbledon

Ages 4-12

Spend this half-term doing something a little different and figure out how to manoeuvre yourself around fun obstacles, such as tyres, monkey bars, walls, tunnels, log carries, smoke tunnels and much more.

Kids films for £2 Croydon

Daytime tickets - for adults and children! - are just £2 at Fairfield Halls, so you can have a day out for less than a tenner. Films coming up include Zootropolis and Capture the Flag.

Whitgift's Major Centenary exhibition Croydon

Marking the Centenary of the First World War, visit this major new family-friendly exhibition - exploring the key events and themes of 1916 through a unique series of individual British, French and German stories.

Merrydown at Hobbledown West Ewell

Blow off some steam with the kids at this five-day festival of Medieval-themed mucky mayhem. There's heaps to enjoy including knight school dressing up, archery, stocks, stilts, skittles, croquet and quoits - to name but a few.

YMCA Wild Play days Kingston upon Thames

Ages 7-11

Visit a different Wild Play space every day and explore woods, build shelters, discover nature, create woodland art and breathe Mother Nature's good stuff - perfect for kids who love to mess about in the great outdoors.

Lego play afternoons Sutton Central

Ages 3-11

Fancy yourself a budding architect? Come and get creative with Lego and build whatever your heart desires, then take a photo of your creation to show off to friends and family. 

Bug hunt Wallington

Ages 4-11

Go on an exciting bug hunt to discover which insects are good for your garden and which aren't, seeing everything up close. Places are limited so do book in advance. 

Chesterton's polo in the park Fulham 

Celebrating its eighth year, Chesterton is now one of the largest and most popular polo tournaments in Europe. The rules have been uniquely simplified so that the whole family can enjoy the day. 

Wild learning in Highgate Wood Highgate 

Ages 5-12

Go wild in the woods and try your hand at rope bridges, fire lighting, games, woodland crafts and lots more - while getting muddy, tired and happy.

Time Detectives Clerkenwell

Ages 3-12

Dig a little deeper into the Order of St John's past at Clerkenwell. Get hands-on experience as an archaeologist while searching for ancient treasures, handle real artefacts and decorate a ceramic tile.

Family fun at the Grant Museum Bloomsbury

From dugongs to hippos, and camels to snails - investigate some huge herbivores and some marvellous munchers at this free to attend event. 

The Sky Kids café Soho

Ages 3-9

Sky Kids presents the first ever children's TV-themed play and cafe experience - offering arts and crafts, a chance for kids to meet characters from the shows, and immerse themselves in three imaginative worlds.

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The Midlands 

On the Edge Festival of Children's Theatre Birmingham centre

Come and see the most imaginative international theatre for children, young people and their families - featuring 16 shows by artists from 14 countries. 

Foodies Festival Edgbaston

Come and taste exotic (and local) foods from around the world, watch a cake and bake demonstration, plus lots more. Kids can learn to cook in the Children's Cookery Theatre and parents can learn to match beers with food!

Wheee! Architects of Air Luminarium Lenton

This Nottingham-based, worldwide touring organisation is coming home to launch the brand new structure, Katena, at Nottingham Lakeside Arts. 

Wildlife Olympics West Bridgford 

Head down to Skylarks Nature Reserve to celebrate wildlife with lots of sporty activities among the trees. Make your own flower bomb, test your speed against a bee, and have a go at welly-wanging!

Brintons Bash Kidderminster

A day of inflatable fun for the whole family, including a rodeo bull, velcro walls, donkey rides, a face painter and lots more. What's more, kids will have the chance to have their photos taken (and signed!) by a real-life Elsa.

Rhino Week Bewdley 

Become a rhino ranger for the day by going on a patrol around the Discovery Trail - learning about the endangered species as you go. There's even prize at the end for those who have proven they have what it takes.

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The North

Schools Out holiday club Altrincham

Ages 3+

School's Out has holiday clubs in Bollin and Cloverlea Primary Schools, with lots of imaginative activities planned for every school holiday.

The tree, the caterpillar and the butterfly Adswood

Ages 4+ 

Meet insects and bugs, make something crafty and experience the interactive nature-themed exhibition at the Central Art Gallery.

Vikings for Kids Wigan

The Vikings have landed at the museum for a week of ferocious family fun. Get stuck in with the activities on your own exciting Viking adventure.

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Trampoline park Leeds

The perfect destination to relish sports, fitness and entertainment together - all under a single roof. Be a daredevil for the day and indulge in a never-seen-before type of adventure, defying gravity.

Pony one-to-ones and family fun Meanwood 

Meet the ponies at Hope Pastures Horse & Donkey Sanctuary and get to spend one-to-one time brushing them. You can just turn up on the day, but if you'd like a one-to-one it's best to book, as they're very popular.

Football camps Bradford wide

Ages 5-13

Football fun and games for boys and girls of all abilities.

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The South West

Buzzing Bakery Swindon

Ages 3-8

This Little Diggers event includes making honey and cinnamon biscuits, decorating cupcakes with buttercream frosting and buzzing bees - as well as all the squash you can drink, and an activity sheet.

Meet Chase from Paw Patrol Bideford

Saturday 4 June

The German shepherd puppy, police dog and star of PAW Patrol, Chase, will be making an appearance at Milky Way. Join him and a narrator for two special storytelling sessions in the indoor arena. All the usual attractions are included in the normal ticket price too.

Titan the Robot South Hams

Friday 3 June

Meet Titan, the most amazing Robot, exclusively at Woodlands Family Theme Park. You can use all the indoor and outdoor areas, rides, slides and enjoy all the animal activities and falconry displays too.

Soft play at the Fun Fort Mount Batten

Ages 1-7

This soft play area is a separate room adjoining the cafe and lounge area, which means you can oversee the children while you dine in peace, without having to hear all the noise (hooray!). 

Build like an Egyptian Salisbury

Come and celebrate the opening of the British Museum Touring Exhibition and go Lego mad by helping to build a giant Lego postcard from Egypt.

Movie stars: heroes and villains Bath

Ages 3-12

Create your own hero or villain identity, complete with branded headband and props. Then use the TV box to frame your family photographs as a souvenir.

Woodland holiday club Frome

Ages 5+

Join the holiday club for a day (or more!) of fun and adventure in a wonderful woodland playground. An exciting opportunity to play, learn and make new friends - whatever the weather!

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The South East  

Out of this World family fun afternoon Woking

Ages 4+

In conjunction with the HG Wells 150th anniversary events programme, come and celebrate Out of This World week at The Lightbox. You can make your very own UFO, have your face transformed into a friendly alien and look out for tasty flying saucer treats.

G Live family day: Glorious Gardens Guildford 

Explore the outside world and celebrate all things bright and beautiful with workshops, activities and shows all themed around gardens. 

Bows and arrows weekend Deal

You're invited to become a Betteshanger Bowman for the day with archery sessions, led by qualified instructors. The range is perfect for beginners, with the shooting distance and poundage of the bows set to suit the individual. Pre-booking is advised.

Medieval Magic at Lullingstone Castle Sevenoaks

Lullingstone is transformed into a magical, medieval village for a fantastic family day out. Step back in time to experience the authentic sights and sounds of history, enjoy 'living history' displays, meet the Woodvilles medieval re-enactment group and have a family picnic.

Wild Wood weekend Haywards Heath

On the hunt for an action-packed bank holiday weekend? Discover how woods such as these are bursting with life and possibility - a place for you to play, learn, experience and relax.

Bug Bonanza Havant

It's creepy crawlies galore at Staunton Country Park, with lots of crafts, a mini-beast trail and a chance to meet some of the biggest bugs. 

Den building at Hinton Ampner Alresford

Head into the woods for a fun-filled day building your own woodland hideaway. With expert den builders on hand to help you learn the woodland skills you really need. 

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The East  

Great British Pet & Country Show Chelmsford

Come and celebrate pets of all shapes and sizes at this entertaining and action-packed event - the perfect show for the whole family to enjoy. Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol will be making special appearances throughout the day on Sunday - so don't forget to bring your camera.

Fairy Fair Dereham

The event is a firm favourite with families and is once again packed with magical activities to delight children and entertain all age groups. A team of wildflower fairies and pirates will be on hand to help children with a huge range of workshops, activities and games.

Horrible History of Ipswich Walk for families Ipswich

A gory story of murder and execution, ghosts and witchcraft, vile diseases, foul stinks and overflowing graveyards.

Peter Rabbit adventure playground St Albans

Children can explore the Lily Bobtail Nature Discovery area, check out the kitchen and laundry of Mrs Tiggy-winkle and try out the state of the art Great Invention sensory game, created by Mr Bouncer. The Adventure Playground has been specially created with a focus on learning through imaginative play and brings together many of the locations and characters the children love from the CBeebies animated Peter Rabbit series.

Learning fun club County wide

Ages 0-8

School holidays are a perfect opportunity to continue your child's ongoing development. The Learning Fun Club includes unique programmes, a variety of exciting fun-filled and themed activities (including art, cookery, science and sports), as well as guidance and support from the highly qualified and passionate team.

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Pirate Day Newport

Captain Henry Morgan is back and is after a batch of new recruits to set sail on his next adventurous voyage! Find out your new identity at the pirate naming station and spend the day testing out your sea legs with themed activities, games and surprises. 

Kings Camps Llandaff and Fairwater

Ages 4+

Take part in this exciting programme of sports, activities and teamwork for school-age children. Kings Camps combine the best elements of sports and holiday clubs. It's so much fun that children come back year after year.

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