What’s on this May Half term for you and your little ones

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It’s the May bank holiday weekend and May half-term holiday 2013 for your little ones. There is loads to do to keep everyone entertained and happy. Lets just hope for some sunshine! Our local libraries, museums and parks are putting on events for children and families during the week, including crafts, workshops and storytelling.

Don’t forget to come and get fit with Kensington Mums at Equinox Kensington on Saturday 1st of June, this is a free event with complimentary use of the crèche facility. Please register here.

We are also organising the Race for Life with the Kensington Mums team. Come and run/walk to beat Cancer. You can register here and to sponsor the team please give generously here.

Looking forwards in seeing you at the Kensington Mums Motherhood Exhibition. The event is nearly sold out. We are busy preparing for the big event. You can see in the making pics here. Please make sure you RSVP by 30th of May. Guest list only and free goody bag for the first 70 who walk in!


Enjoy your half term and let us know what you enjoyed the most during the holidays, by joining the conversation on our Facebook Page.

What’s on this May half term for you and your little ones.

Story and Crafts Sessions (various libraries across the borough) From 28th May-1st of June 2013. Suitable for ages 4+.

Chelsea Fringe until the 9th of June. The Fringe showcases a wide range of work from professionals and enthusiasts, both from the gardening world and beyond. Contributors create installations, events and experiences, exhibits, talks and walks.

Fashion Design Workshops at Kensington Central Library. 31 May 2013. Suitable for ages 7+. The workshop will be led by Jennifer Sturrock, a graduate of London College of Fashion, who has worked in London-based fashion studios, gained experience in knitwear design with DKNY in New York City and developed sample designs for a luxury Parisian label. All materials will be provided. Places are strictly limited for this class, so please book your place early at Kensington Central Children’s Library.

Fit to Rule at Kensington Palace. Saturday 25 May – Sunday 2 June. Fit to Rule. Learn about royal doctors and medicine with gruesome games and activities. Drop in activities all day.

Holland Park Ecology Centre Half term activities. Activities include, flower power, pond life, brilliant butterfly and much more. Early booking essential. Sessions for 5 to 10 year olds: 10am to 12 noon and 2 to 4pm. £4.10 per session for RBKC residents; £5.20 non-residents. 

Creative workshops at The Saatchi Gallery, FREE.  Wednesday 29th May. 10.30 – 3.pm. Drop in. Drop into the Education Room to create large-scale murals inspired by the weird and wonderful world of Dasha Shishkin. For more information contact [email protected] 020 7811 3080.

World Street Festival at Southbank Centre. Friday 24 May 2013. Real food with a nice view. Click here for more information.

Arabian Night Event at the Chelsea Library. Saturday 1 June, 2 to 4pm, at the Chelsea Library. Storytelling and quiz with author Wafia Tarnowska. This event is free and there’s no need to book a place- just come along. Suitable for ages 5+.

Family events at the British Museum including  Photography mystery trails on Saturday 25th May, Manga comic workshops on Sunday 26th May and Villas, vines and volcanoes throughout half term as well as Animals in Pompeii and Herculaneum on Monday 27th, free but booking is essential.

Zoo lates for when little ones are sleeping tight. London’s wildest night out – every Friday night in June and July at ZSL London Zoo.

Gardening for beginners at Chelsea Physic Garden on 29th May 2013. Come along to learn some gardening tips from our staff. How to: grow and care for plants, take cuttings, plant seeds, use containers, make your own mini garden to look after and more. There will be a selection of things for you take away with you to grow at home as well as ideas for original and thoughtful gifts. Suitable for ages 5+. Also, don’t miss out on Nature Printing for the older ones. Click here for more information.

Family ignite: Albert’s Band – Princes and Princesses. Tuesday 28 May Times: 12 noon & 2.30pm Royal Albert Hall. The Royal Albert Hall presents another fun packed family concert performed by the Hall’s very own Albert’s Band. Children are encouraged to come in their favourite regal outfits!  Booking essential. Click here for more information.

Picture Source:  with permission from The Royal Albert Hall

Liminal at Tate Britain. FREE. Liminal invites families into a physical, material and social experience of sculpture through touch, interaction and collaboration. Supported by a changing artist devised programme. Suitable for all ages.

Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum. Until 15th September. From chomping caterpillars to beautiful butterflies, the Museum’s front lawn is alive with the return of their popular outdoor butterfly exhibition. Booking essential, click here for more information.

V- Delicious Festival at Kensington Olympia. 7-9 June 2013. Click here for more information.

Family Play Day: Gnu Jazz! at the Royal Academy of Music. Sat 25 May. FREE but booking essential. Suitable for 5+.  Click here for more information.

Loads of half term activities to do at Victoria and Albert Museum from 25 May 2013- 2nd june 2013 including Imagination Station, pop up performances, digital kids and mini musicians. Click here for more information

Story time and Make and take workshops at the London Transport Museum in the heart of Covent Garden. Monday 27 May – Sunday 2 June. Kids go FREE. Click here for more information.

Listen to Your Heart at the Science Museum until 5th of June 2013. How aware we are of our inner body may affect our emotions, how we see other people and how we view the world around us. Come and help researchers from the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London by taking part in a real science experiment to discover how our inner feelings affect us. Click here for more information.

Wishing you all a great half term, and remember!