Looking for things to do during May half term in London with kids? In this guide, you’ll find a list of 2022 events and activities for kids in London coming up during the school holidays. This list also includes events for families to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over the bank holiday weekend.
When are the May half term school holidays?
The May half term school holidays are from Monday, 30 May to Friday, 3 June 2022. During that week, there will be a special four-day bank holiday weekend to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The late May bank holiday (usually on a Monday) will be moved to Thursday, 2 June. There is an additional bank holiday on Friday 3 June.
What’s On May Half Term in London with Kids
Plan your May half term break with this list of things to do with kids in London during May half term 2022 and the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend. I will continue to add to this list as more events and activities are announced, so do check back for more updates over the coming weeks.
Great Fire of London Family Walk at the Museum of London
23 April 2022 – 31 May 2022
Join the Museum of London in the great outdoors on a fun, safe family walk exploring The Great Fire of 1666. This 60 minute interactive walk will explore how the Great Fire started, spread and was finally stopped. All attendees are asked to consider COVID precautions, although masks are not mandatory. This walk is intended for children of Primary school and their families.
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Power UP at the Science Museum
2 April to 6 June 2022
The Science Museum have extended their popular gaming event into the early summer. Power UP features the very best video games and consoles from the past five decades, from Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario. Recommended for ages 5+.
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Create Your Own Sensory Story at the Postal Museum
28, 29, 31 May 2022
The Postal Museum will be running drop-in arts and crafts activities from 11am to 4pm on 28, 29 and 31 May at the Mail Rail Depot. Create your own sensory story inspired by the objects, stories and people in the museum. Best for children aged 5-8 and their families.
Note that play sessions at the museum’s family play area, Sorted!, are not included in general admission and are booked separately. Tickets cost £11 for museum admission with Sorted
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The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny at Greenwich Park
30 May to 4 June 2022
Quantum Theatre will be performing an enchanting new adaptation of two of Beatrix Potter’s best-loved Tales, The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny in the Royal Observatory Gardens during May half term. Performances will be twice daily at 11.30am to 1:15pm, and 2.30pm to 4:10pm. Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy a magical afternoon in Greenwich Park.
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Origami Workshop at Gunnersbury Park & Museum
31 May 2022
Join Japanese origamist Chizuru Eagling to learn the beautiful art of folding paper during this beginner’s workshop at the Gunnersbury Park & Museum. Tickets cost £10 per child, adults go free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for children aged 6+.
Book the workshop at Gunnersbury Park & Museum
The Jolly Postman Storytelling Show
1 June 2022
This May half term, the Postal Museum is offering a programme of storytelling inspired by The Jolly Postman. During this lively and humorous show, help the Jolly Postman collect, sort and delivery post for familiar fairy tale characters.
Shows are on at 11:30 to 12:15 and 13:30 to 14:15. Recommended for children ages 3-7 and their families.
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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in London with Kids
Many London attractions will be celebrating the Queen’s 70 year reign during May half term and the long bank holiday weekend with family-friendly activities and events. Find things to do in London with kids on this list for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Zoobilee at London Zoo
28 May – 5 Jun 2022
The Zoobilee event at London Zoo will feature family-friendly activities, including a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, bug hunting and pond dipping sessions, and craft sessions to create an animal crown. With animal talks, face painting, quizzes and trails, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained.
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Kids Rule! May Half Term at Eltham Palace
28 May to 5 June 2022
Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with historic performers, hands-on activities and fresh-air family fun at Eltham Palace and Gardens this May half-term.
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Creative Clay: Sculpt the Queen at National Army Museum
28 May 2022
Create a portrait of the Queen from clay in this family sculpting workshop. Artist Keziah Burt will teach you how to make a face out of clay. You’ll then get to make your very own mini portrait of the Queen to take home at the end of the session.
Suitable for children aged 7+ and tickets cost £7.50 per child. All children participating must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please book a free adult ticket to accompany your child.
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Discovery day: Royal celebration at Hyde Park
31 May – 1 June 2022
Explore the past, present, and future of the Royal Parks with free hands-on activities for families available between 11am – 3pm. Create your very own nature crown, plant seeds, and design a park of the future. Plus enjoy a special storytelling session about the royal history of the parks and their connection to the Queen.
Register your interest for the Royal Parks Discovery Day
Superbloom at Tower of London
1 June – 18 September 2022
From 1 June, see the Tower of London’s moat covered in a spectacular vibrant field of flowers to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen. Visitors can also grab a mat and slide down into the moat on a Superbloom slide.
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Jubilee Garden Party at Westminster Abbey
1 June 2022
[WAITING LIST] Free event at Westminster Abbey celebrating HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. There will be song, dance, craft and storytelling at the place where she was crowned. This event is currently fully booked but they hope to add more places. You can add your name to the waiting list and you will be notified if tickets become available. The Jubilee Garden Party will run from 10am to 2pm.
Join the waiting list for the Jubilee Garden Party at Westminster Abbey
Jubilee Joust at Hampton Court Palace
1 – 5 June 2022
Experience the sport of kings as knights from around the country joust. Pick your favourite knight and cheer them on as they compete for the coveted Jubilee Cup, a family friendly event taking place in the Hampton Court Gardens. Included in the palace admission.
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Jubilee Celebrations at the Southbank Centre
1 – 5 June 2022
Southbank Centre are marking Her Majesty The Queen’s 70-year reign and making the most of the long weekend with daytime family shows, classical concerts, maypoles and ceilidhs.
See what’s on during Jubilee at Southbank Centre
Trooping the Colour Parade
2 June 2022
One of the biggest events for the Platinum Jubilee will be the Trooping the Colour Parade by 1st Battalion Irish Guards on Thursday, 2 June 2022. The parade will begin at Horse Guards Parade at 10am and finish at 12.25pm and will include 1450 soldiers of the Household Division and The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, along with 400 musicians.
There will be an Royal Air Force flypast taking place at 1pm, which can be watched from The Mall, as well as the traditional lighting of the beacons which will also be lit in every Commonwealth capital city across the world, for the first time in history.
Read more details about watching the Trooping the Colour Parade
Hendon Pageant at the Royal Air Force Museum
2 to 4 June 2022
The RAF Museum Hendon Pageant will be a fun-filled festival of storytelling, living history and activities for the whole family. The Royal Air Force Museum, located in North London, will be bringing the wonder of historic air pageants back, with a vintage fairground, messy play, face painting, music, aircraft access and much more. Cream tea will be served in a pop-up tearoom.
The festival is free to enter, but you will need to book festival entry tickets in advance. Some of activities will have a small charge, varying from £1 – £6; just head to the ticket office when you arrive and pick up your tokens.
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Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at Mayfair
2 – 3 June 2022
Mayfair will be hosting a celebratory street party on North Audley Street for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Come and enjoy a variety of food stalls, special Jubilee themed menus, celebratory cocktails, music and entertainment and of course, incredible decorations lining the streets. The family-friendly event will also play host to craft tents and art-themed face painting.
Read more about the Mayfair Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
Jubilation: 200 Years of Royal Souvenirs at the Museum of Brands
2 to 6 June 2022
In honour of Her Majesty The Queen becoming the first British Monarch to reach 70 years of service, the Museum of Brands in Notting Hill will be showcasing a temporary display of Royal inspired packaging in celebration of her Platinum Jubilee from 21 May 2022.
Kids go free on the Jubilee bank holiday weekend (2 to 6 June) when the museum will also run free object handling sessions, ‘Please Touch’. Visitors will have the chance to handle and explore objects from the 1953 coronation and the 1977 Silver Jubilee. In addition, there will be free discovery trails and craft activities for families, including Make-and-Take Crown and Design Your Own Royal Bunting or Biscuit Tin.
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Make & Take Jubilee Special at Gunnersbury Park & Museum
2 to 5 June 2022
Get creative to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee with Art Jar, a local arts organisation bringing communities together through the arts. Art Jar will be hosting free workshops at the Gunnersbury Park & Museum to make your own crown -fit for kings & queens, 3D model castles, celebratory flags and a keepsake memento to remember this special occasion. No need to book, just turn up.
Learn more at Gunnersbury Park & Museum
Albert’s Band: A Jubilant Jubilee at Royal Albert Hall
3 June 2022
Join the Royal Albert Hall’s Engagement ensemble, Albert’s Band, on a musical celebration of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne. Presented by Kevin Hathway, this band of majestic musicians will perform an interactive concert of music, with lots of opportunities for all the family to join in. Recommended for children ages 4 – 11 but all ages, including babies, are welcome.
There are two performances at 12pm (sold out) and 2.30pm. Tickets cost £12 for adults and £6 for children ages 2+. Children under 2 go free.
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Platinum Picnic in the Park
3 June 2022
Royal Greenwich will be celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by hosting a summer’s day of picnicking in Charlton Park, SE7 from 12pm to 4pm. This event will have large areas for families to enjoy food and drinks, while they watch performances from Royal Greenwich Festival partners.
Learn more at Royal Greenwich
Jubilee Dance Party at Wembley Park
4 June 2022
Wembley Park will be transformed into a giant street party with five stages of live music, circus acts, street performers, DJs and plenty of dancing. This free, all day family-fun festival welcomes everyone to soak up the party festivities.
Learn more at Wembley Park
Drag Queen Bingo at Horniman Museum
5 June 2022
Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with family-friendly, royal Drag Queen Bingo at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. Join in with the singing, dancing and fun over the Bank Holiday weekend with a special edition of the Big Bingo Show presented by Timberlina and Auntie Maureen. Showtimes are at 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm.
Book tickets for Drag Queen Bingo at the Horniman Museum
What’s on May Half Term in London for Kids Map
This post was updated on 23 May 2022 with more family events and activities coming up over May half term and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend.
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