The May half-term holidays are nearly here and if you're hunting for fun things to do with the kids, look no further. We've got the lowdown on all sorts of activities to keep those little ones happy so let us do the hard work and you just focus on the family fun.
Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall
Hit the dance floor with your tiny tots and dance, dance, dance at this year's Underbelly Festival! This pop-tastic, child-friendly event lets parents and under fives loose on the dancefloor at the friendliest of discos. On the decks you’ll find resident DJ Mama Monski Mouse with her mega-mix of retro hits and jazzy nursery rhymes. There’s a baby area decked out with soft furnishing for the littlest of ravers to safely roll around in and the whole venue is a sight to behold with a velvet ceiling, mirrored booths and a wooden dancefloor that will send heads, shoulders, knees and toes a'bopping.
Harry Potter Film Locations Walking Tour
Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter and his friends with your little witches and wizards. Head over to Westminster tube station to begin your walking tour and unearth the magical filming locations. Delve into the underground world of the Ministry of Magic and find the entrance to Diagon Alley. Your tour will begin at Westminster tube station, where you’ll be greeted by a wizarding world expert. Look out for the entrance of the Leaky Cauldron pub and spot the Statue of Secrecy. Potter enthusiasts will delight in unearthing the place in which muggles and wizards gathered for a meal of pickled eel and bowls of soup. You’ll even have the chance to walk along the Millennium Bridge, that was once destroyed by Death Eaters and to locate Platform 9 ¾! Alohomora! Unlock the magic of Harry Potter filming locations with your muggle born family.
Squish Space at the Barbican
This multi-sensory play adventure is a dream for the under 5s and a total hidden gem slap bang in the middle of London. Best of all, it's totally free! Squish Space provides a safe environment for babies and young children to discover and play with different textures and materials. Developed by India and Lisa together with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning, sessions include the Barbican Bus, which blends together digital storytelling and making activities. As well as this three-day residency, Squish Space is open on specific dates throughout the year (including during school holidays), from 10am-4pm and families are welcome to drop in at any time.
Raver Tots Outdoor Festival
This May, Raver Tots is bringing its brilliant kid-friendly rave to Essex for a huge family festival. With 5,000 people expected, it’ll celebrate the best of British rave culture, with some of the UK’s most talented DJs set to grace the stage, and tonnes of fun suitable for all ages. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to entertainment - along with the incredible rave music, there will be a fun fair, play areas, inflatables, glitter art, face-painting, bubbles, giant balloons, huge confetti cannons and so much more. Like every great festival, there will also be tents, exclusive merch and affordable food stalls. Last year it sold out a month in advance so make sure you grab yourself a ticket while you still can! It's the nation’s best kept secret... take it to the rave!
Play Plonk Crazy Golf
Round up the family and head to Plonk Crazy Golf in Camden Market to experience a golf course like no other. Located in the basement stables, this new 9-hole golf experience is a neon dreamworld, with UV lights, a smoke machine and Plonk’s signature madness. Kids will love venturing through the most famous market in London to find this UV golfing paradise tucked away behind the famous Cyberdog. Grab your brightly coloured clubs and balls and hit the crazy golf course with a neon difference! Grown-ups will no doubt enjoy the course just as much as the little ones, so put it on your rainy day list now!
Mini Flippers at Flip Out
If your kids are bouncing off the walls, there’s only one place for them – Flip Out trampoline park in Brent Cross. Kids and adults alike will revel in the bouncy fun of Mini Flippers. Explore a world of wall-to-wall trampolines and foam landing pits where your little ones can bounce, flip, crawl and roll all day long! Mini Flippers events not only supply endless entertainment for your toddlers, but also help them develop coordination, balance and confidence at the same time. This active fun-filled event will leave you and your toddler bouncing all the way home!
Fun Golf at Golf Kingdom
Warm up as you hit tennis-style balls with colourful clubs against a giant inflatable target zone before hitting the FUN Golf course where 19-inch holes allow for the whole family to get a few hole-in-ones! Cheer on (or boo!) your family as you make your way around the course that’s guaranteed to have you in fits of laughter the whole day.