Keep the Kids Busy with our Half Term Guide

It’s hard to believe that it’s already that time, but it is – the kids are having a week off school again. It happens all too quickly, sneaking up on you fast – so much so that you may not have much planned to keep them entertained over the next week. Don’t fret – we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our half term guide below.

Half Term at Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens
Open daily 10am to 6pm Monday to Thursday, 8pm Friday to Sunday

Explore the gardens using the land train and learn about the flora and fauna. There’s also The Hive, an installation that gives you insight into the life of bees. For those with a head for heights, there’s the Tree-top Walkway, 18 metres above the ground. Especially for kids during half-term there are animation workshops – make your own props and bring them to life. Advance tickets here.

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom
New Wimbledon Theatre
Saturday 3 June 1pm, 4pm and Sunday 4 June 10am, 1pm

Join Ben and Holly on an exciting and enchanting musical adventure full of games, songs and laughter. Tickets here.

Wendy’s Workshop
432 Richmond Road, Ham Parade, Kingston, KT2 5PU
Various dates and times

If creativity runs in the family and the kids are pining after a little arts and crafts, Wendy’s Workshop has just the ticket. From glass tile painting and clay pinch pots to embroidery and bracelet beading, get the kids’ imaginations running wild with a session at one of these creativity-fueled workshops. For more information or to book a place, call Wendy on 02085463535 or email

The Best of Barmy Britain
Hampton Court Palace
Sat 27 May – Sat 3 June

Fed up of the kids spending their week off on computer games? Want to encourage them to get involved in something at least a little educational? Cue ‘The Best of Barmy Britain’ at Hampton Court Palace. It’s essentially an hour long stage production of renowned children’s book collection Horrible Histories. Why not make an educational day of it with a day pass to the palace? All the information you need located here.

Photo: Leigh Cousins

Thumbs Up It’s Thursday
Kingston Town Centre
Thursday 1 June

Are your kids interested in monsters? Fans of the Very Hungry Caterpillar? If so then Thumbs Up It’s Thursday is perfect. Dotted around the town centre are various free activities, some great meal deals and even the chance to meet the caterpillar himself. For that something extra special, why not take them on a free river trip down to Hampton Court Palace? Full details are available in the Thumbs Up It’s Thursday brochure.

Polka Theatre
The Broadway, Wimbledon
From Wednesday 31 May

If your children love the theatre then why not pop down to the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon. For older children there’s Farm Boy, the sequel to the extremely popular War Horse. Younger children can watch with wonder as the story of The Girl and the Giraffe is brought to the stage through wonderful puppetry. More information here.

Photo: Half Moon Theatre

Trumpeters’ House Garden Party for the Poppy Factory
Trumpeters’ House, Old Palace Yard, Richmond (off Richmond Green)
Sunday 28 May May, 2pm to 4pm

Spend a spring afternoon in the beautiful surroundings of Trumpeters’ House. Enjoy the tranquility of the gardens with a cup of tea and a slice of cake, traditional lawn games and a brand new children’s treasure hunt. All proceeds go to The Poppy Factory, supporting disabled veterans into meaningful and sustainable employment. More information and tickets here.

Wimbledon Windmill Museum
Wimbledon Common
Saturdays 2pm to 5pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am to 5pm

Have you ever wondered about the history of Wimbledon’s famous windmill? Now in its bicentenary year, it’s steeped in history and who knows, you might even meet a Womble. More information here.

Photo: Wimbledon Windmill Museum Trust

Kingston Town Summer Walks
Gate of All Saints Church, Market Place
Sunday 28 May and Sunday 4 June, 11am

Join one of Kingston’s volunteer tour guides for an interesting and informative talk about the town’s history and its points of interest. Walks cost £5 per person (£3 for under 12, children under 5 go free). No need to book.

Rowing Boat Hire
Richmond Bridge Boathouse

Fancy taking a leisurely boat ride along the river? If so, then why not do it yourself. Rowing boats which can carry up to 8 people are available to hire. It’s on a first come first serve basis so don’t forget to call ahead. For more information email or ring 020 8948 8270.

Photo: Garry Knight used under CC-BY-SA 2.0

Steam Railway Adventure
London Museum of Water and Steam, Brentford
Saturday 27 May – Sunday 4 June

Victorian Steam Trains changed the world! With a special visit from Locomotive 85, a 2-6-2 tank locomotive from Sierra Leone, visitors can also learn about the importance of railway in Africa and take a ride around the grounds. Visit the museum at weekends to see the historic engines in full steam. Advance Tickets here.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Rose Theatre
Wednesday 31 May – Sunday 4 June

Now we’re certainly excited about this! This iconic children’s book by Eric Carle was first published way back in 1969 and has since gone on to sell 41 million copies worldwide. It’s an absolute family gem and now’s your chance to see it on stage. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the production of this timeless classic features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets.

Have you got anything exciting planned for the kids this half term that you think we should know about? Let us know over on our Facebook page.