Half Term Fun & Kid Friendly Jubilee Events
Another school holiday is looming, and this one ends with The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday celebrations. Entertain the kids this half term break, with these fun family things to do in London…
1 Chelsea Physic Garden
There’s plenty of opportunities to explore nature at the Chelsea Physic Garden this half term. Children can make their own floral arrangements out of fresh season flowers with a jar they painted themselves. You kids can also make soap, infused with fragrant plants and aromatherapy. This class is for children 12-years old or older.
Date: Tuesday, May 31 & Thursday, June 2
Time: Flower arranging: 11.30am-12.30pm, 2pm-3pm, 3.30pm-4.30pm Soap-making class 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
Tickets: £22/£18 adult/child
Address: 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3 4HS
2 Battersea Power station
Head to Battersea Power Station and make your way to the newly opened park and Prospect Park Playground. Opened in April the colourful playground (8am-8pm) has areas suited to children across age groups, so kids can discover new bits of it as they grow. Follow this up with a treat from one of the many restaurants, and then catch a a glimpse of Marinella Senatore’s Afterglow, two outdoor light installations which have been places near the Power Station Park.
Date: Exhibition runs May 6-June 10
Address: Circus Road West, Nine Elms, SW8 5BN
3 Workshops at the Design Museum, South Kensington
During the the holidays, the Design Museum has two creative workshops best suited to tweens and teens aged between 11 and 14. First up, you can design a sustainable shoebox city that has climate sustainability in mind. Workshop participants learn how to develop design convents and creative solutions and work in teams to bring projects to life and make 3D models using recycled and waste material. In the other workshop, participants experiment with instruments and found objects to make a soothing, relaxing soundscape that they record, edit and mix themselves. No experience of music-making needed for this one.
Date: Tuesday, May 31; Wednesday June 1
Address: 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 6AG
4 Wheel-y Creative at London transport Museum, Covent Garden
London Transport Museum’s Wheel-y Creative programme of half- term fun is filled with imaginative activities, workshops and storytelling that get you and your offspring exploring the museum as you hunt down facts and information to complete various tasks. Children can also get crafty by adding to a communal art piece using toy vehicles, and older children can design and create spirograph wheel designs to add to a ranges of different London vehicle templates. The Underground Mouse leads story-telling sessions that stoke kids imaginations too.
Date: Saturday, May 28- Thursday, June 2
Time: 10am-6pm, storytelling sessions individually timed
Tickets: Annual pass tickets from £15
Address: Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB
5 GoBoat, Paddington
All aboard this self-drive boating trip which sees you putting along the Regent’s Canal. Boats fit up to 8 people (dogs are welcome) as you journey through Little Venice and through the Maida Hill Tunnel. If you want a longer trip, you can putt past London Zoo, through the Regent’s Park, and even get as far as Camden Lock. Bring some snacks along for the ride, but no booze. You can also putt around Canary Wharf or Kingston.
Time: Monday – Sunday 9am-8.30pm
Tickets: Whole boat £95/£135/£175 1/2/3 hours
Address: Merchant Square Paddington W2 1AS
6 Antarctica 3D at IMAX, South Kensington
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, Antarctica 3D goes deep into the continent’s glacial wilds, with never-see-before footage and cutting edge underwater filming techniques. Brought to the big, immersive screen by BBC Earth (the team behind Planet Earth II) Antarctica 3D highlights our connection to the majestic continent and showcases the wonderful and strange creatures that call Antarctica home. Runs for 60 minutes.
Date: Various dates including May 25-June 5
Time: 12.30pm & 2.30pm
Tickets: From £10, and you must book a free Science Museum admission ticket as well.
Address: IMAX: The Ronson Theatre, level 0, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, SW7 2DD
7 Panzer’s Street Party, St Johns Wood
One of London’s oldest delis, Panzer’s in St John’s Wood, will celebrate The Queen’s Jubilee with a festive street party on the bank holiday Saturday. Expect live music, plenty of food and drinks as well as activities for the kids including games, face painting and a raffle. Panzer’s famous smoked salmon bagels will be the star of the show alongside oysters, a giant truffle pasta wheel, hot dogs, classic Pimms and scones with jam and clotted cream.
Date: Saturday, June 4
Address: 13-19 Circus Road, NW8 6PB
8 Biscuiteers Belgravia & Notting Hill
For the jubilee, Biscuiteers has a number of events and activities going on, from afternoon teas, to regal icing classes and commemorative biscuits. You can try your hand at icing intricate royal designs – corgies, crowns, beefeaters – or there are more informal classes which you can decorate biscuits, free hand. The afternoon tea is a quintessential British meal, with finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones as well as hand-iced Biscuiteers biscuits. The two icing cafes have been given a royal makeover as well for May and June, just to get you into the festive spirit.
Address: 194 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, W11 2ES; 14-15 Eccleston Yards,
21 Eccleston Place, SW1W 9AZ
9 Party at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
Suitable for children aged between 2-5 years old, Party tells the tale of Afonso, who wants to go to his best friend’s party, but can’t find his invitation. is it lost in the post or was he never invited in the first place? When the finally arrives the excitement and nerves become too much to handle. What should he wear? Will they have balloons? Will anyone play with him? And what about the cake? This is the London premiere of Party and the digital production was nominated for a 2021 OffWestEnd OnComm Award, recognising the best work presented online or broadcast during the Covid-19 lockdowns.
Date: Thursday – Saturday, June 2-4
Time: Thursday 1.30pm & 3.30pm; Friday 10.30am & 1.30pm; Saturday 10.30am & 1.30pm
Tickets: £8/£6 adult/child
Address: The Blue Room at Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road SE1
10 The Platinum Jubilee Pageant, Buckingham Palace
The pageant tells the story of The Queen’s 70-year reign and the evolution of Britain under her rule. Artists and communities have been commissioned to tell chapters of this elaborate parade, which is set to enthral and entertain. It is a once-in-a-lifetime event which brings to life iconic moments of The Queen’s reign and features more than 10,000 people including military, volunteers, key workers and the general public, as well as national treasures and iconic figures from the arts and sport.
Date: Sunday, June 5
Tickets: Free, unticketed
Address: Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA
11 Trooping the Colour, Buckingham Palace
A cavalcade of more than 1,400 soldiers, 200 horse and 400 musicians come together to mark The Queen’s official birthday. The procession begins at Buckingham Palace and moves down The Mall to Horse Guard’s parade where it is joining by members of the royal family on horseback and in carriages. The ceremony finishes with the RAF fly past watched by The Queen and her family (but not Prince Andrew, Harry or Meghan) on Buckingham Palace’s balcony. There’s a dress code for this, so look sharp.
Date: Thursday, June 2
Tickets: Free, unticketed,
Address: Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA
12 Zoobilee Festival at London Zoo, The Regent’s Park
In time for half-term fun as well as for jubilee celebrations, London Zoo’s Zoobilee Festival is a wildlife-themed celebration that pays tribute to the zoo’s Royal Patron, The Queen. A new outdoor gallery charts the zoo’s royal history and there’s a series of regal activities to entertain you. This includes children story-time sessions, face-painting, lawn games, and visits from four-legged friends including the zoo’s alpacas and pygmy goats. Adults can relax on deckchairs or picnic under festive bunting, and kids and bring their teddy bear to one wild teddy bear’s picnic.
Date: May 28-June 5
Tickets: From £28.50/£18.55 adult/child
Address: The Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY
13 Mayfair Jubilee Party
This will be one doozy of a street party. The Mayfair Jubilee Party close North Audley Street down to traffic and lines it with feasting and entertainment, flowing from Grosvenor Square to Oxford Street. The party’s theme, Let’s Go Fly a Kite draws on Mary Poppins and the nostalgia of summer fêtes. The set up includes a communal table for 300 people adorned with British spring flowers., and there will be plenty of dishes, cocktails and treats to sample from the neighbourhood’s dining spots. There will also be live sketching among other entertainment including live music and crafts for the kids.
Date: Thursday & Friday, June 2-3
Address: North Audley Street, W1K 6WL
14 Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Enjoy the college’s lovely riverside grounds which will be filled with lawn games, music, and food and drink stalls, as well as family events to celebrate the jubilee with. Programme events include a Nyetimber sparkling wine tasting, performances such as open-air interactive show A Midsummer Faery Den, afternoon teas, a royal exhibition, as well as bunting and crown making. You can also take a tour of the college itself.
Date: Thursday -Sunday, June 2-5
Tickets: Entry to the ground free, some events individually ticketed
Address: Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9NN