Things To Do In May

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With a few long weekends, half term and glimpses of summer on the horizon, London is a busy place to be for mini city adventurers. Here is our top things to do in May: 


  1. Playfully combining puppetry and animated projection, The Curious Rat encourages audiences to celebrate the things that make them unique. (From 9)


Combining live music, catchy original songs and a host of crazy characters, Where The Lost Socks Go celebrates the odd and invites you to be curious. (11) 


Enjoy carnival vibes and celebrate Caribbean and African music at food and culture at the one-day family-friendly festival City Splash. (27)


Follow the music as this high-energy hip hop show Pied Piper pulls you under its catchy spell. (From 31) 


Escape the city and spend an adventure-filled weekend at family festival Elderflower Fields in the beautiful Sussex countryside. (24 to 27) 


Cooking from Michelin star and TV chefs at the Foodies Festival with music, food and fun for all the family and a special children’s play zone and cookery theatre. (25 to 27) 


Discover the science and secrets of music’s mysterious hold over us and how it drives us to create and connect with each other at the Science Museum’s Turn it Up. (all month)


The Variety Club 4 Kids show is packed with comedy, circus, magic and silliness.


Mixing the joy of classical singing and sensory play, You are the Sun is a first opera for babies and grownups that explores the magic of nature. (17 and 18) 


Prince Charming at the Little Angel Theatre is a funny, endearing musical for anyone who’s ever felt a bit anxious. (From 18)


Find out about the world of opera and ballet through creative family activities and enjoy live music in an informal setting at the Royal Opera House’s Family Sundays. (Until 26) 


Based on the much loved picture book, You Choose at Battersea Arts Centre promises to be a unique interactive show. (30 and 31) 


Hop aboard a barge at Little Venice and take an adventure through worlds of mattresses and mysteries with puppet show Pea. (Until 19) 


Explore and play with form, space, colour and movement to create artwork that can swing or sway at Uniqlo Tate Play Make Studio. (Until 22) 


Travel to Kenya and follow in Handa’s footsteps as she journeys to see her best friend in the next village in musical puppet show Handa’s Surprise. (From 22)


Full of songs and madcap comedy, Princess Smartypants at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre is a treat for all the family. (From 28) 


Take your mini nature lovers for a stroll around family friendly garden exhibition A Different Green at the Oxo Tower. (From 22) 


Grab a net and join London Wetland Centre’s team to learn all about the incredible underwater world of ponds this May half-term, including how to tell a pond skater from a stickleback! This activity, suitable for all the family, will take place daily at London Wetland Centre’s Pond Zone. Daily 11am and 2pm.


Fancy a day trip? Stop by and say hi to animal keepers during animal feeds at Marwell Wildlife. Plus, see new arrivals such as Warjun, Marwell’s new snow leopard, a baby red river hoglet and more.


Finally, get snug as a bug while the National Poetry Library puppets share some of their favourite poems, nursery rhymes and rhyming stories at Rug Rhymes. May 17 and May 24.

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