I’m not sure if you agree with me but where has time gone? I am in utter disbelief that it’s already May… Now the weather is better, there are a number of activities to amuse the children this half term holiday from parks, farms, gardens and local walks. However, if you’re looking for something a little different and fancy a trip into London, here are a few attractions that will entertain the whole family…
The popular installation at the Natural History Museum is back for its eighth run. Wander among hundreds of free-flying moths and butterflies from around the world, including species sourced ethically from Africa, South America, North America and Asia. Try to spot the difference between butterflies and moths, look for caterpillar camouflage, and have a chance to see a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. Get a close-up view of butterfly specimens through a magnifier, and see the secrets of butterfly wings revealed through a stunning scanning electron microscope image.
Sensational Butterflies The Natural History Museum Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD; Exhibition until 11 September 2016; Tickets: £5.85; Family £19.80
Step into the Land of the Lions
ZSL London Zoo’s newest exhibit has been two years in the making but is now open to the public. Visitors can get up close to the Asiatic lions who reside in the temple-like ruins. Three walkways cover the 2,500sqm exhibit with thrilling, immersive Indian-themed areas to explore – including a train station, crumbling temple clearing, high street and guard hut. Meanwhile, for the first time, big cat lovers can embark on an interactive Indian adventure as they help ZSL’s forest rangers deal with a ‘lion-emergency’ in the Gir Forest, and lend a hand to the veterinary team who come to the rescue.
Land of Lions ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY From 10am-6pm; Tickets: Adults from £24.25; Kids from £17.60; Under 3s Free
Above and Beyond
Fly like a bird, race a supersonic jet and take an elevator ride to the edge of space in the National Maritime Museum’s special exhibition and accompanying events season. Packed with excitement for all the family, this ground-breaking interactive exhibition explores the marvels of aerospace innovation, design and technology. With flight simulation, virtual reality, immersive experiences and more.
Above and Beyond National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF Until 29 August 2016; Tickets: Adults £9; Kids £6; Family Ticket: £26
The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl
Did you know that Roald Dahl used to be a spy? And also a fighter pilot, inventor and historian of chocolate? Learn about the author’s extraordinary life and the surprising inspiration for his most famous characters and stories. The tour features unique items from the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre archives. Plus there are interactive installations to spark the imagination – where you can even test your own powers of creativity.
Southbank Centre Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX Until 3 July; Tickets: Adults £10; Kids £9 (for 7 years above only)
Pirate Treasure Hunt
Kids can come dressed as pirates for this fun and interactive treasure hunt. Captain Blackbird’s motley animal crew has stolen his precious treasure and hidden it around the London Wetland Centre. But wait, Polly his faithful parakeet, has spotted which direction they went in. Find the sleek fox, elusive water vole, cheeky otter and the rest of the gang to help you piece together the map to discover where they’ve hidden the gold.
WWT London Queen Elizabeth’s Walk Barnes, London SW13 9WT Until 5 June; Treasure Hunt £1 as well as admission price; Tickets: Adults from £13.10; Kids from £7.20; Under 4s free
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
‘We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re going to catch a big one, what a beautiful day, we’re not scared.’ Michael Rosen’s popular tale about a family which goes looking for bears is popular with little ones, and The Little Angel Theatre brings his thrilling and funny adventure to life in this entrancing puppetry production.
Little Angel Theatre 14 Dagmar Passage London N1 2DN Until 26 June; Tickets: Adults £12; Kids £10