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Half Term Activities May half Term 2023

Half-term is almost upon us and if you’re looking for some fun, free days out there’s plenty to offer locally.


Nature discovery day in Chinbrook Meadows

Part of London Rivers Week, this fun-filled afternoon will include activities for both children and adults to help you connect with the nature to be found in Chinbrook Meadows. Explore this lovely spot in South London with the River Quaggy, one of The Thames many tributaries, running through it.

Family friendly fun will include an opportunity for children and adults alike to view plants and mini-beasts collected from around the site under the microscopes of Quekett Microscopic Club. ChART will be running a fantastic clay workshop inspired by the river led by local artist Lily German.

For those with an interest in history and environmental issues, Quaggy Waterways Action Group will lead a fascinating walk around the area, talking about the history of the park and the restoration work to the river done so far (start time 1pm).

Thames21 will talk about the wetland creation project that will be happening in the southern part of the park later on in the year and show how to carry out a river fly monitoring survey to investigate water quality in the River Quaggy (start time 1.15pm and 3pm).

To receive an event reminder and update with more details as these become available please register for FREE here.

If you can, please walk, cycle or come by public transport to this event. The nearest station is Grove Park. Many buses also serves the site including 124, 126, 273, 624 and the 638. Please take your rubbish home with you.

Price: FREE  Book your place here


Families Drawn Together



Making Maps

Come along to the National Maritime Museum and explore maps and navigation from across the globe! This May half term, explore the maps in the Museum’s collection and discover forms of navigation from across the globe! Events take place in the Learning Space and are suitable for all ages and abilities.



Migration Museum Family Fun Day

Join the team this half-term for a fun day of free activities suitable for the whole family, including:

  • Cross-stitch greetings card making: Take home a greetings card that you’ve made yourself with a heart or gingerbread person design. The workshop will be led by Amanda Hilton, whose mother came to the UK as a refugee from Austria in 1938, aged 11.  The heart design is based on the cross-stitch tablecloth Amanda’s mother brought with her to this country.  Gingerbread biscuits, an Austrian treat, will be available to try (allergies permitting).  The tablecloth and other family momentoes, including photographs, will be on display.
  • Bracelet making, fridge-magnet designing, an around the world picnic activity and colouring in your own poster, led by Patrick Adom, founder of Very Puzzled
Price: FREE (donations welcome)  DROP-IN


Family Craft Saturdays 

Join the volunteer team on Saturday afternoons for family craft activities inspired by the Museum’s collections. Learn about some of the 350,000 objects in the Horniman’s collections, and discover more about music, nature, wildlife, and the world around us.

Get stuck into some crafts and have fun with our wonderful volunteers at these free, drop-in sessions.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.



Whatever you are doing – have fun!


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