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LittleBird Family Pass: May Half Term & Jubilee Celebrations

24 May - 30 June

LittleBird have rounded up some great activities and events to help you and your family stay entertained, inspired and active throughout the May Half Term and The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations with the only problem, how to fit it all in! So whatever ages you’re looking to entertain this half term and whatever your budget, when the cry goes up, “What are we doing today?” you’ll have some inspiration. So get comfy, put the kettle on and get reading.

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TOP PICKS OF THINGS TO DO 

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons Thursday 2nd June, UK wide

More than 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, and one in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries in recognition of The Queen’s long and selfless service. The beacons will enable local communities, individuals and organisations to pay tribute to her as part of the official celebrations.

Find out more here.

Superbloom and Giant Slide, Tower of London, 1st June – 18th September

Over 20 million seeds were planted at the Tower of London  this spring where a spectacular, colourful, vibrant field of flowers now fills the Tower’s moat to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen.

On arrival, visitors can grab a mat and slide down into the moat on the Tower of London’s Superbloom slide and follow the visitor route through the display. Or for a more conventional entry into the blooms, there is a main fully accessible visitor entrance.

Find out more here.

Zoobilee at ZSL London Zoo, 28th May – 5th June

Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this May Half Term with Zoobilee at ZSL London Zoo.

Bring your favourite cuddly toy to take part in the wildest Teddy Bears’ Picnic in town, take a walk on the wild side with ZSL’s bug hunting and pond dipping sessions, or create your own animal crown to wear as part of some environmentally friendly crafts. Plus animal talks, face painting, quizzes and trails, and don’t forget over 15,000 animals!

Standard tickets, adult £2.50 and child £21.12. Pre-booking is essential. Find out more here.

Fancy heading to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, you can also celebrate Zoobilee there too, click here.

Forever Food at Kew Gardens 21st May – 18th September

Food: we love it and we can’t live without it. But the world is changing, and so is what we eat. Step into the future of food with art installations and exhibitions including weekend drop-in workshops and activities for families.

Artist Tanya Schultz (a.k.a. Pip & Pop) exhibition When Flowers Dream showcasing an eclectic mix of vibrant artworks made from everyday materials such as sugar, candy, and assorted craft materials. They look good enough to eat, start drooling here.

Tickets Adults £15, Kids, £5, Under 4s free. Find out more here.

Top Tip: Discover exclusive Kew Gardens savings and join the Family Pass. Find out more here.

Uniqlo Tate Play Holiday Make Studio celebrate, Tate Modern, Bankside, 28th May – 5th June

Rip, snip, stick, cut and create a colourful collage at Tate Modern. Explore the dreams and fantasies of surrealism and bring your dreams to life by making a magical montage inspired by a special moment in your life.

The activity is free but you’ll still need to book a timed entry slot. Find out more here.

Summer by the River, London Bridge, 30th May – 2nd September

Offering a summer of free entertainment, this year’s festival promises a 1930s Miami vibe taking place on banks of the Thames over three locations – The Scoop, Hay’s Galleria and The Pier.

The programme is themed by day and includes Gospeloke (a karaoke night backed by a live Gospel Choir), Dabbers Bingo (the much-loved game injected with music and performers), Hip Hop Weekender (interactive workshops and dance battles between world-renowned artists), Tears of Jenny Greenteeth (the London debut of a Ballet Folk performance) and Twelfth Night (a modern take on the Shakespeare classic – set on Love Island),

Find out more here.

Chelsea in Bloom, until 30th May

The annual floral art show coincides with the Chelsea Flower Show and is London’s largest free-to-attend festival of flowers. This year’s theme, inspired by the Queen’s Jubilee,  is ‘British Icons’ and draws inspiration from the characters, symbols and emblems across the UK.

Find out more here.

Dippy the Dinosaur returns to Natural History Museum on 27th May – December 2022

Dippy, the nation’s favourite dinosaur, returns to the Natural History Museum this May.

Find out more here.

Machine de Cirque, Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre, Holborn, 1st – 11th June

Poetic and humorous – the six guys in Machine de Cirque have everything they could want. Only one problem – they’re alone in the world. Their quest is to contact other survivors with the help of a strange machine. Reckless, touching and comical, these six characters masterfully handle a teeterboard, juggling clubs, a drum kit and even a bath towel!

This acclaimed Canadian company combines circus, spectacle, storytelling and live music in their witty and wondrous productions.

Tickets from £18. To find out more and book tickets, click here.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, various events, UK wide,  2nd – 5th June

With tons of celebrations planned for the extended bank holiday weekend, you’ll find what’s going on and when on the official site. Plus Street Party and Big Jubilee Lunch support too.  Check out the events happening near you by entering your postcode.

Get stuck in here.

Step Hop House with Folk Dance Remixed, Southbank Centre, Thursday 2nd June @12pm & 2.30pm

Head out on the dancefloor for an afternoon colliding traditional and hip-hop dance to magical effect.

Maypole, clogging and ceilidh meet street, house and breakdance, with a hint of African and Bollywood thrown in, all to a live soundtrack of fiddle and beatboxing. Watch the Step Hop House performance, then join in with two workshops.

Free, find out more here.

Top Tip: Special offer. Use promo code LITTLEBIRD30 to save 30% on tickets for Punk Alley at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room’s between 1st – 3rd June, details here.

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich 2nd – 5th June

Promising a whole host of activities taking place throughout the Jubilee weekend – from free games on the lawns and Jubilee craft making, to food and drink stalls, theatre, spectacle, Royal tours and much more.

Find out more here.

Festival of Play, Regent’s Park, Saturday 4th June @ 12pm – 4pm

A family day for children of all ages and abilities to celebrate and explore playing in the park. There will be tentfuls of free-play fun including junk modeling, music making, dressing up and  getting messy…encouraging children to get creative exactly as they choose.

Free, find out more here.

Top Tip: Head to Hyde Park on Tues 31st & Weds 1st for Discovery Days: Royal Celebrations  where the kids can make a nature crown. Also free, find out more here.

The Gunpowder Plot, Tower Vaults at the Tower of London

The newest immersive experience from Layered Reality allows you to step back in time to 1605. The fuse of rebellion is lit. The peace of the nation balances on a knife edge. Who will you trust?

You won’t just witness the action, you’ll play an active role in one of the greatest stories in British history. Your mission: go undercover, infiltrate the plotters and become part of history’s most daring conspiracy!.

Aimed at ages 10+, Tickets from £40

Top Tip: Use Code LITTLEBIRD10 for £10 off 2 or more standard off peak tickets. Find out more here.

The Queen’s Jubilee Dance Party, Wembley Park,  Saturday 4th June

For free live music, circus acts, street performers and a whole lot of dance, head to Wembley Park to celebrate the Jubilee. With five stages of live acts and DJs, a giant street party is promised. You’ll be able to participate in free lessons taught by professional dancers on stages. There are interactive areas with selfie stations and photo booths. Plus tons of family-friendly activities including face painters, bubbleologists, stilt walkers, street dancers and pavement artists.

A free event, find out more here.

Power Up at the Science Museum, Kensington, extended until 6th June

This hands-on, fully interactive gaming event features the very best video games and consoles from the past five decades. From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just want to beat your family at Mario Kart.

Play against friends in multiplayer showdowns, rediscover your childhood favourites and test out some of the latest virtual reality experiences at this ultimate gaming extravaganza.

Tickets From £8. To find out more and to book tickets, click here.

Top Tip: While you’re there, check out Stephen Hawking at Work and explore incredible objects from Professor Stephen Hawking’s office in this free display. Find our more here.

Glasgow Science Festival, various locations, 2nd – 12th June

Glasgow Science Festival is making a splash with the theme ‘Glasgow’s Making Waves’. Venues across the city including the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, the Riverside Museum and the St Enoch Centre will host 50+ live events during the 16th annual festival. Enjoy wave-themed events, including gravitational wave astronomy, artist-led soundwalks, and Betty the e-waste basking shark.

Almost all events are free of charge. Find out more here.

V & A Drop-in Design: Plume Parade, 2nd & 4th June

Everyone is invited to create spectacular paper birds with graphic designer Bethan Durie in this family’s design workshop. Let your creativity flow as you craft colourful feathers and beaks, and get your paper creations to flap their wings.

Free event, find out more here.

Top Tip: Discover more family focused workshops and activities by clicking here.

Paper Dolls, Polka Theatre, Wimbledon, until 7th August

When a little girl makes a string of paper dolls, she takes them by the hand on a fantastical adventure. Whirling through the home and garden, they fly through the air, until they are confronted with some very sharp scissors…

Paper Dolls is based on the original book The Paper Dolls, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Rebecca Cobb.

Aimed at ages 3 – 7. Tickets from £14. Find out more here.

Go Ape, UK wide

Head to the forest and have an outdoor adventure with Go Ape. From Treetop Adventures for all ages that offer intricate crossings, wobbly bridges and zip wire finales to Net Adventures that promise treetop bouncy nets linked by walkways 30 feet above the forest floor, inflatable balls and super slides.

Tickets from £23. To find out your nearest location and to book, click here.

Top Tip: Discover exclusive Go Ape savings and join the Family Pass. Find out more here.

Backyard Cinema presents LA Nights & Miami Beach, Wandsworth, until 29th August

Experiential cinema is back, courtesy of Backyard Cinema. Catch your first flight of the summer with Backyard Airlines as you’re transported to the sun-kissed beaches of Los Angeles and Miami. Lay back into giant beanbags, stick your feet in the sand and experience movie magic in these stunning beachscapes. Offering tons of family favourites including Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, The Batman, Moana, Back to the Future, Encanto, West Side Story, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Bad Guys and more. All you need to do is decide if you’d rather visit LA or Miami!

Tickets from £20. To find out more and book tickets, click here.

To discover exclusive Backyard Cinema savings, join the Family Pass. Find out more here.

Oxygen Freejumping, Trampoline Parks, various locations

With over 100 connected trampolines and innovative zones to get you bouncing, climbing, and somersaulting Freejumping is pure fun for all ages. Bounce to new heights, learn new tricks, get moving.

Tickets from £27. Find out more here.

Gifford Circus, various locations, until 13th September

Giffords Circus offers a magical nod to old fashioned circus with a glamorous twist. Step inside the tent into a colourful madcap world of acrobats, jugglers, horses, musicians, dancers and Tweedy the Clown.

Tickets from £15 for adults, and from £10.00 for kids.

To find out more, click here.

Underbelly Festival, London, Cavendish Square until 31st July & Earls Court until 16th July

Underbelly Festival returns to it’s new London homes, Cavendish Square in the heart of Central London’s Oxford Street District and Earls ourt. Offering it’s usual eclectic mix of shows you can enjoy cabaret, circus, variety and plenty of family entertainment, performed in the beautiful Spiegeltent surrounded by outdoor bars and delicious street food eateries.

The family programme includes Shark in the Park, Morgan & West Unbelievable Science, Showstoppers, Baby Loves Disco, Comedy 4 Kids and La Clique.

Tickets from £12.50. Find out who’s on and when here.

To discover exclusive Underbelly Festival savings on family shows, join the Family Pass. Find out more here.

Inflata Nation Inflatable ThemeParks, various locations including Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Huddersfield

With tons of park activities on offer at all locations, Inflata Nation ticks everyone’s box. There are  Inflata Super Slides, quadruple obstacle courses, Inflata climingin walls, bumpy slides, tipping slides, ball pools, duel platforms, inflatable bubbles, and more! Plus, there’s a mini inflatable area for the under 4’s including a ball pool and soft play.

Tickets from; Ages 4 to 15 and Adults – £9.99, Under 4 – £5.99. Find out more here.

To discover exclusive Inflata Nation savings at the Manchester location, join the Family Pass. Find out more here.

Football: Designing the Beautiful Game, Design Museum, Kensington, until 29th August

Whether you are a fanatical supporter, part-time punter or sporting skeptic, enjoy discovering the remarkable design stories behind the world’s beautiful game.

Journey through more than 500 objects, films and interviews in sporting performance, kit development, stadium design and more and immerse yourself in iconic football moments with star objects telling the stories of club legacies and game legends such as Messi, Pelé, George Best and Diego Maradona and more.

Tickets; Adult £16.80, Child £8.25. To find out more and book tickets, click here.

Superheroes, Orphans & Origins: 125 years in comics, Foundling Museum, until 28th August

Enter into the world of superheroes to explore the representation of foundlings, orphans, adoptees, and foster children in comics, graphic novels and sequential art from around the globe.

DC’s Superman, who was found by his adoptive parents, is one of many comic heroes who are orphans: Spider-Man’s parents die in a plane crash; Batman’s parents are killed in a street robbery; and Black Panther – whose mother dies soon after childbirth and whose father is killed – is known as ‘the Orphan King’. Marvel’s X-Men experience both discrimination and social ostracisation. The superheroes’ early life experiences impact on their roles and the stance they take over good and evil in their comic lives.

Tickets; Adults £9.50 Kids £7.50 To find out more & to book tickets, click here.

100 Story Hotel, Discover Children’s Story Centre, Stratford

Created with bestselling, multi award-winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph. This immersive world of play and storytelling has something for everyone.

At The 100 Story Hotel there are all sorts of guests; lions and tigers, dinosaurs and bears. Some sausage dogs are having a party on the hotel beach. And that’s to say nothing of the dedicated staff. The porters are penguins, the housekeeping team is headed up by a handy octopus and the concierge is a polar bear.

Although the hotel is usually full of 100 amazing stories, one story has just gone missing! Your help is desperately required to find the naughty culprit. Can you follow the clues and track them down?

Aimed at ages 0 – 8. Tickets; £3 To find out more & to book tickets, click here.

Ninja Warrior, UK wide

Inspired by the hit ITV show, Ninja Warrior UK offers  supervised activity and fitness venues throughout the UK. You can climb, balance, jump and swing across different obstacles using and developing your Ninja skills. A great place for supervised family activities and for keeping fit.

Aimed at ages 5+, tickets from £12

Find out more here.

CREATE YOUR OWN ADVENTURES 

30 Days Wild with The Wildlife Trust

30 Days Wild is The Wildlife Trusts’ annual challenge where they ask everyone to do one wild thing a day throughout the month of June.

Sign up to receive a free pack and receive lots of fun activities throughout the month to keep you inspired. To find out more & sign up for free, click here.

Take a wonderfully wild photo with Wildlife Watch

Wildlife Watch has some top tips for taking awesome photos of wildlife and nature and you don’t need a fancy camera, sometimes a photo on a phone can be twice as good.

Find out how here and for more outdoor activity inspiration, including making your own den and pond in a bucket, click here.

Wild Sleepout with the RSPB

Why not try a Wild Sleepout, with top tips from the RSPB. A night under the stars promises a whole new experience. There are all kinds of wildlife that wake up when it gets dark along with a sky twinkling with stars, planets, satellites, planes and if you’re lucky, shooting stars.

You could camp in a tent, under a blanket or even on a trampoline! Stay out for the whole night, or try just a few hours and experience nature after the sun goes down – it’s up to you.

Find out more here.

Den Building Fun

Learn about the benefits of being outside from the experts at The Den Building Company and enjoy reading their top tips.

Be inspired here.

ONLINE ANYTIME 

Little Angel Theatre’s new digital series, Bertie

Bertie is an environmental entertainment & education series. Bertie is a bottle and lives at the rubbish dump, stuck in landfill. Lilly is a stork and Bertie’s best friend. Bertie has to stay at the dump because he cannot fly, but Lilly travels across the skies to lots of new and different places.

Lilly meets a different animal in a different place in the world in each episode, and children will learn about different environmental issues and consider how they can take their own steps to help combat climate change.

Aimed at ages 3 – 8. To find out more & watch the video, click here.

NHM’s Eleven extraordinary foods we’ll be eating more in the future

Jelly fish chips anyone? Next time you’re having dinner together, why not have a chat about foods we might be enjoying (or not!) in the future.

With current farming, fishing and industrial practices having a negative impact on nature, the way we eat needs to become much more sustainable so discover what could become UK dinnertime staples of the future with the Natural History Museum.

Find out what’s for dinner here.

Playful Portraits with the National Portrait Gallery

Make some playful portraits with this free activity book that features portraits of rebels, believers and dreamers; people who pushed against boundaries and got amazing things done. You can download the whole activity book here or find things to do, draw and make whilst you explore individual sitters including Malala Yousafzai, Nick Park and the Bronte Sisters.

Get playful here.

The British Library’s interviews…..

Explore the British Library’s archives of interviews with some of our most well known authors, poets and illustrators including Jacqueline Wilson, Joseph Coelho, Quentin Blake to hear memories, gain insight, find out secrets and discover their top tips. Find them and more, click here.

Free Activities with Orchard Toys

Have a browse through Orchard Toys range of free, printable worksheets and downloadable activities that are fun, educational and perfect for learning at home. With everything from numeracy and literacy activity sheets to craft ideas, colouring sheets and recipes.

Start browsing here.

MAKE THIS 

Fun Vegetable cars

Turn simple veggie crudites into something fun with this Eats Amazing recipe for vegetable cars – vroom vroooom! Get building here.

Red Ted Art Jubilee crafting ideas

If you’re looking for street party decorations or crafts at home, you’ll find tons of inspiration from Red Ted Art. Crowns, bunting, flag making and baking – get hands on here.

Make a glow worm night light

Make your own glow worm night light inspired by Roald Dahls’ James and the Magic Peach from bits and bobs around the house. Find out how here.

Make Art Using A Cardboard Box with Tate

Cut, rip and stick to make art with cardboard, get inspired here.

Eats Amazing Jubilee recipes

Head over to Eats Amazing for plenty of Jubilee themed ideas and inspiration, perfect for the kids to get involved with. From Berry, Coconut & Watermelon pizza to summer berry skewers, crown cupcakes to strawberry & cream cones mmmmmm get stuck in here.

WATCH THIS 

Turn on the Subtitles 

A relatively new campaign with a simple message – Kids read more with the subtitles on. Turning on the subtitles while children are watching television can double the chances of a child becoming good at reading, meaning that TV time becomes reading time. 

Find out more here and turn on the subtitles!

Jubilee Celebrations Coverage

Grayson’s Art Club: Queen’s Jubilee Special, Wednesday, May 25, at 10pm on C4

Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen, Sunday, 29 May on BBC One and BBC iPlayer

The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour), Thursday, June 2 BBC One.

The Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving from St Paul’s Cathedral is the first event on Friday, June 3 BBC One.

The Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving from St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, June 3, BBC One.

Watch The Queen: 70 Glorious Years on the BBC and BBC iPlayer on Saturday 4 June. Timings TBC.

LOOKING AHEAD 

BRICKLIVE in the Park, Evolution London, Battersea Park, 20th  – 29th August

Take yourself on a brick-built adventure at BRICKLIVE in the Park. Discover a world of giant sculptures, tour through a land of mythical beasts, build your own creations in multiple themed zones, test your Ninja skills on the assault course and perfect your craft with Master Builder classes.

Tickets £20.50 with morning and afternoon sessions. To find out more, click here.

London Transport Museum’s Depot Open Days: Act-on it, West London, 2nd – 3rd July

Everyone can play their part in making London a net-zero city, and you can discover first-hand the important role public transport is playing to keep the city green.  During the special ‘Act-on It!’ open days, the Depot is opening its doors so you can see its many historical artefacts and one-of-a-kind collection objects that tell the story of London and its transport network over the past 220 years.

Tickets; Adults £15 and 4 – 17 £7.50, 3 and under free. To find out more & book tickets, click here.

Women’s Euro, locations various, 6th – 31st July

England is hosting this year’s UEFA Women’s EURO 2022. With venues in Brighton & Hove, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Rotherham, Sheffield, Southampton, Trafford, Wigan & Leigh, it’s the second time England have staged the competition after 2005, when Germany triumphed.

Find out more here.

Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination, Science Museum, Kensington, 6th October – May 2023

This immersive genre-defying exhibition will offer a once in a lifetime adventure through the cosmos to explore visions of the future through the science of today.

Guided by an artificial intelligence of alien origin, you will be placed at the heart of an exciting science fiction story. Board and explore a unique spaceship, scout an unknown planet, and investigate how scientists and science fiction creators have imagined and built new worlds to better understand our own.

Tickets: Adult £20, Ages 8+ £18, Under 7s Free. Find out more here.

My Neighbour Totoro, Barbican, London, 8th October to 21st January 2023

A global premiere as Joe Hisaishi and the RSC bring Studio Ghibli’s enchanting classic coming-of-age film to the stage.

Exploring the magical fantasy world of childhood and the transformative power of imagination, My Neighbour Totoro follows one extraordinary summer in the lives of sisters Satsuki and Mei as they are swept up in exciting adventures with their new neighbours – transported to a long-forgotten realm of spirits, sprites, and natural wonder.

Tickets from £10. Find out more here.

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