Summer half-term is always a great opportunity to get out and about and explore London; the city isn’t rammed with tourists, and it’s warm enough to make for carefree days. There are outdoor, green-fingered events happening across London as part of the Chelsea Fringe.
Head to Greenwich’s Royal Maritime Museum for free workshops – make flying, floating (and sinking) machines. Up the hill at the Royal Observatory, there are Mars-themed activity mornings, which include a planetarium show, Q&A sessions and buggy building May 31–June 1 ( £6).
The Geffrye Museum’s free activities are wildly popular – get there early to be sure of a place printing tea towels, making aprons, fruit-shaped pots and mini herb gardens, or try baking or candle-making. Under-5s will adore the daily Rhyme Time sessions (Tuesday–Friday).
The Museum of Childhood gets moving with robot programming, jumping clown making (£5) and speaking sculptures (£5), while the excellent Ragged School Museum turns the pages of Victorian novels such as The Jungle Book and Alice in Wonderland to inspire their arts and crafts activities. Plus there’s an under-5s play area (Wednesday–Thursday). Free.
King’s Cross is running its own week-long Punk School, where budding Ramones can learn an instrument and join a band. It’s free, but you MUST book in advance.
Over at the V&A, you can create your own digital collage, watch an incredible robot dance, design your own house, or create a mini canopy inspired by the new structure in the Madejski Garden. All free.