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May Half Term – 30+ things to do for kids of all ages

School holidays crept up on you again? No fear. Your trusty Muddy guide has the low down on what to see and do locally with the kids this Half Term.

ON STAGE

Need an outlet for lots of pent up giggles and silliness? The Comedy Club 4 Kids (age 6+) comes to the Quarry Theatre in Bedford on 4 June. And there are more laughs to be had from Jellyfish Theatre, who are bringing their weird and wonderful show (which is set in a vintage caravan), The Wagon of Dreams, to Standalone Farm in Letchworth from 30 May – 3 June.

The brilliant Horrible Histories are back with a history lesson disguised as a gory and gruesome kids show! Terrible Tudors comes to Grove Theatre in Dunstable on 5 June. And mini popstars in the making will be waving the hairbrush mics to Pop Princesses, as Little Mix, Miley Cyrus and Meghan Trainer tribute acts take to the stage, also at Grove Theatre on 28 May. If that’s not enough for you, there’s a Total Pop Party with music from P!nk, Dua Lipa, Spice Girls and more heading to the Bedford Corn Exchange on 29th.

DAYS OUT

Ok so we’re not close to the seaside, but you can still take the kids to the beach! The Beach at Bury Lane Fun Barn in Royston is now open – a giant sandpit, with deck chairs for mums and dads and a cool adventure zone with climbing boulder, giant chess and mini diggers to explore for up to 10 year olds. From 28 May the bungees and go-karting will be open, too, for older kids.

The kids are taking over at Wrest Park for Half Term with their Kids Rule! Jubilee themed week of events. There’ll be historic performances and Victorian toys and games from 28 May – 5 June. And while we’re on the Royal theme, over at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo there’ll be special crafts and animal talks, plus you can book a picnic or afternoon tea for the Zoobilee from 28 May – 5 June.

There’s more animal fun to be had at Herrings Green Activity Farm, with owl handling and flying, a critter show and tractor rides (28 May – 7 June). And head to Willows Activity Farm for a Roar-some adventure where there’ll be a chance to meet some dinos, dig for fossils and take part in some Jurassic crafts from 30 May – 5 June. Plus there’s more prehistoric action during Dino Week at Mead Open Farm, with a Caveman Rock Show, Jurassic Tractor Rides and a Dino Disco, 28 May-5 June.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Head to the Natural History Museum in Tring on 31 May for BioBlitz – a day of minibeast hunting and pond dipping to learn about what lives in the museum grounds. In Hertford there’s a trail of knitted Royal figures to be found around the town from 21 May – 1 June. Pick up a trail map from the tourist info centre or download a map here.

Or rope the whole family in for the Xplorer Fun Family Challange – a clue and navigation-based challenge taking place on 2 June as part of the Letchworth Festival. And at Houghton Hall Park, kids can bring their pups along for the Junior Bark Run Trail where they’ll follow their own route around the park to earn their medal.

Unleash their inner Bear Grylls with a Bush Craft Workshop with Wilderness Foundation at Home Farm Glamping, Elstree on 30 May. Or, at the same venue on 2 June it’s time to put on their big girl/boy pants to tackle a 50ft oak tree with The Great Big Tree Climbing Co. They’ll clearly love it but have you got the stomach to join them? Ages 6+.

Also at Home Farm Glamping, there’s the chance to meet and greet some cuddly creatures from meerkats and giant rabbits to alpacas, with Pages Farm on 31 May. But have you ever taken an alpaca for a walk? Well you can at West Leith Farm in Tring (age 12+). Don’t forget to take an alpaca selfie!

DAY CAMPS

Pack them off to a holiday camp with a difference this Half Term. Running from 30 May – 3 June, the sessions at Box End Park include mornings learning to wakeboard on a cable tow, or a combo of stand-up paddle boarding and taking on the giant inflatable aqua park.

Go all out with a Football Escape at The Grove, which includes coaching from current and ex-pro footballers, a two-night stay with breakfast, and use of the segway and bike trails, outdoor pursuits activities and kids club (at extra cost), from 30 May – 1 June.

And, drop the kids off at Willows Activity Farm for a fun-packed day camp (half, full, school day and extended hours available), with lunch and snacks included. 30 May – 1 June.

MAKE BELIEVE MAGIC

The lovable travelling bear is at the North Herts Museum until 26 June. The touring exhibition from The British Library, Paddington: The Story of a Bear, invites kids to follow the marmalade splats around the display of original illustrations and memorabilia. Meanwhile, at The Wonder Den in Hertford, there’s a storytelling workshop for 3-7 year olds, with games and prop making.

The magical Tiny Ts Theatre comes to Home Farm Glamping in Elstree with a rainbow fairies afternoon tea on 28 May. Expect games, stories and tasty treats. And head to The Forest of Marston Vale on 2 June for Party with a Princess afternoon tea, by Royal invitiation of everyone’s favourite ice princesses, where there’ll be fun games and singalongs to boot.

SOMETHING CREATIVE

Be inspired by one of Britain’s most influential designers, Tom Karen, at this exhibition of toys, sculptures and artworks. He created everything from Marble Run to the Raleigh Chopper. It opens on 28 May as part of the Letchworth Festival.

Little artists aged 6-9 can join children’s illustrator Leila Nabih for this floral drawing workshop at Wonder Den in Hertford on 21 May. While Lego crazy whizz kids will love getting stuck into a digital stop motion animation workshop (ages 7-12) at the same venue on 1 June.

Over at Birch Community in Cheshunt, things are going retro with a Sunday Funday tie-dye and lava lamp making workshop and sand and stone art – both for 5-11 year olds on 29 May.

And finally, at The Forest of Marston Vale, come and decorate a wooden keyring, badge and bookmark for the Jubilee at this kids’ craft session for age 3+.

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