Southampton has plenty of fantastic family activities to offer this May half-term. If you’re looking to do something fun with the kids, or even if you need to drop them off somewhere to enjoy a much-needed break for yourself, here are some great ideas to keep everyone busy…
Tuesday 30 May
Explore different toys from the past at Tudor House & Garden, and even make some of your own in this workshop packed with objects, activities, and crafts. The Toys Through Time workshop session is 10.30am.
Wednesday 31 May
Step back in time to 1940 for a fascinating Civil Defence Training Experience at Tudor House. Led by the Air Raid Precautions Warden, children will be trained in the skills needed during WWII, like the correct way to put out an incendiary bomb and bandaging the wounded! Workshops are 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2pm, and are suitable for ages 6yrs+.
Or, get messy in Southampton City Art Gallery with a fun creative workshop for all the family, without having to clean up afterwards! Perfect for kids 5yrs+, this workshop will have you will experiment with charcoal and chalks to create your own mixed media masterpiece. Join sessions at either 10.30am or 1pm. Find out more here.
Thursday 1 June
Spend an hour discovering Southampton’s past in this family accessible walking tour with historian Andy Skinner. Starting at Tudor House & Garden you will explore the Old Town and discover the impact that the Blitz had on the city. There’s a 11am or a 2pm tour. It’s suitable for ages 6+. Book the Tour for All here.
Children can let their imagination run wild with some at Southampton City Art Gallery as you explore the Telling Tales: Stories, Symbols exhibition before creating your own story character as a wire figure, complete with props and costume in this fun creative workshop for 7yrs+. Join at 10.30am or 1pm. Find out more here.
Friday 2 June
Get creative in the gallery where you can explore the huge potential of junk; from simple activities with cutting and sticking to more complex design and three-dimensional thinking. Ten things you never knew you could do with a milk bottle workshop is for ages 4yrs+ but can be enjoyed by families of all ages. Choose from 10am, 12.30pm or 2.30pm. Book tickets here.
History buffs can join a fun-filled history session exploring the wonderful world of the Ancient Egyptians at SeaCity Museum. You will even get to mummify an orange in this Mummy Mayhem workshop. Sessions are either 10.30am or 1pm.
Don’t forget, if you are booking children and family activities at SeaCity Museum, Tudor House & Garden, or Southampton City Art Gallery, if you buy six, you get a seventh free. Just pick up your loyalty card from the front desk at one of the venues. Find out more here.