Rockets, rock-pools and Rock music - Bank Holiday and May Half-term 2010 ideas to keep your family amused

Posted: 26th May 2010
British Music Experience

No sooner have we all waved goodbye to one Bank Holiday, another appears on the horizon, dragging a few rain-clouds behind it. This means that you have a gaggle of giggling youngsters, plus your good self, to entertain. Fear not, there is just enough time to plan a few days out with plenty of ideas on our site to help you. It's also pay-weekend, so what better way to spend time with the family before the World Cup disrupts the schedule!

Family Days Out

National Space Centre - We Are Astronomers Show

New tickets have just been released for the National Space Centre in Leicester, an attraction that is truly out-of-this-world! The award-winning centre features many cosmic features including a Space Theatre, a Rocket Tower, six galleries (with loads of interactive features) and for one week only (next week!) you can experience and celebrate 35 years of space exploration with the European Space Agency. Tickets cost from £11 child / £13 adult (there are family options, just proceed through the ticket-ordering page to access these) which allows you all-day access.

Chessington World of Adventures Admission

If it's fast and furious roller-coasters and scary rides you're after, then theme parks are us, so to speak. We have links to many popular parks across the country including Chessington, Thorpe Park and, the perennial favourite, Alton Towers. General admission is around £30 for most of them. Of course, if you want something a little slower and less primeval, the excellent London Eye is a great place to take friends, family or partners for an unforgettable flight, totally unaffected by strikes! Tickets cost £17.50 with various time-slots still available over the forthcoming week or so.

British Music Experience

London has so many top attractions that may or may not be full of tourists - but booking now will at least guarantee you a ticket to get in. The Tower Of London never fails to amaze even the most cynical of people and tickets are not too steep at £17 (or less for kids). The London Aquarium is also a fabulous experience for any age with oodles of fantastic fish and scary sharks - £16 for tickets (less for kids). There is also the British Music Experience, based at the O2 'Bubble', an exhibition and interactive set-up that reveals all about our most inspiring and notorious rock and pop artists. Admission includes a smart-card which allows you to interact and gain access to all parts of the experience - £15 (or £12 for kids).

Myths and Monsters

Bargain of the week has to be 'Myths and Monsters', based at Forest Hill's excellent Horniman Museum. For £5, you get to see mythical creatures and marvellous monsters that may or may not be real. And it's out of central London, for a change. It might scare very small children - but it'll thrill the older ones!

Little Ones

The Wind In The Willows

For those of you with smaller mites to entertain, you might like to consider a children's show instead. There are loads of them to choose from but evergreen favourites include "Wind In The Willows" in Covent Garden (£10-£15) on Wednesday 2nd June.

George's Marvellous Medicine

Roald Dahl's enchanting tale "George's Marvellous Medicine" plays at Bromley's Churchill Theatre from 1st - 5th June (£17.75), Soho Theatre's safe-and-sound "Comedy 4 Kids" on 5th June (£7.50) and the magical, colourful show by the Barons Court Jester in West London's Baron's Court, running from 2nd to 4th June for just £7.50.

Happy Bank Holiday clicking!

Paul Pledger