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Fantastic Half Term Activities in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Family

Take the kids on an adventure the whole family will enjoy this half term.

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Wondering how you’ll keep the kids entertained during the school holidays? Fear not, because there are loads of family activities in Leeds this half term…

The May half term is nearly here, and there are oodles of events and activities in Leeds that will help keep the little ones entertained during the school holidays. From family-friendly theatre to baby raves, gunpowder plots and dog shows, there’s absolutely loads to do. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your half term adventures.

Raver Tots Drum and Bass Party

If you’ve got kids but miss the good old days of clubbing, here’s the solution – get down to the Raver Tots Drum and Bass Party at The Warehouse during the school holidays in Leeds. Relive those halcyon nights with the little ones in tow at this family-friendly club night experience. You’ll dance along to classic 90s drum and bass tunes by top DJs, while the little ones get their faces painted, enjoy balloon modelling and play with bubbles.

Raver Tots Drum and Bass Party comes to The Warehouse on Saturday 26th May 2018.

Forts and Firepower

Royal Armouries, Leeds

Make half term go off with a bang as you head to Royal Armouries for Forts and Firepower. They’re dedicating a whole week to gunpowder, castles and siege warfare, delving back through history to show you the most incredible explosions and battles. You can have a go on the artillery range and even get up close and personal with a series of explosive science workshops – they’ll blow your goggles off.

Forts and Firepower takes over Royal Armouries from Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June 2018.

Traditional Tales

Lotherton Hall

Lotherton Hall always runs great half term activities and May will be no different as Traditional Tales turns the estate into a magical place. You’ll have to find all the fairy tale characters hidden around the house and grounds on their special trail. There will also be a chance to dress up as fairy tale characters, visit the animals in Wildlife World or take part in magical crafts in the House – and on Thursday 31st May, you can join the Fairytale Picnic with storytelling and games.

Traditional Tales takes over Lotherton Hall from Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June 2018.



Have you heard of a mysterious creature called the ‘penguinpig’? Stuart Spendlow’s best-selling picture book is coming to the Carriageworks this half term. Expect a fun-filled production perfect for 3 to 8 year olds. It’s about Phoebe, a curious young girl who reads all about this odd looking animal online. She’s so enthralled, she decides to go out on an adventure and find one for herself – will she succeed?

Penguinpig comes to Carriageworks Theatre on Monday 28th May 2018.

The Robots Are Coming

Half Term in Leeds - Thackray Medical Museum - Life Zone Gallery 1-WEB

Thackray Medical Museum has a packed calendar of half term activities. The Robots Are Coming to Leeds – this is your chance to find out how robots and technology have revolutionised the way we live. You’ll learn about how they are used in surgery and then get to meet a walking, talking robot, before having a go at programming and making your own to take home.

The Robots Are Coming takes over Thackray Medical Museum from Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June 2018.

Sing-a-long-a Beauty and the Beast

Sing-a-long-a productions has a huge show coming to Leeds during the school holidays – you’ll be able to watch Disney’s new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast on a giant screen. You can belt out everything from ‘Belle’ to ‘Be Our Guest’ with lyrics alongside the film. That’s not all – it kicks off with a series of special pre-show activities, like voice warm-ups, hand actions and learning when yo use your props. You can even come in fancy dress – there’s a prize for the best.

Sing-a-long-a Beauty and the Beast takes over City Varieties on Tuesday 29th May 2018.

Paint Your Own Tankard with Jackrabbits Pottery

Jackrabbits pottery

Jackrabbits are upping sticks from their Roundhay studio and taking over Temple Newsam to put on a special half term ceramic painting workshops for the kids. They’ll show you how to paint your own ceramic tankard, which you can design as you wish. All ages are welcome but children will need an adult with them. Once you’re done, the tankards will sent away to be glazed, fired and wrapped, and you’ll be able to pick them up 28 days later from Temple Newsam.

Paint Your Own Tankard with Jackrabbits Pottery comes to Temple Newsam on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th May 2018.

The Moon Illusion

Got little ones who love to dance? Rapid Eye are bringing a family-friendly show to Leeds during the school holidays. The Moon Illusion blurs the lines between circus and choreography. Samuel Gustavsson and Petter Wadsten, two of Scandinavia’s top modern circus performers, will put on a series of optical illusions as they juggle and do acrobatics to electronic beats by Bjørn Svin.

The Moon Illusion comes to The Riley Theatre on Wednesday 30th May 2018.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Get the family together and head to Hyde Park Picture House this half term to see a gem of the Studio Ghibli Collection. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is one of Japan’s oldest and best loved folk tales and this hand-drawn gem is the last film from co-founder Isao Takahata who died in April 2018. It follows an ageing bamboo cutter who finds a girl in a glowing stalk of bamboo – he and his wife raise her, but she holds a secret that will affect all of those around her.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya comes to Hyde Park Picture House on Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st May 2018.

Bushcraft Days

Skelton Grange

If you have kids aged between 8 and 13, make a beeline for Skelton Grange this May half term. You can set up camp and spend a day in the woods on their bushcraft days. Each session has different activities, so the little ones can try something new on every visit – you could learn anything from shelter building, fire light and campfire cooking to hammock making, woodwork crafts and bow and arrow making.

Bushcraft Days take place at Skelton Grange on Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st May 2018.

Sensory Room for Families with Additional Needs

Sensory Space

Leeds City Museum will be opening up their special Sensory Room for Families with Additional Needs during the school holidays. If your little one would usually find a trip to a museum a little overwhelming, this is the perfect chance to go. They’ve got a quietly-lit room, with a bubble tube, dark tents and tactile toys to play with, it’s the perfect place to come and find a bit of calm.

Sensory Room for Families with Additional Needs is at Leeds City Museum on Thursday 31st May 2018.

Bright Sparks

Bright Sparks

You can get a better insight into how the human brain works this half term thanks to Bright Sparks. It’s a new show that looks at how different people are. Links and Rex are best friends, but they’re both really different. Links is logical, with a penchant for order and fact, while Rex is the opposite, an imaginative daydreamer. Their wires get crossed, but they find ways of working and playing together in a really funny 50-minute performance.

Bright Sparks comes to Carriageworks Theatre on Friday 1st June 2018.

Leeds Pretty Muddy Kids 2018

Leeds Pretty Muddy Kids Race for Life

Credit: Richard Walker

Race for Life is coming to Leeds at the very end of the half term with one of the most fun activities for the kids – a muddy fun run. Head to Temple Newsam to take on their very messy obstacle course. You have to get past loads of obstacles, crawl through muddy pits and scale high walls, all while having fun with friends and helping to raise money for cancer.

Leeds Pretty Muddy Kids 2018 takes place at Temple Newsam on Saturday 2nd June 2018.

The Leeds Fun Dog Show 2018

The Fun Dog Show at The Donkey Sanctuary

The Leeds Fun Dog Show is back at The Donkey Sanctuary this half term and there’s loads to look forward to. You can watch a dozen fun classes and a championship round where awards will be handed out. There’s Wharfedale Terrier racing too, as well as Stardom Agility performances, Wharfedale Woofs flyball games and Canix cross country running.

The Leeds Fun Dog Show 2018 comes to The Donkey Sanctuary on Sunday 3rd June 2018.