Wondering how you’ll keep the kid 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 little ones entertained during the school holidays. From family-friendly theatre to dinosaur-themed days out, woodland antics and historical exhibitions, there’s loads to do. So what are you eating for? Start planning your half term adventures.
Art Monsters Kids Club
This half term, the kids can master the skill of pom-pom making over at beloved arts centre Inkwell Arts. Their monthly Art Monsters Kids Club is always a big hit and this time you can walk away with your very own hanging pom-poms, cleverly made with just paper and string. The cafe will also be open, so parents can sit back and relax while the kids get messy.
Art Monsters Kids Club takes place at Inkwell Arts on Saturday 25th May 2019.
For fun-filled activities that centre entirely around dinosaurs, head to Stockeld Park for Jurassic Week, one of the coolest half term activities in Leeds this May. You can grab a selfie with a Raptor, dig for fossils and hunt for prehistoric beasts in the Stockleld Enchanted Forest. Want to get crafty? They have plenty of art activities and workshops too.
Jurassic Week takes place at Stockeld Park from Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June 2019.
Monarchs – Elizabeth I
This May, you can see what life was like under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in a week-long programme of activities at Royal Armouries. Expect Tudor horse shows, costumed characters and live combat demonstrations in an epic recreation of the 16th century monarch’s reign. But it doesn’t stop there. You can handle Tudor objects and learn loads of cool facts with an interactive set of talks.
Monarchs – Elizabeth I takes place at Royal Armouries from Saturday 25th to Monday 27th May 2019.
Creative Workshops at Honey Pottery
This May half term, you can get involved in four different workshops at Honey Pottery. You’ll get creative with clay, try your hand at lino printing and even learn to sew while mastering a sewing machine. Prefer all things slimy? You can create your very own slime to take home, while leaving the mess behind. Each workshop comes with refreshments too, so tummies will be filled.
Workshops at Honey Pottery take place from Monday 27th May to Friday 31st May 2019.
Pottery Painting Workshop
If you have a budding artist on your hands, this pottery painting workshop is the perfect place to get creative. You get to choose, paint and take home your own piece of pottery, which will be glazed ready to collect a few days later. Will you go for a mermaid or a pirate? The workshop takes place at indoor play centre Junglecatz, so you can easily make a full day out of it.
Pottery Painting Workshop takes place at Junglecatz on Monday 27th May 2019.
Collage Characters: From Babylon to Bellarmines
This drop-in activity is inspired by the eccentric ‘Bellarmines and Bootlegs’ exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute. You’ll find out where artist Renee So took her inspiration from, which spans everything from Bellarmine jugs to Neo-Assyrian temples. Then you’ll crack on with your own collage and fill it with whatever inspires you.
Collage Characters: From Babylon to Bellarmines takes place at Henry Moore Institute on Tuesday 28th May 2019.
Video Game Breakout
Head to Video Game Breakout for a fun-filled two hours that will have the kids jumping for joy. Indoor play centre Rainbow Factory will be transformed into one epic video game, which you have to break out of. You’ll help Mario by completing Bowser’s obstacle course, get stuck into a Minecraft-style building challenge and even make poke-balls out of clay to help catch Pikachu.
Video Game Breakout takes place at Rainbow Factory from Wednesday 29th to Friday 31st May 2019.
Get to grips with the great outdoors at one of the best environment centres for kids in Leeds this half term. Skelton Grange is known for its epic half term activities and this May you can spend an entire day in the woods. After setting up camp, you’ll spend the rest of your trip learning everything from campfire cooking to field games.
Bushcraft Day takes place at Skelton Grange on Wednesday 29th May and Thursday 30th May 2019.
Clay Mandalas and Portraits
You can broaden the little one’s cultural horizons while getting creative this half term. The Tetley will be running one of their popular Family Art Workshops, and this time you can create your very own clay mandala or self portrait using seeds and grains found in South Asia. The theme is inspired by their current exhibition by Kannan Arunasalam and Rasheed Araeen, which you can check out afterwards.
Clay Mandalas and Portraits take space at The Tetley on Saturday 1st June 2019.
At Seagulls Reuse, both you and the kids can learn the art of mosaic with one of their cracking workshops. You’ll be guided by an artist who will show you the best tips and tricks for creating your own masterpiece, which you can display inside your home or in the garden. Feeling peckish? They serve biscuits for you to snack on throughout the session.
Mosaic Workshop takes place at Seagulls Reuse on Saturday 1st June 2019.
The historic Temple Newsam makes for a great day out, especially during the school holidays, and this half term you can catch their latest exhibition Fantastical Beasts. Keep an eye out for gryphons, gargoyles and wolves, which are hidden across the house in a special trail. But that’s not all. You can dress up, get stuck into crafts and even play games with a Beasts Top Trumps.
Fantastical Beasts is at Temple Newsam from Tuesday to Sunday every week until November 2019.Cover image credit: Stockeld Park