The Bristol Mum Guide To What’s On For Kids This May Half-Term

If you are in need of some ideas of things to do with the kids in Bristol this May half-term, here’s a list of family-friendly events and activities from Monday – Friday!

MONDAY 29th MAY

Miniature Train Rides: Ashton Court Railway

Take a miniature train ride at ashton Court Railway – a  great activity for children and grown-ups of all ages.

  • 12 – 5pm
  • Ticket Prices 90p for one ride / 5 tickets for £4 / 10 Tickets for £8
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Train Rides: M Shed

Take a steam train ride on Bristol Harbour Railway from M Shed. The train will be pulled by the locomotive Portbury.

  • 11am – 4pm (buy tickets on board on the day)
  • Single £2 / Return £3 (M Shed to ss Great Britain) / Under 6s travel free
  • M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, BS1 4RN
  • More details

Skeletons: Our Buried Bones at M Shed

A new free exhibition at M Shed revealing how Bristolians lived thousands of years ago. ‘Skeletons: Our Buried Bones’ displays six skeletons discovered in Bristol alongside six skeletons from the Museum of London’s collection, bringing to life stories long hidden beneath the ground.

  • Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10am – 5pm
  • FREE
  • M Shed, princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, BS1 4RN
  • More details

TUESDAY 30th MAY

Sheep Shearing and Felting Workshop: St Werburghs Farm

All children welcome along to watch farmer bill shear the lovely Rita the sheep. Afterwards they can learn how to felt a mini Rita to take home.

Debutots Family Story Play Session: Emerson’s Green Village Hall

A special May half-term Family Story Play session for babies and children aged 6 months – 4 years and their parents/carers. A wonderful introduction to drama through interactive storytelling, music and play.

  • 10.45 – 11.40am
  • £4.50 per child (includes coffee) payable in advance
  • Please contact Geri to book your place – geri@debutots.co.uk / 0117 325 7801
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Much Ado About Puffin: Tobacco Factory Theatres

On a small island, in the middle of the big sea, a man meets a puffin…

A family friendly performance of Much Ado About Puffin at Tobacco Factory Theatres. Join Open Attic as they traverse stormy seas and reckless tides to bring you this funny tale about a man all alone, a friendly puffin, and a whole lot of fuss over nothing.

Using skilful puppetry, beautiful music, and good old-fashioned storytelling, Much Ado About Puffin is about old habits, new friendships, and stepping out into the unknown!

  • Tue 30th & Wed 31st May, 11am & 2pm
  • Running time 45 mins
  • Age recommendation 4+ and their families
  • Tickets £9
  • BOOK TICKETS

Hotshots Holiday Camp at UWE Bristol

During the school holidays UWE Bristol’s Centre for Sport offers children an entertaining, energetic and active environment.

The Ofsted-approved Hotshots Holiday Camps combine sport and play into a fun-fuelled programme for children aged 8-13 years old.

  • Venue: UWE Bristol Centre for Sport, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY
  • Cost and how to pay: £25 per child per day or £22 per child per day if you book five days or more. Childcare vouchers accepted. Book and pay online
  • More details

Family Fun Day at M Shed

A hands-on day for children and families exploring M Shed’s collections and exhibits through creative activities.

Holiday Club Session with The Outdoors Project: St Andrews Park

A fun high-energy holiday club session for girls and boys aged 5 – 12 run by qualified outdoor pursuits instructors.

“The First Annual International Super Stick Champions” Blobster Mini Village Build – Children will be building a woodland mini village for monsters, men and Fantastic Beasts. plus a Harry Potter Wand-Making workshop!

  • 10am – 3pm
  • St Andrews Park, Effingham Road, BS6
  • £25 per child
  • More details

LEGO Day: Zion Community Art Space, Bedminster Down

An event ideal for children aged 4 years+ (but all ages welcome) which offers for a morning of creative building fun, games and competitions with prizes for different age groups.

All LEGO is supplied and Duplo is also available for very young children.

  • 10am – 12 noon (arrival before 10am is advised)
  • Entry £2 per child
  • Zion, Bishopsworth Road, Bedminster Down BS13 7JW
  • More details

Kids’ Bike Workshops: Lawrence Weston Community Farm

Come along and bring your bike and learn how to fix punctures, adjust brakes, gears and much more. Ideal for children over 8 years.

  • 2 – 4pm
  • FREE
  • Lawrence Weston Community Farm, Saltmarsh Drive, BS11 0NJ
  • More details

Skeletons: Our Buried Bones at M Shed

A new free exhibition at M Shed revealing how Bristolians lived thousands of years ago. ‘Skeletons: Our Buried Bones’ displays six skeletons discovered in Bristol alongside six skeletons from the Museum of LondoJn’s collection, bringing to life stories long hidden beneath the ground.

  • Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10am – 5pm
  • FREE
  • M Shed, princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, BS1 4RN
  • More details

WEDNESDAY 31st MAY

Family Farm Walk Trail: Windmill Hill City Farm

Part of Bristol Walk Fest 2017, all welcome to this family farm trail event around the farm.

Much Ado About Puffin: Tobacco Factory Theatres

On a small island, in the middle of the big sea, a man meets a puffin…

A family friendly performance of Much Ado About Puffin at Tobacco Factory Theatres. Join Open Attic as they traverse stormy seas and reckless tides to bring you this funny tale about a man all alone, a friendly puffin, and a whole lot of fuss over nothing.

Using puppetry, beautiful music, and good old-fashioned storytelling, Much Ado About Puffin is about old habits, new friendships, and stepping out into the unknown!

  • Tue 30th & Wed 31st May, 11am & 2pm
  • Running time 45 mins
  • Age recommendation 4+ and their families
  • Tickets £9
  • BOOK TICKETS

Holiday Family Fun Day: Blaise Castle House Museum

Holiday Family Fun Day with lots of hands-on and creative activities giving children and families an opportunity to explore the museum’s exhibitions and collections.

  • 11am – 3pm (drop-in)
  • Cost: Pay-what-you-think
  • Blaise Castle House Museum, Henbury Road, BS10 7QS
  • More details

Crafty Cathedral: Bristol Cathedral

Free family half-term fun for kids at Bristol Cathedral. Come along and enjoy some crafty fun, with face painting by Purple Cheetahs*.

Drop in between 10am – 12 noon and stick, glue, make and create crafts from around the world. Family tours and trails are also available. No need to book. Best suited for children aged under 11.

*£2 for face painting

  • 10am – 12 noon
  • Free
  • Bristol Cathedral, College Green BS1 5TJ
  • More details

Holiday Club Session with The Outdoors Project: St Andrews Park

A fun high-energy holiday club session for girls and boys aged 5 – 12 run by qualified outdoor pursuits instructors.

Minecraft Vs Wildcraft – MineCraft Survivor challenge.  Collect your elements, build and maintain your village, earn points and protect your land. Watch out for the Creeper!

  • 10am – 3pm
  • St Andrews Park, Effingham Road, BS6
  • £25 per child
  • More details

Colourful Minds Art & Craft Workshop: Creative Workspace

A free art and craft workshop creating Cardboard Portraits. For children of all ages.

  • 11am – 1pm
  • Free, drop-in
  • Creative Workspace, BS13 8LF
  • More details

Hotshots Holiday Camp at UWE Bristol

During the school holidays UWE Bristol’s Centre for Sport offers children an entertaining, energetic and active environment.

The Ofsted-approved Hotshots Holiday Camps combine sport and play into a fun-fuelled programme for children aged 8-13 years old.

  • Venue: UWE Bristol Centre for Sport, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY
  • Cost and how to pay: £25 per child per day or £22 per child per day if you book five days or more. Childcare vouchers accepted. Book and pay online
  • More details

LEGO Day: Zion Community Art Space, Bedminster Down

An event ideal for children aged 4 years+ (but all ages welcome) which offers for a morning of creative building fun, games and competitions with prizes for different age groups.

All LEGO is supplied and Duplo is also available for very young children.

  • 10am – 12 noon (arrival before 10am is advised)
  • Entry £2 per child
  • Zion, Bishopsworth Road, Bedminster Down BS13 7JW
  • More details

Skeletons: Our Buried Bones at M Shed

A new free exhibition at M Shed revealing how Bristolians lived thousands of years ago. ‘Skeletons: Our Buried Bones’ displays six skeletons discovered in Bristol alongside six skeletons from the Museum of London’s collection, bringing to life stories long hidden beneath the ground.

  • Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10am – 5pm
  • FREE
  • M Shed, princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, BS1 4RN
  • More details

Blossom Day: Lawrence Weston Community Farm

Discover and help restore an old orchard by clearing out the undergrowth with Avon Wildlife Trust. Go bug hunting and bird spotting with the RSPB. Print your own Happy Book. Listen to stories and make up some of your own.

Bring some sandwiches and the farm will supply the marshmallows for a cook-out!

  • 1.30 – 4pm
  • FREE
  • Lawrence Weston Community Farm, Saltmarsh Dr, BS11 0NJ
  • More details

THURSDAY 1st JUNE

Holiday Club Session with The Outdoors Project: St Andrews Park

A fun high-energy holiday club session for girls and boys aged 5 – 12 run by qualified outdoor pursuits instructors.

Ninja For A Day – Ninja warriors assault course – stealth, creep and balance workshop. Crouching tiger on path and Hidden Dragon hunter. Nerfageddon – All Things Nerf.  Fun, strategic and tactical games – Crystal Skull, Bullseye Target Attack, Man Down, Base Invasion.

  • 10am – 3pm
  • St Andrews Park, Effingham Road, BS6
  • £25 per child
  • More details

Fabrics of Time Family Event: St John on the Wall

Discover life as a medieval tailor at this free family arts event. Explore the historic world of fabrics and fashion with free arts, crafts and activities such as crafts, dressing-up, designing an historic fashion show and medieval music!

  • 11am – 3pm
  • FREE, drop-in
  • Broad Street BS1 2EZ
  • More details

Hotshots Holiday Camp at UWE Bristol

During the school holidays UWE Bristol’s Centre for Sport offers children an entertaining, energetic and active environment.

The Ofsted-approved Hotshots Holiday Camps combine sport and play into a fun-fuelled programme for children aged 8-13 years old.

  • Venue: UWE Bristol Centre for Sport, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY
  • Cost and how to pay: £25 per child per day or £22 per child per day if you book five days or more. Childcare vouchers accepted. Book and pay online
  • More details

FREE Outdoor Screening of The Jungle Book: Millennium Square

A free family film screening of  the classic U-rated Disney animation which will be suitable for children of all ages and their families.

A musical celebration of fun, friendship and adventure, the film is about a little boy named Mowgli who makes his journey to the man-village with the wise panther, Bagheera.

Deckchairs will be provided on a first come first served basis.

  • 12 – 1.30pm
  • Millennium Square, Bristol City Centre, Canon’s Way BS1 5DB
  • More details

Skeletons: Our Buried Bones at M Shed

A new free exhibition at M Shed revealing how Bristolians lived thousands of years ago. ‘Skeletons: Our Buried Bones’ displays six skeletons discovered in Bristol alongside six skeletons from the Museum of London’s collection, bringing to life stories long hidden beneath the ground.

  • Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10am – 5pm
  • FREE
  • M Shed, princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, BS1 4RN
  • More details

FRIDAY 2nd JUNE

Holiday Club Session with The Outdoors Project: St Andrews Park

A fun high-energy holiday club session for girls and boys aged 5 – 12 run by qualified outdoor pursuits instructors.

Oldbury Court Stream Walk – Scrambling, MEGA Rope Swing, Bridge Building, River paddling, Exploring. This is a big day, for the most intrepid.

Bring a change of clothes and boots/shoes that can get wet and a rucksack for carrying everything – you will need your hands free to pull on ropes, climb over rocks and navigate down miniature waterfalls.

  • 10am – 3pm
  • Oldbury Court, Fishponds
  • £25 per child
  • More details

Hotshots Holiday Camp at UWE Bristol

During the school holidays UWE Bristol’s Centre for Sport offers children an entertaining, energetic and active environment.

The Ofsted-approved Hotshots Holiday Camps combine sport and play into a fun-fuelled programme for children aged 8-13 years old.

  • Venue: UWE Bristol Centre for Sport, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY
  • Cost and how to pay: £25 per child per day or £22 per child per day if you book five days or more. Childcare vouchers accepted. Book and pay online
  • More details

Skeletons: Our Buried Bones at M Shed

A new free exhibition at M Shed revealing how Bristolians lived thousands of years ago. ‘Skeletons: Our Buried Bones’ displays six skeletons discovered in Bristol alongside six skeletons from the Museum of London’s collection, bringing to life stories long hidden beneath the ground.

  • Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10am – 5pm
  • FREE
  • M Shed, princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, BS1 4RN
  • More details

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