15 days out to explore this May | Day Out With The Kids

May-hem: 15 things to explore this May

Lisa O'Keeffe

28 April 2017

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From bank holidays, to the start of May half-term, it’s the perfect time of year to get a great day out in the diary. Whether your little ones are animal lovers, creative characters, or love going in search of the Gruffalo, here’s our guide to some of the exciting things going on this May!

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1. KidZania, London

Let your kids rule the roost, by giving them the chance to try adult life on for size! In each 4-hour slot, your kids can choose from 60 activities, from doctor and firefighter, to TV presenter and apprentice chocolatier. With control of their kidZos and their careers, it’s the ultimate combination of work experience and fun! The best bit? You can buy your tickets directly from us, saving up to 40%! Book your ticket before 2nd May, valid for visits until the end of May!

Kids can learn what it takes to become a firefighter at KidZania

2. ZSL London Zoo, London

Staying in London, take a visit to the world’s oldest scientific zoo, ZSL London Zoo! Take a visit to Penguin Beach for the ultimate guide to the adorable birds, enjoy lunch with the playful and noisy otters, come face to face with some incredible bugs, watch the amazing animals in action display and head to Tiger Territory for a peek into the lives of the majestic Sumatran tigers. With so much more to explore, from lemurs and meerkats to gorillas and giraffes, book your tickets with us to secure a great value online rate!

Penguin Beach is one of the most popular things to explore at ZSL London Zoo

3. Lightwater Valley, North Yorkshire

Exciting rides, Angry Birds, Eagles Creek farm and adventure for all ages adds up to an exciting day out in our books! With 40 attractions to explore, all set within 167 acres of gorgeous North Yorkshire countryside, it’s the ideal family adventure this May. Plus, book direct with us and you’ll enjoy queue buster as part of your ticket, letting you jump the queues on your favourite rides! The ideal boredom buster for little ones, and the best way to fit even more fun into your day, click here to book now!

Lightwater Valley is a great day out or the whole family!

4. ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire

Perfect for animal lovers both young and old, we’re planning our trip to Bedfordshire to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Partner venue to ZSL London Zoo, you’ll find everything from African hunting dogs to zebras, with a beautiful butterfly house, chimpnasium, elephants and more in between! Daily talks with all your favourites run from breakfast through to dinner, and this May half term there’s even a special event tribute to popular children’s book, Dear Zoo. Bringing the classic tale to life from 27 May – 4 June, book your tickets with us for less!

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is home to a host of exciting animals, including giraffes

5. Drayton Manor Theme Park, Staffordshire

There’s a brand new ride at Thomas Land this spring, with James and the Red Balloon taking you up, up and away! Based on the cheeky antics of everyone’s favourite red engine, take a seat in your very own basket before taking to the skies with the help of some red balloons. Don't forget to explore the rest of Thomas Land, plus the zoo too!

Alfie and Poppie Richens give the new ride at Drayton Manor Theme Park the thumbs up

Alfie and Poppie Richens give the new ride at Drayton Manor Theme Park the thumbs up!

6. Amazonia, Bolton

Take a walk on the wild side, with a visit to this hidden gem in the heart of Bolton’s Market Place Shopping Centre. Much more than your average shopping centre soft-play, Amazonia features an array of slides, bridges, climbing frames and cargo nets to let your tribe run wild. With a brand new multi-tiered frame opening for under three’s this weekend, a larger area for those aged 4-15, an 18-hole adventure golf course, Jungle Express train and Jungle Café too, you wouldn’t want to miss it!

An indoor train is just one of the things kids will love at Amazonia Bolton

7. Kent Life Sheepstakes, Kent

Just in time for half-term, join Kent Life Heritage Farm Park for its annual Sheepstakes event. Watch the sheep get a new-season look in sheep-shearing demonstrations, and meet the lovable sheep dogs, Jake and Barney, as they take time out from their busy herding duties. The fun doesn’t stop there though, as you can also watch ferret-racing, test your competitive streak with family games on the green, and explore the working farm, featuring everything from pigs and sheep, to alpacas, horses and ponies. A real must-see for animal-lovers, it promises to be full of ‘shear’ delight!

Kent Life's Sheepstakes event is 'shear' delight for the whole family!

8. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool

Combining thrill rides with a beautiful British seafront, a visit to Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a day that’s packed full of fun! Featuring 125 rides and attractions, from Nickelodeon Land to the iconic Big Dipper, the award-winning park is great fun for the whole family. Home to all the kids' favourite characters, including Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer and Paw Patrol, you can book your visit now directly through us!

Visit Blackpool Pleasure Beach with the kids for a day that's packed full of fun!

9. Tower Bridge Exhibition, London

Creative kids will love a visit to the capital this May, with a special art event at Tower Bridge Exhibition on Saturday 20th May! Led by artist Alex Evans, families can create their own Tower Bridge Kaleidoscopes, learning techniques to contour and arrange the shapes of Tower Bridge. That’s not all, you can then finish with a flourish by making a short film to impress family and friends! The best bit? There’s no advanced booking required, and all activities are included in your admission ticket. With glass floors above the Thames, fascinating facts and a magnificent Victorian Engine Room too, there’s plenty to explore all year round!

Enjoy creative activities for the kids at Tower Bridge Exhibition this May

10. Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Kent

Are you ready to go on safari? Skip packing your case and boarding a plane, and head to Port Lympne Animal Reserve instead! Jump on board a safari truck and journey into the brand new South American Experience, where you’ll find Kent’s only spectacled bear pair, the popular capuchin family, plus new species including alpacas, Brazilian tapirs and capybara. The safari then continues through Asia and Africa too, where even more animals await. With a three-acre Dinosaur Forest and lots of new adorable arrivals to spot too, why not add it to your list this May?

Kids will love the Dinosaur Forest at Port Lympne

11. Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall, Stratford-upon-Avon

Explore the history of the most well-known playwrights in the world at this unique attraction. Here, you can see the schoolroom where Shakespeare studied from the ages of 7 to 14 and even take part in a Tudor lesson, dress up Tudor style and get messy with quill and ink - just a little different to the pens and pencils we have today! All set in the stunning market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, save 10% on gate price by booking directly with us! With films, interactive displays, soundscapes and much more to explore, it's the perfect place for the whole family to discover Shakespeare.

Kids can experience school in a whole new light with a visit to Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall

12. Aqua Park Rutland

Making a splash here at Day Out With The Kids is the return of Aqua Park Rutland; the UK’s biggest water sports aqua park. Featuring more than 36 fun and challenging obstacles to climb, jump, crawl, launch, slide and splash, including the Cyclone, Action Tower XXL and Jungle Jim, it promises to deliver real excitement and some very wet landings… Officially open from 27th May for visitors aged 8+, dedicated family slots for those with children aged 6-13 will be available from 15th July.

Aqua Park Rutland is the ultimate wet and wild adventure for kids and adults alike

13. Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire

In the heart of the Chilterns, Wendover Woods is the perfect place to explore the undergrowth, hide in trees and riding bikes! With a children’s play area in the middle of the forest, featuring swings, slides and a challenging ropes trail! But from 15th-29th May as part of The Chilterns Walking Festival, there’s another reason to visit, thanks to the Gruffalo Trail! There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo we hear you say, but trust us when we say you’ll want to come and take a look for yourself!

14. The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes, London

Superheroes + LEGO is a winning combination, so make sure you add The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes exhibition to your list of must-sees. Featuring 120 original works created by legendary LEGO® artist Nathan Sawaya, expect to see some of your favourite superheroes, villains, vehicles, environments and classic comic book themes all artfully rendered in over 2 million LEGO® bricks! Officially the world’s largest LEGO® exhibition, it’s in London’s Southbank until 3rd September 2017 after an award-winning, record-breaking tour, and you can book your tickets with us

Kids will love seeing their favourite Marvel heroes in this unique LEGO exhibition

15. Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow

From the human body, to outer space, Glasgow Science Centre is the ultimate destination for inquisitive little minds. Visit the brand new Question of Perception exhibition, filled with Intriguing illusions and strange experiences that will have the whole family questioning their senses. Plus, with daily shows throughout May on all your favourite science themes, and a host of interactive workshops to get stuck in to, learning has never been so fun.

Let your kid's mind boggle, with a visit to Glasgow Science Centre

And just one more idea... Trampoline Parks!

Guaranteed to put a spring in your step, trampoline parks are quickly becoming one of the most popular days out. Home to the main trampoline courts, foam pits, battle beams, sports courts, tumble lanes and more, it’s the ideal place to let off some extra energy, especially if the weather takes a turn for the worst! With plenty of sites all around the UK, use our site to search by location and then filter by trampoline parks (you’ll find this under Sports & Activities!).

Trampoline parks are fun for the whole family

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