Half term is here, and as always there is plenty on in and around Portsmouth. This post is intended to highlight what’s on, but do check our what’s on page as there are plenty more activities I haven’t had the space to include.
Cascades Shopping Centre launch their kids club on Saturday 24th May with a whole host of free family fun including cup cake decorating and entertainment from Silly Scott and Giselle Dance Academy displays. There will also be an opportunity for the kids to meet and name the kid’s club Unicorn. The winner will get to name the unicorn in person. You can enter the competition here.
Portsmouth Libraries are putting on special half term activities over the week, including Southsea, Cosham and Beddow Libraries on the 27th May, and Paulsgrove and Gosport Discovery Centre on the 29th May.
You can find workshops throughout the week for various age groups at The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre including ‘Beside the Sea Dance Workshop’, ‘Summertime Suncatchers’ and ‘Build a Lighthouse’. These will need booking which you can do online or on the phone, but you’ll need to be quick.
Join the Spinnaker Tower for a whole host of family fun as the Tower’s Sky Captain mascot Vugo will be jetting back to entertain visitors, and you can take part in a brand new family trail. Activities will commence on Saturday 24th and continue until the 1st June, usual admission applies.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will also be holding various workshops and activities throughout the week including a Family Activity Area all week on board HMS Warrior where you can enjoy pirate art and craft and costumed roleplay, Family Gun Drills at the Mary Rose Museum and Scrapheap Challenge in the HMS Victory area. All activities are free with a valid museum ticket, and if you don’t have one already, it’s a great value ticket as it gives you unlimited entry all year. You can also visit the new exhibition Hear My Story which has a lovely new play area for children with lots of fancy dress and a boat to play on. Tickets purchased after the 4th April are now also valid for Explosion, Museum of Naval Firepower and also the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. You can take a complimentary waterbus across the harbour from the Dockyard to get to them. The Submarine Museum is running several events including Underwater Kingdom, Diving Toys and Making your Mark.
Also included in the All Attractions ticket from the Dockyard from the 4th April is the Royal Marines Museum. Continuing with their year of survival activities, the Royal Marines Museum will be focusing on survival at sea with their ‘Get Me Out of Here’ activities, running from the 24th May to the 1st June.
The Natural History Museum at Cumberland House is running an Alice in Wonderland Trail during the half term week which is a free activity where your children can trail around the museum to discover some of the animal characters from the book.
Staunton Country Park will be running Bug Bonanza! for a creepy crawly themed half term, with crafts, activities and a chance to meet some of their biggest bugs. Normal admission applies and there is a small charge for some crafts and activities. If you have a Hampshire Culture-all Passport or a Staunton pass then all you’ll need to pay for are the activities.
If you want to take the kids to the circus – you can! The Moscow State Circus is in town for the half term break until the 1st June with a new show ‘Park Gorkogo’ with all the highly skilled acts you have come to expect. The Kings Theatre presents The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe on the 1st June and a must for anyone who loves the book.
Further afield you can join members of the Iron Age re-enactment society Brigantia deomonstrating their domestic and military skills at Fishbourne Roman Palace for their event – The Celts – Friend or Foe? You could also enjoy a history re-enactment including gun drills and cannon firing at the American Civil War Event, being held at Fort Nelson. You can also find half term activities at the Weald and Downland Museum throughout the week.
Finally, for those of you with Peppa Pig fans at home, you can Meet Peppa on the Watercress Line between the 26th May and 1st June. Booking is highly advisable as this will be popular! If you can’t make that then Peppa’s Big Splash is coming soon to the Kings Theatre if you want to book ahead.
If you don’t fancy any of that, then do come and have a look at the main site for inspiration for other activities and places to go.