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What’s on? May Half Term Guide

From a panto adventure to digital theatre, outdoor cinema and children's cookery classes, find out how to keep the kids busy this May half-term.

The Big Panto Adventure, Concordia Theatre, Hinckley 22 May – 6 June

A stage show with a difference – a bit like a theme park ride – but on foot! A magical treasure hunt with live panto characters popping up all over the place – socially distanced of course. Visitors will have to gather clues to solve clues in 10 panto themed zones. Come on in and join the adventure!

Aqua Park Rutland, May 29

Kids will be super excited to slip, splash our way around Rutland’s only water park. It features the largest collection of water obstacles in Rutland. After almost a year of lockdown, think we all could do with some ridiculous fun like this. Take on the UK’s tallest obstacle: The Rutland Mammoth. Plummet from the giant slides or experience free fall with its staggering 5.5 meter drop!

Dippy Dinosaurs Hunt, Donington, Coalville, 29 – 31 May & 3- 6 June

There’s been some worrying reports of Dinosaur sightings around these grounds! Rumour has it that these dippy dinos have got lost. Can you help find them all and send them on their way home as they’re scaring all our visitors? £2 per sheet.

Project Astronaut, National Space Centre, 29 May – 6 June

Start your half-term mission at the National Space Centre and enjoy some serious science-related fun with Project Astronaut, which will include talks, workshops and science busking telling the story of the history of human spaceflight and an “astronaut autopsy”, where visitors will be able to join the team to understand how a spacesuit can save your life in temperatures that can reach -270˚C. Also running is their Space Cadets Club (2 June) – an online kids club for ages 7-11 and is also running.

Beat the Street, Leicester May 26 – 7 July

Enjoy a fun, free challenge that will see Leicester transformed into a giant game. Take part and see how far you can walk, cycle, run, scoot and roll in 6 weeks. The free game is open to anyone, any age or ability and will take place across the whole of the city.

Aidy The Awesome, Curve, 31 May – 1 June

Aidy is a normal 8 year old girl until the day she discovers a family secret that changes everything. Aidy and her granny embark on an adventure that turns their world upside down. They even begin to question what normal is. After all, who wants to be normal when you can be super awesome! Digital Stream only. £20 per household.

Gaia, Leciester Cathedral, 17 May – 6 June

Who saw Luke Jerram’s incredible Museum of the Moon when it was in the city? Now you can book to see his out of this world new exhibit Gaia, which will be at Leicester Cathedral until 6 June. The touring artwork measures seven metres in diameter and was created using detailed imagery from NASA. If you stand 211m away from it, you’ll get an idea of what  Earth look like from the moon. Fascinating!

Manor Farm Cookery Course, Kids and Teens 29 May – 5 June

Get cooking with your kids in someone else’s kitchen or let them learn themselves with a little help from this local cookery school. There’s also a cookery class for the teens! Recipes and ingredients are all provided just don’t forget to bring some containers.

The Big Dog Walk, Belvoir Castle 30 May

Take the family inc Fido of course and choose between a 2km, 5km or 10km route on the day of your walk at various times. Arrive early and there’s plenty of time to have a time to have a sniff around before the walk starts and on each route plenty of pawsome pitstops for a drink and a rest.

Tudor History Day, Rockingham Castle, 30-31 May

Visitors will have the exciting opportunity to interact and engage with the six wives of Henry VIII.  Find out what it was really like to be married to one of history’s most infamous kings. Meet the personalities behind the portraits as all six wives regale you with their own individual experiences within a royal court full of scandal, intrigue and beheadings. Event free with gardens admission ticket. Pre booking essential.

Ninja Warrior, Leicester, Opening 30 May

Move over Trampoline Parks, there’s a new kid in town. This indoor Adventure Park is a supervised activity and fitness venue inspired by ITV’s hit programme Ninja Warrior UK. Climb, balance, jump and swing across different obstacles using and developing your Ninja skills, plus there’s the famous Warped Wall for every aspiring Ninja to conquer.

Outdoor Cinema, Kibworth, 5 June

Kids can watch The Lion King over at Kibworth this half-term. Blankets and camping chairs are welcome and you can also bring your own food although burgers, pizza, chips, popcorn, sweets will also be available. Menus will be able to view beforehand online and via email.

Wacky World, Morningside Arena Leicester, 5 June

For one day only, battle it out with your friends and family and see who wins as you jump, bounce, slide and kick you way around 10 giant inflatables. Take on the ultra-hype total wipeout style inflatable arena with a variety of games for the whole family to enjoy. The fun doesn’t stop there, there’s also a session for adults if the ‘big kids’ just can’t resist

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre (LOPC)

If you’re in need of some fun for the kids, there’s 15 acres of outdoor fun waiting to be had here. This outdoor adventure playground is not too far from the city and offers everything from abseiling to archery as well as paddle boarding, kayaking and more. We can’t think of a better place to let them burn off all that energy.

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