McDonald's face painting returns for kids this May half-term - so skip the drive-thru and eat in!

McDonald's face painting is back this half term!

McDonald's face painting
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McDonald's face painting is making a return for kids this half term, providing a fun and affordable way to feed and entertain your little ones over the school break.

Crew members have been brushing up on their artistic skills to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities UK ready for the half-term fun at its fast food outlets nationwide.

So if you're planning on taking the kids to eat out this half term, you might want to skip the drive thru and pop in to one of your local McDonald's outlets.

While the fast food chain has disappointed some fans by axing nine of its popular menu items with others snapping up Aldi's McDonald's fries dupes, there's something to look forward to this May half-term.

Visiting families can pick one of eight fun designs to have painted on their face, from feline friends and mischievous monsters to beautiful butterflies, while helping other families in need.

The face painting stations are just one of the ways you can donate in store to help fundraise for the charity - as well as via donation boxes at the tills, rounding up your order at the kiosks and on the MyMcDonald’s app. 

McDonald's face painting half term, Francesca, 9; Pearl, 5; Khalid, 7

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Ronald McDonald House Charities UK provides ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families with children in hospital. The location of these Houses means families can be by their child's bedside in a matter of moments whilst maintaining a degree of normality during very difficult times. 

McDonald's face painting

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A spokesperson for the fast-food chain explained, "As a ‘founding and forever’ partner, McDonald’s has helped support more than 60,000 families as part of its ongoing fundraising initiatives.

"Ronald McDonald House Charities UK relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its vital work."

It can be tricky finding things to do with the kids  and if you want to plan how to spend the remainder of the holiday check out these 72-cheap activities to keep children busy among other Days Out ideas and 15 easy things to cook up with the kids on

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)