The summer holidays are upon us again and whether or not you are fortunate enough to be going abroad for your well earned family break, there are six weeks of time to fill to keep your children occupied!
If you are lost for ideas, I’ve pulled together on this blog a list of my top 10 activities that will help you pass the time and have fun with your little ones until they return to school.
Bored kids? Early mornings? Late meeting? Our multi-activity day camps are taking place across 16 locations throughout Greater London and London this summer. We’re here to relieve school holiday boredom and make school holiday childcare easy and FUN with a choice of 40 exciting activities from zorbing to biscuit decorating. Happy kids means happy parents – and vice versa!
Dive in to the sewers and discover tales of pirates, poo and pollution in this interactive family show. Meet Ronnie the river rat and Aggie Sweepclean and go on a journey through London’s hidden rivers, encounter the Smell’o’Sock’o’Meter, take a whiff of some filthy finds and sing songs along the way. The city’s rivers are at risk! What would you do to save them
Dinosaur World Live at the new Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre is an exciting new interactive show for all the family. Grab your compass and join an intrepid explorer across uncharted territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, as well as a Triceratops, Giraffatitan and Segnosaurus. Do you dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World?Tickets from £14. Ages 3+.
Help your kids become more creative by taking them by Art in the Pavilion, a month full of family events hosted at the Colour Palace, Dulwich Picture Gallery’s 2019 incarnation of the Dulwich Pavilion. Running every Wednesday from 7-28 August, kids aged 4-12 can take inspiration from the Pavilion’s colours, patterns, shapes and lines to create sun catchers, sculptures, masking tape paintings and more for just £3 per child (click here for the full programme). Also, don’t miss Colourfest on Sunday 4 August, when kids of all ages can spend a day at the gallery exploring colour in lots of different ways, from rainbow storytelling at the gazebo in the grounds to building a pop-up palace in the Linbury Room and being the first to try Dulwich Picture Gallery’s new family trail!
Immotion has installed a new 12-station virtual reality entertainment zone offering you the chance to become a deep space explorer or deep-sea adventurer. You’ll find two immersive cinema pods with multi-directional motion, 360 HD sound and incredible visual FX – there’s the Thrill Coaster, featuring a series of VR roller coasters, and Undersea Explorer, where users can experience swimming with turtles, humpback whales and tiger sharks. There’s also a new four-person free-roaming shooting experience, exclusively featuring the global number one interactive VR game, Raw Data. Get a Standard Pass (one five-minute session) for £5 or a Variety Pass (30-minute session) for £20.
BODY WORLDS London is offering a packed school holiday programme. The popular Junior Doctors programme, where budding doctors, nurses and health experts aged 8-12 get the chance to don white coats and take a bespoke tour of the museum with a real life doctor and learn things like how to do CPR, runs every Sunday at 10.30am and every Wednesday at 2pm (£25 per child). On 9 & 23 August, special Junior Artists Days Summer Special mean kids get the chance to spend the whole day exploring all three floors of the anatomy museum and capturing what they see on paper (£10 per child). The Family Trail will also be running throughout the summer holidays, with an interactive and activity-led route through the museum for mums, dads and little ones alike, and BODY WORLDS London has also teamed up with Planet Hollywood and Sophie’s with Meal & Travel Package Deals to help make a day of your visit (from £28).
The Workshop, alongside The London Fire Brigade Pop Up Museum, is hosting the Mega Maker Lab throughout the summer holidays. Running from 1-31 August, for £5 on week days and £7 on weekends, kids can explore five creative zones, including the Imagine & Play Zone, where they can try out a communal LEGO Build the Change challenge and help keep a mega marble run rolling, a Challenge Zone where they can create everything from vehicles to buildings and a mini-city in the sky out of wire, and a Test Arena where they can try junk modelling and prototype their own inventions. Also, on 7 August, little ones can head to the London Fire Brigade Museum to meet a firefighter, check out a fire engine, learn how to stay safe at home and make a fire engine greeting card, all for free.
Want to wean them off Netflix? Discover London’s best summer film screenings, packed with films for all ages. When you’re all in need of a sit down, remember that not all screen-time has to be bad this summer. Swap the iPad for something a little more impressive with our round-up family favourites shown on the big screen. Pass the popcorn.
Time for tea? Here are some fun child-friendly high teas in London that all the family will enjoy. It might have a fancy rep, but afternoon tea doesn’t have to be a snooty, kid-free zone. From cake on a London bus to creative spreads inspired by their favourite stories, here are some the best high teas for families.
Get kids inspired in the school holidays with fun and educational summer days out in London. School’s out, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop there. We’ve found a range of great summer days out in London that will get kids excited about natural history, art, science and more – all without a classroom in sight. Here’s to planning a fun (and eductional) summer holiday in the city.
I hope these suggestions give you some ideas for what to do during the summer holidays, but whatever you get up to, enjoy yourself, stay safe and have lots of fun family time together.