The sun’s out, school has finished, the kids are climbing the walls…. and they utter the two words every parent dreads “I’m bored! ” . Well let’s explore a few ways a day out in London that can keep them occupied and keep moaning to a minimum.
Support your local city Farm! These have lots of activities for little ones including tractor rides, mazes, petting areas and haystacks to play on. More hands on than zoos, kids can learn about care of animals, eco living and get a real taste of life on the farm. Most offer summer activities and classes, so make sure you check what’s on before you go.
Another tried and tested favourite is taking the kids to one of the plethora of UK museums and art galleries in London. However, instead of trudging round the same old science museums, why not look for something more unusual like a toy museum, cartoon museum or a design museum?
A stalwart favourite for adults and children alike is The National Trust, a large collection of heritage sites, gardens and even caves! The UK has such a rich cultural history and The NT are experts in bringing it to life. Each site offers child focused trails and activities, plus there is normally a tea room to tuck into a delicious cream filled baked goodie and a cuppa!
A new phenomenon in the UK is family friendly festivals. Held up and down the nation, these are great ways to introduce your child to the arts – be it music, spoken word, dance or crafts. Camping overnight is a fantastic experience for little ones and a fabulous way to bring the entire family together. Get stuck into workshops and who knows, you might pick up thing or two yourself!
An often overlooked idea is to head down to your local theatre. Child friendly matinees are always a treat, plus most theatre offer workshops or summer schools, a great way for kids to release some of that pent up energy.
For a more outdoors, and of course, free approach there is a wealth of world famous parks and more nature than you might realise in the Capital. From thought provoking views from the Greenwich Park Observatory to a spot of play deer stalking in Richmond park the oasis’s of green hiding in amongst the urban jungle each have their own unique charms, history and activities to enjoy!
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