School's Out - Summer Holiday Survival Guide24/07/2015
Weeks and weeks of summer holidays may seem daunting to fill, but whether you live in London or are just visiting, there’s something to suit every interest. Here are a few top picks from Gemma Lohan Scott of kids blog BabyDayTripper:
Both the London Transport Museum (Covent Garden) and National Maritime Museum (Greenwich) have brand new children’s galleries that are worth a look. Elsewhere, the Museum of London is presenting live-action Gladiator Games in Guildhall Yard from 8 to 16 August (tickets on sale now). Most museums have special daily holiday events and workshops. Our trusty favourites are the Science Museum (South Kensington) and V&A Museum of Childhood (Bethnal Green).
A picnic in the park can be a great and inexpensive way to while away a sunny day. We love the child-centric Coram’s Fields in Bloomsbury, which has play equipment for all ages, a mini farm, paddling pool, sandpit and café. For imaginative play, you can’t beat the Diana Memorial Playground’s pirate ship, musical instrument garden and teepees in Kensington Gardens – but get there early before the crowds arrive. It’s also amazing what you can find in a London park: Crystal Palace Park has its famous Victorian stone dinosaurs, Greenwich Park has a deer park, Regent’s Park is home to the world-famous ZSL London Zoo, and look out for the pelicans being fed in St James’s Park.
London is brilliantly well-connected to the coast for a day trip to the seaside. Brighton is the obvious favourite, but the Kent coast also boasts some lovely beaches within easy reach of London by car – try Whitstable for its charming, vintage feel and quirky boutiques or Broadstairs for its popular sandy beach. If you don’t want to leave town, head to the beaches at the Southbank Centre, Camden Roundhouse and the UK’s largest urban beach at the Olympic Park.
If all those day trips leave you needing to lie down in a dark room, then why not go to the theatre and let someone else entertain the children while you sit back and relax. Some big family favourites are heading to the stage this summer including The Gruffalo, Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales, Aliens Love Underpants, Gorilla, I Believe in Unicorns, Dinosaur Zoo and Horrible Histories. A more low key option is the cinema. Lots of cinemas have summer kids’ clubs – we particularly like Movies for Juniors at Cineworld (with its bargain ticket prices) and Toddler Time screenings for pre-schoolers at Picturehouse Cinemas.
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