The great summer months are upon us, and with the bright days and long warm nights come endless weeks of school holidays for your kids, meaning it is now your job to fill their days with entertainment and keep them occupied until September. Luckily, London is jam packed with fun activities perfect for children, and with so many different ones available, there’s guaranteed to be something that takes your (or their!) fancy. Steering away from the obvious tourist traps is recommended in the height of the summer months, and this means thinking outside the box to provide your children with something a little different.
Plus, if you choose carefully, there are a few things that they could even learn and gain some new skills from while having too much of a good time to realise, making the holidays sneakily educational. At a loss for what kind of activities to go for? This latest guest post gives a handy guide to some of the top summer holiday ideas for the kids in London to get you started.
London boasts the UK’s biggest indoor Go Karting track, totalling 1050m, located just a short 15 minute drive from the centre of the city. The professional track is an ideal day trip that are suitable for juniors over the ages of 12. For safety reasons, only those over 4 ft 8 are able to take part. Anyone over 15 can join the activities on a daily basis, and there is a special Go Karting event for those aged between 12-15 on Sundays. This thrilling activity is not only good to get them into a new hobby and sport, but also a great way for them to socialise and meet others of similar age and interest. Full details, including prices, maps and schedules, can be found at the Capital Karts website.
V&A Museum of Childhood
This free museum in East London’s Bethnal Green makes for a great half day out, and is great fun for all the family. The V&A exhibits some fascinating artefacts, toys and bits and bobs from the good old olden days, many of which are likely to be familiar from your own childhood. This is a great educational opportunity and also a great way to share some personal stories and show your children what the toys of your childhood looked like! When you fancy a break from strolling around, looking at toys and playing in the interactive museum, you can take a pit stop at the cafe or browse the in-museum shop which has plenty of great toys for sale, many of which are modeled on the old ones exhibited. Open daily 10am – 5.45pm. Info and directions at http://www.museumofchildhood.org.uk
Go to the park!
Amongst the hustle and bustle, high rise buildings and congested streets, London has some surprisingly beautiful and expansive green spaces, all of which are free to enjoy. St James’ Park is perhaps the most impressive, and with such a large space for them to play, it is the perfect place to enjoy a day out with the kids Pack a picnic and some drinks to avoid the premium tourist prices, and don’t forget to take all the leftover bits of bread you might have lurking in your breadbin to feed the many birds around the gorgeous lake. As a bonus, St James’ Park also has some of London’s best views of Buckingham Palace, so cameras at the ready! Other recommended parks include Victoria Park in East London and, of course, the famous Hyde Park in Westminster. Take your pick at http://www.royalparks.org.uk
Whatever you choose, you are sure to find something to fill those long summer days in the bubbling city, which has no end of things on offer for kids and families. Keeping away from touristy things will make the holidays more relaxing as well as being kind to your wallet!