It’s no reflection on you if your kids are going wild! If the dining room’s meant to resemble the international space station but actually is a tangle of blankets and cardboard boxes, that’s only to be expected, if you’re weeping into a bucket as you scrub the floor following an impromptu food fight, then don’t despair, you’ve just hit mid-hols blues. So if your children are getting bored and restless, here are some ideas for them.
Sharky and George wield all sort of dark arts when it comes to kids, when all else fails turn to this duo and their child whispering skills. Which is exactly what Brown’s Hotel have done with their latest collab. Visitors can check in and enjoy the delights of one of London’s grandest hotels (top tip: head for the Donovan Bar!) while your children disappear into a world of detectives and explorers!
Where: Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
If you thought that the greatest keeper of the summer was Jason Pickford, then think again. London Zoo offer a Keeper For A Day programme allowing children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience zoo keeping for real. The day includes spending time with the animals, including mucking them out, and getting a real insight into the life of a keeper. They also get a free t-shirt and goodie bag thrown in, lunch and refreshments while family get 20% off general admission to go and watch their little keepers in action.
Where: Regent's Park, Camden, NW1 4RY
The postal museum has to be one of London’s most unique museums, not least because it’s the only one with its own underground railway! Perfect for kids, the railway is truly fascinating, but it’s only part of the fun at the Postal Museum this summer. The Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 finalist has laid on a programme of events for the summer months, including Squeaking Squad, the story of Tibs the Great, the Post Office cat as told by mouse hand puppets children can create. Or why not take them to Tunnel Vision, the Mail Rail inspired tunnel kaleidoscope arts and crafts workshop. The summer events include interactive story-telling, arts and craft activities and much more.
Where: 15-20 Phoenix Place, London WC1X 0DA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Farringdon (London) (0.5 miles)
Bang Bang Oriental
Get your streetfooding hat on, we’re off to Ban Bang Oriental. The North London foodmarket is a mecca for foodies, a food court serving an eclectic combo of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Malaysian Thai, Hong Kong, and Filipino cuisine. This summer they’re putting on a range of activities for little visitors (ie children, not short people), like face painting or a balloon workshop!
Balloon workshop from Thursday 16th August
Greenwich is full of dinosaurs! Take a tube to Greenwich Peninsula, then take a time machine to 67m years BC. Dinosaurs In The Wild allows you to experience these prehistoric creatures in person. Through the wonders of technology come face to face with these incredible animals in one of London’s most exciting exhibitions. From Tyrannosauruses to Triceratops, Stegosaurus Pterodactyls, Greenwich Peninsula never got this scary (and I saw McBusted at the O2).
Where: West Parkside (near junction with John Harrison Way), Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0BE
Fantasia, the Disney musical extravaganza staring Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Assistant, is now an immersive experience courtesy of The Vaults. The Waterloo venue will be celebrating the Disney original with a mutli-sensory immersive concert drawing visitors through the reimagined world of Fantasia. Take a pair of headphones and plunge into an elaborate set where you’ll find yourself at a Grecian Disco Palace, in a mystical forest, wandering through pre-historic volcanic wasteland and, bizarrely, a human fish tank.
Where: Leake Street, Lambeth, SE1 7NN
The Little Grand Tour is a fantastic way to introduce children to art and culture with experts who can actually bring art to life for children. The Garden Museum will this summer celebrate the centenary of the publication of Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies with an exhibition of her Elves and Fairies postcards. The children’s tour will give children the chance to complete the Arts Award Discover, an Arts Council England initiative that encourages children to collect evidence in an individual arts log of their experiences: participating in arts activities, researching artists and their work, sharing their arts discoveries.
Where: 5 Lambeth Palace Road, Lambeth, SE1 7LB