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Fun Things To Do With The Kids This Summer

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With so much going on in and around London, it’s easy to feel like you’re missing out if you don’t spend some of the summer in the capital. If you’ve got a few weeks or weekends in the city and need to keep the kids entertained, Lauren Hyland from parenting and lifestyle blog My Baba has put together some of the best activities taking place over the school holidays.

Battersea Park Zoo & Boating Lake

When it comes to keeping the kids entertained over the summer, Battersea park really does cover all bases. Plan a picnic, spend a few hours on the lake in a rowing boat and exploring, or visit Battersea Park zoo, which is hosting animal-themed days over the holidays including Snake Day and Snail Day. 

Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ; FREE entry



London Wetland Centre

Wander about this nature reserve and explore the gardens. Over the holidays, children will be able to join Dusty Duck’s Wildlife Rangers and will receive a free Wildlife Ranger log book filled with everything they need to make the most out of the centre. There’s also a daily opportunity to meet the otters, feeding time is between 11am and 2pm.

London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth's Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT; FREE entry



Picturing Hetty Feather

This family-friendly exhibition explores how writers and designers have worked with historical evidence to fill in factual gaps and bring the Foundling Hospital, Britain's first home for abandoned children, to life. The exhibition, named after the Jacqueline Wilson novel and CBBC adaptation of Hetty Feather, presents unseen treasures and artefacts from the Foundling collection archive. What’s more, there will be costumes and original props from the children’s show. Kids will also get the opportunity to dress up and take part in interactive activities.

The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ; tickets £5 for adults and £3 for children



Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime of Stories

Recently opened at the V&A Museum of Childhood, this exhibition looks at the life and writing process of one of the UK's best-loved writers. It will be focussed on the key themes of his work, including war, farming and friendship. Throughout August the museum will also be hosting Summertime Storyweaving workshops for families.

V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA; FREE entry



Polka Theatre

The Polka Theatre is exclusively for children so it’s only natural their summer is jam-packed with great activities. Until 20th August, catch The Borrowers on Polka’s main stage, a timeless classic about tiny people who live beneath the floorboards and finally discover the great outdoors. For younger children, Hatch is sure to open up a vibrant and sensory world of musical theatre.

240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1SB; tickets from £10


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Shrek Adventure! London

What’s summer without a walk-and-ride Shrek experience? Inspired by the much-loved films, this tour comprises live shows, sets from the movies, a 4D ride, a dash of storytelling and the kids will love it.

Shrek’s Adventure, County Hall, Westminster Bridge, London SE17PB; adult tickets from £19, children from £5.50



Leeds Castle

There’s a huge range of activities taking place at Leeds Castle for all ages this summer. Don’t miss interactive children’s theatre Heroes, Heroines and Hoods and Mystery Quest, while Wind In The Willows will take centre stage in August, replaced by a stage show of Pride and Prejudice in September.

Leeds Castle, Maidstone ME17 1PL; adult tickets £24.90, children £16.90, infants under four go FREE



St James’s Hotel Wind In The Willows-themed Picnic

Using only the best British produce, St James’s picnic hamper comprises pâté, bread croutes, chicken or poached salmon salad, freshly squeezed lemonade, and a seasonal fresh fruit tart. As the evening draws in, head down to the London Palladium for The Wind In The Willows – the ultimate family day out!

7-8 Park Pl, St. James's, London SW1A 1LS & London Palladium, 8 Argyll St, Soho, London W1F 7TE; tickets from £40



The Big Feastival, The Cotswolds

Food, drinks, music and lots of festival fun – get your tickets to the Cotswolds' delicious and damn good weekend. Featuring Madness, Olly Murs, The Cribs and De La Soul, there’s plenty for music lovers whilst cookery classes for adults and children, a food and drink market, Friday Night Supper club and Alex James’ famous cheese hub has foodies covered. Plus, day tickets are FREE for kids aged 12 and under.

Alex James’ Farm, The Cotswolds, 25th – 27th August; adult day tickets from £69.50, under 12's go FREE, camping tickets also available



Festival No. 6, Portmeirion

This fairy tale-like music and arts festival is made for all the family. There will be pirate training and colourful crafts, arts and culture masterclasses and if that isn’t enough to tempt you, you can eat your way through the weekend with Bangwok, Bagel Boy, Camp Halloumi, Le Swine and dozens more.

Portmeirion, Wales, 7th – 10th September; adult tickets from £180, children under ten go free


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