We round up the best things to do during the school holidays…
School’s out! With the holidays underway, our thoughts turn to how to keep the kids entertained now that school has finished for summer. This week we’ve had a kids take over on the blog, and we saw how four mummy bloggers used our chalkboard paint in a creative way. But what about when you fancy taking the little ones out for the day? We round up our top things to see and do during the school break…
Immerse yourself in the world of wildlife with over 720 different species of animals at London Zoo! A great day out for the kids, there’s plenty to see and do that will keep all the family entertained for the day. The zoo is divided into many different sections so is easy to navigate. Visit the Gorillas in Gorilla Kingdom, or watch the Penguins get fed at the Penguin Beach! Even babies are welcome at the zoo, making it a worthwhile trip no matter the age. The nearest station is Camden Town, with London Zoo being a leisurely 15 minute walk away. If you’re planning a trip, we recommend the Little Creature Family Festival between 29 – 31 August, with a weekend dedicated to Winnie the bear. Guests will enjoy a day out with a difference, with events and activities inspired by the famous children’s books.
An activity fit for a prince, Prince George visited Sensational Butterflies for his first birthday so why not follow suit? Definitely one to visit, the butterfly house returns for a sixth year this summer. Guests can come face-to-face with beautiful tropical butterflies originating from Africa, Southeast Asia and North and South America. An ideal day out for the little ones; visitors can take part in games and activities that teach you all about the wonderful world of butterflies. Located in the Natural History Museum, it’s a short walk from South Kensington station and is open until 14th September.
West End Theatre
One for the rainy days, various west end productions for children return from the 1st August – 31st which aims to encourage kids to get involved and interested in theatre from a early age. As a special offer, part of the month sees participating shows offer one child per adult go free, and up to two extra children can go half price. The shows you can see include ‘The tiger who came to Tea’, ‘The Elephantom’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. ‘Billy Elliot’, ‘War Horse’ and our favourite, ‘Matilda’. As well as just the play, there are loads of great activities the kids can get involved in. The event is taking part in many different theatres around London, visit the website for more info.
If the weather continues as it has been, why not visit some of the best beaches in the UK? Our pick of the bunch is Bournemouth Beach – a huge sandy beach that has a ‘Kidzone’ scheme, which introduces coloured wristbands co-ordinated with the coloured beach zones. Ideal for identifying the children for when they inevitably wander off! If more scenic beaches are your thing, try Durdle Door (pictured), which makes a great day out for kids and parents alike. Lets not forget Brighton, a quick 30 minute ride from London with plenty of shops, restaurants, as well as the famous harbour to keep you entertained!
Mysteries of the Unseen World
The Science Museum’s IMAX 3D cinema opens its doors to kids this summer with a showing of Mysteries of the Unseen World. The film will take you on a amazing journey into the unseen world that exists beyond the capabilities of the human eye. Children will have the opportunity to see things too fast, too slow, or too small for everyday life, and will learn about how what we see is only a fraction of what exsists on Earth. Making this amazing cinema experience possible is the use of High-speed photography, electorn microscopy and nanotechnology. The visually sunning film premiers in London at the Science Museum on the 5th August and will then be available to see throughout the country.
Laura Ashley kids
A little bit of free time with the children is a perfect excuse to redecorate. Brighten up the room with these string lights, or have a complete overhaul with our range of kids paints. Our personal favourite is the addition of Larry the Lobster – a great treat for the well behaved kids over the holidays!
We’d love to know what you’ve got planned for the holidays! Are you making the most of the UK or heading abroad? Do let us know if you visit any of our recommendations…