Summer Holiday Activities for Kids in London: Part II

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Looking for more ways to entertain your kids in London this summer? Following from our previous blog post, here are a few ideas:

If you want to introduce your kids to art, check out The Sunday Spot at South London Gallery in Peckham each Sunday in August. There are hands-on workshops inspired by the gallery’s current exhibitions. This summer, artists Ross Robertson and Lauren Willis are joined by Isa Suarez to explore some of the local soundscapes around the gallery. The Sunday Spot is free and runs from 2-4pm every Sunday. Ideal for children aged 3-12 years.

Treat your kids to a tour of the London Wetland Centre this summer. If you’ve got little ones who love creepy crawlies, the themes for next week’s walks are Reptiles and Invertebrates. You can also take part in a Great Pond Safari, and get crafty at the Summer Crafts sessions at the end of each day.

Think your kids will hate exploring a military museum? Think again. The National Army Museum in Chelsea has a new Kids’ Zone open this summer, specifically for kids aged 0-8 years. As well as a soft-play space for babies, there are arts and crafts, dressing-up costumes, books, interactive toys and, best of all, forest- and arctic-themed climbing frames! The Kids’ Zone is open from 10.10am to 5.15pm, and there are six 1-hour sessions each day.

There’s more for craft-loving children at the William Morris Society in Hammersmith. From now until Saturday 27 August, you can take part in a number of free Arts and Crafts Workshops, including fan-making, stained glass and lettering workshops, and block printing.

Argh, me hearties! If you’ve got a pirate fan in the family, set sail for the Museum of London Docklands this week. There’s storytelling, pirate puppet theatre, and even the chance to become pirate yourself in the excellent drama workshops at the museum. The recommended age is from 3 years upwards. If you’re really passionate about life on the high seas, check out our feature on other places to play Pirates in London.

Have you been to any other fun summer holiday events in London? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Toby Hampton says:

    Story Time Wednesdays at GAIL’s Crouch End – GAIL’s Artisan Bakery at Crouch End and Hornsey Children’s Library have joined forces to create a free Children’s Story Time to entertain little ones and their parents from Crouch End and surrounding areas.

    Starting on Wednesday 24th August at 3.00pm at GAIL’s Crouch End, the events will be run right up to the Christmas holidays and are suitable for young children aged from three upwards. They’ll alternate between GAIL’s and Hornsey Library, featuring entertaining storytellers with free milk and cookies for the kids attending to enjoy.

    Parents will be invited to participate and can tuck in to GAIL’s delicious freshly baked cakes and pastries when the sessions are held at the bakery.

    Some of the sessions will also include craft making activities such as How to Make a Paper Bag Puppet and How to Make Your Own Scarecrow.

    So whether your youngster loves listening to ‘Come to Tea on Planet Zum Zee’ by Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees or the classic ‘The Gingerbread Man’, then be sure to arrive early for one of these sessions.

    Just check out the GAIL’s Website for further information or call 0208 348 6323.