Category Archives: Outdoor activities for children

Brilliant Beach Toys for More Holiday Fun!

When planning the perfect summer holiday, it’s easy enough to prep the sunscreen for the rays and cozzies for the waves. Though when kids are in tow, long days at the seaside also necessitate a decent set of beach toys – and good ones are a rare find.

Brilliant beach toys for more holiday fun!

Enter Belgian company, Quut: they’ve totally reinvented beachside playtime with a range of sand and water toys that are designed to last – long after the usual assortment of tacky plastic playthings have kicked the bucket.

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Top Ten things to do with kids this summer in London

Even beneath drab grey skies and miserable, soggy clouds, London is a magical destination – especially for kids. Now that the calendar, at least, has deemed it officially summertime, there is no better place to celebrate the belated sunshine with the brood.

Top Ten things to do with kids this summer in London

Check out some of the capital’s family-friendly events happening this season, from fab festivals to fun activities in museums and galleries:

1. British Summer Time event at Hyde Park, 28 June

Touted “Britain’s Biggest Family Event”, this extravaganza of food, fun and live music promises to live up to the hype with a jam-packed lineup. Acts will include Boyband Union J, Britain’s Got Talent 2014 winners Collabro, Horrible Histories sketches, Brainiac Live! and CBeebies stars.

Kids will also get the chance to meet some of their favourite characters, including Bart and Homer Simpson, SpongeBob Squarepants, Spot the Dog, Shaun the Sheep and Peppa Pig (!).

Book tickets HERE.

2. Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall at London Wonderground, until 30 August

DJ Monski Mouse is in da house with a head-bopping set of retro beats, pop faves and funky nursery rhymes.

Join the fun, high-energy dance party for little ones who love music and love to wiggle, HERE.

For under 5s and their carers

3. Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum, until 13 September

Returning to the Natural History Museum for another year, the interactive Sensational Butterflies Exhibition will house hundreds of colourful fluttery (and crawly) creatures.

Spot caterpillar eggs waiting to hatch, and inspect chrysalises before they release their winged beauties into the air; all within a specially constructed tropical enclosure that allows butterflies to
fly freely among the visitors.

Tickets can be purchased at the museum.

4. The Basil Brush Show at Croydon Fairfield Halls, 22 July

Cheeky but charming fox Basil Brush is back on the road along with his TV chum Mr Stephen. This year, their brand new ‘live’ stage show is packed with laughs, storytelling and song. PLUS, “Boom Boom” fans will be able to meet Basil and Mr Stephen after the show!

Suitable for families with children over the age of five.

Book tickets HERE.

5. Bach to Baby Family Concert in Bloomsbury at The Foundling Museum, 18 June

Baby-friendly concerts that you and your little one can enjoy together, with performances by top-class musicians.

The star of the show this season is the Golden Horn, featuring Stephen Stirling, with grand sounds from Handel’s famous Water Music to a Russian Reverie and beyond!

Book tickets HERE.

6. Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground

Kiddies can play pirates for a day in this imaginative play area inspired by J. M. Barrie’s novel, Peter Pan.

Nestled between the trees in Kensington Gardens, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground is an island for imagination to run wild, with teepees, a ‘beach’, and, of course,
Captain Hook’s Jolly Roger.

7. Spitalfields Music Summer Festival – Musical Rumpus: A Fairy Queen In The Forest at Rich Mix, 12-13 June

An award-winning interactive, multi-sensory opera for babies and toddlers returns.

Enter a world of fairies and fantastical animals in an enchanted forest, with the magical music of Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen.

Book tickets HERE.

8. Teddy Bears Picnic at Bedfords Park Visitors Centre, 21 June

Take a trip to the woods this June for a big surprise…including teddy bear crafts, teddy bear games, and a picnic in the forest…

Remember to bring your lunch with you – and don’t forget your teddy bear!

Booking info HERE.

9. Midsummer Masquerade at Vestry House Museum, 14 June

Create your own colourful masks inspired by the E17 Arts Trail, then take part in an exciting masked parade.

FREE!

10. Alice In Wonderland Day at Whitehall, Cheam, 4 July

Alice has her sesquicentennial anniversary this year, so what better way to celebrate than with a day of crafts inspired by the book – and tea party treats, too!

FREE!

For more summer excursion inspiration, check out visitlondon.com’s full list of family events.

Want to experience the fun of summer from the comfort of your own home? We have Apple Watches, Amazon Kindles and more to give away on the Sudocrem Summer Fete game! Simply click HERE to play.