Kids have been back at school for a few months now after their long summer holiday but it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop there. Beat the back-to-school-blues by keeping your little ones entertained and stimulated on the weekends or plan ahead for their next half term break. Think you’ve seen all London has to offer children? Think again… Peppermint has the low-down of the most popular and most quirky activities and events for kids in London.
0-7 Yrs – Baby Loves Disco
Think you’re down with the kids but could you get down with the toddlers?Companies such as Toddler Jam and Baby Loves Disco put on day-time discos for your little ravers. Featuring real club DJs spinning and mixing classic disco and pop with the latest chart tunes, guaranteed to get adults and offspring moving and grooving on the Saturday Night Fever-style flashing dance floor. Each event is themed and they usually take place on the last Saturday of every month. You can pick up tickets for this event from £9.95 the event takes place at Sway in London’s West End.
4 – 10 Yrs – Spitalfeilds City Farm
If you wile away your weekends rummaging through vintage shops on Brick Lane and picking out fresh produce from Borough Market, children in tow, then both you and the kids will be pleasantly surprised with this urban oasis built in a former railway goods depot. There are some adorable animals to look at including characters such as Bayleaf the donkey and Bentley the goat that will keep the kids amused. You can even pick your own veg for a little slice of country living in the heart of the busy capital. The farm also offers free cookery classes, a young farmers’ club and gardens growing produce and herbs.
4-16 Yrs – Lord Mayor’s show and fireworks
Lord Mayor’s Show and Fireworks 2013 is a three-mile long procession starting from Mansion House through to the Royal courts of Justice and has absolutely nothing to do with Boris. With an expected half a million spectators at this year’s event, kids are guaranteed to enjoy themselves but most importantly so will you as there’s something for everyone including an aircraft fly-past, marching bands and floats featuring people from a huge variety of London organisations and a fantastic fire work display starting at 5pm, from a barge moored between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges.
8-12 Yrs – Horrible Histories Show
The TV show Horrible Histories is responsible for igniting a passion for history in even the most hard-to-please children. Now the sidesplittingly hilarious sketches kids are glued to at home have now been bought to life in the form of shows at the Imperial War Museum. Admittance for adults and children is under £10. Their website says: “The museum’s major exhibition for families is based on the children’s book series written by Terry Deary, which is celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2013. Visitors are immersed in a world of WWII spy-craft, including codes and cyphers, disguises, camouflage, forgeries and gadgets.”
10-14 Yrs – Harry Potter tour
See London in magical light by booking a Harry Potter walking tour of London, led by the eccentric Harry Potter super-fan tour guides bring the scenes from the books and films to life! They take you down quaint alleyways and cobbled streets in the heart of the city, you never even knew existed, showing you places like the real-life Leaky Caldron, the Ministry of Magic and of course finishing up at platform nine and three quarters. The tour involves quite a lot of walking so this event is more suitable for older kids.
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