For most parents, children who are constantly whining and complaining of boredom outside of term-time can quickly become annoying. Thankfully, if you live in or around the London area, there are plenty of family friendly activities that will keep them occupied for hours. Here are 5 things to do with your kids during the holidays. Best of all, they are activities that parents will enjoy too:
1) Take a class at the Music House for Children
If your child enjoys singing along to the radio, they are certain to love everything the Music House for Children has to offer. Group lessons are available on a wide variety of instruments including the violin, drums, cello, and more. During the holidays, children have the opportunity to enjoy one of their many workshops, as well as watch different performances and shows. As an added bonus, they provide specially prepared learning classes geared specifically towards children with cognitive impairments, language delays, autism, and more.
2) Visit the Natural History Museum
Free admission (with the exception of some temporary exhibitions), interactive exhibits, 3D dinosaurs, a life-sized blue whale, and an earth-shaking earthquake simulator are just a few of the reasons kids, and adults, love to visit the National History Museum. There’s no shortage of brilliant displays to choose from while you’re here including many special exhibitions throughout the year all of which will enthral and amaze any natural history fan. With three stories to explore, a café for snacks, and a great gift shop, you can expect to spend the full day at the National History Museum. You may even find that you have to come back a second time to take in the full experience!
3) Take a ride on the London Eye
When it opened in 2000, the London Eye was intended to be temporary, but it quickly became a favourite attraction of both locals and tourists alike. At 135m tall, each rotation of the Ferris wheel takes almost 30 minutes. From the top, you can easily see more than 40km on a clear day, which definitely excites both kids and adults.
4) Enrol in a drama class
Studies have shown that acting, dancing, and singing classes can have a powerful impact on children, especially those who are a tad shy and need a confidence boost to help them come out of their shell. There are numerous classes to choose from in and around the London area, many of which are designed for children as young as 2 all the way up to their late teens. One of the most popular is Applause! who run performing arts classes in West London Whether your child is interested in a career in the arts or is simply in need of something fun and different to do during the holidays, they are sure to enjoy taking a drama class.
5) Get dingy at the London Dungeon
A favourite attraction for more than 40 years, the London Dungeon is great for older children though it could potentially be scary for younger kids. The live, interactive shows will provide them with plenty of interesting London history (without being boring), while maintaining a dark, comedic vibe. Outstanding storytelling, state of the art special effects and theming, exciting underground rides, and the possibility of becoming part of the show make this a fun place for kids, as well as adults.
Keeping your children busy and entertained during the holidays can be tricky, so it is important to have a few go-to activities that your kids, as well as you, are sure to enjoy. Hopefully this list will spark your imagination next time the schools break up and you’re looking