Trying to keep children entertained during the summer months
can be exhausting work for any child carer.
London offers some of the best activities of any city in the world that
are accessible, entertaining and educational and just waiting to be
explored. Here are QP’s child care
expert’s top recommendations for a great day out in town.MUSEUMS
The Natural History Museum is a perfect way to keep children
entertained, especially on a day when the great British weather lets us
down. The museum, best known for its
dinosaur exhibition, comprises of 70 million plant, animal, fossil, rock and mineral specimens. The building in itself is spectacular and can
certainly be enjoyed by both children and adults. You could spend the whole day there and still
not discover everything. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/
you do manage to see all you want at The Natural History Museum then The
Science Museum is just a stone’s throw away.
Here, you can really have a hands-on approach to science, enjoying a 4D
cinematic experience showing science and nature documentaries. You can also get your face replicated in the
BATTERSEA PARK CHILDRENS
is a perfect little zoo to take the kids to.
Set in the beautiful gardens of Battersea Park, the children can get up
close with nature in the petting zoo.
They can meet Lemurs, Tamarins,
Donkeys Goats, Sheep, Guinea pigs, Rabbits, Squirrel Monkeys, Meerkats and
The zoo is open 10am - 4pm in
winter and 5pm in summer and at weekends.
The Otters and Meerkats are fed at 11.00am and 2.30pm, whilst the monkey
feedings are at 11.30am and 3pm. Entry is £6.50.www.batterseaparkzoo.co.uk
Nestled on the outside of the idyllic setting of Hampstead
Heath, Parliament Hill Lido is the perfect place to escape the smoggy London weather. The pool was built in 1938 and refurbished in
2005 – whilst the pool is unheated, wetsuits are permitted. There is a paddling pool for under-fives and
morning and evening £2, concs £1, under-16s and over-60s free; daytime £5.50, concs
£3.50, family £14.50 (two adults and up to three children); season tickets
If it is culture you are after then Somerset House is the
obvious choice – ideally located on the north side of Waterloo Bridge, originally
a Tudor palace, Somerset House was demolished in 1775 and an entirely new
building was created. Today it hosts a
stunning gallery, a beautiful fountain courtyard (ideal for kids to play in and
cool down) and a terraced café and restaurant.
Workshops for children take place at weekends and in the summer
holidays. There is also an outdoor film
screen where you can often catch movie classics such as ET and Sense and
If you fancy grabbing a bite to eat before catching the
train home then head to Southbank: a five minute walk over Waterloo Bridge, it
hosts a wide variety of restaurants and cafés from Giraffe to Wagamama to name
but a few.http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/
HAMPTON COURT MAZE
can, quite literally, spend hours in this maze with what seems like
never-ending twists, turns and dead ends.
Great for both children and adults alike, it was originally commissioned
around 1700 by William III and described by Ernest Law in 1926 as ‘the most
famous maze in the history of the world, and immeasurably the one most visited’
make sure you don’t lose the kids!
is £2.75 per child under 15 years of age.http://www.hrp.org.uk/