Summer Activities for Children in London – July 2018

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With the long summer holidays looming LPM have put together a list of their favourite “things to do” in London this summer with children.

Museums and exhibitions

Natural History Museum

Here you can not only visit the dinosaurs but also sleep with them (!) and see the beautiful butterfly exhibition

Sensational Butterflies

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/sensational-butterflies.html

Dinosnores for kids

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/events/dino-snores-for-kids.html

Science Museum

Wonderlab

https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/wonderlab-statoil-gallery

Horniman Museum

We love this museum and this summer they are running a fabulous rainbow exhibition

Colour: The Rainbow revealed

https://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/colour-the-rainbow-revealed#image-0

Postal Museum

A relatively new museum but one children love.  You can ride the Mail Rail, play in “Sorted” and take part in arts and crafts activities

https://www.postalmuseum.org

National Army Museum

An old favourite! Battle the assault course, take command, takeover a tank and receive army style training

https://www.nam.ac.uk/families/ten-family-favourites

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Dinosaurs in the wild

https://dinosaursinthewild.com/

Galleries

Many galleries now run art workshops and have fabulous story time sessions for younger children.  Our top galleries are:

Royal Academy of Arts

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/families

National Gallery

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/families

Dulwich Picture Gallery

https://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/family-events/2018/august/summer-holidays/

Parks

With London being one of the greenest cities in the world, a park is never far away and it’s a great way to spend a sunny day in town.  The Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington gardens is a must this summer and if you are after child-friendly outdoor theatre, do check-out what is playing at Morden Hall Park.

https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens/things-to-see-and-do/diana-memorial-playground

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/morden-hall-park/features/summer-at-morden-hall-park

Lidos

If the summer sunshine gets too much, head to one of London’s many lidos; we like Tooting, Serpentine and Brockwell lidos.  Our advice is to get there early.

https://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/lidos-and-outdoor-swimming-pools-in-london

Gardens

At Kew Gardens you can hunt for dragon sculptures

https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/here-be-dragons

Chelsea Physic Garden is running some fabulous days this Summer; Wiggly Wild Safari, Passion for Plants, Lotions and Potions the list goes on…

https://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/Pages/Events/Category/family-activities

Palaces

London’s palaces are always a fabulous day out and many run children activities.

Kensington Palace run Storytastic Sundays

https://www.hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace/explore/storytastic-sundays/#gs.pQ_bit4

At Hampton Court you can visit the magic garden, the maze, Henry VII’s kitchens, the food festival and lots more…

https://www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/a-great-family-day-out/#gs.kqlRra8

Buckingham Palace open their state rooms during the summer months

https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/the-state-rooms-buckingham-palace

Theatres

Children go free to many shows in London during August so do take advantage of this amazing offer.

https://officiallondontheatre.com/kids-week/

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