6 popular family activities in and around Harrow

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Summer vacation is approaching and for those of us not planning to go on vacation there are plenty of activities in and around Harrow to keep you and your children fully occupied throughout the summer.

Not all of the activities in the list below are located in Harrow itself, but most are only a short drive away and well worth checking out if you want to do something a little different this summer.


Breakout Rooms, Watford

Address: 101A High St, Watford, WD17 2DQ

Located in Watford, Breakout Rooms allows teams of 2-6 people to solve puzzles and crack codes in order to escape the room they are currently in and progress. Highly rated in Google reviews and on TripAdviser, the attraction offers something unique, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

There are five distinct “rooms” that you must try to escape from, including two “Spy Games” rooms, The Lost City, Exorcism, and Blackbeard’s Quest. Each room offers something different and you won’t get bored with all the different scenarios and challenges at your fingertips.

Breakout rooms are located at Atria Watford. Credit: Google Maps

Puttstars, Harrow Town Center

Address: St Georges Shopping Centre, Harrow HA1 1AS

The recently opened Puttstars in St George’s, Harrow Town Center is a perfect way to give your kids a day out this summer. The new £2.4million complex offers an indoor mini-golf experience with three 9-hole courses, ZigZag, Slingshot and Pinball.

Puttstars also offers a plethora of food in a special themed restaurant, they sell pizzas, hot dogs, milkshakes and more. The center also has a full arcade, making it the first of its kind in Harrow since ‘The Edge’ in the 1990s. More than just exploring with the family, the center also has a bar!

Michelle Heaton and Lee Latchford Evans at the VIP launch of the new Puttstars Harrow Indoor Mini Golf and Entertainment Centre,. CreditL Puttstars

Bentley Priory Museum, Stanmore

Address: Mansion House Drive, Stanmore HA7 3FB

RAF Bentley Priory played an important role during the Battle of Britain as the headquarters of Fighter Command. Residents of Harrow can explore the important stories of ‘The One’ – Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, ‘The Few’ who took to the air to defend our skies and ‘The Many’ without whom the job tireless on the pitch victory would not have been possible – activities with a learning experience.

The much-loved Bentley Priory Museum explores the history of the Battle of Britain and the role Bentley Priory deserves to be visited and gives children a valuable history lesson at the same time.

Bentley Priory Museum. Credit: Wikipedia

Team Sports Go Kart Racing, Watford

Address: Greatham Road Industrial Estate, Greatham Rd, Watford, Bushey WD23 2NZ

Fun for kids and adults alike, Teamsport racing is a must-do activity for families looking to get their adrenaline pumping. This 500m multi-level track with go-karts that reach 40mph will be enough to keep everyone entertained, the venue is open to children aged 8-12 and is located just outside Watford town centre.

In addition to karting, the center also houses a mini golf center and a dining hall with different dining options available. There is plenty of space for spectators to watch if you have elderly parents or children who are not yet old enough to participate. This one comes highly recommended and highly rated across the board.

Karting in Watford

Inflata Nation, Colindale

Address: Unit 1, Colindale Retail Park, 355 Edgware Rd, London

Having visited Inflata Nation when it opened, we can confirm from experience how fun it is. It’s a huge warehouse filled with inflatable slides, obstacle courses, trampolines and more. If you’ve never been here before you really should give it a try – it’s great for kids and they also have a restaurant where you can grab a bite to eat.

Fun chaos at Inflata Nation. Credit: Harrow Online

Ruislip Lido

Address: Ruislip Lido, Reservoir Road, Ruislip, HA4 7TY

An old family favorite for residents of Hillingdon and Harrow, Ruislip Lido is one of the best places to go in the area for a family day out. There’s always plenty to see and do, whether it’s a walk around the Lido itself, a ride on the famous train or a visit to the man-made beach – there’s plenty things to entertain the whole family during the visit.

There is also a nice bar and restaurant next to the lido which serves a huge range of food and drink with a nice seating area outside.

Ruislip Lido is a perfect family day out. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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