Despite the weather, despite the pandemic, we still want this summer to be fun, right? It’s a good thing London has covered us here. If you are visiting the capital this summer – whether locally or out of town – add these fun family activities that suit all budgets to your to-do list …
Photo: Children’s Week, Society of Theater London
1 Use the redesigned TFL London map as a guide, central London
London Mayor Sadiq Khan also wants families to have fun in London this summer. So much so that he launched the Family fun in London season, a program of activities for the most part free or at low cost. As part of the campaign, he and his five young Mayors of Play redesigned the tube map highlighting the fun things to do in central London. This includes corporate favorites such as corporate favorites such as the ZSL London Zoo, the city’s most popular new tickets including Sketch on the Square at the National Gallery and Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser at the V&A. . It’s also worth noting that children under five travel free through London when accompanied by a paying adult. Children under 11 can travel free on buses and trams at any time, as well as the Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and some National Rail services with a paying adult.
2 The London Dungeon Dentist
Truly a nightmare for many, a visit to the dentist is usually not much fun. London Dungeon’s latest show, The Dentist, is probably more entertaining than having your regular dentist checked for your cavities, but probably more horrible as well. It shines a light on terrifying Victorian-era dentistry, which is undoubtedly quite dark.
Until August 31st, entry is included in the price of the standard ticket, which is £ 30 / £ 24 adult / child at the door, but book in advance for discounts or as part of a package with other attractions with lastminute.com; The Queen’s Walk, SE1 7PB; thedungeons.com/london
3 Discovery days in Hyde Park
The popular Discovery Days in Hyde Park have been extended to three days a week. These days are a perfect opportunity for families to enjoy the summer in the great outdoors and keep the kids entertained for free as they connect with nature with pond swims, bug hunts, pirate ships, and nature. treasures. Each week is thematic, of Wild Water, Peter Pan, Meadow Madness and Life Underground. Families also have the option to explore Hyde Park on one of the family-friendly nature trails and participate in an interactive story, led by a professional storyteller.
Sessions are free and registrations are welcome, but you can also register your interest online; open doors 11a, at 3pm; Children must be accompanied by an adult; LookOut Discovery Center, Hyde Park; royalparks.org.uk
4 Outdoor art, workshops and activities in Belgravia
There’s a lot going on around Eccleston Yards and Belgravia this summer. The Japanese-Nordic Center Pantechnicon runs a series of origami and ceramics workshops for young people, and there’s also a creative summer day camp for kids filled with pottery classes and painting sessions. Alma Kids has a range of wellness classes for young people to try, and Wander Art – a long, colorful hiking trail around Mayfair and Belgravia has just stretched out a bit. Already on the trail are installations and works by the wonderful Yinka Ilori, Morag Myerscough and Emily Forgot (and more). Added to this is “Have You Seen The Lions” by Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo: explore the neighborhood and enjoy the creative and bright designs.
The origami workshops (free) take place on Tuesday August 17th and the ceramics workshops (£ 40) are on Wednesday August 18th; times vary; 19 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8LB; pantechnicon.com; MasterPeace Kids Creative Summer Camp; Thursday August 12 and 19; from £ 99; MasterPeace Creative Studio, 12 Eccleston Yards, 21 Eccleston Place, SW1W 9NF; More information here; Wander Art is free and viewable until September, check out the map here; belgravialdn.com
5 Theater and summer schools at The Globe, Southbank
The Globe has a host of offers for young people this summer. First, there are the summer schools which offer onsite and online workshops for aspiring comedians aged 9-19. All programs are designed to result in a presentation of the work of the week, which family members and caregivers are encouraged to watch. There is also the Telling Tales Family Festival, which is a program of interactive and sensory performances designed to immerse young viewers in Shakespeare’s stories. Finally, family guided tours are offered with children aged 7 to 11.
Prices for summer courses start from £ 250 and dates vary; Telling Tales is open until August 22 and prices start from £ 12; Tours are ongoing and tickets start from £ 17 / £ 10 / £ 46 adult / child / family; 21 Marche New Globe, SE1 9DT; shakespearesglobe.com
6 Children’s Week in Leicester Square Gardens and West End
Children’s Week allows children under the age of 17 to attend a West End show for free when accompanied by a full-price adult and additional children at half price. Actually, the name is a bit misleading as this deal is available throughout August. For a week, however, there are plenty of free outdoor theater activities for families in Leicester Square Gardens, including theatrical storytelling, song, dancing, demonstrations, and puppet workshops.
The free outdoor program runs August 23-27, details not yet announced, but sign up for the newsletter here for updates. For more information on theater discounts, visit here. theaterofficallondont.com
7 The Harry Potter photographic exhibition at the London Film Museum, Covent Garden
Sip a butter ale, ride a broomstick, and retrace magical moments in film history at the Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition, in the form of a collection of behind-the-scenes photographs from the London Film Museum. The exhibit will take fans through key moments in the making of the film, such as Harry’s first day at Hogwarts at the Battle of Hogwarts.
Until December 31; tickets £ 20 / £ 14 / £ 56 adult / child / family, children under 4 are free; 45 Wellington Street; WC2E 7BN; harrypotteronlocation.co.uk