Things to do with kids – Easter Holidays 2024


Hey there, lovely mamas!

I’m so excited to share with you all the fantastic happenings for kids this Easter holiday in 2024! From delightful museum outings to gallery adventures, there’s something for every little one to enjoy, and the best part? Many of these events won’t cost you a penny!

Living in or near London means we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to family-friendly activities, so let’s make the most of this Easter break and create some wonderful memories with our little ones. Whether it’s exploring history, getting creative with art, or simply enjoying quality time together, there’s plenty to keep us all entertained.

So, grab your calendars and get ready to fill them with fun-filled Easter adventures! Let’s make this holiday one to remember for our kiddos. 🐣💐

Click the bold underlined texts for links!

Meet the Romans | British Museum
5 April
FREE, drop-in
Meet Roman re-enactors and living historians

Photo from the British Museum website

Spring Family Festival | National Portrait Gallery
4-5 & 11-12 April
FREE, drop-in
Badge making, storytelling, drawing and crafts
(Full programme coming soon)

Photo from National Portrait Gallery website

Eggs-quisite Easter crafts | Bank of England Museum
2-5 & 8-12 April
FREE, drop-in
Colour in a rabbit/sheep/chick mask and complete an Easter-themed activity (and win a small edible prize)

Photo from Bank of England Museum website

Half-term events | Garden Museum
– Branch Out Imaginary Plants Printing: 4 April (FREE drop-in, sign-up on a first come first served basis)

Photo from Garden Museum website

– Branch Out Wiggly Wild Show: 11 April (FREE drop-in, sign-up on a first come first served basis)

Photo from Garden Museum website

– Other sessions (currently fully booked, join waitlist): Canvas bag painting (2 April), Pot painting (3 April), Holiday cookery workshops (4, 9, 10, 11 April), Geli Plate Printing (9 April), Clay tile printing (10 April)

Half-term events | National Army Museum: all FREE, drop-in

Marching Orders: New Perspectives (30 March), Survival (9-12 April)

Photo from National Army Museum website

Operation Survival: Giant Board Game (2-5 April)

Photo from National Army Museum website

ZooLab: Meet Amazing Animals (4, 10 April, Collect a free ticket at the Welcome Desk)

Photo from National Army Museum website

– Meet Soldiers from the Past (31 March, 9-12 April, ): 20-minute character actor performances

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Time Travel Easter Trail | Old Naval College
29 March – 14 April
£3 (no booking necessary)
With the self-led activity booklet, complete the trail for the chocolate prize.

Photo from Old Naval College website

Pom pom fun! | Museum of London Docklands
3-5 and 10-12 April
FREE, drop-in
Creating own pom pom accessory

Photo from Museum of London Docklands website

Easter holidays events | National Maritime Museum
31 March – 14 April
FREE, drop-in
So many family events prepared, including spring flowers, sea life puppets, preservation paintings, future travels, postcards for our planet, protecting the poles, hope and regeneration, rock pool habitats, parkside creations, sea-saving superheroes, and mapping migration

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Photo from National Maritime Museum website

Holiday to Space | Royal Observatory
4 April
£5 per child
Planetarium show and interactive workshop

Photo from Royal Observatory website

Weaving the seas | Queen’s House
4 & 13 April
FREE, drop-in
weaving workshop (contribute to a large scale sea tapestry & create your own miniature tapestry to take home)

Photo from Queen’s House website

Jurassic Encounters: Animal Show | Natural History Museum
10 April
Adult £8 & Child £8
Animal handling show to meet the modern-day relatives of the animals that lived alongside dinosaurs

Photo from Natural History Museum website

Construct and play with Leap Then Look | National Gallery
2 & 3 April
FREE, drop-in
Build sculptures, explore shape, scale and colour in this curiosity-filled space

Photo from National Gallery website

UNIQLO Tate Play: Yoko Ono, Do it Yourself | Tate Modern
30 March – 14 April
FREE, drop-in
Imaginative play with making, movement and music

Photo from Tate Modern website

Story Space & Play Studio | Tate Britain
FREE
Open every weekend and Thursdays during term-time
Open everyday during school holidays
Explore and test out ways of making and play together as a family

Photo from Tate Britain website

Various events and workshops | Young V&A

<Pop-up Performance: Club Origami>
1 April
£5 (Booking essential)

Photo from Young V&A website

<Family Workshop: Playable Origami>
3-5 April
£12 (booking essential)

Photo from Young V&A website

<Family Workshop: Clay Yokai Creatures>
3-5 April
£12 (booking essential)

Photo from Young V&A website

<Make-Lab Workshop: Paper Theatre with Aya Nakamura>
9 April
£18-£22

Photo from Young V&A website

Easter holiday events | Postal Museum
FREE, drop-in with museum ticket
– Mini Designers: Design your own postie board game | 3-5 April
– Mini Creators: Learn how to sew a patch | 10-12 April

Photo from Postal Museum website

Easter Holiday: Plants and Poems | London Transport Museum
– Storytelling sessions (drop-in): 30 March, 1, 5, 6, 8, 12, & 13 April
– Creative writing workshop (drop-in): 29-31 March, 5-7 & 12-14 April
– Art and science workshop (drop-in): 2-4 & 9-11 April
– Museum gallery tour (drop-in): 1-4 & 8-11 April

Photo from London Transport Museum website

Half-term events | Museum of the Order of St John
– Ambulance Trains (2 April, FREE, booking essential): BOOK HERE
(*This is a sensory friendly events for autistic and neurodiverse families)
– Saving Lives, Saving Memories (3 April, FREE, drop-in)
– Who’s Behind You! Stop Motion Animation (10 April, FREE, booking essential): BOOK HERE

Family Studio: Armada | Royal Academy of Arts
31 March
FREE, drop-in

Photo from Royal Academy of Arts website

Interactive exhibition and family activity | Orleans House Gallery

<Play Works>
2 March – 14 April
FREE (recommended to BOOK HERE during weekends and half term)
Play in the interactive exhibition with masks, ribbons, costumes, blocks, balls, and buckets

Photo from Orleans House Gallery website

<Let’s Get Creative>
6-7 April
(Further details available closer to the time)

Photo from Orleans House Gallery website

Play Lab: Water Binds Us | Mosaic Rooms
2 March – 16 June (sensory play space as an exhibition)
11 April (workshop for families, booking links coming soon )

Photo from Mosaic Rooms website

Easter holiday activities | Hackney Museum
2-13 April
FREE drop-in
Create placards, signs and pictures to show how you feel about the Adventure Playgrounds exhibition and play in the exhibition with loose parts play

Time Travel Craft Club | National Archives
2 & 4 April
£2

Photo from National Archives website


Spring Family Fun | Southbank Centre

Including family reggae dance, Paddington Film in Concert, Roof Garden for nature and performances, many shows, Family street dance jam, family trail,

<Family Reggae Dance>
29 March
FREE, drop-in

Photo from Southbank Centre website

<In the Spring Garden>
3 April
FREE, drop-in

Photo from Southbank Centre website

Shows:
Dragons and Mythical Beasts (3-7 April, £14-£24), Terrible Horses (4 April, £10), Jane Eyre for Young Readers (4 April, £10), Plastic Drastic Fantastic (6-7 April, £14)

Photo from Southbank Centre website

<The Ceilidh Jam with Folk Dance Remixed>
7 April
FREE, drop-in

Photo from Southbank Centre website


Easter events | Valence House Museum
Easter Egg Hunt (30 March – 13 April): FREE, drop-in
Easter Farm (3 April): FREE, drop-in
Easter Cupcake Decorating (6 April): FREE, booking essential (fully booked)
Eggcellent Easter Crafts (10 April): FREE, booking essential (BOOK HERE)

Wishing you all a delightful Easter break filled with joy and adventure! Take advantage of the wonderful events mentioned above and make this holiday one to remember. Have a fantastic time with your little ones! 🐣💫

Best Christmas Gifts for 1 Year Olds

Yay, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 🎄✨ Welcome to the second post of my Christmas Gift Ideas series! (In case you missed it, you can check out “Baby’s First Christmas Gifts” here!)

So when it comes to Christmas gift for toddlers, in my personal experience, especially until they turn 2-3 years old, Christmas provides a great opportunity to fulfill practical needs along with a sprinkle of toys for that extra joy! In this list, you’ll find a mix of practical suggestions alongside some delightful toys. (Of course, if I’ve misjudged, feel free to prioritise the toys from the list below over the practical recommendations!) Here’s to a thoughtful and joyful holiday season for you and your little one! 🎄🎁👶

Crocs Unisex Kid’s Crocband Rain Boot

My boys and I absolutely adore these Crocs wellies! We’re so smitten with them that we keep ordering the same pairs in different sizes as the boys grow!

Living in the UK, it’s a must for toddlers to have wellies, given the frequent rainy or damp days. You want to make sure they’re ready for mud and little puddles!

The unique thing about these Crocs wellies is that they stay securely on tiny feet. Unlike many other wellies that tend to slip off or cause little ones to tumble, these Crocs wellies stay put unless you intentionally take them off. My boys didn’t face any difficulty walking in them, even though they started wearing them just a month or two after taking their first steps!

Waterproof Dungarees


If you’re anything like me and value letting kids play freely outdoors, then this is a game-changer! It’s unrealistic to expect your toddler to stay dry while playing outside—they still tumble and choose to sit down on less-than-ideal surfaces. That’s where waterproof dungarees come in handy, making life easier for mums too. No need to change your toddler into fresh clothes after outdoor play; simply take off the dungarees, and they’re clean! Paired with wellies, this combination not only reduces the post-play cleanup but also ensures that toddlers look absolutely adorable in their outdoor gear!

LittleLife Animal Toddler backpacks

Let me introduce you to these utterly adorable animal backpacks by LittleLife! Just look at how cute they are on those little backs!It has a safety rein, so it can be useful when you go somewhere busy and crowded. It is quite small, so may not be ideal for nursery bags as you would want something spacious for spare clothes and other stuffs. But this is ideal when you go out with your toddler and let them just have a couple of toys in their bags for the sake of their fun. With a variety of animals to choose from, you can pick your little one’s absolute favourite!

Car Ramp Toys

One of children’s classic toys! They say this toy helps hand-eye coordination, but what’s more important is that kids love it and they spend hours playing it! There are plastic ones and wooden ones, and you can choose whatever you prefer as the fun won’t be different!

Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide-Out Xylophone

Toddlers are naturally drawn to the joy of banging and pounding, and Hape has brilliantly combined this fascination with the magic of musical sound! And the xylophone alone will last one of their go-to toys and stand the test of time, lasting well into their preschool years. I will say no more as over 16K reviews of 4.7 out of 5.0 will say enough!

Shape sorters

Every child is unique, but generally, toddlers begin to show interest in shape sorters around 16-18 months. (But it doesn’t mean that they can put the right shape into the right holes at this stage). Since shape sorters come in various levels of complexity, it would be nice to try different shape sorters and see how your little one finds it!


Sorting & Stacking toy, £12.99

B. Toys Shape Sorter, £11.62

Fisher-Price Shape Sorter, £9.56

Pretend Vacuum Cleaner and Cleaning Toys


Isn’t it just adorable how toddlers are so into vacuum cleaners, brooms, and mops? My older kiddo got this Dyson toy for Christmas when he turned one, and he couldn’t get enough of it. And guess what? His friends during playdates were just as obsessed! Some of their parents ended up getting the same toy because it was such a hit.

If your little one loves tagging along when you do the vacuuming and has a special place in their heart for “dirty” brooms and mops, here’s the perfect fix! This toy not only keeps them entertained but also lets them join in on the cleaning fun in a safe and playful way. It’s a win-win!


Dyson Toy Pretend Vacuum Cleaner £19.99

Dyson Toy Prend Vacuum Cleaner £19.99

Broom and dustpan (Pretend Play cleaning set) £25.49

Galt Toys Pop-Up Toy

This straightforward toy guarantees hours of play for your little one! The concept is simple: you stick them into the hole, press, and let go—voila, they pop up! It never fails to bring a giggle to your child’s face. Besides the joy of the popping action, let’s not forget how toddlers just love sticking things into any available holes (or is it just my boys?). So, they’ll have a blast putting those colorful sticks into the holes and enjoying every moment of it!

Galt Toys, Pop-Up Toy, Wooden Baby Toy, £9.00

Little Brian Paint Sticks

Moms want their kids to explore colours and be creative, but let’s face it, the cleaning aftermath can be a bit daunting. Traditional paint brushes can create a mess that might make you hesitate to try again. And that is where these paint sticks come! In my experience, while toddlers can still colour with crayons, the lack of hand strength can make it challenging to draw or create vivid marks. These paint sticks, however, effortlessly produce vibrant marks even with tidy hands! They work on papers, whiteboards, and glass. Plus, they are easy to wash off in case your little one gets a bit too creative in places they shouldn’t. (Just a quick note: If your toddler still puts things in their mouth, you might want to wait a bit before introducing these!)

Little Brian paint sticks 24 colours, £13.63

Peg puzzles & Peg toys

Around 18 months, toddlers often begin exploring peg puzzles, and Melissa & Doug offers two delightful options to kickstart the fun! These puzzles, featuring adorable farm animals and exciting transportation themes, are sure to captivate your little one’s interest.

Melissa & Doug Wooden Toys – Farm Animals Peg Boards, £7.99
Melissa & Doug Vehicles Sound Puzzle, £15.99


At first glance, this peg board may seem ordinary, (I thought so, too) but toddlers are at an age where sticking things into holes and stacking becomes utterly fascinating for them. You’ll be surprised by how much they love it!

Peg board, £21.99

Lift-the-flap books and pop-up books

Reading with your toddler is essential in nurturing their love for reading, and lift-the-flap books and pop-up books will enhance the fun and make it more interactive. Here I introduce some of classics!

Dear Zoo: The Lift-the-flap book, £4.00
Where’s Mr Duck? (Felt Flaps), £5.03
Pop-Up Peekaboo! Under The Sea, £5.59

With my list above, I hope your Christmas present shopping becomes less stressful! And I hope your little ones will like the presents from the list!


* I’ve chosen the products above based on my genuine recommendation, and it’s important to note that this selection is not influenced by any commercial request. However, please be aware that the links provided are affiliate links. If you decide to make a purchase after clicking on one of these links, I may receive a commission. Your support is appreciated!

Baby’s First Christmas Gifts


The approaching festive season has already filled me with excitement! But, as a mum, I know there’s a ton of stuff to plan and prepare to make it a magical Christmas for the kids. And one of those important tasks is picking out the perfect gifts! Maybe you’ve been on the hunt for baby’s first Christmas gift ideas because you want to surprise a friend or colleague with a little one, but you’re feeling a bit stumped.

Well, I’ve got your back! I’ve put together a hassle-free list of options for you to choose from. This post “Baby’s First Christmas Gifts” is just the beginning of a series on Christmas gift ideas for kids, and I’ll be covering ages 1 to 5. Stay tuned for more wonderful suggestions that are sure to bring smiles and delight to children of various ages! 🎁👶🎄

Considering that Christmas can put a strain on your budget with all the other expenses, most of my suggestions are wallet-friendly, coming in at under £20. You’ll find a few options that are slightly pricier, but nothing exceeds £50, so you can enjoy the holiday without breaking the bank! So, without further ado, dive in and find the perfect gift! 🎁🎄

1. Personalised Christmas Stockings (click here or the photo for link)

Personalised Christmas Stocking, £9.99

The moment we hung our firstborn’s Christmas stockings on the tree, it melted my heart. It’s a truly special experience for both the baby and the parents, creating memories that will be cherished. If you’re searching for a gift that will warm the hearts of new parents on their baby’s first Christmas, this is the perfect choice! 🧦🎄💕

2. Personalised Christmas Ornament & Baubles (click here or the photo for links)

Personalised Baby’s First 1st Christmas, £8.95
Baby Boy & Girl’s First Christmas Ornament, £6.99


Absolutely, hanging the baby’s first Christmas ornament is another precious moment for parents. I still hold onto my firstborn’s first Christmas bauble, a thoughtful gift from one of my husband’s patients. It’s not just an ornament; it’s a keepsake with memories woven into it. Here’s hoping it becomes a cherished tradition, something you can pass on to your little ones when they’re all grown up! 🎄✨💖

3. TOMY Toomies Hide and Squeak Eggs Baby Toy (click here or the photo for link)

TOMY Toomies Hide and Squeak Eggs, £8.99

You might be wondering, “Why are these eggs in an egg carton so exciting?” I had the same thought when I picked them up for my 6-month-old son. However, I decided to give them a try since they had an overwhelming number of positive reviews – currently over 43,000 and counting! Turns out, my 40,000 fellow consumers were absolutely right – it was a huge hit! My little one adored it, and every parent I recommended it to came back to me with stories of their kids loving it too. So, if you’re on the lookout for a budget-friendly option that’s sure to impress both the child and their parents, this is the one to go for! 🥚👶🎉

4. Soft Baby Blocks (click here or the photo for link)

B. Toys – One Two Squeeze Baby Blocks, £13.95

This versatile silicone toy is a real gem. Not only can babies use it as a teething toy due to its chewable material, but the colorful blocks with various textures provide excellent sensory stimulation. What’s more, it grows with your child, lasting well into the toddler stage when they can stack and tumble the blocks. While there are other silicone blocks with shapes on the sides for matching play, I’d personally recommend this simple version. The sticking-out shapes on the others can be a bit tricky for little ones to stack, as they do not have the idea that they need to stack on the sides without protruding shapes. This toy keeps it straightforward and endlessly enjoyable!

5. Sensory balls (click here or the photo for link)

Bright Starts Oball Easy Grasp Classic Ball, £4.99

Babies have an undeniable fascination with balls, and when it comes to sensory balls, the Bright Starts Oball featured in the link above truly stands out as the best! Once again, to a grown-up’s eyes, it may look just too simple, but as the saying goes, “simple is best for babies.” Just take a look at the glowing testimonials from over 32,000 people! It’s a mystery why babies are so drawn to it, but the design is clearly spot-on for our little ones. If a single ball feels too basic or you’re looking for more variety, you can opt for a sensory toy assortment like the one below! 🌟👶🏀🎁

Bright Starts Soothers & Shakers 7pc Gift Set, £24.36

6. “That’s Not My” books (click here or the photo for link)

That’s Not My Snowman, £6.50

Ah, the famous “That’s Not My” series! There are now so many delightful books in the series that you’re bound to find the perfect one featuring your little one’s favourite animal or interest. Personally, I couldn’t resist “That’s Not My Squirrel” because it was just too adorable, and “That’s Not My Bus” was a hit in our household since my little one was absolutely obsessed with buses when he was younger. Whether it’s animals, fairies, or fire engines, there’s a “That’s Not My” book to match every baby’s unique interests! 📚🐿️🚌👶📖

7. Fisher-Price Kick & Play Piano Gym Mat (click here or the photo for link)

Fisher-Price Baby Play Mat, Kick & Play Baby Gym Play Mat, £39.99

Here’s another delightful toy that holds a special place in my heart and my son’s early memories! This baby play gym is incredibly versatile. You can use it from the newborn stage as a comfy tummy time mat. As your little one starts moving their legs around 3-4 months old, they’ll absolutely adore kicking the piano keys with their feet while reaching for all the dangling toys above. Once they begin to crawl, they’ll explore all around the mat, and they may even flip over to interact with the piano using their hands too! While there’s an upgraded version with lights on the piano called the Deluxe Kick & Play, I can assure you that this basic version is more than sufficient for hours of playtime fun! 🎹👶💫

8. Baby walker (click here or the photo for link)

VTech First Steps Baby Walker, £29.99

As your little one approaches the later part of her first year, consider surprising her with a baby walker—a perfect companion for those imminent first steps! While a classic wooden walker (like this one) is always a charming choice, my two boys absolutely fell in love with this VTech baby walker. Bonus: the mobile phone toy it comes with became one of their must-have items whenever we ventured out! 🚶‍♀️✨📱

Photo by Eugene Zhyvchik from Unsplash

I’ve shared a list of toys that brought endless joy to my kids, and I hope you find the perfect one for your child, nephew, niece, or a friend’s little one! May these gifts bring smiles and laughter. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas filled with happiness and warmth! 🎁🎄✨

What to do in London during October Half-term 2023

Hope you and your little one are settled in school days by now. Feels like the summer has just finished, but it’s already half-term around the corner!

I’ve put together a fantastic list of family-friendly events happening at some of London’s finest museums and cultural spots.

Some of these events require advance booking! So, why not take a peek and discover the ones that attract your interest for a fun and educational day out with your little ones next month? Get ready for some family fun in the heart of London! 🌟🏛️👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

And for your convenience, it is listed by region!

[CENTRAL]

1. British Museum WC1B 3DG (FREE drop-in | 5+)

Image from British Museum website

2. Bank of England Museum EC2R 8AH (FREE drop-in)

Many people would not know Bank of England has a museum and that it is very child-friendly! They host family events every half-term and it is very educative and you will want to visit one of their sessions if you are thinking of teaching your children about money and saving!

Image from Bank of England Museum website

3. Postal Museum | WC1X 0DA (Free with entry ticket | 5-11 yo)

Image from Postal Museum website

Crafts, making, and storytelling with a theme of Dressed to Deliver exhibition

4. National Gallery WC2N 5DN (FREE drop-in)

Image from National Gallery website

5. London Transport Museum WC2E 7BB (Free with entry ticket)

Image from London Transport Museum website

6. Museum of the Order St John EC1M 4DA (FREE | 3-10 yo)

Family activities below take place in their Learning Centre (EC1V 4JJ), which is over the road from the museum. Both are recommended for 3-10 yo, but siblings & babies are welcome.

7. Westminster Abbey SW1P 3PA (Free with entry ticket, suitable for 3+ and younger children are welcome.)

Image from Westminster Abbey website

[EAST]

1. Young V&A E2 9PA (FREE drop-in | all ages)

2. Museum of London Docklands E14 4AL (FREE, some require sign-up on arrival)

There are so many events prepared for children over the week of half-term (21-29 Oct ), so check out the specific dates on their websites if you like any from the list below!

Image from Museum of London website
  • Cookery creations workshop (Sign-up required on arrival)
  • Story of an East End champion boxer (Sign-up required on arrival)
  • Ilana Banana toddler party
  • Digital fashion design
  • Button it! Stich it! Dress it!
  • Decorate our succah
  • Song and dance performances from Jewish schools
  • Zingt: Yiddish family sing-along!
  • Jewish schools art installation
  • Jewish Museum object handling
  • Migration stories
  • Who Jew Think You Are?
  • Object handling
  • Cover your heads!
  • Tots at the Docks – Little Fashion City
  • Clay charity pot making

[SOUTHEAST]

1. Old Naval College SE10 9NN

Image from Old Naval College website

2. Royal Observatory SE10 8XJ

Image from Royal Observatory website

[SOUTHWEST]

1. Natural History Museum SW7 5BD (Booking in advance)

Image from Natural History Museum website
Image from Natural History Museum website

2. National Army Museum SW3 4HT (FREE drop-in, suitable for 5+ yo)

Image from Natural History Museum website

3. Mosaic Rooms SW5 0SW

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4. Tate Britain SW1P 4RG

Image from Tate Britain website
Image from Tate Britain website

5. Polka Theatre SW19 1SB

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Image from Polka Theatre website
Image from Polka Theatre website

6. Kew Garden TW9 3AB

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7. Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery W5 5EQ

27 Oct 10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm | Mini Makers (£5, Booking in advance, 6 mths – 8 yo)

Image from Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery website

[NORTH]

1. Chickenshed Theatre N14 4PE

Image from Chickenshed Theatre website
Image from Chickenshed Theatre website

2. Little Angel Studios N1 2EH

Image from Little Angel Theatre website

Hope you guys have a lovely half-term and for more information on what to do with kids in London, please visit our Instagram account, instagram.com/londonful_kids!

Things to do with kids outdoors in London [Summer Edition]

Did you find my previous post on City Farms, which is a part of my ongoing series on Things to do with Kids Outdoors in London (Summer Edition), to be of interest? If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, you can check it out right here!

So this is my second post and I have prepared a selection of activities that are perfect for spending an entire day with your kids in each area! Hope you and your little ones have a blast in these sunny days!

1. Granary Square

[1] Water fountains

Image from King’s Cross Coal Drops Yard website

[2] FREE Snug soft play

Image from King’s Cross Coal Drops Yard website
  • Daily throughout summer, 10am – 6pm, weather permitting
  • Lewis Cubitt Park
  • building dens, tunnels, obstacle courses, and trampolines

[3] Wildlife Wednesdays at London Canal Museum

Image from King’s Cross Coal Drops Yard website
  • 16 & 23 August
  • Adults £9 | child (0-14) £4 | £15 for family of 5
  • Includes a boat ride on Regent’s Canal, interactive family trail, wildlife scavenger hunt, and crafts at the art trolley

[4] Crafts Council FREE Summer Saturday Workshops

Image from King’s Cross Coal Drops Yard website
  • 12 & 19 Aug, 11am – 4pm
    • 12 Aug: Creatures of the Yard (using recycled materials)
    • 19 Aug: King’s Cross Sound Waves (playing with various natural materials)

[5] Camley Street Natural Park

Image from London Wildlife Trust website

2. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

[1] Olympic Park Fountains

Image from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park website
  • Daily 10am – 5pm except on Stadium event days (20 August but please check the website in case another event day is added)

[2] Tumbling Bay Playground & Pleasure Gardens Play Areas

Image from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park website

Rock pools, sand pits, treehouses, and all the usual playground stuff like slides and swings

[3] FREE gardening workshops

Image from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park website
  • Hackney Bridge Gardens (East Bay Lane, London E15 2SJ) 
  • Fridays, 12-2pm – Little Shoots and Wise Owls (intergenerational sessions for children and seniors)

[4] Cruising the Park Waterways: Swan Pedalos & Boat Tour

Image from Lee & Stort Boat Co Ltd website
  • Weekends & school holidays until the end of October, 12pm-5pm
  • No booking required
  • Adult £9 | Child (under 16) £5 | Family £22 (2 adults and up to 2 children)
Image from Lee & Stort Boat Co Ltd website
  • 27 Aug (limited availability)
  • Adults £19 | Children £8 | Under 3’s FREE

3. Canary Wharf

[1] FREE Minigolf by CRAIG & KARL and Pingpong

Image from Canary Wharf website
  • Daily 12pm – 6pm (until 30 Sept)

[2] Family Film Club

Image from Canary Wharf website
  • 12 Aug 10:30 (Inside Out) | 19 August 10:30 (Paddington)

[3] Crossrail Place Roof Garden

Image from Canary Wharf website
  • FREE, Open daily until 9pm

4. Somerset House + Covent Garden

[1] Water fountains in the courtyard

Image from Somerset House website
  • Weekdays in August (fountain off 7-15 Aug)
  • There will be art & installations, food & drink pop-ups
  • On weekends, there are live events & performances.
    • 16 Aug 12:00-15:00 Drumming Workshops (all ages)
    • 23 Aug 12:00-14:00 Make Your Own Puppet (all ages)

[2] The Tusk Gorilla Train at Covent Garden

Image from Covent Garden website
  • FREE, throughout summer, across the Covent Garden estate

[3] IDENTIKIT! A Family Workshop at Bow Street Police Museum

Image from Bow Street Police Museum website
  • Thursdays to Saturday from 10-31 Aug, 14:30 (Saturdays have additional 11:30 sessions)
  • FREE with entry to the museum (adult £6, under 12’s FREE)
  • Limited spaces – booking essential
  • 5+ yo

[4] London Transport Museum

Or you can combine with the classic children’s museum – London Transport Museum!

So many family activities are going on daily throughout the summer, so check them out before going!

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5. Southbank Centre

[1] Jeppe Hein’s Appearing Room

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  • FREE, Wed-Sun 10am-9pm

[2] Replay: A Limitless Recycled Playground

  • 8 Jul – 3 Sept
  • Adult £6.50 | Child £6.50, booking required

[3] Queen Elizabeth Hall Rooftop Garden (“London’s very own secret garden”)

  • Garden: FREE, Wed – Sun (& Bank Holiday Mon), 12pm – dusk
  • Cafe & bar: Wed-Fri, 4pm – dusk | Sat & Sun (& Bank Holiday Mon) 12pm – dusk

What do you think of this compilation of outdoor family activities you can do this Summer?

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Hope you have a great Summer time in Granary Square, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Canary Wharf, Somerset House & Covent Garden, or Southbank Centre?

You can visit my Instagram account @londonful_kids for more posts and reels of reviews!

Take care, mamas!

Best City Farms in London and Their Events and Workshops

City Farms – by region

Hi mamas!

At last, a few sunnier and warmer summer days are gracing us this week!

With this wonderful weather in mind, I’ve curated some delightful outdoor family outing suggestions for you—why not consider paying a visit to CITY FARMS? And the best part is, these ideas won’t break the bank! The city farms listed below offer free admission and are also hosting numerous cost-free events for the summer holidays. Let’s make the most of these upcoming sunny days, as regrettably, this is the summer we’re given this year.

[ EAST LONDON ]

  1. SPITALFIELDS CITY FARM: Buxton St, London E1 5AR

I’ve placed this particular farm at the top of the list due to its diverse free events catering to a wide range of ages throughout August. Click on each title to access their website for more detailed information!

Events listed – all FREE

2. Mudchute Park and Farm: Pier St, London E14 3HP

Mudchute Park and Farm has this lovely play session every Saturday (11am-3pm, Free, Drop-in), called Mudchute Play – rain or shine! So kids get to enjoy the child-led play led by playworkers from Assembly Play, on sunny days or rainy or even snowy days!

  • Mudchute Play
    • Saturdays 11-3pm
    • Free, drop-in
    • Child-led play led by playworkers from Assemble Play
  • Summer Activities: Animal Petting (£3), Arts & Crafts (£2.50), Donkey rides (£4), Farm shop

3. Stepney City Farm: Stepney Way, Stepney Green, London E1 3DG

4. Hackney City Farm: 1a Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QA

Mini Farmers club: Saturdays, 10:30–12:30, for 8–12 yo

Children’s pottery class: Wednesdays and Sundays, £5/£10

[NORTH LONDON]

  1. Freightliners Farm: Sheringham Rd, London N7 8PF

Events listed below all: Free, drop-in, for younger school aged children

2. Kentish Town City Farm: 1 Cressfield Cl, London NW5 4BN

[SOUTH EAST LONDON]

  1. Surrey Docks Farm: Rotherhithe St, South Wharf, London SE16 5ET
  • Piglets Club
    • 10am – 11:30am on Thursdays
    • 2-4 yo
    • 3 sessions for £27
    • Learn about farm animals, plants and nature. stroking and feeding the animals, seasonal arts & crafts using natural materials, fire building, cooking and so on
    • Summer holiday ones all sold out. Book for autumn term

2. Vauxhall City Farm: 165 Tyers St, London SE11 5HS

  • Cuddle Corner
    • Weekends 10:30am – 1pm & 2pm – 3:30pm (every 10 minutes during these times)
    • £4

3. Crystal Palace Park Farm: Ledrington Rd, London SE19 2BS

[SOUTH WEST LONDON]

  1. Deen City Farm: 39 Windsor Ave, London SW19 2RR
  • Ukulele Jam
    • Tuesdays in August, 16:00-18:00
    • Free, drop in
    • All ages and skill levels
    • Bring your own ukulele or pick up one of theirs (first come first served)

[CENTRAL LONDON]

  1. Oasis Farm Waterloo: 18 Carlisle Ln, London SE1 7LG

Hope you have a lovely time with your little ones at one of the city farms above!

Stay tuned for the next post on another outdoor day out idea!

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What to do with kids in London in August 2023

Here are free and paid events for kids in London this summer! Hope you and your little ones make the most of it!

Click each underlined title to check out further details on their websites!

  1. Chickenshed Theatre (290 Chase Side, London N14 4PE)

Children’s Festival of Fun has various programmes, and you can check each one below for details and the links!

https://www.chickenshed.org.uk/pages/events/category/whats-on?Take=30

  • Tales Big Day Out
    • 13 Aug, 11am & 2pm (90mins)
    • 0-7 yrs
    • £10 (Babies under 12 mths FREE)
    • With song, dance and action, performances and workshops.
  • Tales from the Shed
    • 5 Aug 11am | 12 Aug 10am
    • 0-6 yrs
    • £7 (Babies under 6 mths FREE)
    • Songs, movement and language games
  • Tales Yoga
    • 9 Aug, 2pm
    • 0-7 yrs
    • £5 (Under 6 months FREE)
    • Yoga with fun, interactive storytelling
  • Planet Play
    • 5 Aug 9:30 | 6 Aug 10:00 | 13 Aug 9:30 (Sept and Oct every Friday 10:00)
    • 0-3 yrs
    • Adults £9 (babies & children FREE)

Family Summer Pantomime – THREE

  • 3 Aug – Sat 12 Aug(Time varies everyday)
  • 3+ yrs
  • £8 (free under 12 months)
  • Fairytale through song, puppetry and movement

Baby Broadway Family Concert

  • Wed 16 Aug, 10am & 11:30am (45 mins)
  • 0-6 yrs
  • £7 (under 6 months FREE)
  • Well-known musical songs with bubbles, puppetry, dance moves, and lots of audience interaction

2. Mess it up in the park (Priory Park London, Greater London, N8 8LN)

  • £13
  • Friday 10:00-12:00

3. The Postal Museum (15-20 Phoenix Pl, London WC1X 0DA)

Summer of Invention: 27 July – 26 August, included in ticket, drop in, first come first served

  • Family STEAM Trail: 27 Jul – 26 Aug 10:00-17:00
  • Construction Zone: Every Thursday and Friday during 27 Jul – 26 Aug, 10:00-15:00
  • Pioneering Postcodes: 3, 4 & 5 Aug, 11:00-13:00, 14:00-16:00 (best for 5-11 yrs)
  • Mail Rail Science Show: 10, 11 & 12 Aug, 11:00-11:45, 13:00-13:45 (best for 7-11 yrs)
  • Pioneering Postage Stamp: 17, 18 & 19 Aug, 11:00-13:00, 14:00-16:00 (best for 5-11 yrs)
  • Revolutionary Robots: 24, 25 & 26 Aug, 11:00-13:00, 14:00-16:00 (best for 5-11 yrs)

* Add Sorted(Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-16:45 | £4 online, £5 on the day, £11 Museum + Sorted | ages 8 and under) to your ticket!

4. Try an Instrument Workshop for Kids: Book for a FREE 30 minute slot!

  • 19 Aug, Highbury Fields Playground, Fellowship Square
  • 26 Aug, Fellowship Square, Queen’s Park
  • 2 Sept, Cutty Sark

5. Somerset House (Strand, London WC2R 1LA)

Summer in the Courtyard (FREE)

  • Weekdays in August: art & installations, food & drink pop-ups and water fountains (The fountains will be off from 7-15 Aug inclusive.)
  • Weekends: live events & performances
  • 16 Aug 12:00-15:00 Drumming Workshop (for all ages)
  • 23 Aug 12:00-14:00 Make Your Own Puppet (for all ages)

6. Strand Aldwych Summer Social

  • 5 Aug, 12:00-18:00
  • FREE
  • Roller staking and face painting, interactive games and activities for all the family

7. National Gallery

Summer on the Square: throughout August, 11am-4pm (break 1-2pm), FREE

  • Interactively art gallery: 4-6 Aug
  • Tuning in: 7-9 Mon
  • London Drawing: 10-13 Aug
  • Imagineer and Imagine Bamboo: 14-16 Aug
  • Moving colours, moving selves: 17-20 Aug
  • Originary Arts: 21-24 Aug
  • Leap Then Look: 25-28 Aug

8. Republic LondonSandpit Play Days

  • Every Thursday 3-14 August, 11:00-15:00
  • FREE
  • Enjoy their water gardens, lakeside, and sandpit

9. National Portrait Gallery

  • 31 July – 4 Aug, 7-11 Aug
  • FREE
  • Different art & craft programmes prepared for each day! (Check the programmes here for Week 1 and here for Week 2!)

10. British Museum (Free)

  • Little Feet: Ride the Waves
    • 21 Aug, 11:00-14:00
    • Under 5s
    • Water play on the Museum’s front lawn. Playing with soft sand and friendly fish. There will be activities across the lawn with creative elements, multi-sensory stations and relaxing areas.

11. Museum of the Home (136 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8EA)

MATT + FIONA: Build & Play Summer Residency

  • Every Tuesday in August, 10:00-16:00
  • Free, drop-in
  • Design a modular and interactive play structure

How to Post a Paper Boat

  • 25 August, 12:00-16:00
  • Free, booking required
  • Paper boat making workshop

12. British Library

Family Workshops: Animal Sounds

  • 20 Aug, 11:00-12:30, 13:30-15:00
  • suitable for 5-11 yrs
  • Activities will include movement, making noise with our voices and playing with materials to create sounds.

13. The Kids’ Table

  • A pop-up children’s corner service for pubs, restaurants, food halls and shopping centres. Craft, games and creative table-top fun prepared
  • Available free of charge on a first come, first served  basis to customers of participating venues in all around London (Check their website for the list)
  • Saturdays or Sundays
  • 3-10 yrs

Hope you enjoy!

You can see more frequent updates on my Instagram @londonful_kids!

Best London Museums for Kids Under 5!

London, a city steeped in history and culture, offers a plethora of exciting destinations for families to explore. While the city’s bustling streets and iconic landmarks may seem like a daunting prospect for parents with toddlers, fear not! London’s world-class museums have thoughtfully curated exhibits and interactive spaces that are perfect for engaging young minds. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at three of the best London museums for kids: the Museum of London Docklands, the National Maritime Museum, and the Young Victoria and Albert Museum (Young V&A).

1. Museum of London Docklands: Unraveling the City’s Maritime Past

Nestled on the scenic Canary Wharf, the Museum of London Docklands provides a captivating journey into the capital’s maritime heritage. Specifically designed to cater to all ages, this museum ensures that even the youngest visitors have an unforgettable experience.

  • Mudlarks Gallery: This interactive play area is a toddler’s paradise. Children can play with ship toys at the dock, explore the sailor themed soft play area, dress up as sailors, and enjoy the water play table. The gallery’s sensory elements allow toddlers to engage with London’s dockyard history in a hands-on and educational way. Book this 40 minute session in advance here (£2.50 per person including adults).
  • Sailortown: Step back in time as you and your little ones wander through the recreated Sailortown. This immersive space offers a glimpse into Victorian London, complete with narrow streets and atmospheric sounds. Toddlers will be fascinated by the sounds and sights of a bustling dockyard.
  • Children’s corner in galleries: Also you will find little corners in other galleries that are made for young visitors to experience the history of the city, including pretend canteens in the docks, wooden train tracks, and tool boxes.

2. National Maritime Museum: Discovering the Sea’s Secrets

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Situated in the historic Greenwich, the National Maritime Museum takes families on a captivating journey through Britain’s maritime history. It boasts an array of family-friendly activities and exhibits to keep toddlers entertained.

  • AHOY! Gallery: This interactive gallery is tailor-made for young adventurers. Toddlers can set sail in a miniature boat, dress up as a captain, and uncover hidden treasures. Exciting experiences include cooking & shop play, baby sensory station, boats in docks, stoking the boiler of a steamship, fish market play, and so on! This Gallery is the very reason why I chose the National Maritime Museum as the one of the best London Museums for kids! It is FREE on weekdays during term time and £3 on weekends and school holidays (one adult is included in the ticket).
  • All Hands Children’s Gallery: Though this gallery is aimed for older children (6-12s), there are things that toddlers will also enjoy. Loading cargo in the port (like driving a crane) is certainly something that your little one will enjoy. Also, preschoolers can also try playing a game where you can fire a cannon to defeat a pirate ship.
  • Trails and Guides: The museum offers various trails and guides for young visitors, making it easier for parents to engage their toddlers with age-appropriate content. These guides are designed to foster curiosity and keep little minds engaged throughout their visit.

3. Young Victoria and Albert Museum (Young V&A): Nurturing Young Creativity

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The Young V&A, which recently reopened after years of renovation, is the perfect place to introduce toddlers to the world of art, design, and creativity. While the V&A Museum itself houses an extensive collection, the Young V&A caters specifically to young visitors. It has three big galleries: Imagine, Play, and Design.

  • IMAGINE Gallery: The Gallery has a storytelling and performance stage, where in between the scheduled performances, children can be performers themselves by dressing up with prepared costumes and props! And it’s got beautiful doll’s house collections that even adults will admire!
  • PLAY Gallery: There is a Mini Museum in the Play Gallery, which is designed for babies and toddlers under 3. So from very young, little ones can explore the world of design and beauty and have diverse sensory experience! Though it is designed for Under 3’s, it is fascinating enough for big kids! (My 3.5 year old toddler had such fun, and we saw much older kids having a great time there!) Outside the Mini Museum, there are many sections where kids can explore, from pattern-making with sand, ball-run track, and construction play.
  • DESIGN Gallery: Designed for older kids and young people, but even toddlers and preschoolers had fun colouring and drawing on the design table!

Taking toddlers to museums in London is not just about keeping them entertained, but also about nurturing their curiosity and love for learning. These three museums go above and beyond in providing interactive and educational experiences for young children. So, the next time you plan a family outing in London, consider visiting the Museum of London Docklands, the National Maritime Museum, and the Young Victoria and Albert Museum for an enriching adventure that your toddlers will cherish for years to come. Happy exploring! Enjoy those best London museums for kids!