What To Do With Kids In London This Half Term

If you are one of those poor, deprived mothers who is not off skiing or to a beach somewhere this week, this one is for you.

Who knows, you might even genuinely enjoy yourself…

7 Things to Do With Your Kids in London This Half Term

London Transport Museum

It’s going to be heaving this week but if you’re game for a full-on-kid-hell kind of experience, this is one of the best central London tourist attractions for children.

There is loads for them to do and it is interesting for adults too (not that you’ll be given any time to absorb the exhibits).

I recommend the stamp trail – take a card at the beginning and fill it with the automotive-shaped stamps that are hidden around the museum.  Just don’t mess up and miss one early on as you’ll have to trail back through the exhibits to find it.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 

If your kids are anything like mine, getting them outside is a nightmare in this cold weather.

My boys make an exception for Kew Gardens, though, and have a strict, non-negotiable itinerary: treetop walkway, badger set and log obstacle course. There’s an orchid festival on this half term.

Dobby at Harry Potter Studios 

We’re invited to discover the secrets of everybody’s favourite house elf. Children will be able to take part in an interactive motion capture experience, starting with a wire frame Dobby and finishing up with the guy himself.

Eagle-eyed visitors will also spot Dobby in the window of Harry’s childhood home number four, Privet Drive. The Muggle home will be reopened for the occasion allowing visitors to peek into the Dursleys’ living room where hundreds of Harry’s Hogwarts letters will be suspended in the air.

Battersea Park

In my opinion, Battersea Park is one of the best parks in London for children. It’s beautiful to walk around, even in the depths of winter, and there’s a zoo – with a real fire engine for them to clamber in.

Afterwards you can dine at one of two good cafes then, if you’re game, head to Go Ape, and if you’re not, watch your children commandeer the pirate ship in the new playground.

Lanterns at Chiswick House

I drove past the entrance to this Chinese Lantern Festival yesterday and it looks amazing. There will be theatre performance, a giant fire rooster and more than 50 light installations plus a 30-metre synthetic ice-rink, a mini funfair and games.

The theme this year is Explore the Silk Road and the lantern scenes will represent and highlight this significant route of trade and culture from Europe to Ancient China.

Be a vet a ZSL London Zoo

London Zoo is inviting children to become zoo vets at their animal hospital.

After arriving for work at the hospital’s reception, junior vets will be prepped with gloves and masks before joining the team in the specially recreated ‘surgery’.

Children will help experts examine, x-ray and carry out toy treatments – experiencing first-hand the huge variety of work carried out by the Zoo’s vets, vet nurses and zookeepers on a daily basis.

Hot chocolates at a cafe with a creche

The ultimate fallback (and my favourite of all the options listed here).

London’s creche-cafe culture is booming with establishments such as Full of Beans in Highbury and Bertie & Boo in Battersea providing a decent cup of coffee and wifi for mums and a supervised playroom for kids. The Corner House in Brook Green is also one to have on your list… the playroom isn’t open yet but it will be v v soon…

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