Summer in London with the Kids

Jul 12, 2014 by’s Guide to Summer in London


Chelsea’s award-winning mum and baby activity, Monkey Music, is pleased to announce it is launching a special new venue Chelsea’s Mermaid Retreat (Chelsea’s gorgeous mum, dad and baby retreat for post-partum overnight stays right on up to toddlers) located right on The King’s Road.  These classes will be solely for infants 3-12 months.  Spaces are filling up quickly, avoid disappointment and book your place soon.  Call us on 020 8767 9827 or email

Alice in Wonderland Holland Park

Opera Holland Park, Alice in Wonderland: take the kids to see an outdoor production of Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, an opera written for Opera Holland Park.  July 19th, 21sst, 25th, 26th, 29th and 30th.  Also on August 1st and 2nd.

Royal College of Music: bring the kids to a variety of music workshops, some include tickets to Proms concerts, these look like great fun and tickets starts at £10 for day-long workshops and tickets.  25th and 28th July and 5th, 7th, 13th and 14th August.

Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition Workshops: These look fantastic and in years past have been very worthwhile.  The workshops are £15 per adult and £3 per child, they will take place on 23rd, 25th and 30th July; 1st, 13th and 15th of August.  All ages welcome.  In addition to these workshops, on Sunday 13th July and Sunday 10th August, there are free, drop—in workshops.


Aquababies Swimming Classes:  New classes Tuesdays 11:30 – 1pm, few spaces remaining.  Aquababies, a specialist swim school for infants and toddlers up to 3 years old, has a few openings remaining in their Marble Arch venue at exceptional value – £75 for 5 week course.   Bring a friend and mention London-baby and you will receive a 20% discount.  Bring two friends and get a 40% discount (don’t forget to mention London-baby!!).  Ring Sam on 01273 833101 and he will happily give you more information about the course, the instructor and the pool.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Family Events

Shakespeare’s Globe: bring the kids to the Globe and take part in a storytelling session (ages 6+, £15) of Titus Andronicus on 2nd August or come and take part in Muse of Fire, a storytelling treasure hunt (ages 6+, £12.50).

Holland Park Ecology Centre: this is such a great resource for kids, the Holland Park Ecology Centre is located in the Adventure Playground in Holland Park.  The workshops are excellent – they do some learning, some playing, some making and they are on a variety of interesting topics.  Children 8 and older can be dropped off.  The workshops run from 10am-noon, 2-4pm (5-10 year olds) and longer workshops for older kids 11-3pm (8-12 year olds).  Prices are £4.20 (residents of RBKC) £5.40 for two hours, £7.90/£9.50 for 4 hours.  Check the link for the workshops


Isis Education Centre: send the kids off to nature school at the gorgeous Isis Education Centre in Hyde Park.  There is a 6-day Bushcraft Survival Skills Course for children ages 11-15 that starts on 28th July for £120 per child.  There is also the Outdoor Escape, the Hyde Park Summer School for children 12-16 years old.  Spend four days in Hyde Park swimming, horseback riding, boating and spend Friday night camping out in Hyde Park making and cooking over a campfire!!  August 4th-8th, £200 per child for the course.   Water World – go on a day-long investigation of pond life with a biology teacher in a fabulous, hands-on workshop £15, 5th August, ages 8-11.  Discovery Day – drop-in for crafts, making, learning and more.  August 5th-6th, all ages, free.

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The Musical Adventurists:  “Best entertainment ever” – I recently had The Musical Adventurists to my own home for a party; I cannot recommend them more highly – everyone was thrilled.  My son’s class has taken the characters with them to school (Captian Boon! Cross the dark lagoon!!) hours of quality fun and magic.  The kids want them to come back…  London’s Children Entertainers The Musical Adventurists.   Check out some footage here – so. much. fun.


National Portrait Gallery: Loads of excellent workshops and activities on over the summer holidays here – 28th July, Pets and People with Portrait Jigsaws; 29th Layers in Lace and Patterns in Portraits; 30th Light and Dark with Ruffs and Cuffs; 1st August Clay Heads and 4th August Characters.  See website for times and details.

Foundling Museum: July 26th bring the kids in to have a go at weaving, all ages, drop-in.  On August 15th come and make a comic strip.  Great location as Coram’s Fields is near-by.

National Gallery: There are a variety of workshops and activities for children ages 0-12 at the National Gallery Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays over the summer – Under 5s: Talk and Play and Stay and Play on 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th of August.  Ages 7-12 Art workshop Pigment to Colour are on the same dates.  All ages workshops on the same dates with Sundays included, the 3rd, 10th and 17th of August.


Villa Pia, Tuscany’s All Inclusive Family Getaway:  a few places are remaining for first week of September, so bring the little ones to this family paradise in the Tuscan hills.  Pool, playground, indoor play area; fitness, sport and exploring for the adults – a perfect place where families are completely catered for, all inclusive!!  Check out my reivew

Wallace Collection: Fabulous, proper art workshops for older kids and some activities for the littlies, too.  30th July, ages 6+, Eid al Fitr.  The little Draw, all ages, Sunday 3rd August.  August 5th and 6th, ages 10+, Gods in Action sculpture workshops.  August 7th and 8th, ages 10+, Portraits in Landscapes.  August 15th and 18th, ages 13+, Portrait Photography.  Thursday 28th Aug, 5+, Fan-tastic (make your own fan)

The Horniman Museum: This is a great museum to spend the day with your kids – there are gorgeous grounds surrounding the museum and they have activities everyday over the school holidays.  Check the website for dates and times, make sure to time your visit around one of the making activities.  Most activities are free, all ages but some are bookable and charge a small fee.

Geffrye Museum: Here is another good museum to spend the day, Tuesdays-Fridays the Geffrye has several activities on where kids will make a nice craft to take home.  Brick Lane and Spitafields Market are near-by.

Museum of London: There are loads of activities on at the Museum of London, they have an excellent education room that is great for big kids and younger siblings.  Tuesday 12th-15th and 18th-23rd July; also 25th & 26th August, all ages, drop-in and mostly free.  Check website for events and times.

The Garden Museum: on Saturdays, head over to Lambeth Palace (ok, just next door) and enjoy the gorgeous Garden Museum while doing an interesting, quality craft activity with your kids.  Saturdays 11-1:30 – 3:30.  Free, all ages

Camden Arte Centre: Head out to Camden on Sundays throughout summer, 2-4:30, all ages, free, drop-in.

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