Half Term & Beyond top 10 must dos in London under a tenner

1. GREAT FAMILY BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES FOR ONLY £1 WITH VUE’S KIDS AM OFFER. Admission charge: £1 per child and £1 per adult.

Vue is screening kids films for just £1 each morning of the Easter holidays to help parents keep the family entertained, without breaking the bank. Kids AM screenings at Vue Cinemas nationwide offer an incredible money-saving deal, where children between 2 and 12 years old pay just £1 every morning on weekends and school holidays. What’s more, adults also only pay £1, as long as they’re accompanied by at least one child. The fantastic family movies showing through the Easter holidays include everyone’s favourite pic-a-nic basket stealing bear - Yogi Bear, hilarious fantasy comedy – Gulliver’s Travels, and Tangled - Disney’s new animated musical. For more details visit http://www.myvue.com/kidsam

2. THE KENSINGTON DOLLSHOUSE SUMMER FESTIVAL

13th-15th May 2011, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton St, London W8

Including great kids’ activities and a competition for the best room box.  The winning entry will go on display at V&A’s Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London. There is a family ticket that for £20 admits 2 adults and up to 4 children.   You don’t have to own a dolls’ house, or be a child, to enjoy an excellent day out at this spectacular festival that is the top international show for quality dolls houses, miniatures and models.  There is plenty to enjoy and admire in the exquisite detail of the beautifully crafted houses, dolls, clothing, furnishings, household paraphernalia, gardens and accessories covering a range of periods and styles. Alongside the main show are workshops given by some of the most established names in this field; tours to places of interest; free children's miniature-making sessions and activities; and talks from dolls house experts. Tickets and further information:www.dollshousefestival.com

3. London Parks

Admission charge: free

The concept of the 'public park' was introduced by the Victorians. Centuries ago they sought out the finest landscapers to create open areas where all people could convene and enjoy the outdoors. Today there are amazing public parks throughout London for free, i.e. Hyde Park, Richmond Park, Regent’s Park to just name a few.

4.     The National Gallery

Trafalgar Square, London. Admission charge: free

Whether you have a whole day or just an hour to spare, the National Gallery is a great place to while away the time and get lost in beautiful art work – all for free. More information at: www.nationalgallery.org.uk

5. Science Museum

The Science Museum was founded in 1857 as part of the South Kensington Museum, and gained independence in 1909. Today the Museum is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions. A must be for all kids and parents. For 3-6 year old kids: Children can explore their curiosity about patterns, stage a puppet show and see the wonders of kaleidoscopes. The Garden is an interactive gallery created especially for our very youngest visitors.
And much more: at http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/family_day_out.aspx#1

6.   THE DIVA NIGHT PARTY HOSTED BY LONDON MUMS AND EDDIE CATZ

19th May 2011 £10 BARGAIN! Eddie Catz Putney

The ultimate pampering and fashion party!

Aperitivo, Fashion workshop run by award winning stylist Lisa Talbot focusing on what suits different body shapes and how to achieve high fashion impact with High Street brands, Pampering sessions with make up artists plus Mini Hair consultations, Mini Manicures and disco dance, Dance class. Get your ticket at  Eddie Catz Shop

7.     The Horniman Aquarium

Forest Hill, London Admission charge: Adults - £2, Children - £1, Families - £5 (two adults, two children)

The Horniman Aquarium is a fantastic child-friendly venue that gives visitors an up-close look at both local and tropical water-life (over 150 species). From the unusual charm of the sea-horses, to the vibrant colours of the clown fish, viewers have the chance to see major attractions in a smaller, more intimate setting.  The main museum and gardens make the trip a double bonus. More information at: www.horniman.ac.uk

8.   Natural History Museum

Another must have for this half term – lots of fun for kids and parents alike http://www.nhm.ac.uk/

9. Tate Modern

South Bank, London Admission charge: free (except for major exhibitions)

One of the great things about a museum like the Tate Modern being free is that it gives visitors the chance to come back. There is simply too much to see and do in one day anyway!  With an extensive collection of art that spans five levels (each one dedicated to different themes and movements), visitors will have the opportunity to gaze at works by some of the last century’s most celebrated artists. More information at: www.tate.org.uk/modern.

10. London City Farms

Most of them are free and great to visit during the spring where kids often  get the chance to feed the lambs. http://www.visitlondon.com/attractions/outdoors/city-farms

About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London http://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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