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London is probably the best city in the world in terms of activities for families and children including lots of free activities and events. We list here lots of initiatives that we believe London Mums and their children from babies to teenagers would enjoy especially at the most entertaining places such as the Science Museum, The V&A, Kew Gardens, Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich, West End shows, the London Eye, the London Aquarium, Kingston upon Thames, Chelsea, SouthBank and so much more.

Spring Easter break family activities in London

This Winter has been too long and cold and I really look forward to this Spring – Easter break. It will be good for children too to be off school and get the much-needed mental energy to face the final rush before the Summer.

I also know that for mums it will be a challenging time trying to entertain the little (and less little) ones for almost three weeks. London is not a bad place at all to do that. I won’t complain and this is my plan for family activities in London (even with a mending broken wrist).

Something to look forward to include: 

Hampton Court Spring events 

During this Spring Easter break we’ll pay a visit to Hampton Court and participate in the Lindt Easter egg Hunt. After many years of watching Horrible Histories I have become familiar with Henry VIII and his gruesome stories of which Hampton Court has been a crucial witness.

Image credit: © Lindt 

Why not also go on a hunt to find the ghost wandering the rooms of the residence… And I will return during May half term (26 May – 2 June 2018) when the Palace will become the set for the Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians, with a live stage production of Horrible Histories. From the long line of King Georges to a deadly outbreak of cholera in Victorian London, children will be transported back in time to the most gruesome parts of British history, all within the palatial gardens of which the Georgian kings called home. The show runs for one hour and is an outdoor performance in the palace gardens, with guests encouraged to bring a blanket and food for the ultimate historical picnic in the grounds of Henry VIII’s pleasure palace. It sounds really exciting! 

 

The Tower of London – The best London landmark for family edutainment from Knight School to live history lessons (26 May – 2 June 2018)

Historic Royal Palaces. Rufus Murly-Gotto, 3, and Ruby McMenamy, 9, get training at Knight School at the Tower of London. Knight School is an immersive, hands-on live interpretation offer running over the School holidays designed to appeal to domestic family visitors, both for first time and repeat visits.

 

Celebrations for Saint George’s Day at Borough Market

Family-friendly day filled with food, music, storytelling and theatre Sunday 22nd April 2018 12pm – 4pm 

Borough Market St Georges Day Celebration 

 

Borough Market St Georges Day Celebration 

 

 

Breathing Together: free interactive family event with special guests including CBeebies’ Messy Monster

Part of Imperial Festival Hands-On Zone I – Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 April 2018

The science of what kicks-starts childhood asthma will be explored in Breathing Together, a free interactive event for families with children aged 0-5 years, as part of Imperial Festival – Imperial College London’s annual celebration of science and creativity – from 28-29 April in South Kensington. The interactive exhibit is led by some of the world’s top researchers and OKIDO – the people behind the popular CBeebies TV programme, Messy Goes to OKIDO. It will feature characters including Messy Monster who will join forces with his creators and leading UK scientists to make the science of healthy breathing fun.  The interactive exhibit will be housed within Imperial Festival’s new Hands-On Zone for young families with children aged up to 12-years-old. Breathing Together will be held at Imperial Festival, Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 April. The free event and Festival will be open 12-6pm on Saturday, 12-5pm on Sunday at Imperial College London’s South Kensington Campus, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2AZ. Imperial Festival is free and open to the public. To attend register http://bit.ly/Impfest2018.

 

Science Museum

This Easter the Science Museum is hosting two exciting events – Frankenstein Festival and Power UP.

The Frankenstein Festival (3-8 April) celebrates the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic gothic horror with immersive theatrical events, hands-on activities and experimental storytelling, ghoulish puzzles in immersive experience Mystery in Frankenstein’s Lab. 

Power UP (30 March-15 April) is a hands-on video game extravaganza featuring the very best video games, computers and consoles from the past four decades. From Pong and Pacman to Minecraft and Mario, there is something to suit everyone, whether you’re a novice or a games aficionado who wants to revel in the classics.

 

 

 

For additional gift ideas check out London Mums’ dedicated site http://londonmumsmagazine.entstix.com where you can get up to 60% off tickets for West End shows and lots of London attractions.

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TRY A FREE POSITIVE PARENTING CLASS 

Would you like your children to be calmer and happier? Would you like to find the holy grail of parenting: keeping calm? Want to learn how to get your kids to follow instructions without repeating and nagging and reminding?

 

Then come and try a free positive parenting class with The Parent Practice and banish the  bedtime battles and homework horrors for good

https://www.theparentpractice.com/events-calendar

 

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