London Mums’ favourite Summer holiday activities in London & beyond
- London Mums News
- Published on Monday, 11 July 2016 12:41
- Last Updated on 11 July 2016
- Monica Costa
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Dear London Mums
Brace yourself as school holidays officially start next week and this can only mean one thing: needy children to be entertained 24/7 for 45 days. Are you ready? Here is a list of FREE Summer holiday activities chosen by London Mums as well as ideas on how to entertain the family. The Capital is exceptionally good when it comes to free stuff. Make the most of it and enjoy some well deserved time off.
Get set for SPLASH FEST Sunday 7 August 2016
SPLASH FEST, London’s first family-friendly aqua obstacle course, will transform Battersea Park on Sunday 7 August. With five zones of water-themed challenges and games – plus a lively event village – families can expect slides, foam, water spouts and more. Organised by lifesaving charity the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), SPLASH FEST is ideal for families with children aged around 7-12, and promises to be one of this summer’s unmissable events. Tickets cost £22-25 for adults and £10-12.50 for under18s; under 3s go free. For tickets and further information, visit www.splashfest.co.uk
Time: All day, starting from 9am
Venue: Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ
Nearest station: Battersea Park
We have caught up with Rebecca Adlington who has given us tips on how to get kids active in the water.
FREE BP Portrait Award 2016 Exhibition at National Portrait Gallery including Family Activities (until 4 September)
The BP Portrait Award 2016 exhibition showcases over fifty of the very best contemporary painted portraits from around the world, including the winner of the £30,000 First Prize, Girl in a Liberty Dress by Clara Drummond. From expressive sketches to piercing photo-realism, the variety and vitality in the exhibition continue to make it an unmissable highlight of the annual art calendar.
Free Family Activities
Explore this year’s exhibition with a special Family Trail featuring illustrations by Emily Rand. Join us for two weeks of free workshops, drop-in sessions and holiday activities every week day from 25 July – 5 August 2016.
Meet and work with BP Portrait Award-winning artists, create your own portraits and connect with other young people. Programme for 14-21 year olds includes Taster Sessions, drop in drawing, Summer Schools and our exclusive Young Peoples Private View on Tues 2 August hosted by the Gallery’s Youth Forum.
Activities at REGENT’S PLACE including a FREE Rio Carnival party
To celebrate summer, Regents Place will once again host a giant open air screen showcasing the very best sporting highlights, alongside popular films throughout the summer: an action packed series of free, interactive events until September. A giant open-air screen will pop-up until the end of August, showcasing a variety of sports – including the Olympics – as well as a range of film favourites. In addition, a schedule of hands on activities will be in place for all to enjoy, making Regent’s Place the perfect summer destination. To mark the start of the Rio Olympics in August, Regent’s Place will throw a carnival to bring the Rio party atmosphere to London. Free to attend, the carnival will offer a celebration of dance, music, culture and food. Highlights from the tournament will be aired on the giant screen throughout the month, while an accompanying series of fun sporting activities will include a “tough mudder” style ninja assault course, adult sports day, and mini golf tournament.
Regent’s Place will come alive with the spirit of film this summer too, by showcasing a series of open-air movies. Immersive classic cinema during the week will see Regent’s Place transformed into scenes from the silver screen, with weekend family films wowing adults and little ones alike.
Museum of London Docklands
This summer the Museum of London Docklands has loads of amazing, interactive, family friendly activites to get involved with. This August, pirates are taking over the docks with our FREE exciting and interactive family shows Shiver me timbers! Join us on a whirlwind journey of discovery about life on the high seas. There’s something for everyone with loads of fun opportunites to get involved and a special show just for under 5s. Here is some more information:
Shiver me timbers! Every Wed-Sat in Aug (no shows 13 Aug)
11.30am – 12pm Suggested Ages: Under 5s
12.30-1.15pm & 2.30-3.13pm, Suggested: Ages 5+
On Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August, the Museum of London Docklands is bringing the Caribbean to Canary Wharf. Celebrating 50 years of Bajan independence, this family weekend festival has something for everyone taking its take inspiration from the Bajan festival ‘Crop Over’. The museum has lots of exciting performances and workshops on offer, including traditional and modern music, dance, crafts and storytelling.
For discounted tickets to the Tower Bridge exhibition visit http://londonmumsmagazine.entstix.com/tickets/tower-bridge-exhibition
London Tower Bridge interactive exhibition explained by 9 year old Diegoin this video.
Tower Bridge exhibition reviewed by Kids Club reporter Diego (9)
New movie releases
Swallows and Amazons (out on 19 August) – our review will be live on the website on 23 July.
Disney’s Pete’s Dragon (out on 12 August) – our review will be live on the website on 18 July.
Film Review: Finding Dory (out on 29 July)
Film Review: The Secret Life Of Pets (out now)
Summer Bedtime stories
Apricot and pistachio power balls by Davina McCall
Quinoa Tabbouleh by Hemsley Hemsley
Back to School – Preparing for 11+ tests and other exams
For more entertainment from us, you can subscribe to our London Mums YouTube channel where we regularly upload film reviews, exclusive interviews with celebrities, first reactions, children views and insights into London Attractions! Watching a short video or vlog is often more relaxing and fun than reading! This is why most of London Mums’ activities will hit YouTube before this website.
Enjoy Summer! Til the next one, get in touch if you want to share your thoughts and ideas with fellow London Mums.
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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 https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums