Summer days out for the family in London

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With May half term come and gone, it will soon be the summer holidays. Whether you love having the kids at home or just want to get through the break as peacefully as possible, organising some family days out in advance give everyone something to look forward to (and the kids an incentive to behave!).

You can mix up the activities throughout the summer period, balancing hefty entrance fees with free days out. If any birthdays fall within the holiday period, that’s another great reason to splash out on a fun-filled day for the whole family. Struggling for ideas? Take your pick from these family friendly summer days out in or around London.

For budding athletes

If your children have plenty of energy and love running around outdoors there are lots of ways to focus that into fun-filled summer days out. On a sunny day you could head to one of London’s many outdoor swimming pools, including those at Hillingdon, Finchley and Charlton. For those who prefer dry land, LFNS run a ‘Sunday Stroll’ marshalled street skate every Sunday suitable for families, and the national Great British Tennis Weekends over 13th to 14th June and 1st to 2nd August offer opportunities for free tennis lessons.

For budding filmmakers

If you have yet to make it to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour now is the time to go, as they unveiled a new 20,000 sq. ft. extension last March to accommodate the arrival of the original Hogwarts Express. Big and little kids alike can’t fail to be enchanted by the attraction, set opposite the studios where all eight Harry Potter films were made. Enjoy a “butterbeer” after a quick ride on a broomstick,and see an extensive array of original Harry Potter props, costumes and an insight into the special effects used in the films. Book your tickets online here.

For budding academics

Head to South Kensington for an intellectually stimulating day out for the whole family.  You’ll find the Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Natural History Museum within minutes of one another and catering for all age groups. Visit the Imax screen at the Science Museum for the new ‘Hidden Universe’ film, or bring out your child’s inner explorer at the Natural History Museum where you can borrow an explorer backpack free of charge (includes an activity booklet, safari hat and binoculars).

And for the kids who don’t want to grow up

The Princess Diana Memorial Playground is a Peter Pan inspired wonderland next to Kensington Palace. With a sensory trial, teepees and a huge wooden pirate ship it’s the perfect place to ignite a child’s imagination whilst providing respite for parents from the busy London streets. Be warned that it does get very busy over the summer.

With a little forward planning summer can be fun for all the family. Where will your great day out take you?

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