Friday, 12 February 2016

Ideas for Surviving Half Term

Some parents look forward to it; 
others simply dread it. 

One thing is certain: 
the spring half term is just around the corner 
and the kiddos need entertaining.

So, if the thought of the queues at the National History Museum 
fill you with dread, here are some ideas to spend 
a fun and relaxed half term with your little ones in London.

A Mum in London

Gardening at the Royal Academy 

Head down town for a colourful art fix 
that sets the mood for Spring!  

The Royal Academy gets transformed into a wonderful garden 
and the little ones can admire the exquisite works 
of Monet, Matisse, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Klimt and Kandinsky 
and take part in interesting workshops specially designed for families. 

The + side: It's the perfect way to initiate your little ones to art; 
when at home, ask them to paint a picture of your garden. 

A Mum in London

Learning French Through Play 

Cuckoo Hibou is a lovely French boutique/café 
that just opened on the New Kings Road in Parsons Green. 

Filled with carefully selected toys and books, 
serving the yummiest French tartes 
and offering fun bilingual workshops for the little ones, 
this will become a favourite destination for parents and kids alike. 

The + side: While the children practise their bonjours, 
treat yourself to some French patisserie
and a peaceful cup of coffee.

A Mum in London
Creating a Mini Classroom

Why not combine a playdate with a bit of revision? 
Children love playing 'pretend teachers' 
and I have found that this is a good way to help them learn.

Invite over their best friends, 
put up a *board on the wall and some cushions on the floor
and ask them to take turns teaching one another. 

The + side: Combine it with their favourite treat, 
and that should sort out any rainy day! 

Royal Academy Painting the Modern Garden, until April 20, tickets from £16
Cuckoo Hibou, French workshops for children 18 months to 6 years old, £15 per child
*Coloured Glassboard £56 (currently on sale £48.50)


  1. This is such a cute list! The things you do with your little ones remind me of my own childhood- my mum was very cosmopolitan and cultured!

    1. Ohhh, thanks, Mandy, that's such a nice a compliment!


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