Saturday, 23 July 2016

Surviving Summer Holidays with the Kids in London

They're upon us; the summer holidays. 
And while parents across the country 
rejoice at the thought of not having to do the school run, 
the prospect of keeping the kiddos happy and entertained 
for six whole weeks can appear slightly daunting. 

Fear not. 

If you live in or visiting London, 
here are some ideas that could help 
with having fun with your brood.

A Mum in London

What: Roger Hargreaves's adorable Mr Men and Little Misses
will be spending their summer at the Southbank;
to celebrate 45 years,
a pop up exhibition at the ground floor of the OXO Tower
invites all of Mr Men fans to a mini museum
complete with a library and a collection of the rarest memorabilia.

When: 24 to 29 August, 10:00 to 18:00
Admission Free

Ideal: for preschoolers and early years' children

A Mum in London

What: The imposing period building right on the Piccadilly circus
is home to a wide array of very weird objects:
from a two-headed cockerel to dinosaur eggs
and a toilet paper wedding gown (!),
a visit to Ripley's is full of surprises and kitsch humour.
We went there, invited by Families Online,
and had a fun day filled with curiosities.

When: open every day from 10:00 to 22:30
Admission (pre-booked) from £13.98

Ideal: for older children and teenagers

A Mum in London

Japanese anime screenings 
What: To the delight of Japanese anime fans, 
the Japan Foundation is hosting a series of screenings 
and promises to brighten up children's summer days. 
The screenings take place at the BAFTA building in Piccadilly. 

When: Saturday 30 July and Saturday 6 August 
Admission free, booking required

Ideal: for children aged 8 and over 
(check age suitability for each film) 

A Mum in London

Video Games at the Science museum 

What: A hands-on and fully interactive two week gaming event, 
featuring the very best video games and consoles from the past 40 years. 
From Donkey Kong to Mario and Minecraft to the latest consoles, 
this event will delight video games fans, young and older.

When: from 22 July to 7 August 
Pre-book tickets for 90 minutes sessions 
Tickets from £6.50, under 3s go free

Ideal: for young children over 5 and teenagers, of course

Mr Men at the Southbank, OXO Tower WharfLondon SE1 9PH 
Ripley'sPiccadilly Circus, London W1J 0DA
Japanese foundation anime screenings, BAFTA building 195  Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN
Power Up at the Science Museum, 

Disclosure: Complimentary tickets to Ripley's,
courtesy of Families Online
and invitation to Power Up VIP event


  1. Oh! I wonder if we were at Power Up on the same evening? I went to the press night too.

    I love Mr Men - I must go there.

    1. We couldn't make it and was gutted to miss it, I am sure it must have been so much fun :)


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