If you’re looking to entertain bored kids during the holidays here’s my list of 8 things to do with older kids in London during Christmas.
8 simply fabulous things to do with older kids in London during Christmas
1. Hit London’s finest toyshop, Hamleys
We’re taking the kids to Hamleys this behemoth of a toy store to spend some of their Christmas cash. I know Super Girl is dying to add a furry friend or two to her Beany Boo collection.
2. Go science crazy at Wonder Lab
Cite des Enfants in Paris is an amazing kids’ science museum. And in London, I have discovered incredibly interactive Wonder Lab. An exhibition where the kids can immerse themselves in all things science. As well as experiments there are science shows, from understanding rockets and explosions to learning to love numbers – why wasn’t this around when I was a kid! Believe me when I say I am more excited than my kids!
Wonderlab, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD
Tickets from £13.00
3. Catch a movie
We have unwrapped all the Christmas presents, and are bored of TV Christmas specials, and now the kids are moaning they have nothing to do! And I have a serious case of cabin fever. On my movie hit list is Ferdinand, Star Wars and my guilty treat the upgraded and rebooted Jumanji! Bring out the popcorn!
4. Got a Lego lover? You must go to Bricklive
We went to Bricklive at beginning of December, and it is brilliant. If you have a little Lego mad person on your hands then this is the place to go. At the Saatchi Gallery in London, there are four galleries filled with Lego where you can get creative with Minecraft Lego, leave your mark on the Lego wall, make a Lego mosaic and get up close to a Storm Trooper in a gallery bursting with Star Wars Lego. We loved it!
Bricklive, Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY
Tickets from £15.00
5. Take a winter stroll along the Southbank
This is one of my favourite places in London. I love the walk from Westminster Bridge to the Tate Modern. And at this time of year, there’s so much to see and do! For starters there’s the riverscape – catch it at twilight, it’s stunning. Escape the cold and join in some family activities at the Southbank Centre. Walk a little further and you’ll happen on the BFI Southbank, treat yourself to a Christmas classic – from the Wizard of Oz to the Muppets Christmas Carol. And finally, another family favourite is the Tate Modern. At the moment in the Turbine Hall is Superflex, subversive artists who have had the brilliant idea of filling the hall with swings!
6. Glide gracefully on one of London’s amazing ice rinks
It’s got to be done! While everyone else is gliding on the ice I’ll be clinging on to dear life at the edge of the rink thinking why! But it’s great fun and there are some fantastic ice rinks in London. I have a soft spot for the original, Somerset House.
7. See the Snow Queen at the Polka Theatre
If panto isn’t really your thing, then check out the Polka Theatre, it’s a theatre just for kids. If you want to see something to give you that Christmas time tingle, check out the Snow Queen.
Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1SB
Tickets from £12.50
8. Bounce off energy at a trampoline park
It’s too cold and too wet for parks, so when the kids start bouncing off the walls, I am taking them to the local trampoline park. They can burn off some energy without me losing my sh*t!
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