What’s on this Summer 2013 for you and your little ones


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Its the Summer holidays, that means 6 weeks of entertaining your little ones while ‘trying’ to keep sane of it all. Apparently, it only takes 66 days to form a new habit, so summer is the perfect time to be forming good learning routines. Just saying 🙂

It is also a beautiful endless summer waiting to be filled with memories. Here is our local picks of more than a dozen things to do with kids this summer in London.

If you are staying in the capital then read on as no stone was left unturned in my quest to find the best local activities and places to visit to keep your little ones entertained this Summer. There are loads of fun things to do with your little ones this Summer, most of which are FREE!

Kensington Mums is having a social networking event on the 16th of August with the lovely members of the group. Dads are welcome too. Get in touch to register. This event is by invitation only.

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What’s on this Summer for you and your little ones

Ecology Holiday Activity Programme 2013 at Holland Park. Great sessions morning and afternoon for your little ones to explore nature’s beauty and learn with hands on activities.

Victoria and Albert Museum are hosting many summer activities, including the Imagination Station, Pop-Up Performances and Drop in Design. While you are there, young and old alike will enjoy paddling pool in the courtyard.

 Children’s Theatre Festival in Canary Wharf until 28th July 2013.

The sun is shining, enjoy some outdoor fun in our local parks and paddling pools.

Diana Memorial Playground. Little ones can play in ‘Peter Pan’ themed playground with a huge wooden pirate ship and teepees to explore and for the kids to run around and let some steam off. Expect long queues during peak times.

Diana Memorial Fountain is great for little ones to splash around and just around the corner you will find the Serpentine Lido and its accompanying paddling pool which are great for both adults and children. Expect long queues during peak times

Kensington Memorial Park not far from the buzzing streets of Portobello market is heaven for little ones especially in these hot summer days. The modern, interactive water play area which consists of 22 different water-play items. There is also a sand pit, slides and a rocket frame for kids to climb onto. Highly recommend it! Just don’t forget your swim suit and towel!

Holland Park also has a lovely sandy play area for little ones and don’t forget to have a nice walk in the beautiful Kyoto Garden.

Shape Up in Holland Park, every Wednesday until 4th of September as part of the Council’s summer programme of health activities for adults.There is something on every weekday. Whether you fancy toning your body with Tai Chi or using the new outdoor gym, or enjoying a healthy walk in the leafy environs of Holland Park there’s something for everybody.Prices vary from free to £5 and the events take place late mornings and lunchtimes. For more information and a full schedule please contact :0207 938 8182 or email: [email protected]

Experience the magic of the Royal Parks! They are organising summer holiday activities, from guided walks to nature talks to family learning and discovery days. Click here for family experiences and here for children experiences.

Summer Streets on Regent’s Street. Every Sunday this July for Summer Streets, the busy Regent’s street will be traffic free which means great for a family day out! A different creative theme each week will offer a mix of installations, performances, exhibitions, film, design, fashion, architecture and food.

The Opera Holland Park 2013 Season is here including Madame Butterfly and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  as well as Luna Cinema which presents Summer Cinema at Opera Holland Park – classic films on the big screen at London’s most beautiful theatre.

Family workshops at Saatchi Gallery are running on 17th and 24th August. Little ones will exploring the current exhibitions Paper and New Order and go on an interactive tour of the exhibition followed by a fun, creative workshop in response to the artist of the week. Booking required. Please note these workshops are suitable for families with children aged 3-12 years old.

The Museum of London are organising lots of family fun sessions including a musical playground, interactive performances and storytelling sessions.

Arabian nights story telling and quiz afternoon at Chelsea Library. Saturday 29 June, 2 to 4 pm. No booking required. Suitable for ages 3+.

Free Theatre – More London Free Festival 2013. It’s free, it’s family friendly and it celebrates the local community. There are no tickets – just take your seat, first come first served! Every Wednesday to Sunday in August experience award-winning Theatre from London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season.

Summer Festival at the Museum of Childhood. Sunday 28 July 2013. Summer holiday activities, Thursday  25 July – Monday 2 September. Family Chess Club, Saturdays 22 June, 6 and 20 July 3, 17 and 31 August.

Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum. Read our full review here.

Open East Festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 27-28 July 20123

Free Drop-in Workshops: The Drawing Station at Somerset House, every Saturday in August.

Little Creatures family festival at London Zoo. From Friday 30 August – Sunday 1 September, ZSL London Zoo will open its doors for a weekend of big fun for your little ones.

Science Museum Live: The Energy Show. 22 July – 31 August 2013: throughout the summer holidays. While you are there, don’t miss the 3D Summer at the Science Museum from Thursday 25 July to Sunday 1 September 2013.

Fashion Rules! – Fun Fridays at Kensington Palace this summer. 26 July and 2,9,16,23 August 11.00 – 16.00.

Escape the heat and head into your local cinema to watch Despicable Me 2. Its great family movie the whole family will enjoy.


Toy Soldier Weekend at the National Army Museum. Family Event. 27 July 2013 – 28 July 2013.

Visit the State Rooms, at Buckingham Palace. Summer opening times 27 July 2013.


Head to Covent Gardens and visit the London Transport Museum,over the holidays they have organised some family station activities from 6th of July as well as demonstrations, story time and make and take workshops.

Visit the Serpentine Gallery to visit the Gallery Pavilion 2013 is designed by multi award-winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto.


Open Studio at the Tate Modern every weekend and Thursdays and Fridays in the school holidays

Westfield White City are hosting ‘Kids in the Kitchen’ sessions and ‘Kids in the Garden’ every Monday and Wednesday from 12 noon – 5pm and Storytelling at the Tipi every Tuesday 11am – 4pm.

British Museum Family events in July.

Enjoy your holidays and remember