Mapping out an itinerary for the kids this school holiday shouldn’t be a headache. It’s a time to get creative, go out exploring and let off a little steam, before the little ones carry on with the first stretch of the new year.
Just as London is a prime location for all things theatre and shopping, it’s also a hotspot for kid-approved half term activities. With everything from child-friendly museums to adventure parks, ‘boredom’ won’t even be in your family’s vocabulary.
ZSL London Zoo
The ZSL London Zoo is jam-packed with enough activities to occupy the entire half term, much less a single day. It’s a paradise for curious kids, with a new lion exhibit, reptile and komodo dragon house, hippos, otters, monkeys and apes, not to mention two new, very adorable tiger cubs. There are animal shows and feedings, and what’s more, it’s all located right next door to a handy tube station.
Warner Bros. Studios
Every child’s dream of stepping into the wizarding world comes to life at Warner Bros. Studios, home of all things Harry Potter. On a Warner Bros. Studio Tour, you can start your magical journey at the Great Hall and wind your way past original costumes, props and set pieces from the Harry Potter movies, including the Hogwarts Express, Diagon Alley and some pretty famous wands.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is a wonderland of strange exhibits, creepy collections and interactive adventures, including a mirror maze and black hole simulator. It’s a place to let imaginations run wild and keep little brains churning even on days off school. Marvel over portraits of Michael Jackson that are made entirely from candy, or gaze at statues from faraway cultures.
Natural History Museum
If your picture perfect half term activity involves a little education, the Natural History Museum should be your go-to. The dinosaur gallery is the museum’s top-draw, with towering T-rex bones and the horned skull of a triceratops. There are other exciting exhibits standing in the shadow of these prehistoric beauties too, where the kids can learn all about birds and creepy crawlies, aquatic animals and human evolution.
Go Ape in Trent Park is located just on the outskirts of London, which is good news, because this sweeping, 413-acre park wouldn’t have much room to thrive elsewhere in the city. Go Ape is a high-flying treetop park where outdoorsy types get suited up for safety and embark on rope courses and zipline adventures, all of which are certain to tucker out even the most energetic kids.
Sea Life London Aquarium
London is so gargantuan, it even has room for a little slice of something as big as the ocean. At the Sea Life London Aquarium, you’ll get the opportunity to get up close and personal with more than 500 species of aquatic animals – many of which are rare and endangered. Highlights include penguins, sharks, octopi, rays and turtles, plus rock pools with starfish and urchins to touch.
Creative types will find Lego nirvana amid the Lego-made towers at Legoland Windsor Resort. There are more than 55 interactive rides, shows and attractions aimed specifically at kids, including a 4D movie theatre, galleries of incredible Lego structures and an Xbox gaming zone. There are even workshops and studios where the whole family can get hands-on and make their own Lego creations.