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Gobaby App’s End of Summer Holidays Guide to Family Friendly London (18-30 August)

Make the most of the end of summer with these super-fun family friendly activities in London. Below are highlights of my favourite museums and theatres for toddlers with listings of upcoming events. Have fun!

 

Museum Activities and Events

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Camden Arts Centre Make and Do: Families are invited to join in with creative activities inspired by the garden and exhibition, led by artist Abigail Hunt. Saturday 30 August from 2:00 – 4:30pm. Activities are free and no booking is required. More here

 

Museum of London Family Events: Head down to the Museum of London and make a mask inspired by artworks in the museum’s collection, great for children 1+. Tickets are allocated on arrival. Details here

 

National Gallery Family Events: Join Stay and Play in the Learning Gallery for families under five on Tuesday August 19th from 10:30-11:00 and 13:30 – 14:30. Interactive story sessions at the Magic Carpet Storytelling for under 5s on Sunday August 24th from 10:30 – 11:00 and again from 11:30 -12:00 in the Pigott Education Centre Foyer. Great activities for all, but no booking. Spaces allocated on arrival up to one hour before the sessions begin. More here

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V and A Family Events: At The Imagination Station, record your family’s journey across the Museum and add it to a sculptural column. It’s located in the John Madejski Garden, free, and recommended for children aged 3+. Open from 10:30 – 17:00, Mondays – Fridays, 4–29 August, and Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 August. Enjoy… Details here

 

London Transport Museum. Activities from 18-22 August for families (children aged 3-7) include Storytime: The Adventures of Constance the Clippie at 11.00 and 14.00 (lasts approximately 20 mins.)
 Listen to Constance the ‘conductorette’ as she teaches you her clever tricks for catching thieves and cheats who try to short-change her and dodge paying their fares under the cover of darkness. Make-and-take: Stash the Cash Drop in session between 11.30 to 12.30 and 14.30 to 15.45
. Use clay to make old coins, before stitching yourself a purse to carry them home in. Suitable for families with children aged 3-7. Free for children with paying adult (£15.00) More here

 

The Design Museum with John Lewis: Think you could create a product good enough to sell at John Lewis? The Design Museum will be hosting an array of designer led workshops at Oxford Street’s John Lewis, inspiring your inner designer to come up with ideas for a new range. Workshops are held on Tuesdays 19 and 26 August at 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00, free and suitable for ages 5-11. Fun! Tickets are allocated on first come, first serve basis 15 minutes before each workshop begins. Details here

 

Great Theatre for Children

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Leicester Square Theatre: “Aliens Love Underpants” for ages 3+ is running through 31 August with tickets starting at £10. Aliens come in peace at Leicester Square Theatre. All they demand is all the underpants on the planet… unfortunately there aren’t any underpants in space! Based on the best-selling children’s book, be prepared this alien invasion has amazing special effects, action packed stunts and original music. More here

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The Lyric: My son absolutely loves the book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr, and the stage version has been getting great reviews. On at the Lyric through 7 September (age 3+ with tickets from £14.50) this is a tea time with a difference, bursting with songs, laughs and fun for all the family. Details here

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August 9, 2014

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Summer Holidays

Summer Holidays

July 16, 2014

Maine. Lobster, lakes and beautiful scenery. We’ve just finished four heavenly days of summer holidays there with my three best friends from university and their children – and my toddler has turned into a full-sentence speaking American boy overnight under their influence. I’m still a bit shocked to hear him yell “Mom!” across long distances to catch my attention.

But what a lovely trip. It was a rural heaven with no buggies or crowds. We stayed with my girlfriend who lived on the lake with her husband, three children and two large dogs, spending all day kayaking and swimming, picnicking on lobster, steak, white wine and too much chocolate. Bonfires at night. On the last day we drove to the nearby beach, running in and out of the sea when the cold water hit our ankles.

Thinking about a holiday with friends in the USA? Maine is a perfect retreat and not too hot in the summer. Wishing all of you lovely summer holidays too.

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July 13, 2014

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June 29, 2014

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