With half term almost upon us, I can’t be the only parent making lists of ways to keep the children entertained throughout the holidays. With two children so different in age, however, it’s often hard to know how to keep the boredom away. But there’s one place I know guaranteed to cater for all ages. And that’s London.
Having grown up on the outskirts of London, I enjoyed many a visit to the city as a child myself. There’s so much to see and do in London. You can visit hundreds of times and still not see everything. So where would I suggest you head with the kids this half term? Take a look:
There’s something magical about being able to see London from above. And of course, that’s exactly what you can do from the London Eye when you buy tickets with Discount London. Situated on the Southbank, right near the London Aquarium and the Southbank Centre, kids will love soaring above the River Thames. Getting a birds-eye view of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Maybe even watching the sunset across the city from 135 metres above, before heading to the West End to enjoy a show.
If you have little animal lovers at home, a trip to London Zoo will absolutely delight them. Here at the world’s oldest scientific zoo, you can see a huge array of animals and enjoy spooktacular Halloween themed activities this October half term. And you may even get to see some of the new arrivals at the zoo, like this gorgeous little hippo, or the baby zebras which have also just been born. Who said baby animals are only born in springtime!
Tower of London
One of my favourite places to visit in London as a child was the Tower of London. I was, and still am, a real history geek and the tower absolutely fascinates me. Kids love seeing the Ravens and where real Kings and Queens once lived, not to mention the jewel house – who doesn’t love a bit of treasure after all. And of course, the older ones will enjoy the more macabre aspects of a visit to the tower too.
Another one for those who aren’t afraid of heights is the AcerlorMittal Orbit slide at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Brave the 178m tall slide and marvel at London’s landscape whizzing past as you travel down the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide. Daredevils and older children, in particular, will absolutely love this one.
One kids (and big kids like me) of all ages will love. Step aboard the DreamWorks tours magical 4D flying bus as you journey to Far Far Away. You’ll find yourselves immersed in an amazing walk-through experience, where you’ll bump into Puss in Boots, see Cinderella in Shrek’s swamp, rescue Pinocchio, enjoy 10 live shows and even meet up with some of Shrek’s friends from Madagascar, How to Train your Dragon and more. It really is a fun-filled family day out.
So there you have it, my pick of the best days out with the kids this October half term. Do you have any favourite places in London to visit with children?