Things to do in London this weekend with kids
We're turning our mind to a whole load of family fun when it comes to things to do in London with the kids this weekend... And don't forget not only do the clocks spring forward, but it's Mother's Day too!
Blast down the Thames, for FREE!
Mum's come in all forms and whether you're giving thanks to a mum, sister, granny, auntie, or a special someone who's always there for you, whoever your 'Mum' is then Thames Rockets want to treat them to a one of a kind Mother's Day blast for FREE! Booking is essential and if you want to know more about this amazing London adventure, then take a look at our review.
When: 27th March only, pre-booking essential
Where: The London Eye Pier, Boarding Gate One, London, SE1 7PB
Cost: From £46.95 for adults and £36.95 for kids. www.thamesrockets.com/mums-go-free/
Have a blooming lovely time with Mum
Petersham Nurseries is renowned for its dramatic, wild and impressive arrangements; a combination of asymmetrical foliage and vibrant colour. In this seasonal masterclass, its florists will show you the secret of making a wild and scented bouquet in a fun and relaxed workshop, perfect for a Mother's Day with a difference. You will also learn how to gift wrap your bouquet to take home with you.
When: 26th March, 9-11.30am
Where: The Petersham, 2 Floral Court, London, WC2E 9FB
Cost: £85 per person
Shop at a Farmer's Market
Shady tree lined Phillimore Walk is the perfect place for a farmer's market and that's what you'll find there this Sunday: rain or shine. We're talking fresh food in the fresh air including from freshly caught fish and shellfish, seasonal fruit, vegetables, pies, bread, seasonal game, free range and organic eggs plus poultry, meat, preserves, flowers and much more. Happy browsing!
When: Every Sunday, 10am-2pm
Cost: Free admission
Have an awesome time at Lego Club
It's free and it's awesome: yep, it's the weekly Lego Club held at Blackfen Community Library every Saturday. Unleash your inner Master Builder and have a fun, family time whipping up creations galore. If the whole team are on board then make sure to book a family table to play and create together on.
When: Every Saturday, 10-11am
Where: Blackfen Community Library and Rooted Coffee House, Blackfen Road, Blackfen DA15 9LU
Cost: Free but make sure to register.
Brush up on your bread skills
Gather your older kids and head to a Bread Workshop at The Dusty Knuckle Bakery where you'll learn to make four doughtally delish loaves of bread from scratch, including sour, 100% rye and a focaccia. You'll learn all about sourdough and yeast, and also bring home your own sourdough starter and instructions on how to maintain it. Psst: This bakery is doing an amazing job helping London's at-risk youths age 17-29 by offering them work-based mentorship, training, support and employment opportunities. #communityspiritatitsbest
When: 26th or 27th March 2022, 10am-3.30pm
Where: The Dusty Knuckle Bakery, Abbot Street, London E8 3DP
Cost: £135.34 per person www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-dusty-knuckle-bakery-school-17924587916
Get your mitts on historical objects at Westminster Abbey
For children (and grown ups) who love to investigate objects and relate them back to cool historical times, the Object Handling activities happening this Saturday and next at Westminster Abbey will tick the family fun boxes. Pick up and study objects that tell stories of royals, monks, builders and pilgrims for an activity with a difference.
When: 26th March, 10am-1pm.
Where: 20 Deans Yard, London SW1P 3PA
Cost: Free activity but tickets must be purchased to get into the Abbey (£24 for 1 adult + 1 child age 6-17 years ticket)
Check out a quirky, free museum
An aquarium, a butterfly house (closed for refurb right now) and the vast collections of well-travelled Victorian tea trader and philanthropist Frederick John Horniman, this wonderful gem of a museum is a treasure trove packed with anthropology, natural history and a stack load of curiosities. It's free to get into the museum and gardens but do book your spot ahead of time.
When: Open daily except Wednesdays
Where: 100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ
Cost: Free (small charge for the aquarium, butterfly house and some exhibitions). Donations welcome.
Catch a slice of theatre genius
We recently caught the theatrical performance of Life of Pi so read our review and then, if you want our advice, you need to book some tix, stat. Family fun that's sure to float your boat for sure.
When: Running from now until July 2022
Where: Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA.
Cost: From £30 per person per show when booking through Official London Theatre.
Keep the kids busy with messy play
We love, love, love everything about Art Play nestled in the city, and can highly recommend its Mini Makers classes. These child-led sessions provide your little ones with the freedom to explore and create through sensory activities (and you don't have to do the clearing up!). All the wins.
When: Every Saturday 10-10.45am and 11.15am-12pm
Where: Art Play, 56 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EZ
Cost: £13.52 per child.
Get down to a city farm
We've got not 1, not 2, not even 3 but 10 udderly fabulous farms and animal sanctuaries for you to check out in and around London this weekend and beyond.
Take a flight with the Red Arrows!
How cool is this happening over at the Science Museum? Fly Kids is a pay-as-you-go flight simulator that lets your child experience the sights and sounds of flying with the Red Arrows during one of their aerobatic displays, and is suitable for little ones age 2 to 5 years. For the bigger kids there is the equally as cool Red Arrows 3D. When: Open daily, 10.20–17.00. Last ride at 17.00
Where: Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD
Cost: It's free admission into the museum, but Fly Kids is £2 per child and Red Arrows is £5 per child.
Discover London's dark history
If it's a day out with a difference you're after when it comes to things to do in London with kids, then Clink Prison Museum is exactly the kinda gruesomely good adventure you're after. Read our review on one of the best museums in London when it comes to hands-on, historic family fun and then get yourselves over there this weekend. When: 10am-6pm daily Where: 1 Clink Street, London SE1 9DG (nearest station: London Bridge)
Cost: From £6.50 per person
Check out the oldest natural history collection in the UK
Pickled brains, bones aplenty and over 68,000 zoological specimens: For an unusual day out in London with kids it doesn't get much quirkier than this! Head over to The Grant Museum of Zoology for a fascinating journey around the animal kingdom through a heap of family activities: all for free!
When: Every Saturday 11am-5pm
Where: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, 21 University Street, WC1E 6DE
Cost: Free, and no booking currently required
Tee off for an above par family adventure
We just published a whole guide on the best crazy golf, pitch and putt and foot golf spots around London. Book ahead before you go to save disappointing your little birdies if there's no availability. www.londonforkidz.com/post/adventure-crazy-golf-spots-in-london
Go on a free walking tour
The City of London has been plagued by disaster for Centuries and this free walking tour will take you to some of the historical sites you might not otherwise know about. From Pudding Lane (where the Great Fire of London started) to Roman ruins, mass plague graveyards to execution sites from the middle ages, this is a fascinating, guided tour not to be missed. When: 27th March, 2.30pm sharp
Where: Monument Station: look out for your guide carrying a green umbrella
Take your Monopoly skills to the next level
Located in the heart of London, Monopoly Lifesized is an immersive, on-your-feet version of the world’s favourite family game brand played on a 15m x 15m lifesized Monopoly board! Try the Junior Monopoly Board to find out who is going to be Monopoly Champ on this race against the clock to solve a mystery, crack some codes and, of course, buy some of London's most iconic buildings. Bagsy Mayfair.
When: Check website for game times.
Where: 213-215 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7PS
Cost: From £32.50 per person www.monopolylifesized.com
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