5 surprisingly cool family places in London
July is upon us, so is the heat wave they keep talking about on the weather chanel. We are not scared, but excited to get our little ones involved in all summery activities. Here’s a mix of indoor and outdoor summery ideas for your cool little family.
1. Surprise me museum
Most museums in London are incredibly interactive and children friendly with amazing facilities to ease our already complicated life (including baby changing and nursing areas, playgrounds etc). However the best place I discovered and now recommend to all mums, dads and their bundles is the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood. You’ll find so much more than the surprising evolution of cool toys and baby nurseries, the extravagant18th century buggies, wooden baby chairs and impressive doll houses. Don’t worry, I’ll soon come up with a summary of the best events and activities you could choose from in order to entartain your hyper little ones within the walls of this cool maze.
2. Baby loves disco
Set in some of the world’s funkiest nightclubs, Baby Loves Disco is a daytime dance party for parents with babies, toddlers and young children (0-6 years) with real club DJs spinning and mixing retro floorfillers from the 70s, 80s, 90s and oos with the latest pop tunes guaranteed to get you and your little ones moving and grooving – all at a baby friendly volume so the whole family can party together. The idea behind this is to create an environment that is a safe, different and funky alternative to entertainment for young kids. It’s the best of both worlds… parents can chill and socialise with a cocktail and listen to some proper music while the kids go gaga on the dancefloor! Facepainting, a chill-out zone with play tents, inflatables, instruments and toys, a full spread of healthy snacks and juiceboxes, bubbles, balloons, baskets of scarves and egg shakers, arts and crafts or other quiet activities are just a few of the incentives for the children, while for mums and dads the licensed cash bar is always open.
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3. The City and The Farm
You don’t have to escape London in order to get a countryside feeling. The city is home to many city farms, but one in particular caught my attention and makes me go back over and over again. Set in 32 acres in the heart of East London, with amazing views across Canary Wharf, the Mudchute is a community charity with a working farm, stables, a children’s nursery and a wide range of education activities. Opened every day and free of charge, it’s now time to get your picnic basket and enjoy the best of summer.
Visit London’s biggest urban beach this summer! This is the place where Londoners can enjoy while not having to travel out of the city to get to the seaside. Boasting over 250 tonnes of sand and 100 palm trees and a beautifully designed water activity area for those wanting to dip their toes in the ‘sea’, both children and adults can enjoy fun entertainment activities, join customary seaside games or carousel’s and tea-cup rides, get brave around a 60ft rollercoaster etc.
5. Wild swimming
Open-air swimming is internationally famous on Hampstead Heath with the Ladies’ Pond, the Men’s Pond, the Mixed Pond and the Parliament Hill Lido. The Ladies’ and Men’s Ponds are unique in the United Kingdom in being the only life-guarded open-water swimming facilities open to the public every day of the year. It’s summer time, so go take the plunge at Hampstead Heath Ponds, I promise it’s all family fun! Maybe it’s best to just avoid cold snowy winters when they are growing up 😉
Let me know if you tried any of them.
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