Top 10 tips to have fun with your kids in half term


Sheep in Paternoster SquareYes half term is coming up (and for some of my readers, it’s already arrived). How will you keep the children entertained without breaking the bank? Here are a few of my favourite places in central London.

Remember the simplest things are often the most fun for children: flights of steps, buses, parks, getting wet and running around.

  1. Visit the National Gallery in central London. It has a selection of audio tours and printed trails for families.
  2. Children love visiting the British Museum – there are so many interesting galleries and exhibits to visit. My children love the mummies in the Egyptian gallery. Visit the Young Explorers section on the website for activities and trails.
  3. Visit one of the City Farms – there are several all over London including Mudchute, Stepney, Hackney, Kentish Town and Coram’s Fields (between King’s Cross and Holborn).
  4. Southbank Centre near Waterloo is always a big attraction for my family at the weekend. There always seems to be something happening and very often free: festivals, street entertainers, The Saison Poetry Library etc.
  5. And if you’re near the Southbank Centre, take a wander along the river, across the Millenium Bridge and over to St Paul’s Cathedral. Although visiting the Cathedral itself is not free, do take time to explore Paternoster Square. My children LOVE the statue of the sheep.
  6. Greenwich Park is a great place to visit with children. Lots of room to run around and burn off some energy. If the weather is good, take a picnic. Walk down to the Cutty Sark by the river and maybe even walk through the Greenwich foot tunnel to the other side of the river.
  7. Take a trip on a London bus. Many routes pass the famous landmarks (some great suggestions here). But, quite honestly, children just love sitting on the top desk of a bus and watching London go by. Visit the TfL website for details. Alternatively a ride on the Docklands Light Railway where children LOVE to sit at the very front – look out for the Danger of Death signs. (OK these may not be completely free, depending on the age of your children).
  8. On a bright day, visit More London. There you can wander around Hay’s Galleria, picnic Potters Fields Park, admire Tower Bridge (bridge lift times), The Scoop and kids will love the fountains though at this time of year, they may be just a bit too chilly! Adults might enjoy reading the project story.
  9. If you haven’t been yet, you MUST visit the poppies being installed outside the Tower of London. They are beautiful and it’s very moving. My children loved it when we visited. Nearest tube station: Tower Hill.
  10. The Imperial War Museum – it might not sound too interesting, however my girls both love visiting the Imperial War Museum. It’s got a handy park right next door for a picnic lunch.

Come and share your favourite places and find new ideas on my Facebook page. As mums, it’s good to share!




3 thoughts on “Top 10 tips to have fun with your kids in half term

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  2. Thanks so much for these! We’re thinking of visiting London with our kids (ages 4 and 5) but are intimidated by the rumors of how expensive it is. Do you think these activities are okay for their ages? We would maybe try it next summer.


    • My girls are now 12 and 9 but we’ve been doing some of this stuff for years! They love being in the City – just running up and down steps keeps them happy. Paternoster Square is great because there are eating places all around if you need but the sheep statue is a big hit with my girls. South Bank is SO cheap because there’s always street entertainment; often something going on in the Royal Festival Hall, where are there are also a good supply of free clean toilets. No 8 or 25 bus gives you a tour of interesting places. Next summer Shaun the Sheep will be a great trail to follow in London and Bristol: It doesn’t need to cost a fortune to have fun in London.


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