Keeping your kids entertained in London can be an expensive game if you stick to the traditional tourist attractions that are on offer. A family day out to the London Aquarium followed by a meal at Giraffe wouldn’t leave you with much change out of £150. While this may be justifiable for a yearly birthday treat, doing this a couple of times a month would make a serious dent in most families monthly budget.
There is however an alternative, it should be no surprise that this great city offers a whole host of activities and days out for parents and children that are either free or very reasonably priced. Kentish Town City Farm run a scheme through the school holidays where you can book your kids to work on the farm for the day for free, Londons large number of libraries offer any number of free storytelling and craft workshops throughout the year and for something a little more active you could check out one of Londons Circus schools or the climbing walls that have become very popular in recent years, many of which run free taster sessions. Fancy some fresh air with the kids? London has over 1000 local parks, how about going on a nature trek or trail at Langthorne Park. Want your kids to learn about their granparents? The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is currently running a free Grand Explorers weekly workshop that does just this.
You don’t have to pay west end prices for the Theatre either, as London has a number of community based theatres that offer tickets at a fraction of the price you would pay in the West End. All of these ideas and others are listed at www.kidsfunlondon.co.uk a website that lists affordable days out and things to do in London for parents and children.
Thank you to Nigel Shrieves from Kids Fun in London (www.kidsfunlondon.co.uk) for being our first guest blogger!