Is it half term already? Mummy in the City, aka Tine Farstad, knows just how you feel, so we asked the London blogger to come up with five ways to keep the kids entertained during the holidays, with a particular focus on her own stomping ground, south and west London…
1 Head for the Theatre
Half-term is a great time to take kids to a theatre show, as many London theatres put on special productions for half-term week. Head for the likes of New Wimbledon Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, and Rose Theatre Kingston. Polka Theatre in Wimbledon, which specialises in children’s theatre, is currently undergoing a huge refurb – due to reopen in autumn 2020 – but is running half term workshops at New Wimbledon Theatre.
2 Lightopia Festival at Chiswick House & Gardens
Lightopia Festival at Chiswick House & Gardens features a lantern trail of 47 lantern groups and 2,000 lanterns. There will also be acrobatic performances every night, food and drink stalls, 3D mapping projections – where objects are used as a surface instead of screens – and a craft market. Running 22 January until 1 March 2020, 5pm-10pm, tickets start from £13 for kids and £20 for adults (family tickets available).
Chiswick House Gardens W4 2QN; lightopiafestival.com
3 Go Skiing
If you would have wanted to take the kids skiing this half-term but are spending the week in London instead, why not hit Chelsea’s indoor slope instead? Chel-Ski is an indoor skiing centre off New King’s Road, where you can ski on a revolving astro turf mat. You can either hire the slope for an hour with the family, or book a standard ski slot (available for children over 5 and adults). It’s a great venue for learning to ski, getting used to the equipment and having a fun day out. Check out their sister venue Clip n’ Climb too.
4 Sotheron Place, Michael Road SW6 2EJ; chel-ski.uk
4 South Bank Strolling
With top London attractions like Dreamworks Tours: Shrek’s Adventure, London Eye, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, and the Southbank Centre. All located on the South Bank, it’s an ideal place to take the family for a fun day out in London. Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival runs every February half term with a number of events, both free and ticketed.
5 Get Crafty
To keep the imagination alive over half-term, children can get crafty at Kite Studios in Brook Green. There are daily holiday workshops for children aged 4+, and it’s also possible to book one-to-one clay sessions for children and adults. In Battersea, I’ve collaborated with the welcoming Battersea pottery studio Sammy Duder for several years, and children of different ages will enjoy painting pottery at Sammy Duder. Parents with babies who want to create memories to treasure will also like the options to make special keepsakes like silver jewellery or clay imprints.
About Mummy in the City
Mummy in the City is written by London-mum Tine Farstad, who is mostly running around Chelsea, Fulham, South Kensington and Battersea with her toddler in tow. She also blogs for a number of children’s lifestyle companies and is a guest blogger for online fashion site, BrandAlley. Follow her adventures on Instagram @mummyinthecity.