At Time Tokens HQ, we're always on the look out for fun thINGS to do - especially in the school holidays when it's sometimes all too easy to let children become glued to their screens. If you're planning a day out in London this half term and want to make the most of your visit - even if the weather isn't (ahem) tropical, here are some of our top tips.
1.Wonderlab at the Science Museum, South Kensington
Flash!Bang!Wallop! is just one of the shows on offer in the Wonderlab. Spread across 7 different zones you can really immerse yourself in some fun science. Race down the friction slides, hear music through your teeth and hang out with a scientific explainer at the chemistry bar. The most fun place to be in South Kensington.
2.V&A Childhood Museum - Bethnal Green
Remember all your favourite toys? The Original Slinky, Etch-a-Sketch,The Space Hopper, Action Man and Cindy? You'll find all of them and more in the ‘Must Have Toy’ gallery at the V&A Childhood Museum. Get creative with drop-in arts and crafts sessions or Find a Story-Teller and help tell a story with sounds and props.
Quite simply it's the largest childhood collection in the world, including over 100 doll houses more than 3000 games & puzzles, 1000's of outfits, childhood furniture, board games.. you name it they have it.
From now until 23rd April, ‘Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered’ is a special exhibition celebrating Board Games and you can find out what your #GameFace is!
3. It's Movie time!
The BFI IMAX in Waterloo has the biggest screen in Britain! For a touch of glam there is the Electric Cinema in Portobello, maybe you can fit in a shopping spree. For something more local and a great deal check out your closest cinema for special weekend morning films for kids, the special popcorn combos are always a winner with the kids.
Want to know what makes a grasshopper leap so high? Discover new instruments in the interactive Music gallery. Find larger than life robot animals in the Robot Zoo until October and get brekkie in the Farmers Market there every Saturday morning.
5. Bowling - Bayswater
All Star Lanes is a fun family outing on a dreary day. Its bright and funky. There’s Home- style American Cooking, think burgers, hot dogs and mac n’ cheese. With four locations in London you’ll never be far from a strike!
6. Adventures in MoominLand - Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
until April. Set sail and find the Moomin Family in this wonderfully eccentric interactive adventure.
7. Borough Market & Tate Modern – South Bank
Borough Market gets busy during the day so get there early for breakfast and head to the awesome Monmouth coffee. They have bread and jams on the table but we love to grab a delicious pastry and wander around the market. Then walk along the river to the Tate Modern - it's got a fantastic shop packed with stuff you'll want to buy ... just saying!
There’s plenty to see and tons of space for the kids to roam.
At 155 metres high you can gaze out across London and wander the three floors of beautifully landscaped gardens for free. They do allow walk-ins on Saturday mornings but its best to book.
9. Jump for Joy & go Trampolining - Acton & Wandsworth
Take your bundles of energy for an hour of trampolining and they will probably love you forever! There are trampolines everywhere at Oxygen, even on the walls. With obstacle courses, foam pits, jumping basketball, dodgeball and free running I’m warn out just thinking about it.
10. Get Creative - Finsbury Park, Acton & Fulham
Maybe you don’t need another mug to add to your collection but pottery cafes are a great family activity don’t you think? At ClayTime in North London you can even throw a shape on the potters wheel or use the clay to hand build your own unique creation. The Pottery Cafe in Fulham you little darlings can paint you anything from an exhaustive selection of Emma Bridgewater Pottery. Finally Kite Studios in Acton offer a big range of fabulous and messy creative fun and run special courses in half term and holidays.
If you have any other great ideas of things to do when the rain is out across the country - please share! Have fun.