#1 - Utilise One of London's Many MuseumsMuseum trips aren't just for term times. In fact, London's museums are perhaps even better during the summer holidays, as they tend to organise highly creative workshops and the like, made to fire up and inspire children's imaginations. Every Sunday, the National Gallery hosts a morning storytelling session for children aged from two to twelve years old. Entrance is free, too, and this particular session is held on a magic carpet! There are lots of drawing and arts workshops as well. The National Maritime Museum also has its own kids play zone. In fact, it's an entire portion of the museum, as there's a fish market section made for children aged from six to twelve. Yes, you too can get your kids learning about food, shipping, sea life, business and economics in their gallery-turned fish shop, complete with shopping baskets, fake fish and cash tills. Potential pirates can get on the beach and ship deck zone, or a cannon-firing game. For science-y types, there's a water play area at the Science Museum, and the Climbers and Creepers play zone at Kew Gardens. Budding history buffs can head on over to the V&A Museum's Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. Lots of local museums host their own events, too, so we recommend looking up what's going on at them, too.
#2 - Notting Hill Carnival Children's DayMonday 29th August 2016 is Children's Day at the Notting Hill Carnival, which is easily one of London's biggest events and one of the highlights of the year for many people throughout the UK at large. Children's Day at Carnival means that the floats and other sites are low enough for children to see, and it's the Carnival Day that's specifically targeted at families (unlike the celebrations on Sunday 28th August). Notting Hill Carnival is one of the world's biggest carnivals, and we here at Escapades recommend you celebrate it in some style. Bright costumes and headdresses are a brilliant choice, but for those looking to put on something a little simpler & easier, face paints are just as welcome.
#3 - Big Fish Little FishThe 90s raver generation has grown up (if only slightly), and many now have kids of their own. Sure, you can't party like you used to, but you can show your little ones a piece of what it was like in the good old days by taking them to Big Fish Little Fish. Heck, you may have even met your loved one at an adult rave not too dissimilar – but dissimilar enough thanks to all the kid-focused activities - from the ones held on the outdoor fields back in the day. Big Fish Little Fish is takes place UK-wide, with events in Edinburgh, Margate, Bristol and Manchester. They have a London event on just after the summer holidays and Notting Hill Carnival have finished on Sunday 11th September 2016 on Portobello Road, Ladbroke Grove, West London. Great for anyone wanting to see off the end of the festival season with a bang. Dressing up is highly recommended.
Big Fish Little Fish also have a mailing list for London and South East, where other events associated with Big Fish Little Fish.