19 Ways to Keep Kids Busy During Summer Holidays

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As a child, summer is the best time to make memories. But looking back, do you remember what you did? Did you learn anything new?

This summer, engage your kids in activities that make their 6-week holiday something special. Here are a few options.

1. Sea Life London Aquarium

Located right around the corner from the London Eye, head over to the Sea Life London Aquarium with your kiddos this summer. The same building is also the home of Shrek’s Adventure and the London Dungeon.

You only need an hour or two when visiting, so if your kids run out of patience and energy quickly, you need not worry. What’s more, the aquarium is a dynamic experience for your children that can teach them (and maybe you, too!) a thing or two about the aquatic life of fish.

2. Shrek’s Adventure

Shrek ‘s Adventure London offers visitors a magical experience, complete with a 4D flying bus, Shrek’s swamp, a fortune teller, a chance to meet Puss in Boots and rescue Pinocchio, and, of course, to say hello to Shrek.

It’s right downtown, just a 5-minute walk from both Waterloo and Westminster station (easy access from M By Montcalm Shoreditch London)

3. Harry Potter Studio

Check out the Harry Potter filming locations and studio if your kids are old enough to enjoy the fantasy-fueled adventure.

Top tip: Going to the Harry Potter Studio will take the whole day if you want to enjoy the experience truly so plan accordingly. With that being said, you should also consider travel time as it’s outside the city. Don’t have a car? No problem! Public transportation can get you there, too.

4. London Zoo

The magic of the London Zoo never ceases to amaze adults and children alike.

They have over 720 animal species with regular exhibitions. All tickets are valid for an entire day, so you can spend as much time with the penguins and gorillas as you want.

5. London Transport Museum

Get out of your Luxury Rooms In Shoreditch and transport yourself to the London Transport Museum. If your kids love trains, planes and automobiles, this one is going to be a real hit. It’s a hands-on and fun museum with videos, posters, illuminated boards etc.

There is also an under five play area for the really little ones in the family.

6. Legoland Windsor

Legoland is divided into different worlds, including the Kingdom of Pharaohs, Vikings, Ninjago, Miniland and many more. Of course, virtually everything is made out of Lego, meaning even the most seemingly insignificant structure is a masterpiece.

Legoland has 4D movies, live shows, rides and playgrounds – making it the ultimate destination for kids and big kids.

7. London Eye

This legendary Ferris wheel offers a beautiful view over London and is fun for people of all ages. It takes about 30 minutes to go around in own personal glass pods (which are heated and air-conditioned). Be advised you should expect to queue for a while and tickets should be booked in advance.

8. Tate Modern

This contemporary London gallery has quite a few interactive activities that your kids can enjoy. Children aged 3 and older are given the possibility to sketch their own masterpieces at the drawing bar, which are then projected onto the gallery walls of the Tate.

9. HMS Belfast

This floating museum will no doubt tickle your kids’ interests if they are into history and boats. The retired World War II ship has seven levels to explore. You can experience the living quarters, naval guns, operation rooms and much more. It’s open throughout the day and children under 5 get-in for free.

10. Boat Thames Tour

Boating along the River Thames is a fun experience for everyone in the family. You can do this rain or shine believe it or not, as the boats have enclosed seating, too.

The views from the ship are worth it, as they give you a different angle on landmarks like the London Eye, St Pauls Cathedral, the Tower of London, the Tate Modern and many more landmarks.

11. The Lion King Musical

It can be tough to leave your Shoreditch London Accommodation in the evening after a long day, but this is worth it.

This beautiful family movie turned musical is one that everyone in the family is bound to love. Let the kids watch the Disney version as an additional treat at the end of your journey.

12. London City’s Farms

London City’s Farms offer children activities, petting zoos, gardens and areas to pick up fresh farm produce. It’s an active day out that will put your kids’ right to sleep when you get back to M By Montcalm Shoreditch London.

13. M&M World

Check out the infamous M&M store in Leicester Square. If you’re lucky, you might run into the red or green M&M! Even without bumping into one of these characters, the experience is enough to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

14. Pollocks Toy Museum

Visit the oldest teddy bear in Pollock’s Toy Museum. The tiny museum includes dolls, dolls houses, a Victorian nursery, toy theatres, tin toys, folk toys and more. It’s a real treat for the child who loves trinkets and unique toys.

15. Madame Tussauds

The wax museum is suited for both adults and children. Although your initial reaction might be that it’s not a summer holiday attraction, the life-sized wax figures can be a treat for everyone. The museum has the likes of E.T, Shrek and King Kong – there’s something for everyone.

16. Hyde Park

One of the most popular parks in the UK, Hyde Park has children play areas, gardens, lakes, and spots to picnic. But what makes the park enticing for kids, is that you can go boating there! What’s better than an outdoor adventure in the summer?

17. Brainiac Live!

This show is sure to help you and the kids to beat the school holiday boredom this year! The live science show features stunts, explosions and experiments in a safe space. The show is suitable for ages 6 and up.

18. Horseback Riding in the City

There are many horse-related adventures you can take across London, including Kentish Town City Farm, Wimbledon Village Stables, and Riding Club London, to name a few.

19. Summer Play School

Barnes summer school for kids is an excellent way for your young ones to spend summer. From ages 3 to 14, the kids are engaged in fun games and learning new skills. This runs from July to August this year.