Your children may think they’ve seen it all, but they couldn’t be more wrong. There are so many attractions for children, from going to visit museums to watching performances, to heading to a theme park, there are an array of attractions out there – and for all ages (and some for adults) Here is a list of 10 child-friendly attractions that you must visit this summer before your children become too ‘old’:
Natural History Museum
From the stunning architecture to the captivating exhibits on show, such as meteors and the famed blue whale skeleton (while Dippy goes on Tour ) the Natural History Museum is the most renowned museum in London – possibly even the UK. You can easily spend the whole day here and is great for the whole family, and as a bonus, it’s free! However, it is wise to avoid visiting on weekends as that’s when the crowds tend to flood in.
Home to some of the UK’s fastest rollercoasters, Alton Towers is full of fun and thrills and has something for everyone. This year’s new attraction is called Galactica, a virtual-reality rollercoaster which simulates the sensations of a space voyage. If you decide one day isn’t enough to explore all aspects of the theme park, why don’t you make a weekend of it? Consider checking into one of the resort hotels located nearby, such as the colourful CBeebies-themed hotel if you have young children.
Around 80 million Lego bricks have gone into the creation of this multicoloured children’s theme park, located on 150 acres of Windsor parkland, full of imaginative rides and live shows. The little ones can even earn their own driving licence from the Lego City Driving School – something for the kids to be proud of and show their friends. Unfortunately, it isn’t unusual for the queues to be long, but the smiles you will see on your children’s faces more than makes up for it. We’re on a Lego break at the moment but I have no doubt the youngest will be as enthusiastic as his brothers and we’ll be making our 3rd visit here in a few years time.
Warner Bros Studio Tour
If your children are big Harry Potter fans, the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour in London is a must. The tour takes you behind the scenes and gives visitors access to original sets, props (including Harry’s Nimbus 2000) and costumes, and even how special effects are created. However, when children are off tickets can get booked up fast, so it is advisable to plan weeks in advance!
Get your bucket, spade and inflatable pool toy at the ready; if you’re looking to show your children some traditional seaside fun, Blackpool is the place to go! From Blackpool Pleasure Beach, its sister theme park Nickelodeon Land, and even the Sandcastle Water Park – the UK’s largest indoor waterpark – the kids will have endless hours of fun. Not forgetting Madame Tussauds and the infamous Blackpool Tower, home to the Skywalk viewing platform, circus show, grand ballroom and cinema.
London’s Science Museum is filled to the brim with interactive exhibits that help to tell us how the world works; from the basement play area which introduces pre-schoolers to some of the basic theories of science, to flight simulators. One thing is guaranteed: the kids will never get bored. There are regular free science shows and hands-on experiments, so it is wise to take advantage of them during the summer holidays.
Interesting for those of all ages, the Eden Project based in Cornwall is the place to go if you want to experience the sights, smells and sounds of a tropical rainforest (without having to travel 5,226 miles to the Amazon Rainforest). Whilst there, children can learn the relationships between plants and people, explore the idea of sustainability, and experience different climates and habitats first-hand. Each summer they put on seasonal activities, we’ve visited Eden several times and leant den building and walked through a dinosaur world. It never ceases to amaze me there and the food is spot on. For adventure-crazed children, the Eden Project also boasts the ‘Skywire’ – the longest zipwire in England (660m)
Tower of London
The Tower of London is a building often spoken about in schools around the country due to its rich historical past, but nothing beats witnessing the royal building in real life. Learn about various stories and superstitions through tours given by the iconic Beefeaters. Alternatively, you can explore the tower yourself and make the trip interactive by downloading the ‘Time Explorers’ app to meet historic characters and undertaking digital missions.
West End Theatre Shows
London’s famous West End is on my own must do with the kids list as it’s well-known for putting on some of the best family entertainment in the world, such as The Lion King, Matilda and Aladdin. Although tickets certainly aren’t cheap, there are often times where shows are discounted or even free – particularly in August with more than 40 shows offering free tickets and a programme of free activities and workshops.
If your children are adventure-seekers and love the outdoors, Go Ape is a great option to take the older kids to over the summer holidays, my older 2 have been a few times now and I vowed that I’m going with them the next visit. With 31 different locations around Britain, it is sure to provide countless hours of activity and fun, offering thrilling challenges for children and parents alike. My local one is set in Halden Forest Park so we take the dog, bikes and a picnic to make the day of it.
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