Summer holidays are finally here, the time of the year where children enjoy the six weeks of complete freedom and parents and carers find themselves frantically searching for activities to keep them occupied!
Fear not – Ascent Fostering Agency is here to help. We have put together a short Summer Holiday Guide that caters for a range of ages and interests:
Crystal Palace Park
You can spend a whole day getting lost in this legendary park. With a wealth of attractions for both children and adults, the park also regularly hosts events and activities for the local community.
One main feature is the iconic dinosaur collection, a park favourite and much loved by visitors, the life-size replicas makes it feel as if you are having your own Jurassic adventure.
You will also find a maze, children’s farm and the popular children’s playground, you can easily spend the whole day there.
Find out more here.
The Horniman Museum and Gardens is one of South London’s treasures. This is truly a museum suitable for all the family. An anthropological museum set in 16 acres of landscaped gardens, the Horniman has a natural history gallery, aquarium, a permanent gallery dedicated to African, Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian art. You will also find a collection of around 1,600 musical instruments, some of which you can have try out!
The museum provides extensive facilities for families, including a nature trail, weekend workshops and a hands-on base where children can touch museum objects. Nature Base explores the natural world with exhibits including the Horniman beehive.
Find out more about what’s happening this summer here.
Battersea Power Station’s Circus West Village
This six-week festival from 22 July – 1 September offers free fun for the whole family.
There’s a secret city beach, exercise classes including hip hop and boxing, roller discos, comedy performances and hula hoop classes on the lineup.
Each week there is a Power of Surprise theme, this week’s brings the opening of the highly anticipated Mother pizza restaurant – free pizza for everyone!!
More info on what’s taking place over the summer at the Circus here.
Climb the 02
Up at The O2 is an exhilarating 90-minute climbing expedition to scale the iconic entertainment venue.
Children as young as nine can take on this adventure with their families, with a guide on hand to take them through every step of the 350m walkway.
The 52m high summit provides panoramic views of London, a vantage point that can’t be beaten.
To celebrate its fifth birthday, Up at the O2 is offering families or friends of five a free climb for the fifth member.
Find out more here.
An oldie but goodie. Every summer Thorpe Park is descended upon by adrenalin junkies who look to take on some of Europe’s biggest roller coasters. Thorpe Park is great theme park for the hot summer days with an array of water rides to cool you down, as well as many food outlets and fun carnival games.
Also, look out for special deals and offers around this time of year that can be found on cereal boxes, drink bottles, crisp packets and chocolate bars.
Book now, here.
Arcelor Mittal Global Slide
Take a ride on the world’s tallest and most eye-catching tunnel slide. Pop on your helmet and knee-pads and take a 40 second descent down the 178m height as you watch over London.
This is one of London’s newest and unique attractions situated in the 2012 Olympic Park, with tickets for children (3-16 years) at £5.50 this is an affordable and great day out for the family.
The Olympic Park also has other activities to take part in over the summer including the biggest urban beach in the UK, Beach East.
Beach East returns, boasting one thousand tonnes of sand spread over 2200 sq metres, you can soak up the sun as you take in views of the London Stadium, ArcelorMittal Orbit and London Aquatics Centre. Entry is £2 for those aged 3 and above, under 3’s are free!
And there are plenty of things to keep everyone in the family happy. You can lounge and relax in the deck chair with a cocktail in hand from the Tropicana Beach Bar, or join the kids on the beach and play a competitive family match of volleyball and then top it off with a dip in the pool.
There is also a funfair, where you can buy an unlimited wristband and ride on every single ride however many times you like!
Kidzania is designed for children to discover their potential with more than 60 real life role-play activities. At Kidzania, kids rule the roost!
Let them live out their wildest dreams in over 75,000 sq.ft of child-sized cityscape. Do they want to become a firefighter? A journalist? The next big name in fashion? The beauty is they don’t have to choose!
By exploring ideas of adulthood, children build essential life skills and grow in confidence. On arrival, they’re given 50 KidZos – the local currency – to spend as they see fit. They can splurge on food, drink and activities, or play it safe and bank their bucks. Whatever they decide to do, it’s their decision. Plus by working their dream job they earn the money back and then some
There is so many activities to do in London over the summer holidays and we couldn’t share them all. But we have some sites that share even more activities and events to do over the summer that are shared below: