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Sunday, July 29, 2012
School's out and the six-week summer holidays are upon us. It's one of the happiest times of the year for children, but not always so blissful for parents, especially when it comes to finding enough things to keep the kids entertained.
London24 is here to help, with our selection of five ideas for fun days out with the kids.
Museum of Childhood
This offshoot of the Victoria & Albert Museum is a fascinating place to visit for parents and children alike. Here you'll find all kinds of childhood objects from the 1600s to the present day, including toys, dolls' houses, games and puzzles. A new exhibition under way celebrates the 350th anniversary of Mr Punch.
Station: Bethnal Green
Head to the Peter Pan-inspired Diana Memorial Playground for its pirate ship and teepees, a great place for childhood adventures. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe theatre production takes place in a tent in Kensington Gardens until September 9. If you're visiting, Kensington and Buckingham palaces are nearby for some royal-themed learning.
Stations: Lancaster Gate, Queensway, Bayswater
Hamleys toy store
This iconic Regent Street store may seem an odd choice of a day out but what child wouldn't enjoy visiting the ultimate toy shop? Set a strict spending budget before you go and put up your strongest shields against pester power, and you'll have an adventure too.
Station: Oxford Circus
London Zoo and other animal attractions
However hi-tech and gadget-filled their lives may get, children will surely always be fascinated by animals. A day out at a zoo or wildlife park makes for a fun and educational time. Some of the best places to see all creatures great and small include London Zoo, Battersea Park Children's Zoo and Mudchute Park and Farm. If you're going to London Zoo, downloading the free app for smartphones is worthwhile.
London Zoo stations: Camden Town, Regents Park
A branch of Imperial War Museums moored on the Thames, former warship HMS Belfast has reopened to the public after a six-month facelift. Visitors can explore nine decks of seafaring history and see what life on board was like. Become immersed in battle in the Gun Turret Experience and step into the captains shoes controlling a fleet of ships in the Operations Room.
Station: London Bridge
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