The Best Family Activities In London This Weekend

The weather’s looking gloomy outside and we’re all wondering if summer is over. Fortunately London has plenty of activities to tide you through the rainy summer holiday too. If you’re not out and about, check out Nanny Anita’s excellent activities posts to keep the kids entertained around the house.

Whippersnappers Fairyland Experience

Dulwich Park Whippersnappers are bringing you music, storytelling, theatre and lots of fabulous fun at their Fairyland experience. Adventure into the Wyld Wood pixie encampment; dress up as fairies; and get creative in Sugar Plum’s kitchen.

WHEN: 12 Aug, 2pm
WHERE: Whippersnappers Fairyland, College Lodge, College Road, SE21 7BQ
GREAT FOR: All ages

The Fairground Magic Show

An interactive theatre performance in the midst of a mystical playground, this show transports you into a world of fun. The show includes magic and illusions and opportunities to play traditional fairground games including hook-a-duck and the coconut shy.

WHEN: Shows throughout August and September 
WHERE: 28a Comeragh Rd, London W14 9HR
GREAT FOR: All the family 

Pre School Football Classes

Keen to get your kids into football? SoccerDays is definitely the place. They’ll learn basic football skills and the rules of the game. In addition, they also offer children a free trial!

WHEN: From 12 Aug
WHERE: Forest School, Snaresbrook, E17 3PY
GREAT FOR: 2-5 years

Hansel & Gretel

This incredible theatre interpretation of the Brothers Grimm bring to life an edible gingerbread man, a horrid and evil witch, and a terrible and treacherous forest. Can Hansel and Gretel escape and follow the breadcrumb trail home?

WHEN: Until 3 Sept
WHERE: Iris Theatre, St Paul’s Church. Bedford St, London, WC2E 9ED
GREAT FOR: All the family (Ages 8+) 

Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall

Monki Mouse and her dance entourage are celebrating five years of baby boogieing on the Southbank. Toddle on down and pull on your dancing shoes for this parent-friendly under fives disco. What’re you waiting for?

WHEN: Until 24 Sept
WHERE: Underbelly Festival, Southbank
GREAT FOR: Under 5 years

Picturing Hetty Feather

This family-friendly exhibition explains and explores how writers and designers have worked with historical evidence to fill in factual gaps and bring the Foundling Hospital to life. The exhibition, named after the Jacqueline Wilson novel and CBBC adaptation of Hetty Feather, presents unseen treasures and artefacts from the Foundling collection archive. What’s more, there will be costumes and original props from the children’s show. The kids will have the opportunities to dress up and take part in interactive activities.

WHEN: Until 3 Sept
WHERE: The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ
GREAT FOR: All the family

Zoorastic Park 

A new herd of animals have taken over London Zoo this summer, those of the Mesozoic era. Step back in time 65 million years and discover a world where dinosaurs walked the earth. Come face-to-face with moving dinosaurs and learn about these fascinating creatures. What’s more, you’ll learn of how ZSL conservationists are trying to prevent today’s animals from becoming extinct.

WHEN: Until 3 Sept
WHERE: London Zoo, London NW1 4RY
GREAT FOR: All the family

One for the adults: Ice Your Own Biscuits With Biscuiteers 

We’re so excited about Biscuiteers icing classes. Head over to their Notting Hill boutique this weekend to learn how to ice their new Fruit Basket collection. Biscuiteers also offer children’s classes, so don’t hesitate to get in touch – click here to find out more!

WHEN: 13 Aug (see website for times)
WHERE: Biscuiteers Boutique and Icing Cafe, 194 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2ES
GREAT FOR: Getting creative

To book: Dantastic Performers Summer School

Dantastic Productions are offering children a fantastic summer school opportunity to learn new skills, meet new friends and take a journey on a musical and theatrical adventure. The week will be packed with singing, dancing and acting.

WHEN: 21-25 Aug
WHERE: Sindbads, 82 Durham Road, SW20 0TL
GREAT FOR: Up to 12 years

Restaurant of the week: Giraffe

It isn’t often we include a chain restaurant as restaurant of the week, but Giraffe really impose our list when it comes to family-friendly dining.

Offering a whole host of children’s meals including quesadillas, grilled chicken, salads, and burgers, there will definitely be something your little ones will love. Top this off with churros or chocolate brownie (if they’ve been good!). The staff are specially trained to deal with children, so can be on hand to help with those toddler tantrums. Giraffe is always prepared with plenty of crayons, balloons and other fun for the kids.

What’s in it for the adults? Only a fabulous mix of world tapas comprising of succulent beef tacos, crispy patatas bravas and smoky chorizo (but enough of what we’re having!); there are some juicy burgers, jerk ribs and super salads on offer too! Giraffe have upped their brunch game and now offer classic breakfasts from around the world. If you’re not fancying a the full brunch fry up, opt for shakshouka or breakfast pide. There are plenty of kids brekkie choices too!


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Lauren Hyland
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Lauren keeps our readers up-to-date with the latest London events: from family outings to workshops for children to date nights in the city, she knows exactly what’s on and where. Contact

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