From family-friendly festivals to slime-making workshops, here are the best things to keep the kids entertained this June.
Let history come to life on the Golden Hinde
Hop aboard the Golden Hinde and discover what life was like in the 16th century on Sir Francis Drake‘s historic ship. The Living History tour, especially for families, will have you meet the characters you’d find abroad the ship: The Ships Master will show you how to navigate at sea; the Master Gunner will teach you how to fire a cannon and keep your limbs hidden when you meet the gory Barber Surgeon!
Golden Hinde, St Mary Overie’s Dock, Cathedral St, London SE1 9DE; until 2 June
Find out more on GoldenHinde.co.uk
Aladdin’s final summer on the West End
Catch this spectacular Disney musical before it ends this summer. Aladdin promises a magical performance filled with special effects, breathtaking sets, a fantastic cast and over 350 lavish costumes. The whole family will be entranced by this magic carpet performance that features songs like ‘Friend Like Me’, ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Arabian Nights’ from the award-winning film.
Book online on AladdinTheMusical.co.uk
It’s slime time at Slime Planet’s new HQ
For all things slime, join Slime Planet each weekend for workshops devoted to slime science and slimy creatures. Each session starts with a science quiz, followed by the chance to make your own slime and customise it with glitter, foam and beads. The workshop finishes with all the children getting involved in making a HUGE slime.
Slime Planet Ltd, Arch 494, Rathgar Road, London. SW9 7EP; from 1 June
Music making with Dragon Babies
Experience the beautiful Javanese percussion orchestra known as gamelan at Southbank Centre. As part of Gamelan, Dragon Babies is a music-making session for toddlers to shake, rattle and gong, while learning about Javanese instruments through singing, movement and play.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX; until 15 July
Family raving with Big Fish Little Fish
Award-winning family ravers Big Fish Little Fish are back banging tunes, bubbles and balloons for three unforgettable family raves this month. The party-starters will be in Hackney (9 June), Vauxhall (15 June) and Camden (16 June) with dancefloors welcoming ravers for 2-4 hours where you can expect everything from parachute dances to glitter cannons and story time for babies.
Book online on BigFishLittleFishEvents.co.uk
Summer loving at the Daylesford Summer Festival
Daylesford is turning back the clocks to 1967 — the Summer of Love — for its Cotswold summer festival this June. Welcoming retro fancy dress and flowers in your hair, the festival will welcome in the summer in carefree sixties style. Returning for the tenth year, the festival will see the farm filled with stalls, workshops, debates, singing, dancing and a delicious array of food.
Daylesford near Kingham, Gloucestershire, GL56 0YG; 8th June, 10am-5pm