Fun Days Out With The Kids This Summer Holidays My Baba 27 July, 2016 Activities and Days Out, Living There’s a six to eight week summer holiday on the horizon if you haven’t noticed, and if you’re not going abroad this year you’ll need to think of some activities to keep the kids amused quick-smart. Fear not; check out my guide to what’s on in and outside London for families, whatever the weather! Adventure Days with Sharky and George Our favourite children entertainers Sharky and George are running private Adventure Days throughout the Summer. The activities are endless – boating in the Serpentine, rocket launching, nerf gun battles, t-shirt graffiti making, kite flying, water battles and SO much more! Guildford Summer Festival The Guildford Summer Festival is currently running until 12th August, and is jam-packed with a diverse range of events, including the Town Centre Cycle Race, Guildford Festival Craft Fair, The Electric Theatre Summer Film Festival and much more. The festival is an umbrella event that publicises all sorts of local events taking place throughout the summer, so it’s well worth downloading the brochure to see what’s on. We love the sound of ‘Guildford On Sea’ – an urban beach with beach huts, balloon giveaways, free candyfloss AND face painting. The Big Feastival on Alex James’ Farm, The Cotswolds The Big Feastival is definitely one of those events that you plot in the calendar at least ten months before the day. It’s as popular as Christmas in the My Baba offices, and it’s easy to see why. The Big Feastival is the ultimate family festival, with feel good music and food aplenty. Family fun is in abundance this year, with workshops, sing-along classes, buggy races, paints and arts and crafts, and even a chance to brush up on your circus skills with the team from Jitterbug Circus, who’ll be there to entertain you. My Kidsy Holiday Activities for Children in London Why not take a look at one of our favourite go-to websites for fun and educational events and classes this summer? My Kidsy is a fantastic hub for everything from summer fun to sports classes and science based workshops. My Kidsy’s website is easy to navigate, with holiday activities categorised into specific age groups and interests. There really is something to please everyone. Summer Activities in London at Harrods If you’re in town this summer holiday, don’t forget to check out the cracking kids’ events taking place at Harrods. There’s lots to do each weekend throughout the summer, with themed parties and activities to keep all ages amused. The BFG Dream Jar Trail Besides that must-go trip to the cinema to see Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, London is host to something equally as fun this summer. That’s right, the streets of London are being transformed with magical giant Dream Jars, with each jar containing “splendiferous” sculptures based on dream stories from the coolest celebrities. BFG Dream Jars can be found in iconic spots in London; Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace to name but a few. Share your findings on Instagram using #BFGDreamJars to be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes! Download the all-important maps and mini trails from the official visitlondon.com site. Dinosaur Forest at Port Lympne Reserve Jurassic Park eat your heart out! Discover over 100 life-size dinosaurs in the Forest on the Port Lympne Reserve, Kent’s biggest wild animal park. Journey back in time with a dedicated team of Dino Rangers that will lead you around the prehistoric world, telling stories from a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth and owned the planet. There’s even an opportunity to become a palaeontologist and dig for fossils, and a chance to create your very own dinosaur to take home. London’s Pop-Up Beaches If you’re looking for an inexpensive fun day out in London, there are some fantastic pop-up beaches in the capital. There’s the Thames-side urban beach in Fulham’s Bishops Park, the Festival of Love beach on the Southbank, the beach at London’s Royal Docks, and the Beach East at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which opens on 23rd July. Beach East is a massive 2200 square metres of golden sand complete with a huge paddling pool. What’s more, there are funfair rides and family events to keep everyone amused – what could be more fun, weather permitting? Go Fest & Lions Sports Academy Calling all budding athletes, football nuts, rugby fans, and those little darlings with excess energy, why not sign up to a Lions sports camp this summer? From rugby and football training to athlete development, these camps take place at sports sites all over Greater London. The Lions sports camps are fantastic for improving and developing players and athletes of all ages and abilities – and we’re assured that besides the hard work, maximum fun is had. Lions will also be providing free rugby coaching at the UK’s family festival of sport, dance, health & fitness, Go Fest on 13th and 14th August, at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford if you’d like a taster of what they offer. The London Street Food Taste Tour The London Street Food Taste tour is your brand new handy guide to eating out in London. Why not take the kids sightseeing around the capital, using this fab interactive guide to check out some of the most mouth-watering street food markets and pop-ups along the way. The guide also provides you with a brief history of the markets, from those established way back when in 1040 to the most recent start-ups. A fantastic (not to mention mouth-watering) way to complete the ultimate family day out! Go Harry Potter Mad This Summer! ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is billed by Time Out as ‘the biggest stage event of 2016′. This epic two-part stage play by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany at The Palace Theatre in the West End follows the adventures of both a middle-aged Harry and his son Albus as he begins his life at Hogwarts. Tickets may prove hard to come by, but it’s worth noting that during the run there will be day-seats available, with new tickets going on sale online every Friday at 1pm. The Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter The Studio Tour is set adjacent to the working film studios where all eight Harry Potter films were made. You’ll have the opportunity to explore two soundstages and a backlot filled with original sets, animatronic creatures and amazing special effects. Make sure you book well in advance, as it’s one of the summer’s hottest tickets! One for The Adults – IF You Dare! – Darren Brown’s Ghost Train at Thorpe Park It’s finally open and my first thought is – the YouTube trailer is scary enough! Crafted by the master of mind control Derren Brown, it’s the first ghost train of its kind, lasting a terrifying 13 minutes. The world’s only fully immersive psychological attraction designed to manipulate the human mind. Based in a spooky disused warehouse you’ll board a train carriage that will leave you wondering where perception ends, and reality begins. Yeah – perhaps not one for the kids, they should probably stick to the teacups.