What’s On: Activities for Kids in London This Weekend Ellie Thompson 5 May, 2016 Activities and Days Out, Features The mercury is riiiiiising! Personally, I’ve invested in a 10ft paddling pool for the weekend, but if you’re up for venturing further afield and are bored of your own back garden then check out our round-up of some of the coolest things happening in London. Don’t miss our restaurant of the week, Honest Burgers. Delish! The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl Book a place on this brilliant interactive journey and explores the famous stories and characters of the legendary children’s author, Roald Dahl. The exhibition features installations and unique items from the Roald Dahl museum. VENUE: Southbank Centre WHEN: Saturday 7th May, 10 – 6pm SUITABLE FOR: 7 – 12 years Serpentine Lido If you believe the hype in the press, this weekend is going to be hot! What better way to spend it than enjoying a swimming lesson with your child at the Serpentine Lido. There’s also a paddling pool and a children’s area to keep everyone amused. Make the most of the hot weather and jump in! VENUE: Serpentine WHEN: Weekends from May from 10am, last entry 5.30pm (all week long from June) SUITABLE FOR: All ages Fun Fiesta in Notting Hill Gorgeous shop Couverture & The Garbstore requires no further incentive to visit as its threads for women, men and children, and gorgeous homewares are cause enough. But on Sunday, its three floors of indie design are given over to a children’s fiesta. Celebrating all things Mexican, there’ll be ice lollies by the Paleta girls and storytelling by Vanessa Woolf, cute Meri Meri tattoos and a Mexican mask masterclass and, of course, PiÃ±ata. In the words of Speedy, ‘arriba arriba, andale andale’ ðŸŒµ VENUE: Couverture, Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, London W11 WHEN: Sunday PERFECT FOR: Ages 3+ Punch & Judy in Covent Garden Expect a lot of ‘That’s the way to do it!’ in the charming St Paul’s Churchyard, home to the Covent Garden May Fayre this weekend. This celebration of all things Punch & Judy takes place in the very spot Samuel Pepys records the first British sighting of Mr Punch. As well as puppet workshops and shows galore, there’ll be a brass-accompanied grand procession, and a church service preached by Pulcinella himself. VENUE: St Paul’s Churchyard, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2 WHEN: Sunday PERFECT FOR: All ages Fantastical Story Factory London Don’t miss this fantastic brand new family show from winners CBBC’S The Slammer, the internationally acclaimed musical improvisors, The Showstoppers. These guys take your little ones ideas and turn them into stories. Join the musical adventure that will have kids exploring magical kingdoms, meeting wonderful characters and singing along by the end. VENUE: Southbank Centre WHEN: 7th May – 2nd July PERFECT FOR: 6+ National Pet Show The National Pet Show is taking place in London this weekend, and the Kids’Zone is definitely one to visit. They’ll be face painters and child-friendly talks on animals, not to mention lots of hopping, running and squawking animals on display. The Kids’ Painting Party company will also be on hand encouraging children to paint their pets. VENUE: ExCel London WHEN: 7-8th May PERFECT FOR: All ages Get Out of Town… Brighton Festival Why not venture down the to coast (along with probably the rest of the population) and head to Brighton Festival this weekend. From storytime with Michael Morpurgo to the Children’s parade, you’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do in the sunshine. My Baba’s Restaurant of The Week Honest Burgers I took the kids to Honest Burgers last week and it was easily the best burger I’ve ever had. The lovely staff gave the children a kids’ menu which had a couple of games on, being word search and dot to dot, but you don’t need much to keep them entertained as the food arrived pretty quickly. The kids’ menu has all the same ingredients as the adults’, but just served in children’s portions being half the size and half the price! We all went for the normal beef burger with red onion relish and lettuce with a big portion of rosemary salted chips and plenty of bacon and ketchup. They also have gluten free buns for those with an intolerance. I didn’t have a pudding, but the minty lemonade was delicious. Ps – the coleslaw was also a killer! A Head’s Up for Next Week… Our favourite merino brand Love My Smalls are holding their EveryBody Yoga Club at KIDs on 4 in Selfridges on 11th May at 10.30am and 2pm for an hour each session. To book your slot, email the lovely girls Emma or Cat at firstname.lastname@example.org.