Woo hoo! Can we say that summer is officially here now? Well, let’s not hold our breath just yet but at least it means that we can expect warmer days a little more regularly from now on. LO loves the warm weather but really hot days like yesterday was just a tad too much I think.
Looking for something to do when the weather is nice? Here are a few free things you can do around London with the family on a sunny day…
The Colour of Time (July 5th 2015)
Bring the family along to one of the last events held for the Greenwich & Docklands International Festival (GDIF) called “The Colour of Time“. This 90 mins event hosted at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will showcase performances from musicians and dancers, and the end of the event there will be a big finale involving gulal powder being thrown into the air (similar to what they do at the traditional Holi festival). There will also be volunteer staff on site should you need any assistance.
Greenwich Park – Children’s Playground
Greenwich Park famous spot for tourists and the locals including us local mums, especially in the children’s playground area which can be found at the end of the park near the Maze Hill rail station (south entrance, I believe). There’s a good-sized sand pit for children to play in as well as an adventure ground that consists of swings, slides, monkey bars and much more. Just outside of the children’s area is a small pond area where you can hire a pedalo and pedal around if you’re really missing those holidays on the beach. 🙂
Mudchute Park & Animal Farm
Fancy something a little more rural? Why not go and visit this London city farm. This is LO and I’s favourite animal farm. At Mudchute park & animal farm you will be able to see chickens, ducks, sheeps, horses, alpacas and much more. When we went, we fed and petted the goats and sheep. If you want to have a really special experience, book in advance a “farm tour“ or an “animal encounter session” which involves feeding and petting the animals and in the tour, you’ll also get a talk about the farm and how it works i.e. running the farm, looking after the animals, etc.
The Horniman Museum
If you fancy something a bit different, take the kids to an event hosted by popular museums such as the Tate or the Horniman museum. Don’t forget to visit on Wednesday 5th August when there’ll be a special event called “Big Wednesdays Play Day” where the kids will be able to see Punch & Judy’s puppet-show, learn about the wildlife garden and play giant board games. If you can’t make that date, the Horniman museum has something going on every day of the week. Click here to see the list of upcoming events.
There are so many places you can find in around London to take the family this summer. Check out your local parks, museums, and in your local newspaper for local upcoming events. Alternatively, I usually get my inspiration from the TimeOut magazine or website for things to do with the family on a sunny day.
Be Safe In The Sun!
Scorching hot heat can to make younger children go a bit AWOL. It maybe best to keep them indoors if it’s over mid-20s (Celsius) to keep them cool if they are not used to the heat. Young children also can’t regulate their body temperature as well as adults making them at a higher risk of dehydrating and overheating. No parent wants their child to be at risk of heat exhaustion or heatstroke so play it safe and be sun smart.Don’t forget their sun cream (SPF50), sun hat and cold drinks to keep them cool and hydrated.