5 Best London Family Days Out

1) Get your buckets & spade at the ready so you can build a huge sandcastle at the beach on The Southbank opposite the soon to be squashed under cover Southbank Skate Park. You can’t miss out and let everyone jump between the incredible shooting fountains at The Appearing Rooms, and when you’ve dried off, then catch some family theatre at the Udderbelly near the London Eye.

2) Book in for a Family Swim session, or the Aqua Splash session with the largest inflatable (It’s A Knockout style) water adventure playground I’ve ever seen for ages 8+ at Londons largest swimming pool in the Olympic Park. Or just play around in grounds, book tickets to take a ride up the ArcelorMittal Oribit for a stunning view at either of the 2 viewpoints. The tumbling playground areas are great for keen skate boarders and scooter, and check the website as their are a few events planned over the next few months, like the National Paralympic Day on 30 August : Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. You’d be mad not to take my advice though and jump in feet first at the London Aquatic Centre (if only for the super hot showers and free hair dryers!).

3) Get your flags, and start waving at the BBC Proms. There are special weekend shows for kids at the Albert Hall on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July, from 11am.

Keats_House 4) Join in the fun at The Family Fun Day at Keats House in Hampstead, which is themed around the sea. Explore all things deep through activities aimed at all ages. Free with admission, just turn up, 1pm-4pm. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w-aMYGO4cU

5) Feel free to stare at The Rubbish Collection, The Science Museums unique two-part exhibition, which traces the journey of waste generated by the Museum over 30 days (as part of their Climate Changing programme). Read up on the process over on the blog here, and distinguish your PET plastics from your HDPE Plastics. You may never look at a milk bottle top in the same way again, you have been warned, xo

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