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8 Fun Family-Friendly Things To Do In London For The Summer

By Claire Williams (13 Aug 13)
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The summer holidays are well underway. Over six glorious weeks, parents all over the country have the arduous task of keeping their kids entertained before the school year starts again in September. For some parents, the long stretch of the summer holidays is rather intimidating. There's nothing worse than hearing “I'm bored" twenty times a day.

But fret not. We've got the rest of this year's school summer holidays sorted. From child-friendly restaurants and competitions that will keep your kids busy to days at the zoo and a festival dedicated solely to children, this year's summer holiday will fly by in a flurry of fun activities. And you may even enjoy yourself a bit in the process, too.

For Aspiring Little Chefs

Pan-Asian restaurant and lounge bar, Cocochan in Marylebone, has a great family-friendly competition running throughout August. Your whole family is invited to pin a board on Pinterest of your dream sushi or dim sum menu from the Cocochan page. Whoever wins, the great chefs at Cocochan will make it for you to taste! Visit their Pinterest page and get pinning.

For The Aspiring Artist

Want to be in with a chance of winning dinner for a year at family-friendly restaurant, Giraffe? Well, all you need to do is put colouring pens to paper. Children dining at Giraffe until the 23rd August can win this great prize by customising their very own ‘beach scene' placemat. Entries can be submitted via your waiter or waitress or they can be taken away, scanned, and then emailed to The competition will run until the 23rd August, so get your crayons at the ready! And not only that, but the great ‘kids eat free' meal deal is also running at a number of restaurants in London, including the Islington and Blackheath branches.

Little Creatures Festival

London Zoo's Little Creatures festival allows children under 10 to meet animals of all shapes and sizes through live demonstrations, animal feeding, keeper talks and the Zoo's ‘Animals in Action' show. Why not take the kids for lunch in The Rainforest Cafe (pictured above) beforehand so that your children can get up close to animals while they eat, too? Date: 30th August – 1st September

A Festival For Kids

Now in its fourth year, LolliBop is the UK's biggest festival for kids under 10 and their families. Located at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the festival's stellar entertainment line-up includes CBeebies Justin Fletcher, Rastamouse, Dick and Dom and Peppa Pig. Other activities include a disco, arts and crafts, science demonstrations and dance workshops. The LolliBop Live stage will play host to musical performances from some of the biggest names in children's entertainment, while the Live Theatre tent will showcase performances from Peter Pan, Cloud Babies and the Wimpy Kid Show, amongst others. Date: 16th, 17th & 18th August

Summer In 3D

The Science Museum is putting on a 3D Summer throughout the entire summer holidays, with a range of activities for your whole family to enjoy, including interactive workshops, body scanning and 3D IMAX films. Entry to the Science Museum and many of the activities is free.

Get Close Up To The Dinosaurs

What child isn't fascinated by dinosaurs? Those teeth, that loud roar. For an engaging day out, head to Erth's Dinosaur Zoo in Regent's Park Open Air Theatre this summer. With up close and personal encounters with dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes (all perfectly harmless, of course!), children are able to watch from either a safe distance away or they can dare to get right up close to the creatures. Dinosaur Zoo offers a great mix of live entertainment, education and all-round fun for children aged 3+. Date: until 8th September

What To Do Next To The River Thames

Southbank Centre is recreating the best of neighbourhood living this summer - The Festival of Neighbourhood - with pop-up allotments, a sandy urban beach, community art installations and family-friendly areas including Beanotown, the Wheelbarrow Gardens and Jeppe Hein's Appearing Rooms Fountain. In a celebration of 75 years of the cult classic comic, The Beano, Southbank Centre is creating Beanotown, a neighbourhood area decked out with memorabilia featuring a Beano museum and social club. Date: until 8th September

Kids On Wheels

If you've got teenaged kids, you'll want to take them (or allow them to take themselves) to the new Skate King's Cross. The pop-up rollerskating rink is open for eight weeks over the summer, and includes family sessions (a great way to get your older kids interacting with your younger kids if there is an age gap), pro demos, and 8 ‘til late music nights featuring guest DJs for the over 18s. Disco Bistro, famous for their American-style food and drink, will be on hand with great grub.

Do you have any other great suggestions to share with your fellow London parents on what to do with your kids this summer during the school holidays? Leave a message below using Facebook.

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