Davina here - Like many of you I am at the beginning of the long summer school holiday and I have to be honest with you that I have been dreading it... Its my first time to have a school summer holiday as before Elfie was in childcare so we had no school breaks and it is of course coupled with the fact that I have Bonnie now too. Looking after two kids alone for 8 weeks did not sound much fun to me at all. I realised I was being a bit negative about it so decided at the beginning of this week to try and see it as an opportunity to do fun stuff and I made a list of things I want to do with the girls. I dug out this brilliant book that Nick bought me in preparation for the holidays, which gave me some great ideas and my friend Phillipa wrote this brilliant post about Cultural things to do with kids in London this summer, which also gave me some lovely ideas. Here is my edited down list of my favourite 10 things to do in London this summer.
- Visit London's best parks and gardens including Kew Gardens (travel by boat if yo can), Coram Fields, Greenwich Park's new Live Playground and the Olympic park.
- Go fairy and gnome hunting in Sydenham Woods - we take peanuts and leave them for the fairies. Its the sweetest thing watching Elfie hunting for fairy houses and choosing how many nuts to leave in each house.
- Go for an outdoor swim. Try the new natural self cleansing swimming pond in Kings Cross or one of London's many Lidos. I love Charlton Lido but avoid weekends as it gets too busy.
- Visit this years beautiful and colourful Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by Selgascano and when you are there have a picnic in Kensington Gardens.
- Have a play in a Brutalist Playground at RIBA and imagine what your childhood would have been like in the 60s.
- Slide down one of Carsten Holler's giant slides at his solo show at the Hayward gallery.
- Be a tourist for the day and go on the London Duck Tour - a touring bus that turns into a boat! Its incredibly cheesy but I bet the kids would love it and everybody would learn something too.
- Visit the V&A Museum and splash your feet in the paddling pool in the courtyard. When you are there buy a Clara Button book (a beautifully illustrated book about a little girl and boy going on a trip to the V&A). Read the book to your children and then find the displays from the book in real life. We did this and it was so much fun and magical for Elfie.
- Row a boat in Regents park or try a pedalo!
- If you have a rainy day visit the National Galleries for the Soundscape project. Hear the painting. See the sound. Leading contemporary musicians and sound artists compose exclusive, new works inspired by paintings from the collection
If you have any other ideas please share as I'd love to add to my list and share with the rest of you!
Happy Summer holidays to all your parents out there!