Looking for things to do during the summer holidays in London with kids? We have a great collection  of ideas here and they are mostly free!

 

Freightliners Farm, Islington
The farm N7 is a charitable organisation with beautiful gardens and a fab cafe. Their focus is on education, therapeutic activity and community input. (free, donations always welcome)

 

 

Tate Modern – Uniqlo Tate Play The Obliteration Room
Tate Modern – SE1 . In Yayoi Kusama’s The Obliteration Room, everyone is invited to transform a completely white room dotty. A playful art-inspired activity for families. Also everyone can create their own work of art to add to an ever-growing garden in the Turbine Hall. On until the 29th August. (free)

 

 

Canary Wharf Summer Lights
Canary Wharf E14. Outdoor installations, enhanced by the play of natural light – 11 new installations, as well as 6 permanent pieces, are dotted around Canary Wharf. Plus a spectacular exhibition of hand-blown glass in the Lobby of One Canada Square. On until 20th August. (free)

 

 

Free Hula Hoop and Circus Workshops for kids
Stonebridge Garden, E8. The Majorettes are a Guinness World Record Holding hula hoop troupe!! Since 2012 they have been creating workshops and performances which inspire people to reconnect with their bodies and enjoy fitness. (free) over Summer every Tuesday – weather permitting. (ages 8-16)

 

 

The Garden Museum – The Secret Garden
The Garden Museum SE1. Build your own small Secret Garden – Each participant will receive a little box or tray to create a mini garden, make plants out of drawings on torn paper, wire, cardboard and tissue paper. The session will be run by Florence Goodhand-Tait, an artist and freelancer who regularly works with Art in the Park in Burgess Park. (free) every sunday throughout summer (ages 3-10)

 

 

Gunnerbury Park & Museum – Mini Beast Safari and pond dipping
Gunnersbury W5. Grab your minibeast spotting equipment, head out into the park and discover the hidden world of insects in this fascinating workshop. 2nd August, 9th August & 23rd August. (paid £7)

 

 

Make Do Play Weebly
In the garden of St Mary’s Hornsey Rise. N19.  Loose Parts, messy play, crafts & woodwork. From 11th – 25th August. (free/donations welcome)

 

 

Greenwich & Docklands International Festival 2022
18 days of free theatre, art, dance and circus. The Sky is filled with Thunder – voices of local children in a multi-layered audio artwork about home, migration, family history, hope, anger, fear and joy. 27th – 28th August. Organic Fireworks 26th – 27th August. Island of Foam – 3rd – 4th September. Unfurl – beautiful installation – Light, colour and sound, combined with cutting-edge soft robotics, to create an enchanting dreamscape. 9th & 10th September (free)

 

 

British Museum Little Feet,WC1B. Museum Beach 2022. Urban beach to splash, play and explore, with paddling pools, count the ducks, fish for crabs in the mini sealife area, and a range of summer art activities. (free) (under 5’s

 

 

Camden Artist Centre – Summer Family Activity: Shelter NW3.  5 days of family-friendly activities in their garden and studio: five basic human survival needs – sustenance, shelter, rest, breathing and clothing. The sessions will offer children and their adults a relaxed and creative environment to look to nature and slow down

 

 

Sir John Soane Family workshops  WC2A 3BP. Family Drop-ins : Cork Temples Workshop -create cork models – 4th August. Lego-City Workshop – create a Lego City. 11th August (age 4+). Gentle Sensory Tour and Workshop – enjoy a tour, experiencing light, colour, sounds, movement. 18th August (free) (all ages)

 

 

National Gallery – Summer on the Square WC2N 5DN. A free festival of art, outside Trafalgar Square. including experimental drawing, singing and movement, collage art, animal animation, zine making, collaborative poetry and 3D installation creation. between 11th- 29th August. (free)

 

 

Royal Parks – Upcoming Events this Summer
Highlights include a Play Day Celebration Event in Greenwich Park and Discovery Day: Peter Pan in Hyde Park – 3rd August and The Fast and Curious Play Session (featuring Go Karts) 24th August. (free)

 

 

Kids Summer Splash 2022
Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1AGs, swimming, super sandpits, deckchair chilling. From 1st- 22nd August (free)

 

 

Mudchute Farm – Isle Of Dogs
32 acres of countryside in the heart of East London. The Mudchute is a community charity, with a working farm, and a wide range of education activities and has a lovely on-site café. (free/donations always welcome)

 

 

Cutty Sark
SE10 9HT. Meet colourful characters from Cutty Sark’s past and hear astonishing stories about life at sea in the age of sail. (paid)

 

 

National Maritime Museum
SE10 9NF. Ahoy! gallery. This is a play area within the main museum building that is especially designed for babies and children aged up to seven. (free)

 

 

Chisenhale.Summer of Art 2022
E3. You will find plenty to offer from Saturday 23rd July – Saturday 6th August 2022. include hands-on art activities, dance classes and live performances in the outdoor Chisenhale Learn+Play+Create Space. Finishing with a festival of art for all on 6th August. (free)

 

 

Museum of Home – E2 – Dream Big – Holiday Family Activities – Two days of storytelling and craft activities around making your dreams come true. 7th August & 21st August. (free or pay what you can)

 

 

Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery – Summer Holiday Club
W5 5EQ. A 5 day creative camp for children aged 7-11. Artmaking inspired by nature, building and model-making activities, kite making, sound art, card game design and much more. From 15th – 19th August (Paid/free for kids who have Free School Meals)

 

 

Luke Jerram’s touring Earth sculpture
St John the Baptist Church in Shepherd’s Bush 28th July – 6th August – at All Saints’ Church in Notting Hill, from 9th – 14th August. (free)

 

 

Museum Of London : EC2Y 5HN .Big Brick Build : Mosaic Mayhem Build a giant mosaic with LEGO bricks! Min age: 5+/Duration: 2hrs 30m. From 9th – 11th August. (free)

 

 

This Bright Land, Somerset House
WC2R 1LA. 35m observation wheel, day-and-night performances, music, dance, talks, workshops. Created by Somerset House Studios artists Gareth Pugh and Carson McColl, This Bright Land has togetherness at its heart, with Sunday street parties. From 1st – 29th August (free – £22.50)

 

 

Craft School –  N1 9BY. A summer of playful making
Create, play, and experiment with clays, textiles, paper, and cards, at a ‘making table. From 9th July – 3rd September. (free)

V&A – family SW7 2RL . Family Display: Pattern Studio – Come along to this family display, share stories and explore fashion, shapes and colours. From now until 1st September 2022. (free). Drop-in Design: Joyful Patterns – take part in a drop-in workshop, create your celebratory pattern. 29th July – 27th August. (free). Pop -up Performance Music Makers – music workshop with artist Muntu Valdo.(free). Design and Weave workshop – Join artist Marcia John and Eddie Niles and take part in this drop-in weaving workshop. (free) and much more. (All Free)

 

 

Assemble Play Free free play- all over London. Here are the dates in August. Headstone Manor – 19th August. Kilburn Grange Park from 19th- 21st August. Pitzhanger Manor from 25th – 28th August. (free)

 

 

All Points East Festival
Victoria Park : NBHD. Activities in Victoria Park. From 21st-24th August! sign up to their website for more news.(free)

 

 

Hackney Museum Holiday Fun
E8. Learn about life in Hackney with Hackney Museum’s fun hands on activities. Until the 31st August. (free)

 

 

Street Drama – Premises Hackney
E8. Flair for drama? fun, creative collaborative & co-creative page-to-stage 2-day workshop develops skills to script a short play, resulting in a group performance at The Premises studios in Hackney Road. 20th August & 21st August. (free)

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