London has many enticements if you are traveling with your family. London hosts several children-friendly restaurants and amusement parks. Apart from these, there are plays and shows specially tailored for kids.
If your kids feel like galloping around, there are many options in adventure playgrounds. There is The Princess Diana Playground. This park has been constructed in the Kensington Garden, and inspired by Peter Pan. It has thematic statues, and resides by a beach. The newest feature is a sea monster.
Another playground is the Somerford Grove Adventure Playground. Its forte is that it was designed by kids themselves. And so, it is quite well-known. It is replete with swings and climbing nets. It also has a pond and fruit trees. If your children are under eight, take them to the Horton Park Children’s Farm.
If it’s an amusement park your family prefers, take them to the Chessington World of Adventures. It is the quintessential theme park with roller coasters and other thrilling rides.
If your kids are older and enjoy outdoor activities, you can take them to the following adventure venues:
1) Bay Sixty6: for skateboarding.
2) The Canalside Activity Centre: offers kayak and canoeing for kids.
3) Jurassic Encounter Adventure Golf: the odd combination of dinosaurs and golf.
4) Hyde Park Stables: for horse riding.
5) The Raceway Docklands: if they are go-karting addicts.
6) Wet’n’Wild at the Waterfront Leisure Centre: if they are water babies.
The list is really endless. You might not be able to fit n everything. The best thing would be to discuss with your kids as to where they want to go, and indulge them.
The next big issues when traveling with kids is finding restaurants that are compatible with kids and their fussiness.
You can try visiting the following restaurants:
1) The Belgo Centraal: it has a ‘mini’ menu according to which kids 12 or below can eat for free. It has Belgian cuisine.
2) Café Rouge: this place is the best to keep children occupied. It has puzzles and game kits, all with a French theme. There is a special kids menu. Or if they fancy something from the main menu, you can order small portions.
3) Ed’s Easy Diners: if your kids are the milkshake/burger type, take them here. You can get a ‘Junior Bites’ menu as well.
There are shows that your children will like immensely. The Little Angel Theatre holds many puppet plays. Apart from this theatre, there are others that produce plays for kids. Among them are The Puppet Theatre Barge, Polka Theatre, The Half Moon Theatre, etc.
Through June and July, there is the Greenwich+Docklands Festival. It revolves around dance and music. It has a water based show from France apart from circus performers and visual artists. Through the entire month, small performances are held throughout the Greenwich Town that light up the place with festivity.
All in all, these extravaganzas will ensure that your children never have a dull moment when in the city of London.