10 Things To Do With the Kids In London – June 2017

Summer 2017 officially starts next month – June 21– let’s hope the weather keeps its side of the bargain so we can enjoy London in all its sun-shining goodness.

As we know it’s probably going to rain more than it isn’t, we’ve included indoor and outdoor options for things to do with the kids in London:

Mission: Invertebrate at The Royal Parks

From June 1 until October 26

An eight-foot high snail will be sliding its way around eight iconic sites over the coming half term and summer holidays as part of The Royal Parks’ Mission: Invertebrate.

For the uninitiated, the animal kingdom can be split into two main groups: vertebrates and invertebrates. Vertebrates such as mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians all have a backbone, whereas invertebrates, such as butterflies, slugs, worms, and spiders, don’t. 

As part of Mission: Invertebrate, a giant snail with story-tellers on board, will tour all the Royal Parks from Greenwich in the east to Bushy in the west, giving children and families the opportunity to get close to nature and learn more about the miniature world of invertebrates.

As well as interactive story-telling, visitors will have the chance to get involved in a range of free creative activities focusing on some of the fascinating creatures found in the parks, from spiders, dragonflies and grasshoppers to worms, butterflies and moths. Look out for bug trails, creative crafting and invertebrate missions.

 Caption: A giant story-telling snail will be touring London’s Royal Parks over the holidays

Caption: A giant story-telling snail will be touring London’s Royal Parks over the holidays

Lab Life: Metropolis at The Institute of Imagination

From 1 – 3 June

Did you know that by 2050, over 65% of the world’s population will live in urban areas? How we live, work and socialise in these areas is constantly changing in response to the challenges we face in the ever growing city.

Imagination Lab’s Metropolis will enable children and families to explore the evolving city through the three areas of material, shape, function.

Tickets from £5. Best suited to children aged 3 to 10. 

Chesterton’s Polo in Hurlingham Park

From June 9 to 11

Finals Day on Sunday 11 June sees the crowning of the winner of Polo in the Park 2017 and it's family-friendly with interactive activities for children taking place during the morning before the polo gets under way. Sharky & George will host children’s entertainment with activities including:

  • Rocket balloon launching and giant bubble making
  • Space hopper steeplechase, mega sack races, rocket balloon javelin
  • Giant musical mats
  • Ultimate water bomb catapulting competition
  • Giant musical bumps
  • Biggest game of musical statues ever
  • 100-a-side tug of war

Tickets from £10 per child. 

Architectural Yoga – Sir John Soane’s Museum

Saturday 10 June 2017


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Every second Saturday is family drop-in day at the Soane and June is the first time they’re offering Yoga. In this session, you'll use Yoga postures to explore architecture and the built environment and through gentle movements of the body, you can learn about the way buildings are designed by architects.

Soane was inspired by the magnificent buildings of Ancient Greece and Rome and you’ll be introduced to the structures of these buildings, such as columns and arches, and use what we know about our bodies’ stability to help understand how they worked.

Led by a fully qualified yoga teacher, these free sessions are aimed at Yoga beginners, and everyone over 5 is welcome -  all children must be accompanied by adults and vice versa. 

Each session is 40 minutes and capacity is limited to 12, so pre-book now to guarantee places. You can also just drop-in on the day.

The Underbelly Festival

The Underbelly Festival is back at London’s Southbank until 1 September with a spectacular range of magic, circus, comedy, theatre, puppetry and music. Our favourite child-friendly events are below - check the Underbelly Festival website for full listings.

The Amazing Bubble Man

Sunday 4th June 2017

Louis explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. Featuring square bubble and rocket bubbles, The Amazing Bubble Man keeps the audience engaged and in hysterics.

Tickets from £10.25.

The Tap Dancing Mermaid

Saturday 10th June 2017 - 1100

Can a mermaid tap dance?

Marina Skippett creeps out at night to tap dance on the boardwalk to the sounds of the sea. She can’t tap dance at home anymore since her evil Aunty banned it, threatening to feed Marina’s dinners to the dog. But then, one magical night, Marina meets a mysterious, magical boy swimming alone and her life is never the same again.

Featuring stunning puppets, original live music and tap dancing, the show is suitable for kids aged 3 and up.

Tickets from £10.25.

Refugee Week + Summertime at The Southbank Centre

From now until Monday 28 August 2017

As part of Refugee Week from 19-25 June, Southbank Centre is holding The Big Translate, which sees 60 children from local primary schools translating into English ten strikingly illustrated books from around the world.

Summertime comes to Southbank Centre with over 40 lively events and spectacles including contemporary circus, street performances, dance and theatre, pop-up gigs, summer banquets and markets. There’s also a free urban beach – bring your own bucket and spade and enjoy 85 tonnes of golden play sand.

 (c) India Roper-Evans

(c) India Roper-Evans

REVEAL Festival at The Victoria & Albert Museum

From 30 June – 7 July 2017

REVEAL is a week-long public festival celebrating the opening of the V&A’s Exhibition Road Quarter. Throughout the week, families will be invited to explore the Museum with a series of trails, online games, performances and activities. There will be pop-up performances in The Sackler Courtyard, workshops with artists and illustrators looking at the design of the new Exhibition Road Quarter, and interactive theatre performances for all to join.

#Londonisopen with Transport for London (TfL)

TfL has launched three new travel itineraries to help visitors make the most of London. Designed to show visitors how they can get to some of London’s most popular destinations more smoothly by choosing the best way to travel or using the transport network outside of the busiest times, the new itineraries are:

Top London Attractions - This itinerary outlines the best times to visit London's ten most popular attractions, including the British Museum and Somerset House. It also highlights when the nearest Tube stations are likely to be less busy and the other transport services that can be used to get there.

Bus Route 94 – Travel along bus route 94 from central to west London to discover some of London's most popular neighbourhoods and iconic locations, such as Covent Garden and Notting Hill.

Transport Design Icons - For over 150 years, TfL design has shaped how London looks and how visitors experience the city. This itinerary will guide people as they discover some of London's most popular transport design icons, such as Baker Street Tube station, one of the first to have Underground platforms, and the 1920’s art deco home of London Underground at 55 Broadway. It also gives the best times to visit the stations where the design icons can be found.

Find out more at tfl.gov.uk/visiting-london.