Finding enough activities to entertain the kids can be a challenge at the best of times but with the seemingly endless summer holidays fast approaching, the task of finding sufficient day trips, excursions and play-dates to fill the time can be especially daunting.
But don’t despair! If you’re based in the South East of England or are planning a trip to the capital during the summer break then there are some fantastic days out on offer; many of which your kids will remember forever.
Warner Bros Studio tour
Whether you’re 5 or 50, if you’re a fan of the Harry Potter books and films then there can be no better day out than a trip to Harry Potter World.
Built in the studios where the films were created, visitors will have a magical, unique and eye-opening day exploring original sets, meeting animatronic creatures and seeing breath-taking special effects.
Plus, as authentic Hogwarts jumpers and other film merchandise is available from the studio shop, you can kit your kids out with genuine Harry Potter apparel and help them to embrace their inner wizard by making their lives just that little bit more magical.
Located just inside the M25 close to Watford, the Warner Bros Studios are easy to reach and make an unforgettable trip for all the family.
Located in the heart of London, close to Camden and Regent’s Park, London Zoo is one of the most iconic family attractions in the capital.
Though the entry prices are a little steep, it’s possible to spend an entire day wandering around the enclosures and meeting the residents who range from the creepiest crawlies to the most ferocious looking lions.
The zoo is also widely prized for its conservation projects and attempts to save endangered species – so your kids could really learn a lot from here. Only this March, the BBC reported on how Sumatran tiger cubs were born at London Zoo which was excellent news when you consider that current estimates believe there to be only 300 of the species wild in the world compared to 1,000 back in the 1970s.
This is definitely one for animal lovers!
The Natural History Museum
Anyone who visited the Natural History Museum as a child will remember the first time they walked into the cavernous lobby and saw the skeleton of a real dinosaur towering above them.
As well as dinosaurs, the museum has exhibitions on the evolution of the earth, blue whales, earthquakes and much more. As many of the displays are interactive, your kids can learn all about the world and its creatures while having fun.
One of the biggest selling points of this attraction is that it is free to enter – although you can choose to make a donation to its upkeep and maintenance once inside. The museum also hosts regular exhibitions and events and although these may incur an entry fee they are well worth keeping an eye on.
Making the most of the summer
So there you have it … three fantastic days out that both you and your kids will love.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to pack those bags, book some tickets and jump aboard the Hogwarts Express!