As the Easter school holidays are upon us, I am having to extricate myself from under a mountain of lipstick and nail polish and think about the ways to entertain my children. If I’ve learned one thing about school holidays it is to be prepared!
It’s too expensive to take them out every single day but breaking up the week with a few outings saves your sanity and expends some of their boundless energy. Here’s what we’ll be up to:
Ocean Of Stars Exhibit At London Aquarium
Your kids don’t have to be particularly in to sea life to enjoy this day out; on arrival they’re given a paper snorkel mask and an activity book they can work through as they visit the various tanks. They get to see starfish, seahorses, jellyfish, turtles and the highlight for us real-life penguins!
There is a lot of emphasis on conservation and my 6 year old is now lecturing me on the perils of eating too much fish.
Tickets start at £13.50. www.visitsealife.com
The Science Museum
It’s free, it’s easy to get to and whether your children are 1 or 12 there is something in the museum they will love. We spent most of our time in the basement as it has lots of activities for kids under five. There is a dedicated seating area perfect for packed lunch and after eating we headed up to Launchpad where we spent another two hours looking at electricity, magnets, rockets and the like. We had just as much fun as the kids did!
Free entry. www.sciencemuseum.org.uk
It’s been a long time since I’ve been to the circus and doing a quick straw poll among my friends made me realise there are lots of children who have never been. It’s good old-fashioned fun with horses, birds, Quad bikes, a strongman, acrobats and of course clowns.
Looking at the audience, the parents loved it just as much as the kids and it’s a great way to spend two hours. Zippos are touring London this month so check their website to see if they are coming to a venue near you.
Tickets start at £12. www.zipposcircus.co.uk