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Big Family Weekends in London

 

Looking for your familyís next weekend getaway? London is an excellent place to visit with children because there are many fun and child-friendly sites and activities. Plus, itís not too far away, so itís an easy destination to make into a weekend adventure. Here are a few family-friendly activities waiting for you in London.

A Harry Potter Tour

Diagon Alley in Leadenhall Market, Kings Cross Station, the Reptile House at the London Zoo...these are just a few well-known landmarks from the popular Harry Potter series. You can also visit the Warner Bros. studio and take a tour to see the costumes, props and sets, like Dumbledoreís office and the Hogwarts Great Hall. After your trip, stop by the bookstore and pick up a paperback copy of the book, which hopefully you can encourage your kids to read. Visiting places like these is a great way to help coax kids into the world of reading and show them how much fun books can be when you can see the landmarks mentioned in the books.

 
   

 

A Special Visit to a Toy Store

  London is full of luxurious toy stores and kid-friendly boutiques where your children can browse and find some new beloved toys. Instead of shopping for luxury kids toys online, take them to a special shop like Semmalina Toys, Mystical Fairies, the Disney Store, or Playlounge where they can see everything in real life instead of on a computer screen. This will also be a great opportunity to teach boundaries and moderation, since they will most likely want to buy the store out! Instead, let them each choose one item and move on.

Magical Museums

Many museums in London offer special exhibits and events that cater to children. For example, the London Transport Museum is a great choice if your child is fascinated by cars and trucks. Or, the Golden Hinde is a fun way to learn about pirates and the history of shipping. Finally, the ancient Egyptian mummies at the British Museum are sure to be a spooky delight.

See a Show

London has a fabulous theatre scene that reaches all ages. In particular, there are several well-known performing arts centers and theatre companies that put on shows for younger audiences. For example, the Half Moon Theatre in East London not only puts on shows, but also offers short workshops where children can learn and participate. Little Angel Theatre offers marionette shows for younger children, while Jacksons Laneís art center offers circus-like performances. To see the latest listings, check the newspaper or spend some time browsing online.

 

 
   
 

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