When the kids head back to school, term time madness can leave you wondering how you’re going to squeeze in any creative adventures as a family. Especially if they’re not eager to sit down at the kitchen table and get crafty together. Here’s a round-up of 10 top attractions to engage their imagination without them even noticing! Perfect for family days out.
Institute of Imagination, London
The Institute of Imagination in London is relatively new and looks really interesting. It was launched as a charity creating space for children and young people to re-imagine the world with a whole host of workshops throughout the year which are great for engaging your young inventors and engineers.
The Science Museum, London
We love a visit to the Science Museum if we’re in London. It’s packed with interesting exhibits and hands-on learning opportunities with exhibitions changing regularly. It’s free to enter but you can pay extra for the temporary exhibitions and IMAX cinema.
Always on our list of places to visit when we visit family in Cardiff, Techniquest is another interactive science museum with lots of things to do from toddlerhood onwards. We love building dams in the water play area and the planetarium.
Discover -Children’s Story Centre, London
Discover is the UK’s first Children’s Story Centre, a dedicated space for children and their families to enjoy playing, learning and making up stories together. Step inside and you can wander through a world of imagination and encourage your kids to create their own stories.
London Glassblowing, Bermondsey, London
Having previously worked at the London Glassblowing studio I can highly recommend it as a great place to take a family trip and watch the makers at work. The gallery is also packed full of colourful glass from the world’s finest contemporary glass artists. Oh and don’t forget to pop to the Fashion and Textile Museum which is opposite.
Colourscapes are walk-in structures of colour and light. Over 35 have been made and now tour the country. Click the title link for their tour locations. Walk through a maze of colour, see how it changes the colours you wear and maybe even discover a whole orchestra in the middle. A real experience for the whole family to enjoy together. We loved it and so did the grand parents.
Cockpit Arts, London
Cockpits Arts is also a lovely visit if you and your children are into your crafts. Home to craftspeople and designer makers, it holds twice-yearly Open Studios which lets you see behind-the-scenes. See how a milliner makes a hat, how potters throw a bowl and jewellers shape a bespoke ring.
An amazing invitation to imagine and play awaits at Kidzania in London. Kidzania is a fully themed, child-size city for kids to roleplay in. They can take on the role of pilot, cabin crew, firefighter, fashion stylist, doctor… There are 60 activities in total meaning there’s so much to explore and get immersed in. Open to ages 4-14 years old.
The Children’s Play Village, Warwick
For a smaller indoor roleplay world, The Children’s Play Village is a themed indoor play area where children and parents can make treasured memories playing pretend together. Themed areas include a tea room, hair salon, post office, theatre and supermarket.
Lego Discovery Centres, Manchester & Birmingham
If your kids are big Lego fans, they’ll love the new discovery centres which make a more creative alternative to Legoland. The ultimate indoor Lego playground, you’ll find 3 rides, 10 LEGO build & play zones, a 4D cinema & much more.
Do you have any places you love to engage their imagination? Do email us and let us know.
National Trust gardens are always a popular choice too as the kids have plenty of space to run around while getting engaged with history and nature.
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