Festive Outings with the Kids
Stuck for places to visit with the kids this Christmas? There are some great festive day’s (and nights) out to be had all across the country, but if you can get into London try some of these great events that are on offer…
If you don’t want to brave the cold, why not take the kids for a Christmas movie, there are plenty showing over this Christmas period, but if you have young kids, try ‘Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings’ which opens Dec 14. My kids both love the Tinkerbell movies, and one of them is a boy! The great news for parents is it’s only 75 minutes to sit through, so plenty of time for a mulled wine afterwards!
If you fancy something a bit more active why not try Ice Skating ? There are several events to choose from – why not try Hyde Park – not only does it have the skating rink but it has extra rides and attractions which include a Giant Observation Wheel and two circuses – ‘Christmas Circus’ and ‘Cirque Berserk’ – from the family-friendly Zippos Circus. Also featuring the biggest outdoor rink in the UK, which surrounds the Victorian bandstand and is illuminated with more than 100,000 lights. There’s Santa land too and food and mulled wine. New this year is The Magical Ice Kingdom experience, which is sculpted from 200 tonnes of ice and snow and gives the visitors the chance to explore frozen pathways and an ice forest to discover sculptures and characters in themed rooms.
If a Panto or show is more your thing how about ‘The snowman’ based on the Raymond Briggs book and the animated film of the same name. The story surrounds the flying snowman who befriends a young boy and takes him on a magical flight of adventure. I dare you not to cry at the spectacularly beautiful flying scenes and music!
Really young kids will also love the Play of the wind in the willows based on Kenneth Graham’s family-friendly tale reinvented by Polka for 5-11 year olds, with special ‘Watch with Baby performances’.
Finally, you must see Christmas at Kew Gardens. This annual, seasonal makeover features plenty of family-friendly attractions including Father Christmas’s grotto in the Princess of Wales Conservatory (Dec 8-23; queue opens noon, closes 3pm), a vintage carousel on Kew Palace Lawn (Dec 8-Jan 6 10.30am-4pm; £2), seasonal face painting (you can transform yourself into Rudolph, an elf or even a Christmas pudding) at Climbers and Creepers (Dec 8-Jan 6 10.30am-3.30pm; £4) and hands-on activity sessions in the Orangery restaurant, based on plants and trees associated with the festive season (every Wed & Sun noon-2pm). There are also guided and self-guided seasonal walks, and festive products in the shops, with late openings (until 8.30pm) on selected Thursdays in December.
For information on all these recommendations further details can be found on Timeout’s website.
Jo Llewellyn is an English girl living down under. Her passion for interior design (especially that which blends Eclectic, European style with Global influences) can be found at her blog HausStylish. She’s homesick for Britain, but for now she’s putting up with Sub-tropical Queensland where the sun always shines. You can follow Jo on Twitter @HausStylish and connect with her on facebook.com/HausStylish. Read more posts by Jo Llewellyn.
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