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Things to do in London with kids, and days out with kids in Surrey which are free or nearly free!

Sky Studios at The O2 launches the Challenge Zone

Sky Studios at The O2 is giving visitors the opportunity to get closer to the sport they love and test their sporting skills with fun, free sports challenges the whole family can enjoy.  This event runs from 1st August to 28th September.

Visitors to the Sky Studios Challenge Zone can drive iconic Formula 1®  circuits in a Sky Sports F1®  simulator, take on the Par 3 17th hole at Gleneagles on the Sky Sports Shot Centre ahead of September’s Ryder Cup, and sprint for the finish in the Team Sky Time Trial.

Other activities in the Challenge Zone include: 

•         Challenge friends and family on a replica of the Soccer AM Car Park Game

•         Master basketball skills in the Game Changers ‘Change Your Aim’ hoop challenge

•         Test reaction speeds in the 60-second Sky Sports Batak challenge

•         Join the Monday Night Football line up

•         Have a photo taken with top sport stars in the Sky Studios green screen booth

Sky Studios also gives visitors the chance to present the latest sporting headlines and take away a digital recording of their moment behind the newsdesk. In the replica Sky Sports News HQ Studio, visitors can be filmed filling the roles of Sky Sports presenters such as Jim White and Kirsty Gallacher as they inform the nation of important sporting news.

Discover Children's Story Centre

free storytelling activity for kidsOpening Hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm and Saturday to Sunday 11am - 5pm.  Discover Children’s Story Centre is located at 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London.  E15 4QZ.  Entry prices are £5 per adult and child.   £18 for a family of 4, under 2’s are free.

Sat 20 & Sun 21 September: All day drop-in activity.  Superhero Story Boards Age 6+  Create your own superhero character and then draw a comic strip story board for your superhero action adventure!

12.30 & 2.30pm.  The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Age 3+.  A mouse took a stroll through a deep dark wood… Join our Story Builder to see this classic book come alive as a beautiful shadow puppet show.

Sat 27 & Sun 28 September: 11am – 5pm.  Once There Was… The Wonderful World of Oliver Jeffers OPENING WEEKEND.  Join us as we launch our new interactive exhibition for under 6s bringing Oliver Jeffers' fabulous picture books to life. Enter the worlds of How to Catch a Star, Up and Down, Lost and Found and The Way Back Home and meet all your favourite characters.

Part of Family Arts Festival 17 October – 2 November.

12.30pm.  How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers Age 3+.  Join our Story Builder on an adventure to help a boy find a star of his very own as we celebrate the launch of our NEW EXHIBITION based on Oliver Jeffers' 'Boy' books.

2.30pm.  Hootah’s Story Workshop Age 6+.  On no! Planet Squiggly Diggly is running out of stories - can you help? Create a new story with our Story 


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