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

Family Friendly Railway in South West London

A heritage narrow gauge steam railway in South West London. Ideal for young families.  Services include riding in passenger trains behind a steam or diesel locomotive, a static play train, viewing area, picnic area, cafe, souvenir shop, and toilets with baby changing facility. The site is wheelchair and buggy friendly throughout, including on the passenger train.

The railway operates every Sunday, March to November, from 10.30 am to 4 pm, and on certain Saturdays when the Great Engine (water pump) is in steam at the adjacent Kempton Steam Museum.  See their website for these dates.  Regular prices are £2.50 per adult, £1 per child aged 5 and over, and under 5's travel free.  No booking is necessary but only cash can be accepted at present. Special events cost more and need to be booked in advance.

Location: Hampton and Kempton Waterworks Railway, Kempton Park Waterworks, Snakey Lane, Hanworth, Middlesex, TW13 6XH.

Telephone number: 01932 765328

Loads to do at the Olympic Park this Spring

May is packed full of exciting activities, the park will host an adventurous dance performance choreographed by acclaimed ballet dancer, Boriz Charmatz, and an alternative triathlon which starts on the Park and ends at a festival! The IBF World Championship Boxing will also light up the Copper Box Arena and the Park is embracing some foamy fun in the East London Bubble Rush!

The spring Bank Holiday and half term break kicks off with a bang as the Shell Make The Future Live festival arrives at the Park for four days of fun, innovation and plenty of free activities! The event is followed by another week of freedom as the school holidays return, as do plenty of fun and energising activities for everyone to get involved with!

The Park is the perfect destination for families of all ages and interests. Enjoy a walk through the Parklands looking at the spectacular sites of the London 2012 venues or let the children loose in the playgrounds!

Below are  some of the favourite family friendly Park activities, more details on the Queen Elizabeth Park website.

  • Introduce the children to new sports such as badminton and basketball at the Copper Box Arena.
  • Take a trip to the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit and view the amazing skyline as well as gaining a sneak preview inside the iconic Stadium.
  • Brave London's number 1 attraction, the Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit, reaching speeds of up to 18 mph. 
  • Take a cycle around the mountain bike course, experience the BMX course or try a lap of the Velodrome (suitable for older children as inductions are required) at the Lee Valley VeloPark.
  • Play a game of tennis or introduce the children to hockey at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
  • Swim in the world class London Aquatics Centre.
  • Try out a dance class at the Timber Lodge such as kids’ Zumba, (contact the Timber Lodge for full details: click here).
  • Re-live the spirit of the London 2012 Games through the 2012 Trail.
  • Pack a rug and some sunscreen and have a picnic in one of the most iconic Parks in the world. 
  • Play in the amazing play areas across the Park –  with Tumbling Bay in the north of the Park and climbing walls, interactive music rooms and more in the south of the Park!
  • You can explore the Park on a pedalo for a new and fun way to see the Park.
  • The fountains outside the Stadium are a favourite for visitors of all ages. Stand between the snaking pathway of the fountain and you will find yourself in a labyrinth of computer-controlled walls of water. At night, when the shrieks of soaked visitors dies down, the fountain lights up with a colourful neon glow.

 Note that the fountains outside the Stadium will be closed on major event days.

Free London walking tours

free days out with kidsA great range of free London walking tours and themed walks are on offer from the Strawberry Tours:

The themed walks include a Harry Potter tour, Jack the RIpper tour, and Street Art Tour.

 

The Free Tours of London take you on a journey through London’s colourful and sometimes dark history. They are both informative and fun! Explore London’s busy streets and discover 2,000 years of fascinating and entertaining history. Our London walking tours guarantee plenty of laughs through fun facts and anecdotes, as well as the promise of hidden gems to visit. We are far more entertaining than your history teacher!

 

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We believe that everyone, no matter what one’s budget is, should be able to experience and enjoy what London has to offer and we also believe that the price of a tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it. Therefore, all our London walking tours run on a “Pay-What-You-Feel” basis, so everyone can afford it and still choose to contribute what they thought it was worth at the end of the tour if they would like to.

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