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

Eggs-traordinary things to do in London this Easter

During the Easter break the Bank of England Museum have some special Easter activities to entertain the whole family. Children can follow the treasure trail around the museum to hunt for the hidden chicks and egg. There is a chocolate egg for every child who takes part. Children can then express their creativity by decorating an Easter finger puppet to take home. 

The Museum offers a variety of exhibits and attractions that guarantee a family fun day out. Young visitors can climb aboard the life-sized boat situated at the center of the Museum Stock Office and enjoy attractions including banknote jigsaws, a roller ball game and the opportunity for some safe cracking! Visitors can also take the helm of our virtual boat game to learn about inflation and try to keep the economy on a stable course. Other popular displays not to be missed include a one million pound note and a genuine gold bar which can be handled – although weighing an impressive 13kg, it’s certain to take a few people by surprise!

Easter fun on the South Bank

This South Bank shopping street is celebrating Easter with an egg hunt and children's craft sessions. From 11am till 6pm chocolate hungry sleuths can scour the riverside storefronts and window displays for edible treats. On Saturday April 4, between 1pm and 4pm, children can also get creative with Easter themed crafts, while parents browse through the independent clothing and jewellery boutiques on Gabriel’s Wharf where they may hunt down some treasures of their own.

Open Squares weekend 13th & 14th June

Book now for the Open Garden Squares Weekend: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June 2015

Once again Open Garden Squares Weekend are running a ballot to win a place on a tour of 10 Downing Street's garden.  You can enter to win tickets either when buying a ticket for Open Garden Squares Weekend or by following this link directly to the ballot entry page.

Tickets are now available online to enable you to visit over 200 other gardens taking part in Open Garden Squares Weekend – and don’t forget that just one ticket will give you access to secret green spaces, private squares and community gardens right across London.   Join us in celebrating London's hidden green spaces in a weekend festival that also features guided cycle rides, walks, talks, live music, cocktails, visual arts and family entertainment.

Family events at the Whitechapel Gallery

Family Day: The Factory of Images, Saturday 30 May, 12–4pm (free)  Get inspired by Christopher Williams’ photography with your family. Join artist Albert Potrony’s factory-like assembly line to discover and direct your own ways of making, re-making and transforming images. Explore the exhibition with a new activity trail by artist Joanna Brinton.


Duchamp & Sons Takeover, Saturday 4 July, 1–5pm. Open to all.  What happens when young people are given a space to make art in and curate? See art made by the Gallery’s youth forum alongside live performances selected by the group. Get an insight to their ideas and plans as they develop at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Free London walking tours

free days out with kidsA great range of free London walking tours are on offer from the Free Tour of London company:

Free Royal Tour.  A journey through British History, follow in the footsteps of the famous and infamous like Winston Churchill, Guy Fawkes & Henry VIII. 

On this tour of Westminster you will visit three royal palaces as we journey together from Big Ben, to Buckingham Palace and back to Trafalgar Square.  Discover plots to destroy parliament, Churchill’s hidden bunker, cannibal pelicans, crazy lost tourists and their brush with royalty, exclusive clubs for the rich and famous, England’s most famous admiral and a giant, four metre high bright blue chicken – plus much much more!

When: Every day at 11am, Where: The Churchill statue in Parliament Square, Duration: Around 2.5 Hours

Old City Tour.  Explore London’s Old City where the Romans first settled, visit London’s medieval castle, discover the origins of the Knights Templar and Free Masons, visit one of London’s oldest and most famous pubs, see two-headed swans and discover the devastating fire that almost destroyed London forever and the man who brought her back to life.  The Old City tour covers 2,000 years of almost unbelievable history, packed with laughs and crazy stories – discover how truth can be stranger than any fiction on this London City Tour!

When: Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 4pm.  Where: Temple Station.  Duration: Around 2.5 Hours

Free Jack The Ripper Tour.  Discover one of London’s darkest chapters – the shocking murders of Jack the Ripper. This walking tour promises chills and frights as we visit the locations of the Whitechapel Murders, discover more about the victims and the gruesome details of their murders and explore the conspiracy theories surrounding the identity of the killer – the world’s most chilling, unsolved murder mystery!

When: Every day at 8pm.  Where: Tower Hill Station – next to the London wall.  Duration: Around 100 Minutes


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