London really spoils us in terms of fun stuff to do with our kids, don’t you think? If you haven’t got half-term sorted, check out Time Out’s half-term guide and MyKidsy’s ideas for half-term for inspiration.
Last week we made the most of the sunshine and spent the day at Kew. Quite possibly the loveliest botanical gardens in the world (having experienced at least TWO others 😉 ) it is particularly good at the moment because (a) the leaves are changing colour, (b) the IncrEdibles Festival is on, (c) kids under 16 go free, and (d) the cakes are pretty tasty, too!
“Discover some of the many weird and wonderful species we can feast on – there’s an exciting programme of activities and artistic installations to start you on your journey, including a giant fungi fairy ring and a spectacular pumpkin parade.”
Aside from the special events, Kew has put lots of thought into making it as fun for kids and easy for parents as possible:
Climbers and Creepers – explore our unique indoor play zone, where children can wiggle through tunnels and slide down our giant pitcher plant. Suitable for children aged 3 – 9, children must be accompanied by an adult
School holiday activities – click here to find out what’s happening this October half term
Xstrata Treetop Walkway – climb 18 metres high into the treetops on to this circular walkway, to learn about trees and enjoy an exciting birds-eye view over the Gardens
Stag Beetle Loggery – insect lovers should head here during May to try and spot some of these giant beetles
Aquatic Displays – as well as incredible plants, the Palm House and the Princess of Wales Conservatory also feature aquatic displays where you can see piranha, enormous catfish, freshwater stingrays and water dragons.
Treehouse Towers – Located outside Climbers and Creepers, children (from 3 – 11) can play on giant swings, zip wires, scramble nets and slides.
Glasshouse galleries – climb up high inside the Palm House or the Temperate House to tower above the palms and plants and experience the huge scale of these historic glasshouses
Evolution House – learn about the theory of evolution by travelling through time back 3,500 million years, on the way you pass a fuming volcano with glowing lava and even dinosaur footprints
Arboretum – run off some energy in amongst the trees of Kew’s arboretum; children in particular will enjoy the area around the Lake and the Sackler Crossing, where they can see duck, geese and occasional peacocks or golden pheasant
Trails – look out to see if there are any children’s trails at the time of your visit, details can be found at the gate when you arrive, there are also trails to follow in the kids’ guidebook Kids’ Kew
Guided Tours – older children can learn lots about plants on our FREE daily guided tours, which leave at 11am and 2pm daily See our Guided Tours page for more information
Garden tickets – Adults £14.50, concessions £12.50, kids 16 and under get in FREE (detailed ticket prices)
Opening times – the Gardens open daily at 9.30am (detailed opening times)
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Rd, Richmond, London, Surrey TW9 3AB (how to find them)
Monday 2 September – Sunday 3 November 2013