Things to do with kids in South London

We’re only a few days away from the school holidays, and if you’re already dreading the cries of “I’m boooooooooored!”, fear not – there’s plenty on to keep youngsters entertained this summer, whatever the weather. Read on to find out our top picks for a fabulous family outings in South London, and don’t forget to visit KiddiPlan to effortlessly find and book amazing classes for your kids.

South London icon, Battersea Power Station, is constantly running seasonal activities in the Grosvenor Arch Pop-Ups and across the piazza at Circus West Village.
The activities generally take place from Thursday to Sunday from and include origami boat making , summer bunting and special cinema events.

Another mainstay for south London parents, Battersea Park Children’s Zoo is often running event days focusing on different animals, so whether your child wants to sssssstroke a snake , cuddle a guinea pig or handle a giant snail , you’re sure to find an event that suits. Each day is accompanied by themed crafts, games and stories, all of which are included in the ticket price. Usual admission fees apply.

While you’re in the park, you can also hire a bike from London Recumbents and do a tour of the park and its playgrounds, cafes and other attractions – the perfect way to spend a family day in the open air.
And finally in Battersea, don’t forget that families take over Battersea Arts Centre on the last Saturday of every month, with an entire day of FREE fun and activities for the whole family
Activities include face painting, music, toy and clothes swaps, workshops and more, while under 5s can enjoy storytelling and free entry to the centre’s magical indoor play space, the Bee’s Knees.

Although not quite as nice as last year we’ve had some fantastic days this year, and where better to enjoy the remaining few than by chilling out in the cool blue waters of Tooting Bec Lido? Special summer events often see the arrival of new toys like their fantastic floating obstacle course, challenging the whole family to make it all the way across without making a splash! Dates and times change, so keep an eye on their website for details.

If you want to cool down but aren’t quite in the mood for a swim, head over to Wimbledon Park’s fabulous splash park, which includes a variety of fountains and sprays for all the running, jumping and splashing any child could possibly want; or for something a little calmer (maybe?!), try one of Merton Council’s six paddling pools, including one in Colliers Wood and three in Morden . All the council’s splash parks and pools are free to use, and are supervised and maintained during opening hours.

Another fabulous way to spend a day outdoors, Luna Kids Cinema is the first open air cinema designed for kids. It’s always showing a range of much loved kids’ films from Frozen to Star Wars. There’s a Little Kids’ Bar serving soft drinks, healthy juices and water, a variety of tasty food from their gourmet partners, and a Big Kids’ Bar serving a range of drinks including hot drinks, wine and chilled prosecco – well, it would be rude not to.
Obviously there’s a slight chance of rain – this is Britain after all – but fortunately there’s plenty to do even if (or when) the skies do open.

The Bright Emporium in Clapham Junction is the home of some of the world’s best books for children, and every weekend they open their doors to share the magic of their books through creative workshops for kids. Their new summer timetable is out now, including messy play for toddlers and bigger kids, drama classes inspired by books and story building with boxes and boxes of Lego: find details here .

If your children are feeling energetic or need to blow off some steam, head over to Clip n Climb Chelsea, a climbing arena like no other in London. It’s the safest and easiest way to try indoor climbing, with no experience necessary, and is suitable for all from age 4. There are 21 different climbing walls offering various levels of challenge and difficulty, alongside three special attractions: the infamous Vertical Drop Slide, the Leap of Faith and the Stairway to Heaven.

Or for a day of culture, head over to the wonderful Horniman Museum, their events timetable includes Plonk Crazy Golf, storytelling, Family Art Fun, pond dipping, and Hands on Base sessions where you can complete fun challenges and explore and touch objects from the Horniman collections.

Finally, for children with special needs and their families living in Wandsworth, the Lady Allen Adventure Playground  is open from 10 am to 4 pm from Monday to Friday, offering a wide range of play equipment in a closed access site with qualified staff.

To find more activities head over to KiddiPlan.