With the last few days to go before the family routine goes back to normal and the kids bundle into their new school uniforms, there’s undoubtedly still parents panicking about how to entertain the kids, especially those teens and tweens!
The summer holidays are the perfect time to get the family in one place to embrace new challenges and experiences, whilst spending some quality time together.
Luckily there is a whole host of fab ‘out ‘n’ about’ activities in and around the capital which are guaranteed to put smiles on the faces of teens and parents alike, and make memories which will last a lifetime.
Here to help provide families with some activity inspiration which won’t cost the earth, is Jenk Oz – the CEO and Co-Founder of iCoolKid and Curator of Cool for the Generation Z demographic; who has provided his top picks below for the best family oriented activities in and around London to explore before the summer holidays are over…
- ICE KARTING AT QUEENS
Location: Queensway, London.
Price: £50 per person – half hour session:
5 mins for pre-briefing & kitting-up before
20 minutes ice time (10 mins in each track format)
5 mins debrief & lap count announcements.
Dates: Open Monday to Sunday
Times: 12pm to 9pm
How to book: http://www.queens.london/ice-karting/
Jenk Oz says: “What do you get if you cross ice skating with go-karting? Ice karting, of course! This extreme activity will have you racing on the ice at speeds of up to 20mph and is the the perfect activity for a unique summer holiday treat! Queens is also known for its signature burgers so once you’ve thawed out, get down to the diner to re-fuel. With ice-skating and bowling also on offer, this venue offers an abundance of activities guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained for hours!”
- GORILLA CIRCUS FLYING SCHOOL:
Location: Regents Park, Kensington Gardens and Hangar Arts, London
Price: Prices vary from £26 – £36 per person
Dates: Open all year
How to book: http://www.gorillacircus.com/
Jenk Oz says: “Learn to fly at Gorilla Circus Flying School! The school runs a range of Flying Trapeze classes and courses all year round, and the more classes you take, the more advanced tricks you can perform. If you find that you cannot get enough of flying there’s even the chance to join their weekly frequent flyer and intermediate classes. The wonderful thing about the Gorilla Circus Flying School is that you can bring your family along for the ultimate fun day out!
As if flying through the air all summer wasn’t cool enough, you’ll also be learning all about the Trapeze and there will be tonnes
- THE O2 EXPERIENCE
Location: O2 Arena, London.
Price: Family River Roamer, £32.60 / approximately £8.00 per child & £16.00 per adult
Dates: Open Monday – Sunday
Times: 10am – 6.30pm
How to book: http://www.theo2.co.uk/do-more-at-the-o2/up-at-the-o2/the-original-expedition/
Jenks says: “What better way to get the best family selfie than 52 metres above ground level, taking in the spectacular London views! The O2 experience is the ultimate family bonding activity, and with your own personal climb guide you’re guaranteed to reach the top! This is the perfect opportunity to become and ‘urban mountaineer’ for the day, and with morning, afternoon, and evening climbs available, it’s easy to fit the activity around all the family’s schedules. It’s important to note that children need to be over 10 years old to complete this activity, and there must be one adult for every two children!”
- CEREAL KILLER CAFE
Location: Shoreditch and Camden, London
Price: Bowls from £2.60
Dates: Open Monday – Sunday
Times: 8am – 8pm
How to book: Just turn up!
Jenk says: “If you and your family have a real passion for cereal then this is definitely the place for you! With over 100 different types of cereal from around the world, 20+ different varieties of milk, 20+ different toppings to choose from, AND Pop-Tarts – it’s the ultimate destination for any breakfast lover, whatever time of the day you fancy it! The Cereal Killer café also has the coolest, quirky décor which is guaranteed to keep both kids and parents entertained whilst you order!”
- LONDON SOUND ACADEMY
Location: Hoxton, London
Price: Prices vary from £80 per person for specialist tuition
Dates: Open all year
How to book: http://londonsoundacademy.co.uk/
Jenk Oz says: “Let the battle of the DJ decks commence, and go head to head with the whole family to see who can conjure up the best beats of the day! The London Sound Academy offers unforgettable one-to-one and group lessons for all ages from professional DJs and music producers, all using the latest tech software. This activity is guaranteed to result in some great memories and pics for the family album!”
- GOD’S OWN JUNKYARD
Location: Walthamstow, London
Price: Free admission
Dates: Friday – Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday – 11am – 6pm
How to book: Just turn up – Queues may be likely!
Jenk Oz says: “This is possibly one of the coolest museums you will find in London! Filled with incredible retro and modern illuminating pieces of art, that you’ll remember from some of the world’s biggest movies like Charlie in the Chocolate Factory and Batman, this is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit this summer. Created by Chris Bracey, God’s Own Junkyard is the best way to spark your imagination and get those creative ideas flowing. And, you can even purchase the pieces on display!”