“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” – Russell Baker
Ah, the summer holidays – what a time – well, for the kids that is.
By now, you might be running out of things to do with the kids, but never fear – if you live in and around Wandsworth or you’re thinking of day tripping it there, we have a few suggestions with your name on it.
The Design Museum
Kids, no matter what their age, like messing with gadgets and gizmos – and there are more than you can shake a stick at living in London’s mighty Design Museum. This oracle of innovation is as mind-blowing for adults as it is for kids and will have you and your little ones entertained for hours. While you’re in Kensington, you could hop on over to the Natural History Museum and Science Museum as well (if you have the energy that is) – the holy trinity of educational entertainment in London all in one day.
Deen City Farm
A farm in a massive city is bound to be a major novelty for any youngster, and Wimbledon’s Deen City Farm is no exception. There are llamas, lambs, owls; there’s a riding school, growing gardens, educational displays, a cafe that serves lovely cakes, and much more down on Deen City Farm. And, if your little ones really love it, you can even pack them off to a holiday camp for a few days.
Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
A stone’s throw from the perimeter of Wandsworth in the bustling heart of London’s West End stands Ripley’s – an emporium of the weird, wonderful and downright jaw-dropping. With five oddity-packed floors to explore, you and the kids can follow in the footsteps of explorer Robert Ripley, getting up close and personal with the most unusual archives in the world. Expect crazy artefacts, interactive exhibits, amazing displays and an overwhelming sense of wonderment – both you and the kids!
Tooting Common Walk
Looking for a little fresh air while tiring the kids out? Tooting Common is one of Wandsworth’s most intriguing green spaces and every Thursday at 9am, walkers meet for a circular three-mile stroll of the place. Oh, and did we mention it’s free to attend. Bundle together a picnic, pull the kids from their pits and enjoy a morning of gentle hiking followed by an afternoon of park larking and hopefully, a peaceful evening of beer, wine and a box set.
Whatever you decide to do with the rest of the summer holidays and whoever you are, we hope you all have a brilliant time. If you’re looking for even more summer inspiration, check out our ABC Selfstore what’s on guides to Camden, Southwark and London hotspots.