It’s approaching that time of year when another trip to the park becomes about as appealing as typhoid. You’ve got to do something to keep your kids entertained – but what? Here are some ideas for indoor activities that won’t break the bank:
Museums and art galleries
This is when London comes into its own: the capital has no shortage of attractions with huge open rooms, where toddlers can run off their energy and their parents can kid themselves they’re absorbing some culture. The bonus being that there’s usually a nice café where you can grab a sit-down once your little one decides to nap…
Toy libraries, playgroups, singing classes… No matter where you live, there’ll be stuff going on in your area. It’s worth making a comprehensive list of what’s on each day and keeping it on hand for those desperate days when you find yourself with a kid climbing the walls and nothing to do. Mumsnet, Netmums, your GP and local media are all good sources of information.
It’s cheap, good exercise and, best of all, makes them sleep like, well, a baby. Check your council’s website for details of family swimming sessions at your nearest leisure centre.
Kid’s Zone at the National Army Museum
Chelsea’s National Army Museum doesn’t sound especially child-friendly, but the new Kids Zone is set to change all that, offering plenty for those aged 0-8. There’s a soft-play space for babies, themed climbing frames for older kids, along with dressing-up costumes, interactive toys and books.
The basement of the Science Museum
The basement of the Science Museum is where you’ll find everything for the youngest visitors, such as the Garden, an interactive gallery where 3-6-year-olds can discover science in an entertaining way.
Most libraries run Storytime sessions (as do many independent bookshops – check your local branches for details). But even if there’s nothing on, the library can usually provide half an hour’s solid amusement.
Get kids involved with making simple recipes like bread, muffins and apple crumble. Let them stir the mixture, pour in ingredients, or simply sit at the table with some Play-Doh while you get on with making dinner.
Make scrapbooks, finger paint, make your own Christmas decorations. If you’re stuck for inspiration, Netmums has plenty of ideas.
How do you keep the kids entertained when the weather is wet?