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Things to do with kids – The Ultimate Guide

When the kids are off from school, it can be hard to find things to keep them entertained. Check out our list of things to do at home or outside, for free, cheap or by using voucher codes to make a saving! Please feel free to add any other places by commenting below and we will be sure to add it to the list.

Home activities


  • Playing in the garden

  • Plant seeds and water them every day to see how they grow

  • Cook easy meals or bake a cake

  • Check out the BluePeter website for ideas on things to make & bake

  • Board games & Puzzles

  • Colouring & anything to do with stickers!

  • Chores! It’s surprising how much young children enjoy helping with chores, from washing up to folding clothes.

Free Things to do


  • Parks are all round awesome. Loads of free play, burning lots of energy and you can even pack a picnic! No matter how many times you visit the park, your kids will always want to go back. You can make things more interesting by collecting leaves or sticks and get creative at home.

  • Library’s are perfect for rainy days, check your local library schedule as they usually run groups too which is a bonus. We all know how great reading is for kids, but when they get to use their library card, the fun-o-meter gets wild.

  • Boogie Monsters at Queen Elizabeth Hall -have fun dancing with your kids to live music. There is also two other events here called Dizney Rascal and Afro Dance Party. Click here for more information.

  • Museums are amazing and the adults seem to have just as much fun! Check out The National History Museum and the Science Museum. The V and A and Tate Modern also have free exhibitions. Check out this great website for a comprehensive list of free museums in Britain.

Cheap things to do


  • Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt £3, find your nearest location here

  • Cinema trips for a cosy afternoon. Vue hosts Mini Mornings where tickets cost only £2.49 and Odeon kids and Cineworld’s Movies for Juniors is £2.50

  • Head to your local farm and see some lovely animals or pick your own veggies!

  • Sightseeing around London, watch the change of the guard at Buckingham Palace and try to tell the time on the Big Ben clock. Walk along Tower Bridge and have a picnic in Hyde Park.

  • Furzefield Leisure Centre has a fun climbing wall and manageable soft play area


  • Indoor soft play areas are fab for rainy days and we are yet to meet a child that does not like them. Check out your local leisure centres and soft play areas are they usually run runs over the holidays and have loyalty schemes which may lead to free sessions.



  • Whipsnade & London Zoo are both so fascinating and great way for children to explore animals. During the Easter holidays, Whipsnade Zoo also has the Great Brick Safari which is amazing for lego lovers plus mini safari cars. Your little one can drive mini off road Land Rovers on a safari track! Click here to book & save 10%.

  • Ride the Coca-Cola London Eye

  • Visit the Tower of London to see the Crown jewels and iconic Beefeaters

  • Climb the steps at St Paul’s Cathedral and chase the pigeons at Trafalgar Square

  • Do some boat spotting on the River Thames and listen to the street performers at Covent Garden

  • Get all the children’s school stuff shopping on Oxford Street

  • Try some new foods at Borough Market

  • Enjoy looking at the street art and shop fronts in Camden Town

  • Portobello Road market has lots of lovely antiques, some things the kids might not even recognise!

  • There are huge greenhouses and a Treetop walkway at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew

  • Allow your kids to be mesmerised by the fish at Sea Life London Aquarium

  • Hampstead Heath has an awesome park including swimming ponds

  • The view from The Shard is so fun and includes a glass floor

Money Saving Tips


  • There are so many ways to save if you are planning on paying an entrance fee. Always check in advance as tickets are usually cheaper. Also check Cash-back websites like Quidco and voucher websites such as Vouchercloud and Vouchercodes.

  • Carex hand wash have half price days out

  • Kelloggs cereals do a grown-ups go free offer here 

  • Check out the Days Out Guide for lots of offers



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