Things to do with your kids this summer


Things to do with your kids this summer

What's on and where to go this summer

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By Kuba Shand-Baptiste on

What's on and where to go this summer

By Kuba Shand-Baptiste on

    For anyone who’s had their child guffaw at their fashion choices back in the day, Anita Corbin’s 1980s photography project, Visible Girls: Revisited, could help to change young minds on the trends of yesteryear. From new romantics to rastas, the touring exhibition features portraits of women from various subcultures from over three decades ago, with follow-up photographs of the same women today. Who says kids can’t enjoy a bit of culture? The first stop on the tour this summer is Artlink in Hull.

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    Jimi Famurewa’s recently released guide on days out in the capital, Family London, could serve as your summer holiday bible. The book features a range of activities for children “from tots to teens”, including a low-down of the best parks, playgrounds and secret gardens; pointers for grand days out, and the best sheltered activities for when the weather inevitably turns sour this summer.


    Practice your best moonwalk at the Tate Liverpool’s space disco. Inspired by the 40-metre Aleksandra Mir: Space Tapestry currently on show at the Tate, kids can don spacesuits, build shelters and have a dance while they do it.


    Dav Pikey’s Captain Underpants book series is heading to the big screen at the end of July. Parents worried about sitting through yet another inane children’s comedy may well be able to rest easy, however, as Rotten Tomatoes classes Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie as “entertainment that won’t drive a wedge between family members.” Out in UK cinemas from 28 July.

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    This six-mile Tudor cycle trail kicks off at Tonbridge Castle. Start off with a tour round the castle before getting on your bike and heading to Haysden Country Park, then on to bird–laden Barden Lake. The final stop is the14th century stately home, Penshurst Place – where there is an adventure playground, a maize maze and toy museum for kids to run off any last bits of energy before you head home. Find the map and guide of the trail here.

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    Try your hand at analysing art through artist, Hannah Coulson’s Tate Shapes activity. Participants are encouraged to unearth new ways of looking at art through a set of wooden and acrylic shapes, all of which relate to architecture, art pieces and a number activities around the museum, including the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, which also offers family trails for £2.50.


    Private tuition platform, Tutora, recently launched their Get Kids out Learning campaign. The website includes a comprehensive list of educational attractions for kids in Yorkshire, the North West and the South – with more regions to be added soon. While your kids might want as little as possible to do with anything resembling school, venues range from beaches to castles and caves.


    Harriet Walker takes on the role of Brutus in this all-female production of the first part of Director, Phyllida Lloyd’s Shakespeare trilogy. The production process involved collaborations with theatre company, Clean Break and the York St John University Prison Partnership Project. While sitting through a Shakespeare play may seem a bit heavy for youngsters, teens study Shakespeare as early as year seven, so no excuses. Screenings of the play will be out all over the UK from 12 July.

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    Kick off the summer holidays with a bang with BRICKLIVE, the largest LEGO exhibition to hit the UK. Kids can get creative on the Graffiti Wall, practice their stop-motion skills at the Star Wars zone, as well as plenty of other featured Lego themes such as LEGO Minecraft and LEGO Ninjago. The exhibition will be in Glasgow (20–23 July), London (27–30 July), and Belfast (3-6 August). Tickets aren't cheap (they start at £21.75), but this is could be one of those big days out you might be able to stretch to in the school holidays. 

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    Money Saving Expert’s list of 100+ things to do with the kids during the summer holidays has long saved parents from the turmoil of keeping kids occupied for six weeks. Choose from tips on deals for amusement parks, travel and food, to name a few.

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    City zoos are often a tad pricey, but there’s no shortage of free local farms around. Bath City Farm offers regular activities for small children, families and teenagers alike. Visitors can learn about campfire making, shelter building and learn about animal care, depending on their age group. Surrey Docks Farm in London also offers a free Young Farmers club for 11-13 year-olds.


    If you’re still scanning search engines for things to do with your kids during the holidays, it’s probably time you downloaded Hoop – an activity discovery app. It’s packed with thousands of suggestions for free events, lets you search according to your child’s age and enables you to save events that you’d like to come back to. Download it here.

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