15 Must-Do Days Out If Your Kids Are Still Off in September

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Wait! The holidays aren't over yet! We've still got plenty of adventures for you and your little ones to explore and discover. Fight those back to school blues and create some epic family memories. Fill the remnants of the summer 2019 with unique walking tours, splash pads, educational cookery lessons, a little theatre, afternoon tea and more. Make the most of the last few weeks of sunshine and see this summer out with a bang.

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1. Put your game faces on for Crystal Maze LIVE

Will you start the fans please? Yes, you read that right. Gather the family together and head to the Crystal Maze LIVE Experience. Travel through four themed adventure zones, test your mental and physical skills at mystery solving challenges and get suited and booted ready to enter the iconic Crystal Dome for a chance to win those all important golden tokens.

2. Snoop around London on a Sherlock Holmes Tour

It’s time to grab your magnifying glass and deerstalker and embark upon a Sherlock Holmes Tour of London. Take a wander through London’s winding streets and learn all about the world’s most famous detective from a film-expert guide. Have you got what it takes?

3. Pack a picnic and head to Cassiobury Park

Cassiobury Park is a haven for all things fun and outdoors. With masses of open spaces, cafes, a nature reserve, paddling pool playground, woodland trails and play areas plus paid-for activities including trampolines and zip wires, this is a park that packs a fun-filled punch.

4. Get your hands messy with the Avenue Cookery School

Are your kids crazy for katsu curry or bonkers for Wagamama? Give them the opportunity to learn how to make the all-time favourite Japanese dish, chicken katsu curry with rice, at home at this brilliant class at the Avenue Cookery School.

girl using a knife in a cookery class to chop vegetables

5. Sit back and relax at the Regent Street Cinema

Calling all mini historians! Head to Kids' Kino Club at the Regent Street Cinema to see the brand new Horrible Histories Rotten Romans movie - it's truly horrible! Oozing with history, gore and more, learning has never been so fun.

6. Show off your dad dancing with Raver Tots

Keep calm and rave on with 40% off Raver Tots Plymouth! Boogie on down and head to one of the UK's biggest family raves to let loose on the dancefloor with your tots. Whether you like to dab or floss your way onto the dancefloor, everyone is encouraged to show off their moves and have a good time.

7. Play all day at Coram's Fields

Unique, family orientated and fun. Coram’s Fields is one of the most child friendly, open spaces in London. Stop off at the city farm, set up your picnic in the open fields, scoff some ice-cream and play in the adventure playgrounds and sandpits.

Loving father and son having fun playing with flying kite on hiking adventure in nature

8. Make some noise with Stephen Ellery

Don't miss this amazing oper(a)tunity at St John's Church brought to you by the brilliantly talented Stephen Ellery. He'll be showcasing his talents and conducting two epic orchestral pieces that are perfect for anyone wanting an introduction to classical music. Children can also head to the play area, where they can ride tractors and get stuck into some serious craft whilst jamming to great music.

9. Sip tea and soak in the history at the Painted Hall

Enjoy a royally good day out at the stunning Old Royal Naval College. Tuck into a cream tea fit for a King or Queen with sumptuous sweet and savoury treats and unlimited tea, before marvelling at the stunning renovated Painted Hall.

10. Watch some great theatre at The Cockpit

Splash! Take your water babies to The Cockpit Theatre for Swish! – a playful, multisensory exploration of life under the water and the positive ways in which we can reduce plastic waste in the ocean. At only an hour long, it's a great way to spend an afternoon with your youngest kids.

11. Sift, weave and eat your way through Camden Market

Whatever you're looking for, we’re certain you'll find it at Camden Market. Sift through tons of treasure, explore the masses of stalls and weave your way through the stables of the old horse market and pose for a picture with the life-size bronze horse statues. With world cuisines and trendy food trucks available - all we can say is come hungry!

camden market in london in summer

12. Hop on a train with a difference at Thomas the Tank Engine Land

If your kids are crazy for trains – there's only one theme park for you. Head to Drayton Manor, home to a Thomas the Tank Engine Land packed with train-themed attractions, exhibitions and rides based on the beloved book and TV series. Full steam ahead!

13. See inside yourself at Body Worlds London

Explore the hidden beauty of the human body in the interactive Body Worlds London Museum Experience located in the iconic London Pavilion. With more than 200 anatomical specimens, you will take a trip through the complex structures of the human mind and body and discover the mysteries that lie underneath the skin...

14. Soar through the sky to the De Havilland Aircraft Museum

Calling all pilots! Come face to face with iconic planes, sit in the cockpit, get suited and booted in pilot uniform and more at the awesome De Havilland Aircraft Museum. This unique hidden gem is entirely volunteer-run so you can guarantee that each member of staff is passionate, knowledgeable and would love to have their brains picked by your little ones! Also if you book before 1st Septmber, kids go free - you'd be plane silly to miss this!

15. Make a splash at King George Recreation Ground

End the summer holidays with a splash! Perfect on a sunny day, King George Recreation Ground in Bushey is a great hideaway. Sprint through the sprinklers, get wet and wild in the tropical island splash zone and if you’ve got time take a shower under the flower petal fountains - we can’t guarantee it’ll leave you squeaky clean but we can guarantee it’ll be a whole load of fun!

splash pad in park with tropical sprinklers and colourful water jets
Ellie Sylvester

Ellie is a keen Londoner, thespian and foodie! She's the oldest of three and loves taking her younger siblings, aged nine and fourteen, on adventures to the theatre and food markets, trying new foods and dabbling in the world of musical theatre. Some of her favourite spots include Primrose Hill and the Natural History Museum, not to mention the ever-changing Spitalfields Market.

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