Christmas is fast approaching and the school holidays are well underway, so to make your life a whole lot easier, we’ve rounded up the top 8 activities for under 10s - trust us, there’s plenty of winter fun to be had! Whether your little ones enjoy sitting back and enjoying a musical, getting stuck into some serious craft, adventure battle laser combat or anything in between, we’ve got all sorts of festive fun to ensure this Winter doesn’t run dry. Check out our top picks down below!
1. Venture into the woodlands on a Gruffalo-inspired adventure
Enter the deep dark woods with your little explorers and have a magical time hunting for the Gruffalo and other characters. Go on the hunt for minibeasts and enjoy songs and storytime in this magical woodland adventure at Bluebell Wood!
2. Make some noise with Charlie and her magic ukulele
Whether you have the voice of an angel or can’t hold a tune, Head to the Museum of London Docklands for some feel-good festive songs. Charlie and her magic ukulele will transport you around the world and show you how different countries celebrate the holiday season. Experience first-hand how music can bring people together!
3. Take your LEGO-mad kids to a LEGO exhibition
The Art of the Brick is hitting the UK! If your kids are LEGO mad, this incredible exhibition in Manchester is a must-see for all the family. Created by legendary LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya, this contemporary art exhibition is the first of its kind to focus exclusively on the use of LEGO bricks as a form of art. Featuring more than 60 sculptures created from over a million bricks, including reimaginings of the Mona Lisa, a huge dinosaur and loads more, it's no wonder CNN has named it one of the world's 'Must See Exhibitions'.
4. Set sail with the Snail and The Whale at the Apollo Theatre
Set sail this Christmas on the Apollo Theatre's newest adventure - The Snail and The Whale. Join a young girl and her father from 30 November through to 5 January as they reimagine the story of a tiny snail's trip around the world, inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's much-loved picture book. This heart-warming show will have you and your whole family on the edge of their seats - it’s a must se(a)!
5. Bring in 2020 in style with Creative Movements Happy New Year party
Celebrate the year we've had and get ready for all the fun ahead in 2020 with tons of fun, games and interactive storytelling. Your little ones will be totally immersed in exciting new worlds through music, movement and role play. From vibrant jungles and tropical seas to enchanted forests and outer space, you'll travel through the universe on the hunt for decorations for a festive New Year's party with Creative Movements.
6. Catch the Dr Seuss classic The Cat in The Hat
Do your children love the Dr Seuss books and characters? Don't miss the latest version of the Dr Seuss’s classic, The Cat In The Hat live on stage at the brilliant Turbine Theatre this winter. It'll be a hilarious, lively, engaging first theatre experience for kids!
7. Have a (laser) blast at Zap Combat Centre
If your kids are bouncing off the walls – take them to Zap Combat Centre for a day out, that’ll zap them right out! Each two-hour session packs in three to four different missions, and kids will have unlimited ammunition and lives so no one will get caught short. A great day out for active kids who love to take on a new adrenaline-fuelled adventure!
8. Paint your own Christmas cookie with Dolce Senso
Get ready to feel festive at this amazing class where you and your children can turn a cookie into a piece of Christmas art! It's time to let your imagination run wild and come up with epic ways to decorate your tasty dessert. Artists young and old will all get instructions on how Paint Your Own Christmas Cookie works and then you'll be free to be as creative as you want - who says Christmas trees have to be green?