• 30th May 2024

Top places to go with your children this summer

Top places to go with your children this summer

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Are you dreaming of glorious hot summer? So are we! Although good old English weather is often unpredictable, we can’t resist the urge to get out and make the most of the summer months.  Here are our picks for best places to take your children in the summer near our home base in South West London.

1. Dukes Meadows Chiswick

Chiswick’s hidden gem Dukes Meadow Park is a brilliant place for youngsters all year around but especially recommended for little ones in the summer.  They open the paddling pool from Easter to September which is perfect for splashing around for young swimmers to be. The adventure playground is suitable for older children and the actual meadow next to the park is great for ball games and picnics.  Make sure to visit the Food Market if you happen to be there on Sunday.

Dukes Meadows Park, Chiswick, London W4 2TL

2. Wimbledon Park

Another family friendly place that will make your toddlers jump with joy (and this is FREE!).  Wimbledon Park has interactive water play area and it will be open on 12th of June from 10 am – 5 pm until 3rd September.  Your little darlings will have a whale of a time running through the water features.  Don’t forget to bring a towel or two!

Wimbledon Park, Home Park Road entrance, SW19 7HU

3. Thames Young Mariners in Ham

This place is well-hidden but very popular among children in Kingston, Twickenham and Richmond.  Some schools organise team activities through Thames Young Mariners and children can’t get enough of it.  They offer a variety of water-sports, including kayaking and paddle boarding on a peaceful part of River Thames.  On a hot and sunny day, it makes you feel like you are on holiday in a tropical place. Please note that you need to book your activities in advance and some activities have a minimum age requirement of 8 years old.

Thames Young Mariners Outdoor Education Centre, Riverside Drive, Ham, Richmond, TW10 7RX

4. Hampton Court Magic Garden

Hampton Court Palace has a quite well-know maze which is UK’s oldest surviving hedge maze but did you know there is also an large interactive children’s playground? The Magic Garden is inspired by the myths and legends of Tudor Court with mysterious beasts, towers and battlements a secrete grotto, so it is fair to say this is no ordinary playground!  If your little ones get hot from climbing, sliding and running around, they can cool down at the water features. If you want to avoid soggy children getting in your car on your way home, we suggest you take their spare clothes and some towels.

Hampton Court Magic Garden ,Wilderness Cottage, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU

5. London Wetland Centre

When you step into London Wetland Centre, you forget that you are actually in London.  This place provides incredible opportunities to be close to the rare wildlife such as ducks and geese from around the world as well as water voles and adorable otters.  There is so much to do and see here but the main attraction for children would be the the adventure ground with zip wires, the climbing wall, and giant water vole tunnels.

London Wetland Centre, WWT London, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT

6.  Shepperton Splash

Shepperton Splash is simply a giant adventure playground on water with a variety of slides and obstacles.  Kids love falling into water and going back up. They also offer stand up paddle boarding and kayaking at their beautiful lake and a curious new addition at the venue will be disc golf, so you can spend all day with your children.

Shepperton Splash, New Road, Shepperton, TW17 0QQ

Have you guessed the common theme here?  They are all  ‘water-based’ fun places.  Some of these places are not suitable for children who lack confidence in the water. At Sports Generation, we are passionate about swimming and our highly experienced coaches provide safe, productive sessions, developing strong, skilled and happy swimmers. It’s amazing how quickly children progress with a few swimming lessons if taught correctly.

For more information about our swim programme and to find out times and prices, call us on 0208 940 9431 or email contact@sportsgeneration.co.uk

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