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Seven Things To Do With Kids in and around London

During the school holidays there's always the challenge of finding fun and educational activities to do as a family, especially so if the weather is not "friendly", and you are trying to keep your household spending under control.

Fear not, we have put together a list of ideas and things you can do with young children throughout the year:

1. A stroll through Kew Gardens: the gardens have a range of educational activities throughout the year, with some more seasonal ones during Easter and Christmas. Children go free, and tickets should be booked in advance for seasonal activities.

2. A trip to Battersea Park: this is probably one of the most underrated parks in Greater London, and with loads of activities to do as a family. You can visit the zoo, rent bicycles and ride around the park, rent a pedal boat by the lake, or explore one of the many trails. As a plus it's not as busy as Hyde Park, neither is it a tourist hotspot.

3. Harry Potter Studio Tours: A great chance to explore the set where the Harry Potter movies were shot - find out more about the special effects used, the props, costumes and more. The Studio is located 20 miles north-west of London (in Leavesden) and a shuttle bus service runs from Watford Junction train station. Make sure to book your tickets in advance.

4. West End Musicals: theatres in the west end are more family friendly then ever - either book in advance or at the very last minute to get good deals. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Lion King are classics that parents and children will love.

5. Learn DIY with B&Q: B&Q are currently offering kids DIY classes where grown ups can also join in! Kids will learn basic DIY skills and activities range from building bird boxes, toy boats, tool boxes and more. These are ran on weekends and must be booked in advance.

6. Take free football coaching with the FA: girls and boys aged 5 to 11 can take free football coaching over the school holidays with FA skills, sessions are ran around the country and must be booked in advance. This is one where only children can participate.

7. Take Arts and crafts at home: Toucan box is a service which sends you boxes on a monthly basis full of ideas and materials, to create some arts and crafts at home (perfect for those rainy days). All you have to do is pick a project that suits your child's taste, customise it and place an order. Prices start at £3.99.

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