Amazing Fun Things To Do With Kids In January
Check our guide to what to do with the kids in January
T he new year may be here and while Christmas festivities are now over and normal routines will resume after the holidays, there is still plenty of brilliant and fun things to do with kids in January. So keep boredom at bay and spend some quality family time together with this handy guide from outdoor fun to wet-weather activities in and around south London and Surrey…
White Spider Climbing
Channel your adventurous side and scale new heights at one of the UK’s largest climbing centres. White Spider Climbing located in Surbiton has over 360 climbing routes and 200 boulder problems, including a big cave and dedicated training area. If you’re new to climbing the team are on hand to guide you – and there are a variety of classes for all levels, including kids as young as five, who will also love the onsite kids’ castle. An exhilarating activity for the whole family whatever the weather.
White Spider Climbing 225 Hook Rise South, Surbiton, Greater London KT6 7LD
Hampton Court is worth a visit at any time of year with a raft of family-friendly activities including the maze and the Magic Garden. But if you didn’t get a chance to do some festive ice skating then you still have a chance to do it in an iconic location in front of one of the UK’s most historic royal palaces (until 5 January). On the Sunday 12 January and 2 February there will also be special interactive Storytime Adventures where well-known children’s books will be linked to Hampton Court’s magnificent history.
Hampton Court Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU
Glow at RHS Wisley
Grab a breath of fresh air and wander amongst the stunning gardens at RHS Wisley. For those who missed out on seeing their magical light illuminations, there is still time. While you can marvel at Wisley’s iconic trees and features shining bright, there are also giant botanical light installations inspired by the four seasons. Make your way through the trail and be wowed by spring daffodils along Jellicoe Canal and snowdrops on Seven Acres. Runs until 5 January.
RHS Wisley Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB
Oxygen Free Jumping
Bounce your way into the the New Year at Croydon’s Oxygen Free Jumping trampoline park. Great fun for the whole family, there are over 100 trampolines and 14 different zones to temp including a mega airbag and a trampoline dodgeball court. For younger children, the Little O’s section means parents and toddlers under five can jump around in a safe environment, while older kids and adults can free jump their way around the park for an hour’s session.
Croydon Oxygen Free Jumping Unit 5, The Colonnades, Purley Way CR0 4RQ
National Army Museum
Whatever your age, the National Army Museum in Chelsea has several interactive experiences for the whole family. Through their vast collections, the museum share stories of ordinary people with extraordinary responsibilities – and there is so much for kids to learn and explore. Younger children can take on the assault course and take part in an army drill. Meanwhile, visitors can dress up in camouflage and climb aboard a Churchill Mk VII to experience life as a tank crew in Normandy during the Second World War.
The National Army Museum Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HT
Tutankhamun – Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
With over 150 artefacts – some which have never left Egypt before – the Tutankhamun Exhibition is a must for all ancient history buffs and budding archaeologists. Explore an exquisite collection including a gold coffinette and crook and flail from the tomb of the most famous of Pharaohs, and follow his journey into everlasting life. Discover, too, the true story behind how Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered the elusive site and if there really was a curse of Tutankhamun?
Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ King’s Road, London SW3 4RY