Our top ten summer activities
The sun is out and so are the sandals and flip flops. The good weather also means we don’t have to be cooped up indoors for the next few weeks (or days depending…).
We are not going away for the summer per se and must find lot of fun things to do in and around London. I have rounded up our top ten list of items on our bucket list for the summer with a preschooler in tow, time and weather permitting of course. In no particular order:
- Pick our own fruit
We did this last year and loved it. Neo was eating more than he was picking but it was a still a fun morning out. Only thing is that it created more work for me as I had to make all sorts of wonderful inventions with the fruits before they went off.
- Mini road trip
Travelling with Neo is not that traumatic (and I hope I didn’t jinx it by saying that). Although we have to stop regularly for bathroom breaks, he’s ok in the car as long as we keep a steady stream of Pharell Williams and classic nursery rhymes going in the car. I saw Butlins at Britmums Live and got reminded of so many places we have yet to see. Now the only thing to decide is where to go…
- Lollibop Festival – 15, 16 and 17 August 2014
I never knew about this kids festival until I saw it on twitter. I like the idea of a festival for kids. Neo will go mental for Thomas and Friends and Chris and Pui from Show me Show me. He’s not gonna know what to do with himself!
- Notting Hill Carnival – 24 and 25 August 2014
I have been wanting to take Neo to carnival for years and this year I finally get to do it. We are going on a Sunday which is slightly milder and family-friendlier than the other day. Bring on the jerk music and those Afro-Caribbean beats!
A friend with three children older than Neo cannot stop raving about Legoland. We are gonna go see what the fuss is all about. Any tips for newbies like ourselves?
Oh I really love this place and never get tired of it. We’ve heard amazing things about the butterfly exhibition; no surprise that it was the location of choice for the royal family photoshoot starring Prince George. Friends recently took their two year old to the Mammoth Exhibition and it was apparently very good. We are saving this one for a rainy day.
- Visit to the sea side
Neo stopped while walking to nursery this morning looked at me and said ‘I want to go to the seaside’. When we went to South End earlier this month it was cold, wet and miserable! I think we need a sunnier, more pleasant experience of the seaside to counter this one for sure!
- Kew Gardens (or rather, *clears throat* Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew)
The Kew Gardens is for me one of those places I always put on the back burner because I think ‘It will always be there’. But this year, the Kew Garden has been promoted to my very awesome top 10 list! :D. There is a Barefoot Walk where you take off your shoes and just rough it. Think mud, dirt and leaves; what’s not to love?
It was a choice between The Tea Who Came to Tea and Aliens Love Underpants. It was a family vote (i.e. I decided) that got us to pick The Tiger Who Came to Tea. I think I may be more excited than Neo! Ha!
We are going during Kids Week too so Neo goes for free! Yay!
This one can even go beyond the summer. I like the Camden Stables at Camden Town for its proximity but also that you get all sorts of people gathered there on a Sunday. Nothing like walking through stalls,looking for one-of-a-kind items (my weakness is leather coats!) and just finding a good spot for a good ol’ South African bunny chow. Ahhh *dreamy look*
How on earth I am going to squeeze all this in plus a full time job is beyond me!
Thanks for stopping by and have a good day!