"You can't have a rainbow without a little rain."
Welcome to these in-between months of the year, when we have to over-pack for a day out. That means wellies and sun hats, anoraks and umbrellas, with a towel and a few plastic bags thrown in for good measure.
We have no idea what the weather will do from one moment to the next, but we do know that it won't stop us from going out and having FUN.
Read on for a few rainy day recommendations shared by parents on the Kinfo app. (Find more recommendations for more tried and tested days out on the app and on previous newsletters that you'll find on our website).
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Learn why these mammals all sing the same songs and how beaked whales can dive 3,000m (by collapsing their lungs and using oxygen stored in their muscles). This exhibition at theNatural History Museum ends in a few weeks. Up to 3 kids go free with a paying adult. Remember to say hi to Hope, the 25.2m skeleton of a blue whale, in the Hintze Hall.
Hackney’s favourite kiddy disco wants everyone to dress up as rave bunnies and hop about to dance classics this weekend. Anyone not jumping on the dance floor may prefer to get on the big bouncy castle. “Really good tunes, a busy vibe, and hectic, just like a good club," says a dad fan.
“Amazing, said our child when the credits rolled,” a parent writes on the app. The Day of the Dead, Mexico’s annual, festive blessing to ancestral spirits, is the backdrop to this beautiful Pixar animation with guitars and clever, warming, storytelling at its heart. Yes, we’ve seen it. Yes, we did cry. Don’t miss! (Here's a trailer and see the above link to pre-order the DVD or stream).
“Sometimes the best things come in small, beautiful packages,” says this mum. Rooms in this Fitzrovian shop/museum, which originated in east London in the 1850s, are tiny and crammed, with Victorian toys, dolls houses and games from years gone by. "A modern, interactive digital display this isn’t," says a dad on Kinfo. Entry is a cheap, not-for-profit £6 for adults, £3 for kids.
The Covent Garden museum is celebrating 100 years since women were allowed to vote, with talks, workshops and a “Poster Girls” exhibition of over 150 artworks. All sorts of modes of transport – Routemaster buses, old tubes, horse carriages – plus interactive displays and information on the new, imminent Elizabeth underground line all feature. We agree with the app recommendation: "there are so many things to discover.”
This iconic, central London bookshop has stood the test of time, its loyal customers (including various statesmen and international politicians) have long enjoyed what one dad describes as: "five floors of literary, often nostalgic, joy". Grab the recent Costa 2017 Children’s Book Winner, The Explorer (Katherine Rundell), which another mum tipped on Kinfo, or other recommended books. And check out the shop's cafe and various events.
Adding to the already exciting 40m inflatable assault course is the new Ultimate Aqua Splash sessions (age 8+) with two slides, set across two pools, making this the UK's largest indoor inflatable aquatic experience. Book ahead (£2 for spectators). Or simply enjoy a swim in the Olympic pools. "Parking is expensive, so take the tube and shop at Westfield on the way," a dad of 1 suggests.
Starting next week and running until the end of half term are workshops and exhibitions, music, art and literature events for little ones, half of which are free to enter. "So many kids in one venue, but happy ones and a buzzing atmosphere!". Activities range from Super Hero parties and magical immersive adventures to dancing scientists. Half term listings here.
“Absolutely recommend.” “My children always look forward to lessons”. “Kids learn a lot about famous artists.” “I have learnt a lot”. “Very nurturing”. A plethora of recommendations on the Kinfo app gives us no hesitation in sharing these afterschool and holiday classes. How better to spend a rainy day than with paints and paper? Read here for info on their half term workshops (£35, 10am-1pm).
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