Yesterday's bright sunshine and record high temperatures for the year inspired me to start writing a series of fun days out with the kids around London... only now I'm writing it under the pouring rain (complains the New Yorker). But I will not be deterred! Because truth be told, when the sun shines on London at this time of year it is absolutely glorious, and somehow you enjoy it more knowing it's so rare...
I've noticed that the best days with my children are where they can run around, twirl!!!, and explore their surroundings, so we are going to start with a leisurely walk along the Thames between Hammersmith and Putney bridges. The lovely and quiet path leads you through a beautiful residential area dotted with gardens to be explored. There are also several pubs with outdoor terraces, ideal for a family lunch. Be sure to stop along the way to see who will win the race between the swan and the row boat?
Bishops Park is a great stop after lunch where they can burn off steam with junior and toddler playgrounds, a skate park, table tennis, basketball courts and water play in warmer weather.
Along the same path but South of the river, is the London Wetland Centre in Barnes. There is a paid entrance (approximately £30 for a family of 4 - 10% off online advance tickets, and under 4s are free), but full of areas to explore for all. Be sure to check out "What's On" , as they often have special visits such as the Grass Animal Zoo on over this half-term. Full of gorgeous flowers, plants, wildlife and butterflies this time of year...as well as an Outdoor Adventure Play Area, it is worth the trip. And should the London rain return, they have a cafe and indoor Discovery Centre full of interactive and educational games!