Things to do with the kids this summer!

With the summer holidays now under way, here are some of our top suggestions for things to do with the kids this summer:

A Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum
Constantly beetling away with new discoveries and inventions, we humans are a curious breed... or that’s how we might appear to the group of cockroaches recently spotted exploring the Science Museum’s galleries! Put yourself in their shells and find out what it’s like to be one of the planet’s true survivors. Having outlived the dinosaurs, what will they make of our obsessions with speed, time... and burning things? Sign up with your friends and family for A Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum and get a quirky and inquisitive take on the human race. Visitors can even slip on a cockroach costume!

Wicked the Musical
Head to Victoria to watch the 16th longest-running West End musical of all time: Wicked! The show has been casting its spell over audiences across the world for a decade, winning over 90 international awards, and continues to be a “West End sensation” (Daily Mail) at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it has entertained over 5 million theatregoers. Brilliantly re-imagining the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls whose extraordinary adventures in Oz will see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Packed with thrilling technical wizardry, dazzling costumes, an ingenious and witty story and show-stopping songs (by multi GRAMMY® and Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz), Wicked is an unforgettable, enchanting experience that is not to be missed. For more information, visit the Wicked Facebook page.

Plus Wicked is also forming part of the Kids Week celebrations in August, where a child aged sixteen or under can go for free when accompanied by a full paying adult!

Pollock's Toy Museum
Feast your eyes on the delights of childhood in this toy-filled museum. Located in Fitzrovia, you can’t miss this extremely eccentric building with its mini wonderland is full of dolls, teddy bears and mechanical toys that span the ages.

Up at The O2
This 90 minute experience is like nothing else in London. With breath-taking 360 degree views of the capital and an adrenaline filled descent, this adventure will be given a special place in your memory. What’s even better is the 15% discount you get if you’re on O2! Ages 10 and up only.

Safari Park
Up and down the country there are plenty of Safari Parks for you and your family to choose from. Visit the West Midland Safari Park for example, home to over 165 species of exotic animals, many of which are endangered. You can also discover their Penguin Cove where you can watch the Humboldt Penguins dive and frolic around their home, emerging from the water to “chill” on their beach. You could also head to Longleat’s Safari Park with loads of fantastic new animals arriving from all over the globe. Drive through their safari park for an adventure that will take you unbelievably close to creatures you’ve only dreamed about. So mind the zebras crossing, give the rhinos right of way, watch out for the wolves and beware of the meddling monkeys.

Cadbury World
Discover the whole story of how chocolate was created, journeying from the Aztec times, to the Victorian era to modern day chocolate production at Cadbury World. Plus learn about the high tech machinery involved for each different chocolate bar, the manufacturing process and the thoughts behind the packaging. And of course, you can also enjoy delicious chocolate treats all the way round your educational adventure!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical
The hottest ticket this summer is golden! Roald Dahl's deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes.

Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Grammy® winners for Hairspray; Smash), a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig (The Bacchae; Tintin In Tibet), set and costume designs by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!; One Man, Two Guvnors) and choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot The Musical; Matilda The Musical). A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the curiously peculiar Oompa-Loompas must be believed to be seen in this spectacular new musical that is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses. Book your tickets now at www.charlieandthechocolatefactory.com and visit the official Facebook page for more information.

You can also watch a new trailer for the show featuring the classic song ‘Pure Imagaination’ by clicking on the following link: http://youtu.be/w8xRSMtnoH4

Cutty Sark
Make sure you visit the last surviving clipper ship and experience her 140-year lifespan! Board Cutty Sark to view displays dedicated to the ship’s history and different cargos from tea to wool to animal horns. Not only can you go on board, but you can also get an unusual and stunning view from underneath the ship!

Liminal at the Tate Britain
Every weekend and Thursdays and Fridays this summer you can get the family together for a free physical, material and social experience of sculpture at the Tate Britian. The session encourages you to experiment with touch, interaction and collaboration to alter the sculpture.

Chiselhurst Caves
Open up an underground universe for your child by visiting labyrinths of caves right underneath us. The caves are formed of manmade tunnels forming a maze covering over six hectares thirty metres below. They were dug for chalk used in lime burning and brick-making for the building of London. A guided exploration of the caves at Chislehurst is bound to be an exciting experience plus their content is often linked to the KS2 curriculum and the WWII bombings. You can’t wander around freely, but the tours are great fun as you go on this underground adventure.

Go Ape at Trent Park, Enfield
For those seeking adventure this summer holiday, look no further than Go Ape in Trent Park, Enfield. With 28 adventures parks across the UK, Go Ape offers tree top adventures in stunning acres of forests for the whole family to enjoy. Whether it’s zip wiring, forest biking or Segway rides you fancy, Go Ape is sure to offer a spectacular adventure for every age.