With a bank holiday and the half-term break upon us, Wimbledon Kids has a host of fantastic activities at the ready. From family-friendly days out to activities to keep them busy (and give you a break!), we’ve got it covered. Check out our list and let the fun begin…
This fun day out for all the family has a real community feel, and is hosted at the popular Old Rutlishians’ Rugby Club in Merton Park. There’s a mini festival vibe with an all-day BBQ and bar, plus bouncy castles, face painting, activities and stalls to keep the kids entertained, as well as live music from 16 local bands across two stages (from 12.30pm).
Always a fantastic way to celebrate the bank holiday weekend with friends and family in a perfectly relaxed environment. Tickets available on the door.
When: Sunday 26th May
Where: Old Rutlishians’ Rugby Club, Poplar Rd, London SW19 3JS
Booking: Call 020 8542 3678 for tickets and further info. Adults, £10; kids, £5
More Information: Find Rutsfest on Facebook; follow Old Rutlishians on Twitter
MORDEN PARK HOUSE SUMMER CINEMA POP-UP
For Bank Holiday Monday, Morden Park House Summer Cinema brings you a singalong spectacular, showcasing a selection of sing-your-heart-out films from Moana to Mamma Mia! The courtyard of Morden Park House will be transformed into a pop-up outdoor cinema, complete with a licensed bar and classic cinema food.
When: Monday 27th May. Screen times: 12 noon, Moana; 2.30pm, Trolls; 4.30pm, The Greatest Showman; 7.30pm, Mamma Mia!
Where: Morden Park House, Morden Park, London Rd, London SM4 5QU
Booking: Tickets for each screening are available online here >. There may be some tickets available on the door, however numbers are limited so you are advised to buy in advance to avoid disappointment.
More Information: There is no formal seating, but you’re welcome to bring your own camp chairs, blankets, rugs and cushions. Food and drinks will be on sale, and you are also welcome to bring your own picnics – however alcohol or drinks in glass bottles are not permitted. For more information, visit Morden Park House on Facebook, contact their office on 020 8274 5777, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARVELLOUS MAY-TIME MYTHS AT MORDEN HALL PARK
Morden Hall Park welcomes storyteller Olivia Armstrong for some spellbinding half-term story sessions that reveal what local people would have celebrated in the month of May. Find out which is the most magical tree in the Park as you lose yourselves in magical folktales, and learn about May-time customs that connect with the flora and fauna you can see around you at the Park.
Hungry for more? They’re also running several drop-in craft workshops during half term.
When: Marvellous May-time myths runs Wednesday 29th to Friday 31st May.
Where: Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Rd, London SM4 5JD
Booking: Bookable 45-minute slots are available 10am to 12pm. Adults, £2.50; children, £5. Book online here >
More Information: Browse all half-term activities at Morden Hall Park online, via Facebook @MordenHallParkNT or on Twitter @MordenHallPkNT
MINI MUSIC CONCERT FOR KIDS
Strings Rock is back once again to host a Mini Music concert at St Andrews Church. This month, they’re joined by Caroline on piano and Hannah on violin for a relaxed performance of classical music, finishing off with some fun nursery rhymes for everyone – children and grown-ups alike – to join in with! Willow Bough Tea Rooms will be there with a pop-up shop serving their delicious award-winning cakes plus tea, coffee and juices.
When: Wednesday 29th May, 10am–11am
Where: St Andrews Church, Herbert Road, London SW19 3SH (a four-minute walk from Wimbledon town centre)
Booking: Tickets cost £12 in advance or £14 on the door. Babies and under-12s go free. Book online here >
THE GRUFFALO: LIVE ON STAGE
A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood… Excited yet? Head over to Kingston and join Mouse on his daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Promising songs, laughs and monstrous fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups, this much-loved show has toured Britain and the world; don’t miss your chance to catch it at Kingston’s Rose Theatre this half-term.
Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the high-spirited Snake. Will the terrifying bedtime story of the Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo… is there?
When: Wed 29th May – Sun 2nd June
Where: Rose Theatre Kingston, 24–26 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HL
Booking: Book online here or call the box office on 020 8174 0090.
More Information: Running Times: 55 minutes (no interval). Find the Rose Theatre on Twitter, on Facebook and on Instagram.
Written By: Leela Evans & Harriet O’Connor | Editors, Wimbledon Kids
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