Looking forward to the January blues? Nope, not us! That’s why we’ve put together a #NestorGuide for the best child-friendly London experiences to enjoy this January!

After the high of Christmas and the New Year, we all come down with a bang and getting through the month can be a bit of a struggle, especially if you have kids who need entertainment. 

But fear not. If you are looking for ways to entertain the kids, London never disappoints. January is a great time to take kids on a trip to the capital and explore some amazing activities together. From cultural attractions to popup experiences available for a limited time only, here are 5 child-friendly London experiences to get you through January.

New Year’s Day Parade 

The London New Year’s Day Parade is a spectacular event that takes place in the heart of London every year. Thousands of performers, dancers and marching bands from around the world come together to celebrate with music, dance and theatre. 

The parade has become one of the biggest events on the UK’s annual calendar, with around half a million people lining the streets of central London to watch. There are also plenty of fun activities for visitors and locals alike, such as food stalls, street performances and more, making it the perfect way to start the New Year!

The parade’s route kicks off each year at noon from Piccadilly Circus. It then travels through Lower Regent Street, Haymarket, Pall Mall and Parliament Street before finishing in Whitehall. The route is packed with floats and performers, so you won’t want to miss the action. 

Beforehand, there are plenty of ways for the kids to get involved in the festivities – from making your costumes to joining a marching band. There’s also entertainment throughout the parade route, including live music, dance and spoken word performances, as well as food and drinks vendors.

Hogwarts in the Snow

Located on the outskirts of London in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, nothing quite captures the magic of the Harry Potter world than a visit to Hogwarts in the Snow. Imagine the beautiful sight of ice-covered towers and turrets, surrounded by a blanket of white snow. This breathtaking view can be found on a Warner Bros. Studio Tour making it easy for any aspiring wizard or witch to get a real glimpse into J.K. Rowling’s magical world.

Whether you’re looking for a Hogwarts tour or a cosy place to stay overnight, there are plenty of options available to get the most out of your winter wonderland journey. Check out some of the activities on offer at this enchanting spot:

A visit to Hogwarts in the snow is a truly magical experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories. Put on your winter coat, grab your broomstick and get ready for an enchanting adventure!

Available up until 15th January.

The Princess Diana Memorial Playground

The Princess Diana Memorial Playground is a beloved destination for visitors of all ages in Queensway. The interactive and imaginative playground features a large wooden pirate ship, sand pit, sensory trail, water play area, and even an artificial beach. It’s the perfect spot to spend an afternoon filled with fun and adventure! 

The playground was created in memory of the late Princess of Wales, Diana, and was opened by her sons Prince William and Prince Harry in 2000. It’s a special place for all to come together and remember the life of someone who has left such an impact on the world. Visitors can also take part in activities such as face painting, playing with hula hoops, making music, or even just relaxing in the grass. Whether playing or simply taking in the beauty of the park, it’s an experience that everyone should enjoy!

Hyde Park Treasure Hunt 

If you’re looking for an adventure in London, why not try your hand at the Hyde Park Treasure Hunt? This exciting activity is open to all ages and takes place every Saturday afternoon, rain or shine. You’ll be set on a course with clues to follow while exploring the park’s historic sights and attractions. Each clue brings you closer to finding the hidden treasure, which could be anything from a rare coin to a special treat. 

Whether you’re looking for an adventure with friends or family, this is definitely one activity that’s sure to please everyone. So what are you waiting for? Join in on the fun of Hyde Park’s Treasure Hunt and see if you can be the first to uncover the hidden treasure. 

The treasure hunt is a self-guided experience and takes around two hours to complete, with prices starting from just £5.99 and tickets and guides available to book and download online. 

Go Ape Battersea Park

Go Ape Battersea Park is an exhilarating adventure set in the beautiful landscape of Battersea Park. Visitors can experience a high ropes course as well as a zip line and other thrilling activities. Riders can take on a two- to three-hour journey across multiple sections and levels of rope bridges, wobbly crossings, and other obstacles. 

Meanwhile, the zip line will take you soaring from tree top to tree top in a thrilling ride that is sure to get your pulse racing! This fun experience is suitable for both families and individuals looking for some outdoor adventure. The friendly Go Ape staff will provide all the necessary safety equipment and instructions before you begin the climb, making sure that everyone has an enjoyable and safe experience. 

London in January is a great time to explore the city with kids. Whether it’s taking in the sights and sounds of popular attractions or experiencing the rich culture that London has to offer, there are plenty of activities that are sure to keep your children entertained. So what are you waiting for? Head into London this winter and you’ll be delighted at what you find.

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