We have been incredibly lucky with the weather we have been having recently, especially whilst the kids are off school- and although they are happy to entertain themselves in the garden with something as simple as the garden hose…if you are looking for a few different ideas and activities hopefully this post will be of some help to you. 

The Bounce festival held at Richmond Park this festival held on the 10-11 August, is designed to entertain and engage primary school-aged children, emphasises activities that kids can get stuck into, hopefully inspiring them to go away and continue exploring. Attractions include an interactive paint studio and crafts centre, explosive demonstrations from BBC’S daredevil scientists Greg Foot, cooking workshops and a bouncy assault course 
FreeCycle London. A brilliant opportunity to get the whole family together to experience the fun and freedom of cycling around an eight-mile traffic-free circuit in central London. more than 50,000 riders are expected to take to the streets for this mass participation celebrating of cycling. This is held on Saturday 3rd August, click here for more details.
Lollibop remains the UK’s biggest festival for kids, offering a jam-packed line up of live music, theatre, walk-about performance, sport, literacy, interactive demos, workshops, dance lessons, circus skills, cooking classes and more. This year the festival will be held at queen elizabeths olympic park on the 16th, 17th and 18th of August. Click here for more details.. 

If you fancy a weekend trip away with the kids, why not take them to Edinburgh to enjoy the festival ( which runs throughout the month of August) . Being from Edinburgh myself, I grew up with this festival every summer and can vouch for how brilliant it is. Whether you grab a fish supper from ‘The Clamshell’ on the Royal Mile (hands down, best chip shop in the city) and sit on the pavement to watch all of the fantastic street acts, or you would prefer to have a relaxing day browsing through the books in the book festival or wandering around and catching some shows in the comedy festival- this really is a fantastic way to spend the weekend, and is great fun for all ages. 

Getting back to London..Columbia flower market, if your looking for a lovely mother/daughter day trip idea, is great fun (yes…recommending this market again!)  You can wander around choosing flowers for your bedroom and then enjoy a picnic or lunch in one of the main cafes that surround the market or the Hoxton area.
Charlie and the chocolate factory opened on Drury lane last month and looks fantastic if you are looking for an exciting show to visit with the little ones- of course there are many fantastic shows on in London this summer, Matilda for example has been receiving fantastic reviews- don’t forget to check out kids week, kids go free to many top London shows throughout the month of August.. click here for more details

Kids love to get stuck in with baking and cooking, however trying to bake in this heat with your children may be near impossible. However, you could try making the ice lollies that were featured in the previous post, or how about this lovely strawberry and cream meringue cake? which can easily be turned into an eaton mess if it goes a little wrong..
Of course an old favourite but one not to forget is a trip to London Zoo, with so many different attractions and deals throughout the summer it would be silly to leave this one out.
Richmond park in West London is a fantastic park to take the kids (and the dogs) to. If you haven’t been before, expect to get lost in the incredibly beautiful landscape. The hundreds of deer that roam the park really sets this park aside from any of the other London parks, it is one of my favourite places to drive to on my days off and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

a day trip out of London why not take the kids and head to Brighton.
Wander around the famous lanes, try your luck in the arcades on the pier
or just sit and relax on the beach- travel by train and you can be at
the seaside in just under an hour. 

Hope you have a great week, as always- if you have any questions please do not hesitate to email at zahra@lesenfants.co.uk, 
Speak soon! 
Zahra xxx