Summer fun with the children

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Hampton Court Palace – all summer
The Magic Garden
Delve into the Palace’s past, with mysterious mythical beasts, a chance to storm the battlements and besiege the towers and explore the secret grotto or try to find your way out of the maze. Legends, myths and stories come alive in the Magic Garden. Magic Garden & Maze: adult £7, child £5.20, plus usual entrance fee. hrp.org.uk

Pony Week Club – all summer
The Stag Lodge Stables in Richmond Park offers four- day clubs throughout the summer, for children aged five to 12. Split into age groups, the children get two rides per day, learn stable management such as grooming and mucking out and do a gymkhana in the afternoon. 10am-3pm Tues-Fri. Cost: £325. staglodgestables.co.uk

The Wetlands Centre
Dusty’s Wildlife Rangers
21 July – 2 Sept
Join Dusty for a day of adventure – pond dipping with nets to find what’s lurking beneath the water’s surface, learning how to use binoculars and jotting down all your findings in your own Wildlife Ranger log book.
10am-4pm, free with general admission ticket ((family tickets of 2 adults, 2 children £31.29) wwt.org.uk

Kew Gardens – all summer
Lots of things to delight children in the Temperate House this summer, as well as enjoying the lush plants. Gnomus, the giant gnome and caretaker of the Earth, will show children around while sharing stories behind the plants living there (daily throughout the summer). And don’t forget to look up to see Cirque Bijoux – a breath-taking aerial performance in the rafters (20 minute performances on weekends and Bank Holidays, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm. Tickets from £4 for children, £16 for adults. kew.org

Find out what else to do with the children here.

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