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DIY Forest School activities
11 DIY Forest School activities
Help your child embrace the great outdoors and create your own DIY "Forest School" at home with these back-to-nature learning ideas.
Best geography games for children
Best geography games for children
There's no need to pack – travel the length and breadth of our world with these brilliant geography board games and card games, great for...
Tate St Ives © Ian Kingsnorth
Museums reviewed by parents: Tate St Ives
Winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 (the world's largest museum prize), Tate St Ives has been drawing crowds back to its spectacular...
Wheal Martyn, Cornwall
Museums reviewed by parents: Wheal Martyn, Cornwall
Set within 26 acres of woodland, this family-friendly country park is home to the world's only china clay mining museum. Find out more about...
Best books for children who love reading comics
Best books for kids who love comics
Comics, graphic novels, Marvel, DC... a world that children know lots about, even more than many adults! Primary school teacher and children's...
Learning activities on a budget
10 at-home learning ideas that hardly cost a penny
Keep your child entertained with these brilliant budget-friendly learning activities.
Halloween science experiments for kids
Halloween science fun
Watch as a tissue ghost magically dances without you touching it, tie a bone in a knot to learn why calcium is so important for strong bones and...
100 Screen-free Ways to Beat Boredom
4 screen-free boredom-busting activities
Why don't you put down that phone, turn off that tablet, switch off the television and do something less boring instead? Make a marshmallow...
Summer science experiments and fun
Summer science fun
Make the most of summer with two hands-on experiments from scientist Michelle Dickinson, perfect for long lazy days of uninterrupted sunshine. Make...
How to raise an environmentally conscious child
How to raise an environmentally conscious child
Teaching our kids to take responsibility for the world around them is a duty for every parent, according to TV presenter and author Nick Baker. We...
Best activity books for kids
Best activity books for children
Whether you're on the move or at home, a great activity book offers hours of screen-free learning and fun. Crosswords, maths challenges, mystery...
© National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Museums reviewed by parents: National Maritime Museum Cornwall
The National Maritime Museum Cornwall's light and airy building, with its wheel-friendly design, is a haven for young families, but enjoyed by...
Eden Project
Museums reviewed by parents: the Eden Project
Hailed by some as the 'eighth wonder of the world', this disused china clay pit is now a thriving global garden. Eden's two '...
Big Bang Fair
Family learning adventures in March 2018
Books, knights, stripes and even a Big Bang thrown in for good measure! Here's our pick of five of the best kid-friendly events happening across...
© Edinburgh Zoo
Museums reviewed by parents: Edinburgh Zoo
Watch giant pandas having their lunch, catch penguins on parade and even dance alongside colour-changing disco chameleons (!) – there's a world...
Kew Gardens for families © Kew Gardens
Museums reviewed by parents: Kew Gardens
The largest UNESCO World Heritage Site in London, Kew Gardens is a park with a difference, home to 30,000 plant species (including the world’s oldest...
Animation activities for children
3 easy animation activities for kids
Making your own animations needn’t be a daunting prospect – creating simple but effective animations with even the most basic artistic skills has...
Commonwealth Week at Westminster Abbey
29 fantastic activities for the February 2019 half term holidays
Become a junior archaeologist, defend one of London’s top historic landmarks or become a top puddle-jumping champion – you'll make a big splash...
Historical fiction for children
Why children love historical fiction
How does historical fiction transport children to the past? Tom Palmer, author of football and history best-sellers, shares his love of kids'...
Brighton Science Festival © Blast Science
Family learning adventures in February 2018
Discover your own super power, find out about square poos, march alongside a Suffragette and even go face-to-face with a roomful of 2,000-year-old...
Best children's books about the Suffragettes
Best children's books about the Suffragettes
On 6 February 1918 the Representation of the People Act gave the vote to (some) women in Britain for the first time. Help your child understand the...
Museum of Science and Industry Manchester
Museums reviewed by parents: Museum of Science and Industry Manchester
Be awed by past and future science and technology in Manchester with a trip to one of the UK's most atmospheric museums, on the site of the...
Robots at Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
Family learning adventures in January 2018
Get set to try something you’ve never done before in 2018, as we bring you five of the best educational activities for families this January. Take an...
Alice in Winterland Festival
101 fantastic activities for the Christmas 2018 school holidays
Explore an architect-designed gingerbread city, track down some real pirate treasure and even see Santa swimming with the sharks (yes, really!). It...
Best books for nine year olds
Best books for nine year olds
Ninja cats, lazy dragons, stolen jewels, talking china rabbits and a magical land hidden beneath King’s Cross Station make these books for nine year...
Best books for eight year olds
Best books for eight year olds
Enchanted horses, evil emperors, busking cats, strange gadgets, crooked kidnappers, a clever spider and a wizard with revenge on his mind make these...
Big Pit National Coal Museum
Museums reviewed by parents: Big Pit National Coal Museum
The sights, sounds and smells experienced by generations of coal miners, some as young as seven years old, are evoked by a visit to the Big Pit...
Longleat reviewed for parents and families
Museums reviewed by parents: Longleat
See lions and tigers and deer (no bears) in the English countryside on a safari in your own car, before exploring formal gardens, one of the world...
River & Rowing Museum
Museums reviewed by parents: River & Rowing Museum
Mess about on the river at the family-friendly River & Rowing Museum and explore the many faces and functions of the River Thames. Our family...
Halloween in Southport
29 fantastic activities for the October 2018 half term holidays
Take part in a festival of scary scarecrows, brew a cauldron of slime and even learn how to lie on a bed of nails (yes, really) this October, with 29...
Windsor Castle © Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017, photography Ian Jones
Museums reviewed by parents: Windsor Castle
Home to the Queen and over 900 years of Royal history, Windsor Castle is one of the most famous castles in the world. Family trails and activities...
London Wetland Centre © Stephen Morris
Museums reviewed by parents: London Wetland Centre
Get a taste of the wild without leaving the capital (or getting your feet muddy!) at WWT London Wetland Centre, a 105-acre wetland visitor centre in...
Best typing tutors for kids
Best typing tutors for kids
Touch typing is an essential skill for today's tech-savvy kids, offering them a huge advantage with secondary-school homework and for the whole...
Child listening to music
6 ways to introduce your child to classical music
Open up a world of amazing music for your child by introducing them to classical music composers and performances. With loads of resources available...
The Canterbury Tales
Museums reviewed by parents: The Canterbury Tales
Take a trip back in time to the sights, sounds and smells of medieval Canterbury with a visit to the much-loved tourist attraction The Canterbury...
Best history books for children
Best history books for children
Travel back in time to visit a Roman bath-house, explore the Persian empire, find your way through an Elizabethan maze and witness the fall of the...
Summer Reading Challenge
13 reasons to join the Summer Reading Challenge
Want to keep your child reading over the summer? We take a look at how the popular library Summer Reading Challenge can help.
Child in library
14 things to do in the library (apart from borrowing books)
There's so much more to do in your local library than you might think, and children are particularly well catered for. Time to get lost in the...
Children and robotics
How to future-proof your child's learning
Is your primary-school child getting the education they'll need to thrive in the 21st century? Jill Hodges, CEO and Founder of Fire Tech...
Invisible Circus at Brunel's SS Great Britain
101 fantastic activities for the summer 2019 school holidays
Strike up a conversation with a chatbot, compete against King Henry VIII and even have a go at heart surgery on a real heart (yes, really) – we’ve...

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