So, Winter Break is coming to an end, and Christmas is literally a year away again. With no festive cheer to look forward to as they gaze out of the frosty classroom window into the darkness at 4pm, it is no wonder that the kids are a little down in the dumps!
Fortunately, there are activities for all ages around London this January to lift the spirits over the weekend!
Do you have a budding astronaut in the house? A young teen who dreams of escaping to a planet far, far away? Or a child of any age who is easily distracted by pictures of pretty lights? Then there is something for everyone at the National Maritime Museum, which is hosting the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 until 26 April 2020. Go and see some literally out-of-this-world images from the best astrophotographers coming together from 90 countries to feature in the largest exhibition in the world. Best part? Tickets are FREE for all children aged 15 years and younger, but you had better get your hands on your grown up tickets pronto.
If you really want to give the kids an experience to look forward to that they will remember for life, then there really is no beating Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia at the Royal Albert Hall. Inspired by 1920s Mexican cinema, this show will take you to a surreal world with the dazzling sets, vibrantly-coloured costumes and the gravity-defying acrobatics of the world-renowned performers. Running from 12 Jan – 01 March 2020, you had better book your tickets fast for this one before the circus leaves town.
Beloved by children of all generations, Mary Poppins has been pulled out of her magical carpet bag and placed on the West End by none other than Julian Fellowes (acclaimed writer of ‘Downton Abbey’). While your kids may have recently fallen in love with Emily Blunt’s portrayal of the world’s favourite nanny or you fondly reminisce of Julie Andrews accompanying you through your own childhood, this show reconnects us with the Mary Poppins we know and love – and also has its own original spin!
While referencing the movie, Fellowes delves deeper into PL Travers’ original books and, naturally, adds some flare of his own: so even audience members who know the film backwards will have a new experience to look forward to! Mary Poppins is showing at the Prince Edward Theatre until 7 June 2020 when it will say “Pip Pip Cheerio!” to London. But I wouldn’t wait too long to book as fever around this show is only growing.
If you really want to expand the experience then you should pop in to the nearby Park Grand London Kensington for their famous Afternoon Tea: although they may not float to the ceiling with laughter, they are sure to be grinning from ear-to-ear if you choose the Chocolate Afternoon Tea package. It’ll be an added bonus if you are a member of the Premier Club Rewards program, because every £ spent in one of these hotels gets you 10 points to put towards a FREE Reward Night at one of the affiliated hotels. While you’re busy compiling your clipboard of fun for the kids, don’t forget that parents deserve a treat too – and sometimes that treat is a night away from the kids! So sign up and get ready to cash in that Park Grand London Kensington Reward!