Places to go

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On week day afternoons Redlees Park Under 5’s Play Centre has excellent facilities for children up to the age of 5 with a wonderful garden to explore, a sandpit and a variety of childrens ride ons, buggies and swings, all at an excellent price of £1.80 (Hounslow resident) £2.30 (out of borough) per adult and kids go free. The centre has a small soft play area set in a log cabin, a creative table with different activities on a daily basis, there is a sensory room and even real mugs of tea and coffee for Mums/Carers when the bell is rung at 2.30! Open daily from 1pm – 4pm Monday – Thursday and 1pm-3pm on Fridays. Worton Rd, Isleworth TW7 6DW, 020 8568 3650.

Little Learners a new attraction at Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge has now opened. Aimed at children aged between 3 and 7 and a maximum of 1.3 metres tall this new attraction offers children the opportunity to drive – just like mum and dad!  They have a specially developed indoor road course featuring roads equipped with traffic lights, junctions and a zebra crossing.  Each driving experience is begun with a short briefing before they set off in miniature size battery powered Mercedes-Benz SL and SLK Roadsters.  Available for £5 at weekends and school holidays, check the website for full info.  Also available kids driving experiences and parties for older kids driving the real cars, again check the website for full details.

Hobbledown Farm gets our vote for a fabulous day out that has so much to offer. With all the animals, a superb play area with soft play indoors and so many outdoor activities there is plenty to keep you and the family entertained for a full day out. They also have an excellent cafe with some of the best food for kids I’ve tasted and several picnic areas if you choose to bring your own.  Entry is from £4 per person and there are annual passes on sale too, check the website for full details and opening times. Located between Chessington and Epsom.

Why not try indoor rock climbing at High Sports at Xcel Leisure Centre, Elmbridge.  For ages 4+, the whole family can take on the challenge and really expend some energy (whilst having a great time too.)  For more information visit

We are lucky to live in an area where there are many Theme Parks to visit, Chessington, Thorpe Park,  Legoland, are a few which are easily reached by car or public transport.  Look out for the vouchers allowing 50% off entry or one free person admitted, Kelloggs currently have a free adult admission on the side of their  cereal packets.  Alternatively, why not invest in a Merlin Annual Pass, currently they are offering a 25% discount when buying one check their website for details.

Thames Boat Trip a great excuse to get the kids out on the river to view London and our area from a completely different perspective.  For a local trip Turks run boat cruises between Hampton Court and Kingston. however this is seasonal, check out their website for more information.  Why not go for a full day out instead?  A family favourite of ours is a train to Waterloo and then jump on a City Cruises boat up to The Tower of London.  It is great to see London from the river and then you may choose to stop and visit some of the attractions that London offers us.  Make the most of our city, we are privileged to live here and the be close to some of the best and most renowned sights and attractions in the world.

For those of you with younger pre-school children take a trip to Yummy Mummy at The Teddington Arms on a Wednesday between 12 and 3pm They have a kids play area, CBeebies on the telly and a free drink with lunch for all attending Mums.

Want a lazy Sunday?  Look no further than The Bear in Twickenham, Sunday roast served from 12 noon and kids eat free between 12 and 8pm.  Showing at 3pm is the Kids matinee with free popcorn!  Free entry is guaranteed and possibly some peace and quiet…..

Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher  This fabulous National Trust property is steeped in royal history, Queen Victoria played there as a child and there is an excellent children’s play area which the kids will love along with a Thatched Cottage full of fun and games with a historical twist.

Look outA little further afield but definitely worth a visit is The Lookout Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell.  A day out of “Hands on Science Fun” can be found here and it’s a great day out for all the family.  Set in woodlands and offering picnic areas and an onsite cafe great for lunch or drinks.  Be aware though, they are charging for parking now – so ensure you get a ticket when you’ve parked!  To the left are my kids and their friend in the den they’d made and claimed, just brilliant fun 😉

If you fancy a swimming trip with a difference then another day out in Bracknell is at The Coral Reef.  Featuring a large pool with a pirate ship and beach theme, water flumes, a lazy river, wave machines and little coral pools for the toddlers, this leisure centre is a great attraction for all water babies.  For a sneaky peek before you head down the M3 have a look at this you tube video Bracknell Coral Reef I’m sure you’ll think it’s worth a short drive.

Malden and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd. often referred to as Thames Ditton Miniature Railway is every young child’s delight with two independent railways, both used for passenger hauling.  There are many model trains which all have passenger carriages and a daily “ticket to ride” can be bought for their open days which are held on the first Sunday of each month and every bank holiday  between Easter and October.  Quite simply a fantastic day out, take a picnic and set up in their small field or eat at the cafe, which incidentally sells fabulous home-made cakes!

The Heathrow Gym also offers an indoor soft play experience and has Jumbo’s Gym Playframe, with trampolines, a climbing wall and soft play equipment and Aladdin’s Cave of Magic, a sensory room with a variety of experiences including sound, touch and smell.  Sessions start on the hour and last an hour so be sure to arrive on time, open Monday – Saturday

Looking for a day inside but out of the house?  Then look no further than Feltham Little Pins, a huge soft play area for kids with a toddlers area and a larger multi level area for the older ones. (max height 4’6″, age 12)  This soft play centre, based within Tenpin at Leisure West, Feltham has free parking outside and even a Costa Coffee inside for Mums and Dads and plenty of space to sit and chat whilst supervising the kids as they tire themselves out with a two hour play session.   For a timetable and prices visit

Roald DahlHow much do all kids (including very big grown up ones 😉 ) love anything written by Roald Dahl?  Why not take a trip to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre?  It’s bound to prove entertaining and will help you and your little ones bring life to the much loved and well known characters created by the one and only Mr Dahl!  Just north of High Wycombe and with an events programme to delight you and yours – why not check out their website before getting in the car

Bekonscot Model Village and Railway is an idyllic day out with the kids, where they will be Bekonscot Model Villagefascinated by the miniature world that was built originally in 1929.   Situated in Beaconsfield, this model village will delight all the family and taking inspiration from local buildings of the area they have crafted many different attractions, such as a zoo, a castle, a farm and a station, all lovingly finished with high attention to intricate and endearing detail.

Does one look familiar??


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