May, June, July
The Science Museum
This bold and thought-provoking gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, examines the fundamental role mathematicians, their tools and ideas have played in building the world we live in. Open daily.
My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty @ Wycombe Swan Theatre
Give your children their first taste of the magical world of ballet. Enjoy the classic fairy tale ballet together, in this new version especially created for children aged three upwards. 3 and 4 May.
The Henley-on-Thames May Fayre.
This iconic event will take place in the Market Place, with over 20 stall holders providing sweets and popcorn, face painting, cakes, Tombola and other children’s games. Also includes vintage attractions that many will remember from the early days of the May Fayre, such as Strongman Striker, Coconut Shy, Splat the Rat, Buzz Wire and Hook the Duck. 12 – 5pm
The Storybook Play Den
Located just beyond the Maze and Water Garden at Cliveden offers a fantastic location to let young imaginations run wild. Carved wooden models of favourite storybook characters fill the Play Den, including Peter Pan, Captain Hook and his arch enemy the ever-hungry crocodile.
Royal Collection Trust
This May marks exactly 200 years since Queen Victoria’s birthday. Settle down in the State Apartments for a brand new story from our favourite storyteller Olivia Armstrong. Learn about Queen Victoria’s momentous reign, and maybe even try on one of the spectacular new Victorian costumes. Storytelling sessions will take place at 11:30, 13:30 and 14:30.
Join the Royal Observatory Astronomers for a series of activity packages for older children. Start your orientation in the state of the art digital planetarium to visit some popular destinations within our Solar System and beyond. Continue the mission with a brainbending Moon quiz and finally take a virtual step onto the Moon with the virtual reality activity to feel what it’s like to step onto the lunar surface. Also the chance to chat with the astronomers. 28, 29 May 2019 | 10am–12.30pm
RHS Garden Wisley
Join RHS Garden Wisley for the Family Gardening Festival where they’ll be inspiring young people to get outside, get involved and get gardening. Activities will include bookable ‘plot to plate’ cookery, an outdoor music maze and hands-on growing activities. Until 2 June.
Tom Gates Live
Based on the best-selling books by Liz Pichon, this brand new story of Tom Gates is brought to you by the award-winning team behind Horrible Histories and Gangsta Granny and for the first time ever it’s LIVE ON STAGE at the Wycombe Swan Theatre. 5 – 9 June
Teddy Bears’ Picnics
Especially for pre-school toddlers from 12 months old, Teddy Bears’ Picnics are held every Wednesday at Claremont Landscape Garden in June and August. Bring along your favourite teddy and a picnic and join in with fabulous stories and songs led by their storyteller Emma.
The Tiger who came to Tea
Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem . . . expect to be surprised! Ends 16 June
Whether it’s the arrival of the Royal Procession at 2pm sharp, six world-class races throughout the afternoon or the communal singing around Ascot’s Bandstand early evening, each of the five days at Royal Ascot is a whirlwind of excitement and colour. Until 22 June.
Head to Kew Gardens for a fun-packed adventure with games, stories, crafts and dressing up. You’ll find out what makes plants grow, where your food comes from and some of the ways that we use plants in our everyday lives. You’ll investigate animal habitats, insects, bees and pollination and the changing seasons.
April – September
See a variety of different birds from eagles to owls in these exciting demonstrations by Cotswold Falconry, which take place at 1.00pm and 3.30pm on the lawns in front of the Manor house. Check website for dates. April – Sept.
Ted in Space
At the Royal Observatory you can join Ted the Teddy Bear on a journey throughout the Solar System, learning about the things we find there and how they affect us. A planetarium show for under-7s. 11am weekends and holidays. Check website.