KidRated is a website where all the reviews are done by kids to help families make more informed choices. Here’s their Top 10 Christmas Picks exclusively chosen for TutorFair.
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1. Christmas at Kew
Younger kids will love Kew’s famous Christmas ‘after-dark’ experience and even older kids will pull themselves away from their camera phones and immerse themselves in this fantastic experience.
Kids Will Love: The food stalls and fairground
Adults will love: The mile long illuminated path.
Until 2nd Jan
2. Pan Goes Wrong
With their Olivier award-winning ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ The Mischief Theatre Company delivered an instant West End Classic. This Christmas, they’re putting on the classic panto Peter Pan with predictably disastrous but hilarious results.
Kids Will Love: The wonderfully orchestrated slapstick and quick fire jokes.
Adults Will Love: Remembering the time they did a bit of am-dram and how horribly familiar this all is!
Until 31st January – Apollo Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue.
3. Ripley’s Believe It or Not – Christmas Trail
To add to their collection of the weird and wonderful, Ripley’s have added a multi-sensory trail. Yup, a trail you can touch, smell, hear and see It’s free with your entry ticket for visitors to fill in as they go round. And if you hand it in at the end you’ll be rewarded with a festive treat.
Kids Will Love: The Black Hole, The Mirror Maze and posing with the exhibits.
Adults will love: All the wonderful family photo opportunities.
Christmas Trail Until Jan 6th
4. Slava’s Snow Show
The legendary Russian Clown Master never fails to disappoint. The show may start off slowly at first but it bursts into life just before the interval making you eager to return. And your patience will be rewarded with some brilliant visual surprises. Our KidRaters loved it.
Kids Will Love: Slava’s friends who wander round the audience.
Adults will love: Combining the trip with a visit to the South Bank.
17th Dec – 5th Jan – Royal Festival Hall
5. Star Wars
Unless you’ve been living in a galaxy far, far away for the last year, you’ll know Star Wars is back with a brand new trilogy. The first of these new films, The Force Awakens, hits UK cinemas (and the BFI IMAX) on December 18th. Book tickets NOW as screens will be packed and you and, more importantly your kids, don’t want to miss out.
Kids Will Love: New cute droid BB8.
Adults will love: The return of Han, Leia and Luke and of course the Millenium Falcon.
6. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Whether it’s a ride, ice-skating, live music, Christmas Markets, a circus or a Magical Ice Kingdom, there’s something for everyone at Winter Wonderland.
Allow at least 3 – 4 hours to see everything and make sure you’ve been to a cashpoint. Great fun for kids of all ages.
Kids Will Love: Zippos Circus and the Magic ice Kingdom.
Adults Will Love: Hiding in a pop-up bar while older kids entertain themselves. Until 3rd Jan
7. The Golden Hinde
This full size replica of Sir Francis Drake’s famous ship The Golden Hinde is pretty much open all year round. Onboard they do stories, parties and even family sleepovers.
In their Santa’s Wonderland, activities include a storytelling elf, sing-a-longs and an appearance from Mr Claus himself.
Kids Will Love: The ‘pirate elves’
Adults Will Love: The free hot drink and mince pie
19th - 23rd December
8. Ice Skating
There are so many outdoor Ice Rinks around the capital it’s hard to know where to start. Our favourites are Somerset House and the Natural History Museum for the views. Westfield White City, if you want to stay warm. And, Hampton Court for that extra special experience. For more details check our page.
Kids Will Love: Falling over.
Adults Will Love: Showing off
9. Go Ape in Battersea Park
The new Go Ape park down in Battersea Park boasts zip-wires, walkways and wobbly bridges. What’s more, as they cater for kids as young as six and over-12s can do the adult courses, you can really make your visit a family affair .
Kids Will Love: The Zip wires of course
Adults Will Love: The ease of getting there.
10. Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros Studio Tour (The Making of Harry Potter)
Just like travelling to Mecca, at some point every Potterhead must make the pilgrimage to the Warner Bros Studios
This festive season, you can discover how special effects experts make snow that never melts, how set dressers transform locations for Christmas scenes, and how flames are created without fire. Plus the iconic set will be decorated with a dusting of snow
Kids Will Love: The Goblet of Fire on display
Adults Will Love: making a day trip of it.
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