What’s hot in 2022? Sign up to the latest interactive family shows and must-see old favourites. With a little forward planning, create lasting childhood memories this summer.

School’s out – or, at least, it soon will be! Here’s our guide to keeping your children busy and occupied in the summer of 2022. Go camping at a cosmic science festival, run away with the circus and find old-fashioned fun in Cornwall. Here’s our edit of nine exciting and original ways to entertain the smaller people in your life. You are in for an adventure.

Join the Circus with Oppidan Day Camp

Craving a little bohemian madness and wild fun? Register for an Oppidan Adventure Day Camp in London and push your child beyond their comfort zone (in a happy way). From escape rooms to political debates and circus training days, Oppidan camps mix buckets of fun with skill-based activities. On 31 May 2022, their Welcome to the Circus Day in Bishops Park, London is bound to sell out. Book here.

See Lightning Strike At Science Museum’s Wonderlab

Travel though space under a canopy of stars and see lightning strike at the Science Museum’s latest interactive experience. It’s bold and brave and just the ticket for immersing little people into science and maths. Expect explosive demonstrations blowing things up, indoor giant slides testing friction and a lightning bolt strike from a giant Tesla coil. Book here.

Food Forever, Kew Gardens

Food innovators, scientists and chefs will gather at Kew Gardens for the Food Forever Festival Gardens from 21 May to 18 September. Check out the new trail of food-related art installations and the giant wooden trolls highlighting food waste. Special mention goes to this year’s immersive exhibitions of a cornfield labyrinth and a fantasy feast. Book here.

New For 2022: Professor Sprout’s Greenhouse

On 1 July 2022, the glass doors of Professor Sprout’s greenhouse will open for the first time at The Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. Alongside the Mandrakes and Magical Creatures area, is a new fountain from the Hogwart’s courtyard and a full scale-version of the Weasleys’ Burrow (their house). Book here.

Find Old-Fashioned Fun At The Great Estate Festival

Imagine conjuring up a traditional garden fete on a most majestic scale. For the first weekend of June this year, Scorrier House in Cornwall will be a retro fantasy world of Victorian games, fancy dress, craft workshops, silent disco and bouncy castles. For the older crew, there is a secret gin garden and performances from Manic Street Preachers and DJ Yoda. Book here.

Go To A Show: Immersive Frida Kahlo And Diego Rivera Exhibition

Following the rocketing success of the Van Gogh sensory show is the new exhibition, ‘Mexican Geniuses: A Frida and Diego Immersive Experience’ which opens at the end of May. It will be a 360-degree digital experience, complete with giant screens, the latest video-mapping technology, VR and sound effects so you’ll truly lose yourself in the work. Book here.

Camp At An Astronomy And Science Weekend

Celebrate cosmic culture at Bluedot, the four-day festival with a difference designed for the young and the young at heart. Curious children and adults alike will pack their rucksacks for a Cheshire camping weekend of science and astronomy-themed activities, shows, robots and interactive experiments. There’s also outstanding musicians Bjork and Groove Armada setting the scene, plus comedians Stewart Lee and Adam Buxton. Book here.

Visit An Exhibition: Beatrix Potter: Drawn To Nature

Squirrel Nutkin, Jeremy Fisher and Peter Rabbit charm all ages, always. This new interactive exhibition, celebrating the life of Beatrix Potter, is on at the V&A until 8 January 2023. There are fancy dress costumes to try on, little mice to spot along the way and a collection of butterflies, beetles, shells and fossils. Book here.

Dance All Day For Refugee Causes

Dance your heart out to some incredible DJs on the Riverside Terrace at South Bank for Refugee Week 2022. Scribble Saturday 25 June in your diary for this all-day outdoor party where revellers will dance until the sun goes down. Dance for Refuge raises funds and awareness for refugee charities. Book here.

By Annabel Jack
May 2022

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