Seventeen fun things for kids to do this summer (that you might not have thought of)


By - Monday 13th July, 2015

The summer holidays start this week, and there’s lots to do in Croydon that doesn’t cost a lot, says Pamela Virgo


Photo by Crystal Palace Park, used with permission.

If you’re under 7

  • Whitgift Weenies Club: robots and aliens in the Whitgift Centre! www.thewhitgiftcroydon.co.uk/weenies
  • inflatable disco dome and bouncy castle at London Road Carnival, Sunday 19th July. www.ambitionfest.com/other-croydon-festivals
  • Deen City Farm (Phipps Bridge tramstop) has animals from goats to guinea pigs. Entry is free. www.deencityfarm.co.uk
  • love your local library: free storytime sessions and Book Trail prizes. 020 8726 6900 or www.croydononline.org/banner/booktrail
  • Bee Week at the Oval Tavern, Monday 17th-Wednesday 19th August: three days of bee-themed crafts, music and stories, for children up to ten. £10 per day, under ones free. www.theovalcroydon.co.uk
  • Beanies in the Whitgift Centre: cool play area for under fives. www.beaniescafe.co.uk
  • Croydon parks have gyms (Lloyd Park, Duppas Hill Park), streams, (Beddington Park, Wandle Park), skate parks and more.

If you’re 7-11

  • the incredible Horniman Museum – a 197 bus ride away, free family workshops, outdoor activities and an aquarium. www.horniman.ac.uk
  • Kids AM: movies for £1.99 per person, at Croydon Grants Vue – every day of the holidays. www.myvue.com
  • Stories in Gardens with Funsense Theatre: free story-telling on Sundays 2nd, 9th and 16th August in Wandle Park. www.funsensentheatre.co.uk
  • discover a thousand years of history at the Museum of Croydon Katharine Street, Free entry. www.museumofcroydon.com
  • Dragon Quest Golf in Addiscombe – crazy golf from £3. www.worldofgolf.co.uk
  • free sports coaching in Wandle Park, starting Monday 6th July: football/rounders/basketball/cricket, qualified coaches, equipment included. 020 8726 6000 ext 62263
  • snap a selfie with a dinosaur – see the sculptures in Crystal Palace Park
  • visit Croydon Airport and learn how they tracked planes before radar was invented. www.croydonairport.org.uk. (First Sunday in month only). Free.
  • get arty at the RISE Gallery St George’s Walk, TURF Space Keeley Road and the Click Clock Gallery Katharine Street. Entry free.
  • go polar exploring at Christ Church holiday club, Addiscombe – 10:00am-12:30pm Monday-Friday 20th-24th July. (Suitable for ages 4-10). £2.50 per day/£10 for week. 020 8656 4610.

All we need now is sunshine. Happy holidays!

Pamela Virgo

Pamela Virgo

Pamela grew up in South East London and has been involved in many aspects of the entertainment industry. She has performed all across the globe including working with the Walt Disney company, CBeebies, Channel 5 Milkshake and many more. She is the creative director of her own company, Bop and Boogie, which introduces children to live theatre through fun original songs, dance and drama. Pamela is very excited to be the curator of the kids' page for the Croydon Citizen.

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  • Tony Skrzypczyk

    If they enjoy the Airoprt please also visit Shirley Windmill also open first Sunday’s in the month until October.

    http://www.shirleywindmill.org.uk