| ANN WEEKS
LONDON, England – Parents should be well aware that to really enjoy the experience with the small fry in London preparation is essential.
To help Mom and Dad get ready for their well-rounded Olympic time in London we discovered the top 5 most booked family friendly offerings to be found right now. Check them out!
1. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Who can resist the world of magic, wizards and ghosts as brought to life in the beloved Harry Potter film series?
The grand opening for ” Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter” opened last month, and tickets are already selling out fast. And it’s been reported that tickets are selling as far in advance as late October, 2012.
If you and your family manage to attend a studio visit, the kids can virtually soar through the air on a broomstick like Harry and his friends did, read a few original Potter-esque spell books, and even choose a prop magic wand at this 150,000 square foot attraction built-in a former aircraft factory.
The place is a must-see for true Harry Potter fans, although parents and children should be advised that it is not an amusement park ride event.
2. Matilda: The Musical
It’s been billed as the best British musical in years – at least since “Billy Elliot.”
A theatrical presentation about the schoolgirl heroine by the name of Matilda, it’s the hottest ticket in town right now: An all-singing, all-dancing adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story about a little girl with magical powers who won’t let her dysfunctional parents or bullying headmistress get her down.
Three young girls alternate the starring role of Matilda, but any of the them should steal your heart.
3. Kids Week
A Parent’s in the Know Fun Find: It’s a bit confusing but this year’s Kids Week in London
will run the whole month of August, 2013.
Last year, over 73,000 tickets were sold to this event. Kids Week is all about encouraging young people to get involved in theatre. During Kids Week, a child 16 and under can go free to any participating show when accompanied by an adult paying full price. Parents can also purchase up to two extra children’s tickets at half price.
In addition, Kids Week offers a fantastic range of free activities, workshops and events. Whether it’s an energetic dance workshop with the cast of ” Mamma Mia!,” a behind the scenes tour of the Old Vic theatre, or a jump-rope workshop with performers from ” Legally Blonde: The Musical, ” there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Best bet for show tickets: ” The Tiger Who Came for Tea,” ” War Horse, ” ” Shrek: The Musical,” and “The Lion King.”
4. Easy Day Trip to Paris with Golden Tours
Who doesn’t relish the thought of visiting the Eiffel Tower?
And Golden Tours can make that London-to-Paris day trip an effortless treat for you and yours.
A Golden Tours representative will meet you in front of the company’s group desk in the St. Pancras International Station at 5:45 AM (5:30 AM on Saturdays), where you’ll receive a welcome pack in exchange for your voucher. Then, it’s travel by Eurostar to Paris, where you’ll enjoy an open-top bus tour of the city and have time for shopping and sightseeing.
Marvel at Parisian gems including the Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre and Place de la Concorde.
You can hop off to visit the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views across Paris.
Free map and metro ticket included. You will arrive back in London that very evening at 9:29 PM.
Link: Here Golden Tours
5. The Athenaeum
This family friendly, family owned hotel offers one of the best vacation packages we have seen in a long time.
It’s a luxury hotel that offers a dedicated Kids’ Concierge, the only 5-star hotel in the world to do so. Equipped with on-staff certified nannies, a fabulous range of children’s activities and an endless selection of family rooms and family apartment options, it’s no wonder this place is always booked to the max.
Link: Here for the Athenaeum