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There’s plenty for children to do in Chiswick from babies to teenagers, whatever their interests.

Weather permitting, there’s quite a lot that you can do for free. When the tide is out you can muck about on the shoreline of the River Thames. Entrance to the award winning gardens of Chiswick House and Gunnersbury Park is free. The museum at Gunnersbury Park runs a full programme of events for children of all ages, introducing them to everything from wood carving to a taste of life as a servant in Georgian England. We even have our own nature reserve in a little triangle of undeveloped land by Chiswick Park tube station – Gunnersbury Triangle.

With world-renowned drama and musical theatre school ArtsEd and the Tabard theatre, children can experience theatre productions of West End standard, as well as having the opportunity to try out drama and dance classes themselves. Chiswick School has a long-established Saturday morning music school run by parents and you can find everything from Kumon maths to ballet classes at Chiswick Town Hall.

Giffords Circus has made the gardens of Chiswick House the only London venue in its annual summer tour and Turnham Green often has fun fairs in the school holidays. We’re also fortunate to have some world class attractions in striking range. Kew Gardens, Syon Park, Osterley Park, the William Morris museum in Hammersmith and the London Wetland Centre in Barnes provide a rich mix of entertainment and education for kids. The Lyric theatre in Hammersmith and the Watermans arts centre in Brentford also run a packed programme of events for children.

If sport is more your thing, Chiswick is bursting with sports clubs for children and young people, from the Rocks Lane sports centre on Turnham Green Terrace to the sports clubs in Dukes Meadows and the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust. Check out where you can get discounts on children’s activities with your Chiswick Calendar Club Card.

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Kew Gardens – Christmas at Kew

November 21, 2019 @ 5:00 pmJanuary 5, 2020 @ 10:00 pm GMT

Now in its seventh year, the 2019 winter trail takes a magical new route and includes a host of all-new installations. Framed by glittering spiral trees, dynamic laser projections will illuminate the iconic Temperate House. A dazzling arch leads to a cascade of glowing silvery shards at the Treetop Walkway. Walk amongst immersive vines as they surprise with changing ribbons of light, and wander beneath the branches where mysterious fairy-fire known as Will-o’the Wisp softly glows. For ticket information, click here.

The National Archives – 1657: Rebel Christmas

November 27, 2019January 4, 2020

From 27 November to 4 January, join The National Archives for a unique festive offering this season. Exploring the centuries-old traditions forced to go underground when Christmas was outlawed, 1657: Rebel Christmas includes an immersive gallery experience and exciting events programme suitable for all ages. The Keeper’s Gallery will play host to a recreated apothecary shop from 1657. Step inside to experience the sights and smells of an underground workshop keeping the festivities alive, where visitors can smell the ingredients…

Maggie and Rose – Big Kids Camps (4-8 yrs)
Finishes 3 January 2020

December 9, 2019 @ 10:00 amJanuary 3, 2020 @ 4:00 pm GMT
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The Big Kids Camps run from 9 December -  3 January except weekends and 24/25/26/27/28/29/30 December & 1/2 January Designed for kids aged 4-8 years to be dropped off  for the day, with awesome Camp themes ranging from Spin Painting to Harry Potter, from Crazy Cake Decorating to Street Dance. Starting from £49 per day which includes delicious home-made lunches and snacks, the Maggie & Rose Big Kids’ Camps provide fantastic fun for kids (and a welcome break for parents!).…

Visit Chiswick House & Gardens

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Chiswick House is a beautiful example of Georgian architecture. Built by Lord Burlington as an extravagant party venue, the neo-Palladian villa was famous in its heyday during the 18th and 19th centuries for some of the most sumptuous entertainments ever held in Britain. The rich decoration and many paintings are well worth the entrance fee. The house is open 10.00 am – 5.00 pm at weekends in 2018 from Saturday 24 February until Easter weekend (Friday 31 March – Monday…

Visit Gunnersbury Triangle, nature reserve

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A green oasis created by intersecting railway lines, saved from development in the 1980s and managed by the London Wildlife Trust for wildlife and people. This wet woodland nature reserve is a haven for birds and small mammals, which take advantage of the sheltered birch and willow. Walkways and footpaths help guide visitors around the ponds and acid grassland areas through this wild oasis in Chiswick. You can just wander round and enjoy the peace and beauty of it or…

Visit the London Wetland Centre, Barnes

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Winter opening: 1 November until February 28 (or 29 when relevant), opening times 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (last admission 3.30pm). Summer opening: 1 March until October 31, opening times 9.30am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm). An urban oasis for wildlife, with wading birds, ducks and otters. A lovely place to go, with or without kids. Find out about WWT’s conservation work and the birds they are helping to save from extinction. Walks and talks on wild animals, plants and…

Gunnerbury Park and Museum

Visit Gunnersbury Park

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The park is open daily from 8.00am – dusk. The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday (including Bank Holidays) 10.00am – 4.30pm. The original Gunnersbury House was built by Sir John Maynard, a lawyer and politician during the time of Oliver Cromwell. In the 18th century Princess Amelia, daughter of George II, used it as her summer home. After her death the original house was pulled down and replaced by two mansions. Both were bought by the Rothschild family in…

Chiswick Playhouse – Hansel and Gretel (Ages 6+)
Finishes 4 January 2020

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Club Card Offer – £4 discount on ticket To book, phone Chiswick Playhouse Box Office on 020 8995 6035 and present your Club Card on arrival.   From 4 December 2019 - 4 January 2020 except for 16/18/25 December and 1 January A tale of magic, mischief, houses made of sweets and other sustainable food sources. ‘Once there was a brother and sister, and they lived by a motorway that curled around the city like a wall. Few people strayed…

Lyric Theatre – Cinderella
Finishes 5 January 2020

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From 16 November 2019 - 5 January 2020 except for 16 / 23 / 25 December and 1 January Polish your glass slippers, dust off your carriage and join Lyric as the clock strikes midnight for the Fairy Godmother of pantomimes, Cinderella. Expect the usual Lyric twist on Wicked Stepmothers, Ugly Stepsisters, pumpkins, mice and more. You shall go to the ball with this festive fairy tale treat. Word has it that if you leave it too late to book,…

Richmond Theatre – Snow White
Finishes 5 January, 2020

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From 7 December - 5 January expect 16/18/25 December & 1 January Comedian, writer and presenter Jo Brand leads the cast as The Wicked Queen. Adding to the comedy will be Britain’s Got Talent finalist Jon Clegg returning as Muddles following his celebrated appearance as Mr Smee last year and brilliant dame Jason Sutton. Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients Richmond audiences have come to expect, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be spectacularly brought to life…

London Museum of Water and Steam, Brentford

December 13 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm GMT
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The museum is open daily, Wednesday – Sunday, 10.00am – 4.00pm (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays for pre-booked school tours) and open on bank holidays and daily throughout LB Hounslow school holidays. The heart of the museum is its collection of magnificent steam pumping engines: the Cornish engines, which are in their original engine houses, and the rotative engines, which have been collected by the museum trust from pumping stations across the country. Together the collection demonstrates the major developments in…

Musical Museum, Brentford

December 13 @ 10:30 am5:30 pm GMT
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The museum is open Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am – 5.30pm. Also open bank holidays. The Musical Museum is home to a wonderful collection of self-playing musical instruments. From tiny music boxes to the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ in the concert hall, you can learn about the history of music reproduction, and hear an impressive array of self-playing pianos, orchestrions, pipe organs, violin players, gramophones & synthesizers. Guided tour and instrument demonstrations: Tuesday – 11.00am, 3.00pm Friday -…

Chiswick Library – StoryTime for Toddlers

December 13 @ 11:00 am11:30 pm GMT
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A time to share stories and songs. These weekly events last for approximately half an hour and are suitable for under 5s. 11.00am every Friday Term-time only.

Watermans Arts Centre – Family Cinema

December 14
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Club Card Offer – £6 tickets on Friday Night Ring the Box Office to book and take your card with you to show when you pick up the tickets. Special Saturday morning film screenings for families. Recreating the 'tanner rush' of the sixties, Saturday mornings are a special time for families to go to the cinema to watch films for children. Watermans also has a full programme of children's films during school holidays. Tickets available from: Watermans Box Office. Tel:…

Gunnersbury Park, parkrun, all ages

December 14 @ 9:00 am GMT
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A 5km timed run - you against the clock. Free event. All ages and abilities welcome. You can run, jog or walk the course. Everyone runs for their own enjoyment. You are invited to join in whatever your pace. parkrun started back in 2004 when 13 runners got together on a blustery day in Bushy Park, Teddington, UK. They’re now an international family of two million registered runners and volunteers (and counting). Held in pleasant parkland on weekend mornings, their…

Santa in Grotto

London Wetland Centre – Christmas Weekends

December 14 @ 9:30 am4:30 pm GMT
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Santa’s Grotto Visit London Wetland Centre's grotto, receive a gift from Father Christmas and have the opportunity for a photo with him.  10am– 4pm. Book your ticket online from 17th October at wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/london. Please note Santa's Grotto tickets do not include admission to the centre. If you're not a WWT member you will also have to purchase an admission ticket. Husky Sleigh Rides* Children can hop aboard a festive husky sleigh ride through the wetland scenery. 10am– 4pm. Free with paid admission.…

Richmond Theatre – Festive Fairytales (Ages 2-6)

December 14 @ 10:00 am11:00 am GMT
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As part of The Richmond Bear Adventures Frank the Richmond Bear will provide an introduction to Richmond Theatre for your little ones. Today's storytelling tour will follow a magical fairytale inspired by the characters that have graced the Richmond Theatre stage. (Age guidance 2-6). All children must be accompanied by a paying adult For more information contact: richmondcl@theambassadors.com

Gunnersbury Park and Museum – Boardgaming Meetups

December 14 @ 1:00 pm3:30 pm GMT
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Ever heard of Dr Eureka, Rhino Hero or Loony Quest? These are just a few of the games you can play with family and friends at Gunnersbury's free monthly Boardgaming Meetups. Games provided. All ages welcome. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Birds swimming at London Wetland Centre

London Wetland Centre – Bird Feed With a Warden

December 14 @ 3:00 pm GMT
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Join London Wetland Centre's wardens as they feed the beautiful water birds from around the globe. Discover more about WWT's conservation work and the birds they are helping to save from extinction. For entrance ticket details and prices click here.

Christ Church, Turnham Green – Carols by Candlelight

December 15 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm GMT

60 minute Carol service. Mulled wine and mince pies after the service.

The Little Gym – Winter Holiday Camps (3 – 12 year olds)

December 16, 2019January 5, 2020

Leading class provider for kids, The Little Gym Chiswick, is running winter holiday camps during the Christmas period, keeping kids active and parents sane at this busy time of year. The double-decker site will be running gymnastics, dance and karate camps and parties from 16 December until 5 January, for children aged between 3 and 12 years old.  All camps are OFSTED registered with parents able to choose mornings, afternoons or full days with lunch club. Even if you’re not…

Chiswick Library – Rhyme Time for under 5s

December 17 @ 11:00 am11:30 pm GMT
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A time to share rhymes and songs. These weekly events last for approximately half an hour. 11.00am every Tuesday Term-time only.

Watermans Arts Centre – Special cinema screenings for Parents & Babies every Wednesday morning

December 18 @ 11:30 am GMT
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Club Card Offer – £6 tickets on Tuesdays at Waterman's Ring the Box Office to book and take your card with you to show when you pick up the tickets. Special film screening for parents / guardians / carers with babies up to one year old. Only the adults pay for their ticket. Your baby will get their own seat, and you can bring in a carry-cot or car seat. If you would like to attend these sessions you must…

Kew Gardens – Woodland Wonders

December 21, 2019 @ 11:00 amJanuary 5, 2020 @ 2:30 pm GMT
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Explore the winter landscape at Kew with your family and re-connect with the natural world. Experience Kew's wintry landscape and discover their Natural Area. Stroll along the woodland trails, spot seasonal highlights, and immerse yourself in nature. Woodland Wonders Programme: Woodland walks Join a guided stroll along the woodland walk and wonder at the diversity of some of Kew's favourite trees during their dormant period. 30 minute walks at 11am, 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm. Meet at the big table.…

Watermans – Christmas Show 2019: Pinocchio (3-8 yrs)

December 27
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A highly visual, acrobatic version of the classic tale, perfect for the whole family this Christmas. A very shady fox and cat, a larger than life ringmaster, a cheeky cricket and anglerfish blues band are just some of the characters that Pinnochio and our narrator, Gepetto, encounter on their adventures. Packed full of the type of fun, mischief and magic that normally only happen when grown-ups turn their backs, this unmissable Christmas show enchants the whole family. Using jaw-dropping circus,…

Gunnersbury Park and Museum – A Magic Lantern Christmas Show

December 29 @ 11:30 am12:00 pm GMT

A seasonal magic lantern entertainment for families in Gunnersbury’s Drawing Room. Stories of burning ships, exploding volcanoes, spectacular fireworks and the man who eats rats. Presented by internationally renowned magic lantern performers Jeremy and Carolyn Brooker. Please note children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Tickets are £7 and are available here.

Gunnersbury Park and Museum – A Grand Gothic Magic Lantern Show

December 29 @ 2:00 pm2:45 pm GMT

Enter the bizarre and fantastical world of the magic lantern with renowned magic lantern performers Jeremy and Carolyn Brooker. A seasonal celebration of goblins, ghosts and the downright weird, accompanied by acclaimed silent film pianist Costas Fotopoulos. The show features an authentic triunial magic lantern combining three projectors in a single device, enabling performers to present the most fast-moving effects the lantern can produce. Tickets are £8 and are available here.

Chiswick House & Gardens – Lightopia

January 22, 2020 @ 5:00 pm9:00 pm GMT
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Lightopia is a new winter light trail that aims to revive and reinterpret the classics, transporting the audience into a very different world of expression and raw emotion with the light designs and interactive pieces. The designs are the timeless units of nature. The interaction between space and form is made possible by Lightopia, a spiritual society that exists only in the works and ideas of its creation. The event will run Wednesday – Sunday between the 22nd January and…

Bedford Park Festival

June 12, 2020June 28, 2020

2020 Bedford Park Festival – Friday 12 – Sunday 28 June The Bedford Park Festival is a two week arts and community festival which takes place early in June. A celebration of the arts, with music concerts, theatre productions, art and photography shows, walks and talks, the festival raises money for St Michael & All Angels Church and three church charities. It has an excellent reputation for high production standards, particularly for its Classical music concerts, which are a staple…

Bedford Park Festival – Green Days

June 13, 2020June 14, 2020

Green Days is huge fete over two days on Acton Green with a fun fair, live music stage, beer tent, craft village and all manner of food and drink on sale from wonderful cakes baked by the congregation of St Michael & All Angels Church and supplemented by the American Chiswick High Rd bakers Outsider Tart, to the produce of the local distillery Sipsmith and local brewery Fuller’s. There’s all that you would expect of a village fete – fancy…

Chiswick House & Gardens – Giffords Circus

June 25, 2020July 13, 2020

Join Giffords Circus for The Hooley in 2020 at Chiswick House & Gardens as they celebrate their 20th anniversary! Since opening in 2000 Giffords Circus have entertained over a million people with their captivating and magical shows. Make sure you’re following Giffords Circus on social media for regular updates to see what they’re up to behind the scenes. The Hooley opens at Chiswick House & Gardens on 25th June until 13th July 2020. The show will be touring other locations…

Visit Kew Gardens, Richmond

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The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is home to the world’s most diverse collection of living plants; 132 hectares of landscape which is exceptionally beautiful in any season. In winter the Palm House welcomes you in to the warmth of the rainforest, the Princess of Wales Conservatory invites you to explore ten of the world’s climatic zones and the Waterlily House shows off its amazing, giant lily pads. In spring and summer you can enjoy the long vistas of snowdrops…

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