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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 Chiswick Playhouse, 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.

Gifford’s 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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Visit Hogarth’s House (Closed from 16 December)

July 25, 2019 @ 12:00 pmDecember 31, 2021 @ 5:00 pm BST

Hogarth's House will be closed from 16 December under Tier 3 restrictions. Hogarth's House, built around 1700, was the country home of the great painter, engraver and satirist William Hogarth (1697 - 1764) from 1749 until his death. He bought it as a weekend and summer home, away from the noise of his other home in what is now Leicester Square. Hogarth had a ‘painting room’ at the bottom of the garden where he was working until a few days…

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House – Online EVENT

December 30, 2020January 21, 2021

Christopher Wheeldon’s lively Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland transports audiences to the riotous world of Lewis Carroll’s characters, including a tap-dancing Mad Hatter and a comically wicked Queen of Hearts. Bob Crowley’s ingenious mixture of traditional and innovative stagecraft together with the pace and colour of Joby Talbot’s score make Alice a gloriously vibrant experience. Packed with clever choreography – from the memorable croquet scene, complete with flamingos and hedgehogs, to a parody of the Rose Adage from The Sleeping Beauty – this is…

Visit Chiswick House & Gardens (Gardens and cafe are open, but the house is closed until further notice)

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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 Syon Park, Brentford (Gardens are open daily until 3 January)

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The gardens are open daily until the 3 January Tickets available to book online. The house is currently closed due to COVID-19. The Park and Gardens are beautiful to walk around. The Great Conservatory has been used as a location for music videos and film shoots, including the 1967 Dudley Moore – Peter Cook version of Bedazzled and John Boorman’s first feature film Catch Us If You Can. The House & Gardens are open from March until the end of…

Visit the London Wetland Centre, Barnes

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The Wetlands centre is open but to help keep everyone safe, numbers of people who can visit on any one day are now limited. A booking system has been introduced. 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…

Arts & Crafts Trail, Hammersmith

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This is a walk that you can do at your leisure. You just need to download the map, or pick it up from the William Morris Society Museum in Hammersmith, open Thursday and Saturday, 2.00 – 5.00pm. Start at Hammersmith Bridge and make your way along the river to Hammersmith Terrace, reading about some of the interesting Victorians as you go. The riverside at Hammersmith was an important hub for the Arts & Crafts movement, home to several of its…

Visit Osterley Park & House – (Gardens and cafe are open, house remains closed)

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The gardens and café (for take away only) and are now open, with additional safety measures. However, the house is closed until further notice. Osterley Park is a Georgian country estate in west London, now owned by the National Trust. Described by Horace Walpole as 'the palace of palaces', Osterley was created in the late 18th century by architect and designer Robert Adam for the Child family to entertain and impress their friends and clients. Today the house is presented…

Gunnerbury Park and Museum

Visit Gunnersbury Park (Gardens remain open, the museum is closed)

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The park is open daily from 7.00am – dusk. The museum is closed 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 the 19th century and purchased for the nation in…

Visit Kew Gardens

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Kew Gardens is open but some safety measures have been implemented. Everyone will need to book a time slot in advance, and you might need to queue to enter some of the indoor attractions. 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…

The Little Gym (closed under Tier 4 restrictions)

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Club Card Offer – Free Annual Membership worth £50.   The Little Gym is currently closed under Tier 4 restrictions. The Little Gym Chiswick offers gymnastics, dance and karate as well as birthday parties. Classes start for babies aged four months and are on every day of the week. The Little Gym Chiswick was established in 2007 and is the UK’s only ‘double decker’ Little Gym with two fully equipped gymnasiums, mirrored studio with sprung floor and two separate kitchens…

Musical Museum, Brentford (closed from 16 December)

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The museum will be open from 5 December. 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 - 11.00am, 1.00pm, 3.00pm Saturday - 11.00am, 1.00pm, 3.00pm Sunday…

Watermans Arts Centre – Family Cinema (closed from 16 December)

January 23
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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. The Family Cinema is closed from 16 December   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…

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