For those with little ones — or even adults who remain kids at heart — there are plenty of free London 2012 attractions that cater to children and family fun. Below, find some of our top picks for Olympic country house and live events for kids during the final week of the Games.
Imagine Denmark – Let’s Go For LEGO: The Danes have taken the Olympics and turned it into their famous block creation with LEGO. The Danish House at St Katherine’s Dock is a perfect place to visit if your kids love to play with LEGO. Creator Warren Elsmore has spent around 300 hours building a replica of the London Olympic park, and you can also check out the world’s tallest LEGO wind turbine.
House of Switzerland – Perfect Puppetry: Your kids can stay busy for hours — and maybe even entertain you in the process — during a visit to the Swiss national house, thanks to their innovative puppet show. Experts from “The House of Fairy Tales” will be in residency putting on puppet show workshops, to give kids the opportunity to create their own characters and stories. The freshly qualified children then perform their shows on the open-air stage to a live audience of families, friends and visitors. “The House of Fairy Tales” will make its third and final visit to the House of Switzerland on 12 August. The show and workshop is ideal for 7-to-12-year-olds, and will start at 11am.
Trinidad and Tobago – A Cultural Village: The T&T national house at Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn is positioning itself as a go-to venue for families over the second week of the Olympics. Children’s workshops involving stories of Trinidad and Tobago, traditional Kathak dance classes, and rhythm classes will take place from the 6-8 of August. Then, on 12 August, it’s “Carnival” — dubbed a “magic spectacle” by the award-winning singer, educator and former member of Trinidad Folk Singers known as ‘Auntie Ava’.
Live Sites – A Day-long Party: The BT Live events will be a great way to keep the kids entertained, while also making sure Mum and Dad get to watch the Games. No tickets are required for the venues which are located at Hyde Park and Victoria Park. The sites have huge screens, but there are also plenty of activities for the younger set, including bouncy castles, fairground rides and the zipline that Boris Johnson found himself stuck on this week in Victoria Park.