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Educational Days Out With Your Child

From specialist classes to summer camps, there are plenty of ways to keep your child’s education going throughout the summer holidays.

But who says the kids should have all the fun?

We’ve compiled a list of some fantastic educational days out in the UK that are fun and inclusive for the entire family.

Child-friendly Museums

A group of pupils in historical dress

Perhaps the best way to continue your child’s education outside of the classroom is with a museum. There are hundreds of museums all across the country catering to art enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Here we’ve picked out some top museums in the UK for you to visit with your children this summer.

Beamish, County Durham

This open-air museum in County Durham is world-famous for how it is frozen in time. This town aims to display what life was like in the North East of England from 1820 all the way to the 1950s.

With insight into the farming industry, WWII, and its very own tram system, Beamish is the perfect place to continue your child’s history education while also having a great day out!

Natural History Museum, London

With art galleries and museums aplenty, London is an amazing place to visit for some educational days out. The National History Museum is a must for any London visit.

One of three grand museums of Exhibition Road in South Kensington, The National History Museum showcases a vast range of exhibits from all across natural history.

They also offer a variety of activities and games for kids to do while they explore and they even offer Dino Snores sleepovers where kids can explore the museum after dark (with parental supervision, of course).

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Buckinghamshire

Adults have been telling children stories for centuries, so it’s no wonder that there’s a museum dedicated to children’s author Roald Dahl in Buckinghamshire where he lived for 36 years.

This fantastic museum’s goal is to inspire excitement about reading, writing and creativity in children the age of 6-12. With three galleries, the museum offers plenty for kids to see and do and makes the perfect day out for budding bookworms.

National Railway Museum, York

The National Railway Museum in York offers an amazing chance for children to learn all about locomotives and engineering.

From the history of the railway all the way to talks about protecting our climate, the National Railway museum gives an incredible insight to the impact that the railway network has had on our country throughout history.

Cadbury World, Birmingham

Treat the kids this summer with a day out to Cadbury World, where they can learn all about the history of chocolate and how it’s made.

With workshops, play areas and even a train ride, this is the perfect educational trip for all the family.

And to answer your most pressing question: Yes, they do give you free chocolate.

Nature and Wildlife Attractions For Children

A teacher reading to a group of pupils in the woods

Summer is the perfect time to spend outdoors learning all the wonders of our natural world. Here are some of our picks for awesome days out at nature and wildlife parks that the kids will love.

Paignton Zoo

Not only does Paignton zoo have an astonishing amount of animals for you and the kids to explore, but it’s also a registered charity that works to help rare and endangered animals.

With over 80 acres and 6 different animal habitats to explore, a trip to this zoo is the perfect day out for you and your little monkeys.

National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

The National Marine Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the UK with over 4,000 marine animals to see as well as offering information about their groundbreaking Ocean conservation work.

This fantastic aquarium offers immersive opportunities for kids to learn all about the world’s oceans and the creatures that reside there. It also gives children the chance to learn the importance of conservation and protecting our oceans.

The Eden Project

The Eden Project is a revolution in biological engineering that is known across the UK.

With walking trails, outdoor gardens and England’s longest zipwire, this attraction makes a fantastic day out for the entire family while also giving you the chance to reconnect with the natural living world.

The Eden Project also offers a whole range of workshops and activities for people of all ages and abilities, making this educational charity a great place for your children to learn more about nature.

Science Days Out For Children

A group of students in a science world

Science is arguably the most important topic that your child will learn while in school.

A basic understanding of science is essential to help children understand the world around them, so continuing their learning outside of the classroom is a great idea.

What better way to do that than with attractions like the ones we’ve included below?

We the Curious, Bristol

Science is founded in curiosity and asking questions about the world around us, and that’s what We The Curious stands for.

This educational venue in Bristol has dozens of interactive exhibits where children can participate in experiments and learn how vital science is in today’s culture.

National Space Centre, Leicester

If you want a chance for your child to learn more about the universe and where humans fit into it, there’s no better day out than the National Space Centre in Leicester.

There’s something to interest the whole family with a range of space orientated exhibits from satellites and space suits to meteorites and the UK’s largest planetarium.

We hope we’ve inspired you to visit one of these fantastic days out and give both you and the kids a chance to learn something new!

If you think a preparatory school might be the right fit for your child, please get in touch with our Director of Admissions & Marketing, Rachel Elliott, on 01395 280335 or email rachel.elliott@stpetersprepschool.co.uk.