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Looking to entertain the kids during the summer holidays?

While we can't host activities in Kingston, we're excited to bring you a programme of free Thumbs Up events that you can take part in from your own home, as well as some great kids eat free deals and half price boat trips for kids.

We'll update the page with each week's activities, so keep checking back for more. Here are the activities for 27 August: 

All Saints Church


Make your own flute using drinking straws and discover fun facts about the musical tradition at All Saints! 


Download PDF instructions

Kingston Heritage Service


Get creative together this summer with Kingston Heritage Service's craft activity packs! They'll will be posting a new activity every Thursday at 10am throughout the holidays on their social media, beginning on Thursday 23 July. Inspired by objects in Kingston Museum, the crafts are an opportunity for families to have fun learning about Kingston’s heritage. We can’t wait to see your creations!

For the activities and more information, you can find Kingston Heritage Service on FacebookTwitter and Instagram at @RBKheritage. Don’t forget to tag @RBKheritage and @InKingstonUK when sharing your crafting on social media.

Dates: every Thursday of the summer holidays

Kingston Library


Travel the world in your imagination. Each week you'll receive a mini magazine full of creative projects, plus a weekly Zoom workshop of games and activities. For age 7-11.

Dates: every Thursday from 30 July to 3 September

Book through Kingston Libraries Eventbrite

Metro Bank


Metro Bank's Money Zone introduces children to financial skills, helping them to build financial understanding and financial capability.

Metro Bank’s trained bank colleagues will deliver this session virtually through Microsoft Teams, parents are welcome to be present during delivery to support elements of discussion or the mathematical activities. We will be using an activity booklet, completing different activities to challenge and enlighten your children.

To attend the sessions on Microsoft Teams, click the links below. 

Click here to find out more about Money Zone and download the activity booklet here.

For age 6-11. 

Dates: 20 August and 27 August
Time: 10-11am

Click here to join the 27 August event



Come and enjoy a Brazilian feast at Preto Kingston. The little ones will get to enjoy the same experience as the grown ups; watch their faces light up as the passadors serve their favourite meats.

Please note this offer excludes drinks or desserts, and Cover Charge will be added to the bill on the pre-discount prices. Available for children up to 10 years old. Maximum of one child for full paying adult rodizio. Cannot be accepted in conjunction with any other offer. 

Available after 4pm, no booking required. 

Dates: every Thursday of the summer holidays

The Rotunda


The Rotunda are helping to entertain the family at home! They want to help share those ‘indoor-phins’ with you...

In need of ideas? Take a look at their fun and engaging activity sheets for all the family to enjoy, with everything from word searches, colouring in sheets and our favourite, dot-to-dots. They even have some scavenger hunts for everyone to take part in!

What's more; they're free! Visit The Rotunda website and download yours today.

Download the activity sheets

Stanley Picker Gallery


Colour in your favourite Kingston upon Thames landmarks, produced by Kingston School of Art student Zainab Sanyang. 

Click here to download the free colouring sheet

Visit for more “Get Creative” activities that have been produced throughout lockdown. We hope to be open again soon!

Turk Launches


Children 3-16 years old are half price on Thursdays all day. 40-minute non-stop round trips starting and finishing at Turks Pier Kingston (behind John Lewis). Please visit the Turk Launches website to pre-book your tickets. 2 and under go free.

Dates: every Thursday of the summer holidays

Upcoming Dates

Thumbs Up It's Thursday returns every Thursday during school holidays and half terms. Upcoming dates for 2020:

Easter Holidays: 9 & 16 April 2020

May Half Term: 28 May 2020

Summer Holidays: 23, 30 July, 6, 13, 20, 27 August 2020

October half term: 29 October 2020

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