Children's Holiday Activities

Holiday activities
Happy Holiday activities
Forest Friends Holiday activity






The Ecology Centre runs a scheme of environmental themed activities in the summer, Easter and half-term holidays for five to ten year olds (under eights must be accompanied by an adult). These activities utilise the centre and our wooded Wildlife Area. Our fun packed programme includes outdoor activities like minibeast hunting and nature trails, and animal themed craft sessions.

Summer Holiday programme will run from Tuesday 25 July to Friday 1 September.

Download a copy of our Summer Holiday programme (881kb)



Wildlife Explorers

2hr sessions for 4 to 8 year olds

£5.00/£4.30 concession. Booking essential

All children must be accompanied by an adult


Morning 10am-12 noon

Afternoon 2-4pm

25 July

Amphibian Antics: Learn about frogs, toads and newts and then search for them in the park.

Animal Homes: Come and find out homes and nests of animals and build your own nest.

1 Aug

Animal Tracks: Investigate the tracks and trails animals leave . Make your own footprint cast.

Nature Trails: Discover more about the park’s wildlife as you follow our trails in the woods.

8 Aug

Wiggly Worms: Discover nature’s recyclers and make a wormery. Bring an empty 2l bottle

Pond Life: Investigate the weird and wonderful creatures that live in the wildlife pond.

22 Aug

Creepy Crawlies: Join the hunt for creatures hiding in our woods and meadows!

Wildlife Bingo: Search the park for the animals on your bingo card– can you find them all?

29 Aug

Woodland Masterpieces: Learn about trees and make your own leaf creations.

Cunning Camouflage: Find out how animals keep hidden and play some camouflage games.



Forest Days 

4hr sessions for 8 to 12 year olds

 £8.50/£7.60 concession. Booking essential

11am – 3pm. No adults allowed     

26 July

Set your child free in the woods for the day!


Each Wednesday we will run different Forest School themed activities in the woods. Children will have a chance to explore the wildlife area and participate in activities like knot making, shelter building and tool use.


Please bring a packed lunch and make sure your child is dressed appropriately for being outdoors all day.

2 Aug

9 Aug

23 Aug

30 Aug



Drop in Family Activity Days


Drop in between 12 noon and 4pm.

£2 donation for craft activities

27 July

Spot the Ladybird: Discover all about ladybirds and create ladybird crafts.

3 Aug

Herb Magic: Explore the world of herbs and make a potpourri pot. Tasting involved

10 Aug

Brilliant Birds: See what birds we can spot in the park and make a clay model.

24 Aug

Busy Bees: Join in some bee themed fun and make your own beeswax candle. 

31 Aug

Towering Trees: Enjoy craft and art activities relating to trees.



Craft and Story Making

1 1/2 or 2hr sessions for 4 to 8 year olds

£5.00/£4.30 concession. Booking essential

All children must be accompanied by an adult


 Crafts Mornings: 10am-12 noon

Story Making Afternoons: 2-3.30pm

28 July

Proud Peacocks: Create your own peacock model to take home.

Wild Woods: Hear stories of animals that live amongst the enchanting trees.

4 Aug

Nature’s Scrapbook: Make a special book and collect lots of natural things in the park to fill it.

Tall Tree Tales: Create your own tree tales below the wise yew trees.

11 Aug

Flying Fish: Make your own Japanese inspired fish streamer to take home and fly.

Fairy Tales: Look and listen for the magical woodland creatures and folk.

25 Aug

Whittle Away: Find out more about the elder tree and use a peeler to whittle some creations.

Royal Ties: Hear stories of a princess who once lived in the old house in the park.


If you would like to join us on any of our activities or if you have an enquiry, please use our online Children's Holiday Activities form.

Children’s Night Safaris


Friday 3 November, 4 to 6pm (5 to 8 year olds)

Friday 10 November, 4 to 6pm (8 to 12 year olds)

Join the Ecology Team for a fun filled evening to search for the Park’s nocturnal inhabitants and explore the woods at night. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a torch with you.

  • Meet: Holland Park Ecology Centre
  • Cost: £5 / £4.30 concession, accompanying adult free
  • Booking essential

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Fees and Charges

These charges have been set and agreed by the Cabinet member for Environment, Leisure and Residents’ Services in March 2017.

Activities Standard Concession

Children’s After School/Holiday Activities - up to two hours (per child)

£5 £4.30

Children’s After School/Holiday Activities - two to four hours (per child)

£8.50 £7.60

Spaces are limited on our holiday activity sessions. Please book and make payment in advance to secure your booking. Sorry, but we cannot give refunds.

Note: * Concessions are: RBKC residents who are in receipt of: job seekers allowance [income based], incapacity benefit, disability living allowance, industrial injuries disablement benefit or severe disablement allowance or senior citizen [60+ years]. Concessions discount is also available to those who have a disability or are registered as caring for the disabled. (RBKC residents and Non Residents) For concession rate proof of residency and eligibility is required.

Method of Payment

You can pay by:

  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Cheques (Please make cheques payable to: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea)