The summer break is fast on the approach, and whether daunting or exciting or both for parents, we’ve found the things that bridge the gap between a fun day out for your child and maintaining your own sanity until September.

Genie’s Cave, Cutter & Squidge restaurant, Soho

Cutter & Squidge can show you a world of gourmet magic with the transformation of their restaurant into the Cave of Wonder. Afternoon tea is served on golden platters and includes magic carpet cookies, hidden gem macaroons, and jewel encrusted versions of their trademark Biskie. No needs to make any wishes, just book in advance: kids go for £14.50. 20 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0SJ.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Opera Holland Park

Opera Holland Park is back for it’s forth year, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is back to provide family entertainment, along with picnic packages and a bar, in the beautifully serene setting of Yucca Lawn Gardens, Holland Park. Until 29th July.

Wind in the Willows, London Palladium

Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic has been revamped for an all new stage show from Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes and Olivier award winning composer George Stiles. This well known tale of woodland friends is a dead cert for keeping children of all ages entertained, and will probably be a pleasant trip down memory lane for yourself too. 8 Argyll St, Soho, London W1F 7TE,

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

See the adorable Coati and a myriad of other wild animals at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, where kids can take part in feeding sessions and can put their curious minds to the zookeepers at various times during the day. The zoo is located in the north east corner of the park, next to the Rose Garden and a short walk to the memorial garden and boating lake. Open 7 days a week,

Horse Riding in Hyde Park

Take in all of the sights of Hyde Park including the Serpentine, Princess Diana’s Memorial Garden, the Cavalry Barracks, the Albert Memorial and more with Hyde Park Stables. A huge range of horse riding lessons available are available, ranging from one-on-one tuition to group children’s half day camps, learning how to walk and trot on horses in the park whilst taking in sights from the elevated view. Open 7 days a week, located in the Lancaster Gate corner of Hyde Park,

Whales: Beneath the Surface, Natural History Museum

Travel back in time to 50 million years ago and track the extraordinary evolution of these incredible creatures, their extreme environments, and what we can all do to help preserve the lives and homes of these fascinating creatures. Discover their deep-seated secrets with interactive exhibitions and a real female whale skeleton taking over Hintze Hall. On until February 2018. Open 7 days a week, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road,London, SW7 5BD.