Children; What to do this weekend in London

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Boxing Day Ramble

Horsenden Hill, Greenford, Middx (0181-758 5916); today 10.15am, free

Work off the excesses of Christmas with a gentle stroll which lasts about two hours. Meet at the Horsenden Hill Car Park, Horsenden Lane North, Greenford, Middx.

Snowflake Fun

Science Museum, Exhibition Rd, London SW7 (0171-938 8000); tomorrow 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.45pm. The museum is open from 10am-6pm. Activities are included in admission price of pounds 6.50 adults and pounds 3.50 children (above)

Hour long drop-in workshops where you can make your own snow crystals are taking place in Meteorology on the first floor of the museum. Other sessions on the same day include illustrated talks on Life in the Arctic and Polar Bears and Penguins - all part of the museum's Polar Science holiday activities. Families are advised to arrive early as holiday events are usually very popular.

Christmas Tidings

Queen's House, Romney Rd, Greenwich, London SE10 (0181-312 6565); tomorrow 11.30am; 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Performances are included in museum admission. Adults pounds 5, children pounds 2.50.

Seven-year-olds and up can join in 17th-century seasonal songs and dances with costumed performers, the wonderfully named Baroque and Roll Company. Museum admission also entitles you to visit the National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Observatory and make a free return visit within a year.


Tudor Christmas

Hampton Court Palace, Surrey (0181-781 9500); tomorrow 9.30am-4.30pm. pounds 10 adults, pounds 6.60 children. To 3 Jan (above right)

After you've celebrated Christmas 20th-century style, check out how they did it in Henry VIII's time. A team of historians and craftsmen will be bringing the palace's huge kitchens to life recreating 400-year-old recipes such as spit-roast lamb before settling down at 3pm to dine. Also on offer will be family trails and costumed guides.

Christmas Ramble

Killerton Gardens, Broadclyst, Nr Exeter, Devon (01392 881345); tomorrow 10.30am and 2pm. Free

Another much-needed chance to stretch your legs, this time in the Devonshire countryside. Adults and children (seven and above) can join the two-and-a-half hour ramble in the morning or afternoon or if they're feeling energetic, do both as the walk goes in a figure of eight around the National Trust estate.