Seven things to do with the family in Kent this weekend

by Jenna Dobbs

With the summer holidays in full swing, we've rounded up the best ways to keep the kids entertained this weekend.

From theatre to family fun days, there's no shortage of things to do right on your doorstep.

Here's My Kent Family's pick of all the activities on offer:

Port Lympne is putting on a range of summer activities over the holidays
Port Lympne is putting on a range of summer activities over the holidays

1 Summer Fun at Port Lympne, near Ashford

From 9.30am to 5pm and running until Sunday, September 2

Port Lympne is putting on a range of summer activities over the holidays, suitable for the whole family.

Guests can enjoy everything from an outdoor safari to the largest outdoor dinosaur exhibition in the UK.

There will also be daily fact-packed animal talks, and the chance to spot everything from a camel to a baby giraffe or rhino.

More information, plus online ticket deals, can be found at aspinallfoundation.org

Xander and Kylie Wood at a sandcastle competition at Kent Life. Picture: Andy Payton
Xander and Kylie Wood at a sandcastle competition at Kent Life. Picture: Andy Payton

2 Kent Life at the Seaside at Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling

From 10am to 6pm Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12

Take parted in sea-themed activities with games, races and crafts at Kent Life over the weekend.

Children can even make their very own sea creature, mermaid or pirate to take home.

Kent Life at the Seaside themed weeks have been running at the attraction since July 25

All of the usual attractions are also on offer including tractor, train and donkey rides alongside outdoor and indoor play areas and a bouncy castle.

For more information, and ticket prices, visit kentlife.org.uk

Enjoy summer fun at the Forum shopping centre
Enjoy summer fun at the Forum shopping centre

3 Summer activities at The Forum, Sittingbourne

From 11am to 3pm and running until Saturday, September 1

"Wacky Weekends" will take place at the Forum Shopping centre throughout the summer - perfect for keeping the kids entertained on a budget.

The free activities on offer include games, craft, workshops and competitions plus free ice pops.

Centre manager Monica Rana said: "We know keeping the children entertained for six weeks can be a challenging task, so take advantage of the free entertainment!"

A lifeboat at Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat Station. Picture: Alan Langley
A lifeboat at Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat Station. Picture: Alan Langley

4 Dungeness RNLI Open Day/Fete, Dungeness Lifeboat Station

From 10am to 4pm on Sunday, August 12

Watch exciting displays while enjoying stalls, games and food at this action-packed RNLI open day.

Guests include the RNLI Sea Safety team, CNC Police and shanty singers, and a live lifeboat launch.

The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway will also be stopping outside the station for the day.

For more information, visit dungenesslifeboat.org.uk

The family fun day will include inflatables, go karts, and even donkey rides
The family fun day will include inflatables, go karts, and even donkey rides

5 Family Fun Day and Craft Fayre, Elite Venue, Gravesend

From 12pm to 6pm on Sunday, August 12

Enjoy shopping, crafts and the Glastokids festival show at this fun family day out.

There will be a petting zoo, children's rides, inflatables, go karts and even donkey rides at the action-packed event.

For more information, click here

Royal Victoria Place, Tunbridge Wells, Walk Like an Egyptian summer exhibition
Royal Victoria Place, Tunbridge Wells, Walk Like an Egyptian summer exhibition

6 Kids in Pyramids at Royal Victoria Place, Tunbridge Wells

From 11am to 4.30pm Monday-Saturday, and 11am to 3.30pm Sundays, until Monday, August 27

Kids can walk like an Egyptian this summer with new interactive experience, Kids in Pyramids.

The free exhibition has tours where children can learn about Ancient Egypt and dig for treasures.

For full event details, and the list of adventure tour times, visit royalvictoriaplace.com

The five-acre maze at Penshurst Place
The five-acre maze at Penshurst Place

7 Five-acre maze at Penshurst Place, Tonbridge

From 10.30am to 6pm until Sunday, September 9

The historic house and gardens' five-acre maize maze has a time travel theme and visitors can collect clues to crack a puzzle.

Entrance is included in your garden entry ticket price.

For prices and times go to penshurstplace.com/whatson or call 01892 870307.

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