Following an extremely challenging year for everyone, children have been seriously affected by a lack of social interaction, meeting their friends and playing sports.

Sport is heavily involved in all children’s curriculum due to the mental health benefits that are enjoyed, not to mention the life lessons that are taught such as team work, leadership, resilience and respect.

With the easing of lockdown and life returning to some sense of normality, we’ve listed the top 5 sports activities for kids in London.

1. Tooting Bec Lido (Tooting)

An iconic part of the Tooting community, the lido is the largest freshwater swimming pool in the whole of the UK, which frequently draws visitors throughout the warmer months (and the colder months for those who are willing to brave the temperature.)

Open every week day from 7am-2pm, any kids that enjoy swimming will love Tooting Bec lido! Prices cost £5 for children and £8 for adults, to book a splash about in the lido please click here.

2. Totstars (Streatham)

Totstars sports academy encapsulates everything we spoke about in the intro, how important the role of sports is in children’s development.

Totstars is a sports coaching academy that teaches children between the ages of 2-7 learn cognitive and physical skills through the medium of sport. Operating in Streatham and Croydon, classes kick off the weekend by running on Saturday mornings and are bookable in 6 session packages starting at £36.

3. Oxygen Freejumping (Croydon)

Oxygen Freejumping is the UK’s No.1 trampoline park and provides brilliant entertainment for children (and adults!)

Set to return on May 17 as the UK moves ahead with the next stage of the roadmap, trampoline parks are popping up everywhere due to their popularity. If you’re looking for a great sporting activity for the family, Oxygen Freejumping represents the perfect opportunity for a day out.

There are centres in Croydon and Acton The 02 (Greenwich), with prices starting at just £13/hour. To book, please follow this link.

4. Clip ‘n Climb (Chelsea)

Clip ‘n Climb is a climbing centre in Chelsea that provides great entertainment for both adults and children.

With over 21 ‘exhilarating challenges’ available, either climb for leisure or engage in some friendly competition and try and get your name up on the leaderboard! With toddler only sessions (under 4’s) available starting at £5.50, simply pick a class that suits you.

To book an hour of fun at Clip ‘n Climb, simply click here.

5. Putt in the Park (Battersea)

Located in the heart of the stunning Battersea Park, Putt in the Park is the perfect place to take your kids for a game of mini-golf!

The venue is wonderfully designed with bridges and water traps adding an element of difficulty to the scenic course. With under 15’s costing just £8 a round of golf, Putt in the Park is both an exciting and affordable day out with the kids!

To book your tickets, please click here.