So school is officially now out for the summer! However, six weeks can be a long time to keep your little ones entertained.

Here at Once Upon the Mat, we like to assist in keeping children entertained during the long break and still provide parents some structured routine during the summer. Therefore, we are still continuing to run our Pre-School Children’s Yoga Classes at Big Fun House Chartham Canterbury. We are also allowing school aged siblings to attend for half the price during the holidays PLUS FREE SOFT PLAY too, so you can make a day of it!

The summer holidays provide the perfect time to engage in a new activity or visit a new place, and most importantly quality time to spend as a family bonding. The Telegraph recently published a report titled ‘Why yoga is one thing your children should do this summer’ highlighting that the summer is a time where parents can have fun with their children and reconnect. Our energetic and creative lessons are centred around a popular book each week and are much more than just yoga. Our lessons include singing, musical instruments, props a plenty, story time and fun yoga games. If you would like to book onto a children’s yoga class during the summer visit our booking page on our website today. Whether it be yoga, or another activity go on an adventure, try something new and create lasting memories!


We also thought it would be a great idea to let you know all the other amazing places to visit and attractions in Kent to keep you busy during the Summer.

Adventure Kidz, Aylesford

Allhallows beach

Allington Lock next to Kent Life. It’s a lovely wander by the river, has a big beefeater style pub and you can jump on a little boat to take a trip to Maidstone and back.

Badgers hill farm

Bedgebury pinetum

Belmont House

Bewel water

Big Fun House Canterbury (Kids Yoga)

Bluewater nature trail / Marvel trial

Botany Bay

Broaditch Farm

Broadstairs – sandy beach

Buttercups goat sanctuary

Buzy bees, New Ash

Capstone park

Cascades little train

Chatham Dockyard

Cheeky Dino, Maidstone

Chatham Ski Centre, there’s the toboggan run and sometimes the inflatable donuts on the mini slope. It’s right next to Capstone Park too.


Christmas Tree Farm

Cliffe pools is amazing too

Clip & Climb

Cobtree Park – next to Kentlife (big play park £1.50 parking).

Colchester Zoo


Danson Park – has play park & water play

Dartford Central park is free! Mini splash play area.



Dover Castle

Dreamland Margate

Dunorlan Park


Eagle Heights

Eltham Palace grounds are free.

Espressions Art Cafe Canterbury

Eynesford stream

Faversham Swimming Pool – outdoor pool here


Folkestone lower leas costal Park and the fountains at Folkestone harbour make a good free day out

Folkestone museum

Fowlmead Country Park

Friars Aylesford

Gillingham Strand

Godstone Farm

Guildhall Museum in Rochester

Grain seaside is always good

Gravesend has the fort gardens. Chantry house museum is free and the bunker tunnels are £1! There’s the prom and the park. A little cafe. A pretty, short walk around. It’s lovely there. It’s also part of the wheels of time trail around Kent.

Gravesend cyclo Park

Greenwich Ecology Park is free and often has special events in the holidays.

Groombridge place

Hall place – lovely, free to enter and beautiful grounds. Lots of trees and shade plus a little stream running through it

Gunpowder Works – Faversham

Hemsley Conservation Centre

Herne Bay – good for crabbing

Huguenot Museum – Quite small but might be interesting, particularly to older children, and is part of the Wheels of Time.

Hobbledown Farm

Hop Farm

Howletts Wildlife Animal Park

Hythe has a flat promenade perfect for bikes and scooters.

Jeskyns Park

Joss Bay

Kearsney Abbey is a fab day

Kent life

Kingsdown beach


Knockhatch adventure park – over an hr away

Knole Park -over 1000 acres and see the wild 🦌

Lakeside – cheap cinema, train for kids

Leeds castle


Little fant farm

Little Street, Maidstone

Longleat Safari Park

Loose village stream

Lordswood bowling £2.50 a game/£1.50 hotdog

Lower leas costal Folkestone

Lullingston country park

Maidstone museum

Maidstone Leisure Centre – has soft play and Ice Hills. It’s also right next to Mote Park in Maidstone so great for a morning of activity then a picnic and a wander in the fresh air

Manor park

Marsh Farm

Millbrook garden centre – check out events/butterfly experience

Milton creek country park

Minnis bay

Monkeybizz, Medway

Mote park

Old McDonalds farm (Essex)


Oxleas Woods is lovely

Penenden heath play area and woods

Rare breeds centre

Richborough Roman Fort And Amphitheatre – Younger children may be bored, but older ones who can listen to the audio commentary and read the panels might find it interesting. Really good for any kids learning about Romans.

Riverside Park

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

Rochester castle

Rochester cathedral

Royal Engineers Museum Medway

Ruxley Manor – check out events

Shorne woods country park

Shrek Experience

Southwater country park. Has a mini beach, dinosaurs, kids park etc and it’s free

Splashes, Gillingham

Swanley Park

Teapot Island

Temple Manor (weekends only)

Teston Park

Tilgate Park (fantastic)

Toddler’s Cove, Canterbury

Trosley Park – lots of shade

Tyland barn – Kent wildlife trust

Union windmill cranbrook

Upnor castle

Vintners Nature Reserve

Walmer paddling pool

Whipsnade Zoo


Wingham Wildlife Park