Let your children enjoy the magic of the festive season -- 18th-century style!
The Benjamin Franklin House will be throwing a little party for kids aged 5-11, which will include some sing-along carols like Silent Night and Jingle Bells, all played on Franklin's favourite musical instrument: the glass harmonica.
In between singing they can munch on some mince pies, and make some Christmas decorations to take home.
Your children will be far too young to appreciate the real significance of the house (what 5-year-old kid is interested in the War of American Independence?), but just so you know: Benjamin Franklin was one of America's Founding Fathers who helped to draft the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. No doubt they'll try and slip him into the conversation at some point -- so hopefully your kids will at least come away from the day remembering his name.
Craig’s review of Benjamin Franklin House – “Benjamin Franklin's House is the kind of place you don't notice even when you're staring at it. For something that's called the "first American Embassy", you might be hoping for something a little bit grand, but it's basically just a townhouse in a side street off Charing Cross. Franklin was just a normal guy back then, negotiating between the government and… continued”
Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum – 25 Oct 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – The Natural History Museum has one of London's prettiest ice rinks, decorated with a huge tree and fairground carousel.
Skate around Canary Wharf’s ice rink – 2 Nov 2018 to 16 Feb 2019 – This ice rink sits in the shadow of the Canary Wharf skyscrapers, with an icy perimeter path made of fir trees and fairy lights.
Skate! — Christmas ice rink at Somerset House – 14 Nov 2018 to 13 Jan 2019 – Somerset House has got the prettiest rink in London, with a huge Christmas tree and festive shopping arcade
A Christmas Carol — read by Dickens’ great grandson – 18 Nov 2018 – Charles Dickens' great grandson, Gerald Dickens, will be telling the story of Scrooge at Kenwood House.
A Tudor Christmas, with Alison Weir and Siobhan Clarke – 19 Nov 2018 – Historical author Alison Weir will be talking with Siobhan Clarke about how the Tudors celebrated Christmas.
Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas – 21 Nov to 30 Dec 2018 – Raymond Briggs' classic children's book Father Christmas has been turned into a theatre show at the Lyric Hammersmith
Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman – 22 Nov 2018 to 6 Jan 2019 – Fly through the sky with the magical snowman, as the much-loved children's book "The Snowman" comes to the Peacock.
We’ve got plenty more Christmas events in London
Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
If you enjoy Benjamin Franklin House then you might like to visit Charles Dickens Museum (walk it in 24 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Russell Square), Dr. Johnson’s House (walk it in 20 mins or catch the tube from Charing Cross to Temple) and Keats’ House (catch the train from Charing Cross to Hampstead)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans