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On rainy, windy snowy days youngsters still need to burn off energy, not to mention festive season goodies.  Fortunately London has a multitude of interesting sporty activities to keep us moving in wintry weather.

Go Karting

TeamSport offers 5 London karting tracks, in different locations.  The minimum age is 8 years old and the tracks cater for adults too.  The venues offer family bookings, parties and corporate functions.

Indoor Laser Tag & Paintball

Another great indoor activity for all age groups.  Star Command offers laser tag in Stratford, East London.  Bunker 51, a sister company, offers laser tag and paint ball in a Cold War bunker, in Greenwich.

Skiing and Snow Boarding

Chel Ski offers Skiing and Snowboarding lessons and fitness classes.  The minimum age is 5 years old.  The venue is located on the border of Fulham and Chelsea ins out west London.  In Chiswick, Skieasy also offers both ski and snow board options on a state of the art, rotating platform,

Climbing Walls

Climbing walls are now dotted all over London so the chance of you finding one near to you is quite good.  The minimum age varies between venues but some are suitable for little ones as young as 5 years old and there are even group sessions for 1-4 year olds. Here are several:  Vauxwall in Vauxhall and Harrow, Clip ‘n Climb in Chealsea /Fulham, Gecko’s in Stoke Newington, The Reach in Woolwich, Mile End Wall in Mile End, The Castle in Stoke Newington, Westway Climbing in Ladbroke Grove, The Arch Climbing Wall in Bermondsey.

Trampolining

Freestyle, parties, classes, soft play areas, fitness classes  – it’s all the rage, for any age.  Jump until you drop all over London.  Zap Space in Stratford, Flip Out in Wandsworth, Barking and Brent Cross, Oxygen Free Jumping in Greenwich, Acton and Croydon, Better Extreme in Islington.

Ice Skating

During the festive season London offers a number of well known ice skating rinks.  However, there are several indoor ice skating rinks open all yer round and perfect to keep kids of all ages busy during rainy days in London.  Here are some of the best known: Alexander Palace Ice Skating in Wood Green, Queens in Bayswater, Streatham Ice Centre in Streatham.

Bowling

Here are some of the well known London bowling alleys to spend a rainy day.  All Star Lanes has four locations – Holborn, Shoreditch, Stratford and West Kensington,  Queens in Bayswater, Rowans in Finnsbury Park, Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, Holborn, The Croc, Soho.

Circus Arts

Enthusiasm and energy required.  From 4 years old you can join a circus class and be flying on a trapeze!  Well almost. Not an activity you can enjoy on the spur of the moment, but if you are planning to be in London for a few weeks in winter there may be a course near you.  Here are some we found on line –  Air Craft Circus is in Greenwich, Aerial Days in Highgate, Circus Glory, Primrose Hill, National Centre for Circus Arts in Hoxton, Flying Fantastic in Wimbledon and Bankside.

Ping Pong

Table tennis has become very popular with the after work crowd looking for something more than simply standing in a bar.  However, some venues are suitable for a game or two during the day with under 18’s.  Bounce is in Farringdon / Holborn and Old Street, The Book Club is in Shoreditch.  For more serious players there is a site dedicated to finding a table near to you: My local Pitch.

Get Wet

Swimming and aqua play may not be the obvious choice in a London winter, but you probably have an indoor swimming pool at your local leisure centre.  Make a quick search on My Local Pitch for your nearest options.  Top of the range is the pool and facilities created for the London 2012 Olympics in Stratford – London Aquatic Centre.  Also top of the list should be Leyton Leisure Lagoon in Leyton, Finchley Lido Leisure Centre in Finchley, Waterfront Leisure Centre in Woolwich.

There are plenty of options to persuade children to leave the sofa and join in on sporty, rainy day activities in London.