Entertaining kids and keeping them engaged can be quite tricky at times. Given their low attention span, kids tend to get their grumpy-pants on, if not attended to. London is awash with opportunities for you to do with your kids - set them free and wild at the city farms, tour them to the museums or indulge them in some pretty amazing gastronomical ventures! And no, who said you got to pay to have all the fun?! Listed below are best things to do with family and kids in London.
1. Take them up and above at the London Eye
This one’s a winner for the ultimate ‘taking-the-kids-out’ fun. Not just for the kids, but it’s a cool thing to do for grownups too. Even better if you book ahead, to save yourself 10% and tickets for under 4s are free! Anyone from toddlers to senior citizens can visit here.
Entrance Fee: 21.20 Pounds (Free for under 4s)
2. Teach them some glorious history at the British Museum
One of the best museums in the world, the British Museum has a kid-friendly attitude and even children’s audio tours that they thoroughly enjoy. Watch your kids get amazed by The Rosetta Stone, the Elgin (Parthenon) Marbles, and the Egyptian mummies and other jaw-dropping exhibits. On weekends and holidays, you can also get activity trails and activity backpacks from the family center in the Great Court as you enter the museum. The museum houses three restaurants too.
Entrance Fee: Adult - 16.50 Pounds, Child under 16 - free
3. Let them play to their heart’s content at The Paxton Pub
Sip on some mid-afternoon wine while your little one plays in the garden of The Paxton pub in Gipsy Hill. With a fab child-friendly menu, this place is perfect for the parents and kids to do their own thing.
4. Get close to nature - Go strawberry picking
With a number of PYO (Pick Your Own) farms sprawling across the outskirts of the city, this is one of the favorite activities for kids in London, that will also get the entire family involved. Let the kids get dirty as they pick their own strawberries from the soil and then savourthem with some cream and ice cream! Also, a good lesson to teach them, how to earn and appreciate!
5. An ice-skating outing
Don’t restrict ice-skating only to festive times, there are places like the Alexandra Palace in north London where you can have a family skating session all year around. There is something to do for everyone and the cost of activity varies.
6. Take them to feed animals
Places like the Bushy Park, the St James’ Park among others give you the opportunity to get close to animals, play with them and feed them. This can be an exciting experience for the kids as well as the adults, with some epic incidents that are ought to happen!
7. A musical evening
There are kid-friendly museums and theatres all across London, with great shows and tickets for even the most popular shows being available on relatively short notice. An evening watching The Lion King or Shrek The Musical or even Wicked The Musical could be an evening well spent with the kids!
8. Go garden and playground hopping
When it comes to attractions for children in London, there is an abundance of open spaces - for them to play and adults to just relax or get a good run or everyone to have one jolly picnic.
- Kew Gardens with a treetop walkway with great views, an indoor playroom, this is one of the best fun places for kids in London
- Hampstead Heath, to feel like you’re not in the city
- Hyde Park The Diana, Princess of Wales pirate-themed playground is very popular with kids, you can also rent paddle boats and row boats or cool off in the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
- St James’s Park is another great place where you can also Visit the pelicans on duck island
- Battersea Park to boat on the lake and visit the highlight of this place - the Children’s Zoo
- Regent’s Park for the London Zoo, boat rentals, and a beautiful rose garden decked out with waterfowl and Japanese bridges.
9. Get enchanted at the Harry Potter World
Having turned into one of the top tourist attractions in London, The Warner Brothers Studio in Leavesden is a must visit as much of the smash hit film series was created here, the studios now hold a treasure trove of memorabilia and even complete film sets used in the series, a must-see for fans! Check out their official website for tickets and timings.
Official website: https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/
10. Fascinate them with the popular London landmarks
The Tower Bridge, Changing the Guard, cross the famous zebra crossing on Abbey Road, and Prime Meridian Line for free at Park Vista or the street entertainers in Covent Garden are pretty good sites to spend the day.
11. Farm and play at the Coram’s Fields
A London itinerary for kids is indeed incomplete without the mention of Coram’s Fields given its seven acres of land spread right in the middle of London, galore with a farm and play areas!
12. Check out the Sea Life at London Aquarium
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Adore the kids’ bewilderment while they see the huge variety of fish species and underwater creatures! There is also a behind the scenes tour that is actually more interesting. Check out their official website for tickets and timings.
Official website: https://www2.visitsealife.com/London/
13. Ride on the double-decker
London has amazing views all over, but a double-decker ride offers a one-of-its-kind view! Ride past the sights of loads of famous landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben and Nelson’s Column that costs less than a tourist bus ticket!
14. Cook with your kids (not in your house!)
Any child would fancy baking some pirate biscuits or monster cupcakes at the baking classes for tots run in East London by BKD. Adelle, who runs the classes, is brilliant with kids along with her two-year-old who helps out at the class too, how cute is that?! BKD's official website will have all your queries answered.
15. Study outside the house
The Science Museum is one of the prime places for kids to visit in London! the under 5s can play with sound, light, contraction and water at the Garden Gallery in case they do get bored! A foreword - take a change of clothes, they might get wet. Their
Official website: https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/