From sleepovers at The Natural History Museum to stargazing at the Planetarium, the possibilities for kids in London are endless. Be a part of interactive exhibitions, set out on movie-inspired tours and experience immersive sites across the capital city. For experiences that will remain in the memory for many years to come, these are the top London attractions for kids.
The London Dungeon
Embark on a thrilling journey through London’s darkest history as you learn about Jack the Ripper and other infamous villains. At this immersive experience in the heart of Westminster, expect to see live performances from costumed actors, special effects, and thrilling themed rides including a free-fall drop and labyrinth recreating Whitechapel in the 1800s.
With so many games, simulators and hands-on activities to take part in, kids will want to spend the whole day exploring the Science Museum, which is located in South Kensington. Head over to the ‘Who Am I?’ gallery to try out its face-morphing machine that reveals what you’ll look like in the future. Or take the family on the Typhoon Force Simulator to experience how it feels to be in RAF’s newest frontline jet.
The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl
The Southbank Centre hosts a variety of events throughout the year encompassing activities, workshops, and shows that are designed to enthral little ones. By visiting before 3rd July 2016, visitors can catch The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl, a guided exhibition featuring interactive installations, drawings, photos, manuscripts and other artefacts that will take you on a journey through this extraordinary writer’s life.
The make-believe city of Kidzania has been created at Westfield to offer over 60 role-play adventures for children. Anyone taking part can try their hand at newspaper reporting, chocolate making, acting, climbing and a host of other activities in a fun environment that’s focused on developing essential life skills.
The Peter Harrison Planetarium
Embark on a mesmerising journey through the galaxy by being a part of a family show at the Peter Harrison Planetarium in Greenwich. Vote on which planets to explore at the interactive ‘Meet the Neighbours’ voyage, or go off in search of the Great Big Bear at a show created especially for pre-school children.
Delve into the world of the big friendly ogre at the 75-minute experience, Shrek’s Adventure! In its Westminster setting, take a 4D tour to revel in its impressive animation and immersive live shows, where you’ll encounter the iconic characters, visit Shrek’s swamp and find your way around a mirror maze.
A trip to London wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the city’s famous zoo. But for true animal devotees, consider the Zoo Academy. The two-day course offers children a chance to participate in themed games, challengers and trails, as they develop useful team-building skills and experience life as a zookeeper.
Meet the likes of George Clooney, James Bond and Barack Obama as you discover London’s famous house of waxworks. Snap pictures of the kids with their favourite superheroes, jump on-board a ride that takes you on a voyage through time, and find out how each of the waxworks are made.
Natural History Museum
Providing fascinating insight into the history of our ancestors, the Natural History Museum in South Kensington is worth a visit at any time of day. But for a more unique experience, take the children on a Dino Snores sleepover. They’ll explore the museum by twilight and enjoy a range of behind-the-scenes activities, before bedding down in one of the ornate halls for the night.
Warner Bros Studios
Make your children’s dreams of visiting Hogwarts come true at the Harry Potter studio tour, located just north of London in Hertfordshire. Explore the sets, see the props and costumes that were used in the films, stroll down Diagon Alley and relive your favourite moments while discovering the world of wizardry. The studios are a 20-minute journey from London, but they are definitely worth the diversion.
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