Summer is definitely round the corner, so put away the toys and get outside to enjoy the sunshine! London is an amazing city with endless activities to do and see whatever the weather. Here are my top picks of things to do in London that will brighten up everyone’s day.
Science Museum – http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk
Take your kids on an adventure into the world of science. On every floor it is full of hands-on educational and engaging exhibits; this museum will be a winner with the young and old! …and it is free! The Science Museum is absolutely top on my list of places to take my children when we have a free day. Make sure you visit The Garden in the basement for fun with waterand play The Launchpad which has aplay zonewhich my kids did not want to leave. Both have places you can park your buggies. They also have areas for picnics, so take a long a packed lunch. You can really get stuck in, adults too; this place is packed with information and interactive experiences. Everyone went home happy.
ZSL, London Zoo – http://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo
Which child does not love animals? Why not spend the day letting themfind their inner animal, zoos are a massive hit with children and London Zoo is the best for a day out. I found London Zoo to have a good variety of animals, lots of indoor and outdoor spaces and it was very educational. It has nearly 750 species of animal, from the smallest monkey to the tallest giraffe! The best part of the day was the feeding times, we watched the zoo keepers feed the penguins at their tea time and it was incredible how close we were able to sit and watch.
Kew Gardens – http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/index.htm
Children always go free which makes it a great value family day out. The paths around the gardens are smooth and most of the buildings have ramped access, perfect for us parents pushing buggies all day! There’s some useful information on the Kew Gardens website to help you plan your visit but all you really need to know about is Climbers and Creepers – Kew’s interactive play area for under 9 year olds. Just remember to explore the Gardens first as once the kids get in there they won’t want to leave! I will definitely go back.
London Southbank – http://www.southbanklondon.com/
London Southbank is buzzing year round with different events and attractions which make for a great family fun. Here are a couple of ideas of places to visit after enjoying a stroll along the bank.
A perfect family day out would be to visit the Sea Life London Aquarium, which I must add is free for children underthe age of three. If you visit in the afternoon you can watch the sharks being fed which is always good to see. The shark’s tank can be viewed from two levels so there’s plenty of space.
After this, why not take in the sights of London above the Thames? The London Eye is a must-do experience; it is basically a giant Ferris wheel with amazing views of the city. What I did was take the kids to various key attractions, then at the end of the trip took them on the London Eye to point out all the places they went to see. It is 135 meters high which makes it the world’s tallest observation wheel! Small buggies are allowed on board. We found the staff to be excellent with children and we had lots of fun. Incredible experience but not for those scared of heights!
Needless to say that those minding your children or even those taking care of them from a nannies agency could also take your children here this bank holiday weekend.
So, all we now need is some sunshine and then we’re in for exciting and fun times for all the family come the beginning of summer.