Fun things to do with kids in London

Mini Museum, Play Gallery at Young V&A, Museum of the Year Finalist, 2024.

Planning a fun day out with the family? Our list of the best places to visit with kids highlights the top spots in the city that will make a fun day out for all.

The venues on this list have all the ingredients for creating incredible memories for kids – with family-friendly exhibitions, interactive galleries and outdoor activities to burn off some energy. Better still, they all offer great family facilities – from baby changing areas to buggy parks – so you can go with peace of mind that all your needs are taken care of.

So if you're looking for fun things to do with kids in London, check out this list to plan your next great day out together. Just don't forget to pack a National Art Pass Plus Kids to make great savings for the whole family.

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World Gallery, Horniman Museum and Gardens

Horniman Museum and Gardens

Spot goats and alpacas in the animal walk, make sweet music in the sound garden, or get playful in the interactive displays – all of this is completely free at the Horniman. And if you're looking for maximum magic, book tickets ahead of your visit to the Butterfly House, Aquarium and family-friendly exhibitions. Find meals for little people in The Horniman Café, plenty of picnic spots in the gardens and family facilities inside.

Please note: The National History Gallery is closed until 2026 for refurbishment.

Young V&A, Museum of the Year Finalist, 2024. Image courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London. © David Parry Additional info: Young V&A, Sand Spinner, Imagine Gallery

Young V&A

A museum designed with and for children, the Young V&A has three colourful galleries to explore, alongside special exhibitions geared towards families and young people. Discover den-making, a marble run, interactive activities for toddlers, a stage, dolls' house collection, the life-size puppet from War Horse, and much more. The Design Gallery is dedicated to older kids with design activities and workshops – and don’t miss the well-stocked shop for fun gifts to remember your day.

Visitors play with Flowing Mist exhibit in Wonderlab The Equinor Gallery at the Science Museum

Science Museum

Themed Family Trails bring the Science Museum’s displays to life, and free interactive galleries such as The Garden (suitable for ages 3-6) and multi-sensory Pattern Pod (under 9s) encourage discovery through play. Entry to the fabulous Wonderlab (ages 7-14) is paid – so book ahead – and don’t miss the much-loved Shake Bar on your way in.

A Family enjoys the new History Makers display at National Portrait Gallery, Museum of the Year finalist, 2024.

National Portrait Gallery

As well as regular free workshops for children, the National Portrait Gallery offers illustrated family trails as playful ways to explore the galleries. The perfect starting point for little ones to get to grips with the portraits on display, these encourage children to think about the sitter’s clothes, expression and setting, while inspiring their own drawings.

Natural History Museum, Museum of the Year finalist, 2023

Natural History Museum

As an introduction to the planet’s wonders, the Natural History Museum is hard to beat – from the giant whale skeleton in the entrance hall, through to the thrilling Dinosaurs gallery. The special exhibitions are particularly strong – and there’s a T. rex Restaurant among other family-friendly eateries. Finish your visit with a stop in the irresistible shop where we can't guarantee that you won't leave empty handed.

Cartoon Museum, exterior

The Cartoon Museum

Under 18s get free entry at The Cartoon Museum, where the galleries are dedicated to British cartoons from the 18th century to today – and displays are geared towards giving visitors a giggle. With special exhibitions, regular events and loads of opportunities to get drawing, this is a creative introduction to the art of cartoons.

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Exterior

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Also free to under 18s, Dulwich Picture Gallery has developed a resource pack with and for families, stuffed with entertaining activities and a Family Trail around the building's surrounding gardens. The family events programme is jam-packed with fun things to do. Plus, there are books and art activities for children in the shop, and a kids menu in the airy café.

The gardens at Eltham Palace

Eltham Palace and Gardens

If you love visiting picture-perfect historic buildings with stunning gardens but also need to keep the family entertained, this English Heritage property is the perfect day out. Go for the 'around the world' themed play area, family-friendly audio tour and vintage-inspired dress-up box in the former owners’ walk-in wardrobe. Check ahead for the children’s activities on special event weekends.

Osterley Park & House, a family visit

Osterley Park & House

Only a seven-minute walk from Osterley Park station on the Piccadilly Line, this National Trust estate comprises a stately house, parkland and formal gardens. Plus, there are lots of fun things for kids to do: canoeing on the Middle Lake, Junior Parkrun, table tennis, bike hire for all ages and two-hour long ParkPlay sessions every Saturday morning. A perfect way to blow off steam outside the city.

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