About London Tours with Kids in London
The words "children" and "museums" can often sit awkwardly together in the same sentence. Fortunately, London not only offers museums that are interactive and designed for children, but also offers many other activities and places that children and families can enjoy.
From toddlers to teenagers, the active to the curious to the artistic, no matter what the British weather has in store, families need not worry about how they are going to entertain their heirs and how much it is going to cost.
Good for Kids
Family-friendly museums include The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton and the Mudlarks gallery at the Museum of London Docklands (all in East London). There are also the Science Museum and Natural History Museum in South Kensington, the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, and the London Canal Museum at Kings Cross.
Keep in mind that during British school holidays, long weekends, and festive seasons, museums may be busy--but they do facilitate special events and activities for children.
Outdoors activities and places worth investigating include the London Wetland Centre in Barnes and bicycle hire in Richmond Park (both in West London), the London Zoo in Regent's Park and boat trips along the Regent's Canal. There are also a number of city farms where children can interact with animals (yes, real farm animals in the middle of the urban centre!) and participate in various activities such as art, pottery, and pony rides. The more adventurous children can go on a guided horse ride through Hyde Park (although this may be out of budget for some families). There are also a number of places to hire roller skates/blades. For families with teenagers, the London cycle hire scheme (which Londoners refer to as "Boris Bikes," named after Lord Mayor Boris Johnson) offers a fun couple of hours in one of the many inner-city parks.
When the weather isn't on your side and you can't face another museum, there are plenty of cinema complexes across the city--and the London Aquarium at Southbank is an eye-opener for all things otherworldly. For those with children that are sports fanatics, a visit to one of London's cricket grounds, such as the historic Lord's, or premier football (soccer) clubs may very well win you some parental brownie points.
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