Days out in London
London has endless possibilities when it comes to activities to entertain children, no matter what the weather there is always something to do and some adventure to go. Here are some of my favourite days out in London.
London Zoo can be a great morning, afternoon or whole day out. If you can get a years membership it will mean whilst children are 3 or under they get in for free. You would only have to go 3 or 4 times a year to get good use out of it and save money. I tend to find spending an hour each time you visit is enough especially while they are young. As they get older the visits tend to get longer as their attention span increases. It is great though especially when the weather is nice. There is also a great child friendly café to have lunch or snacks in and plenty of baby changing facilities. Throughout the day there are different interactive sessions such as tiger feeding where you can watch the tigers being fed, also penguin parade, a penguin talk as well as an insect and bug session etc. There is also a small aquarium section with in the zoo with a variety of different fish and sea life which I find young kids love. The new Lion enclosure is opening soon and will be a must see allowing you to get up close and see the lions in all their glory. From an education point of view it is an excellent and fun interactive way of teaching young children about different animals.
Similar to the Zoo is the London Aquarium. This is a great activity whether it is raining or sunny as it is inside so a great option all year round. Located on the Southbank it is easy to get to. The staff are friendly and helpful and there is plenty of space to take the buggy in with you, although I would avoid peak tourist season as it is a popular activity and can get rather over crowded. Children love it as it so visual and stimulating.
In North London there is a park attached to Hampstead Heath called Golders Hill Park. On a warm sunny day it is perfect to take young children to. They have a free zoo with foreign birds, lemurs, donkeys, deer, ostrich and a few other animals. There is also a big play park and sand pit, which can provide endless fun. As well as a butterfly house and café there is plenty of green space, which is ideal for picnics or for the kids to run around on. There are endless things to do and see and best of all once you are there everything is free. Nearest tube station is Golders Green and there are plenty of buses that can take you close to the park. Check the times of that the butterfly house is open in advance if you want to visit it as it is only open at certain times.
Another hidden gem is at Granary Square down at Kings Cross. There is an open space with water fountains, which children can play in and they love doing so, just make sure to take a change of clothes. There is an area over looking the canal that you can sit down and have a picnic on or just chill out and watch the canal boats go by and the ducks swimming on the canal. If you’re a coffee lover be sure to check out the coffee in Caravan it is great!! If your brave enough there is also a public outdoor swimming pool as well which could have great potential in summer.
Another free outing is to one of the numerous city farms dotted around London. I have been to the city farms in Kentish Town West, Islington and Shoreditch and all vary but are all great and young kids love being able to get up close to the farm animals. Hand washing points are located on site at each farm so hygiene is not an issue. It is a great quick morning or afternoon activity which children love and it allows them to see the farm animals in person rather than in books or on tv so it is a much better way for them to learn about them. There are more than the three farms I have mentioned so there may be one nearer to you.
If you have older children then Kidzania is a great activity for them. Kidzania is a 75,000sq.ft child-size City where children are in charge. They get to choose from 60 role play situations allowing them to act out various jobs such as becoming a fireman, pilot or the next top singer. Each experience teaches your child life skills including teamwork and independence. Everytime they enter Kidzania they are paid 50 Kidzos which can be spent on different experiences throughout Kidzania or they can choose to put them in a bank account encouraging them to save up for more expensive experiences or products. Kidzania is ideal for children 4 – 12 years old and children over 8 can explore Kidzania on their own.
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This post was written by Natalie Weller