7 things to do with your kids in London this summer

School’s out and you’ve got 6 weeks to keep the kids entertained 😨. Don’t panic! We’ve got 7 fun things to do in the City, including activities that’ll fascinate your kids and get them active in the great outdoors.

Plus, if you travel around London at weekends, on bank holidays, or before 6:30, between 9:30 and 15:59, and after 19:00 on weekdays (off-peak), you’ll get the best value for your fare. 👏

1. Science Museum

The kids (and you!) will be amazed at what you can see and do (nearly all for free) at the Science Museum.

From touching a real moon rock and seeing the satellites and rockets 🚀 used to explore space, to sitting in flight simulators, watching lightning strike ⚡, sitting under a canopy of stars 🌟 and visiting the award-winning exhibition on how maths connects our lives. There’s hours of discovery at the Museum.

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For teens, there’s a gaming and virtual reality experience 🎮 and an engineer’s workshop where they’re challenged to see if they’ve got what it takes to be an engineer.

If your kids are younger, there’s also a Pattern Pod to explore shape and colour, and The Garden where they can play with light and sound.

2. Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground

In the summer sun ☀, there’s nothing better than getting the kids outside in the fresh air.

Inspired by Peter Pan, kids can play for hours in the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.

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They could be pirates 🏴‍☠️ on a massive wooden ship, surrounded by a sandy beach. Or camp in teepees, dodge sea monsters, play on the giant swing, talk to each other on ‘tree phones’, cool down in the water fountains ⛲ or go on a sensory trail. There’s also visits by clowns and storytellers, plus much more.

3. Luna Kids Cinema

Watch a film in the UK’s first open air cinema 🎦. Based in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace, kids can choose from lots of films, including Coco, Trolls, Ratatouille, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Spider Man: Homecoming, or all sing along together to The Greatest Showman. 🎶

4. Kew Gardens

Want to get lost in the wilderness for the day? 🍃 Explore the world-leading botanical Kew Gardens. With plants, flowers 🌼 and trees that you and your kids will have never seen, a walkway high in the treetops 🌳 and a 17-metre-tall Hive, there’s so much to explore.

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Kids can hunt for dragons 🐉, find out what King George III liked to eat, play garden games, follow Gnomus the giant gnome as he talks about the amazing plants and search for bananas, coconuts, cocoa and coffee, plus much more. 👏

5. Swim at the Serpentine Lido

When it’s boiling hot, cool down with a swim at the Serpentine Lido 🏊‍♀️. Located in Hyde Park, the Lido is over 100 years old and is a great day out for your family.

There’s open water swimming, a paddling pool and playground for younger children and a sun terrace if you’d prefer to sit back and relax 😎.

Make the most of the summer sun and have a swim up until early September (it’ll be a bit chilly for a swim in autumn!).

6. London Zoo

Want to see penguins ‘fly’ underwater 🐧? Watch meerkats have their breakfast? Or hold a bird-eating spider? Then visit London Zoo to see some of the over 19,000 different animals 🤩 for a great family day out.

Packed full of kid-friendly activities every day, the Zoo offers meet the animal experiences, be a Junior Zookeeper for the day and a Zoo academy course, plus more.

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So, whether you want to come face-to-face with bugs 🐛, see lions and tigers (from a safe distance!) or give giraffes their tea 🦒, this is the place to be.

7. Children’s Story Centre

Let your kids’ imaginations run wild at the UK’s first Children’s Story Centre 📚. In the Story World and Story Garden, kids work with Story Builders to create their own stories and improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

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They can also see interactive exhibitions from some of their favourite authors like Dr Seuss or Oliver Jeffers, listen to new storytellers, poets and musicians 🎶, see artists and take part in The Big Write Children’s Literature Festival. 😃

Start your adventure
Go and discover London off-peak this summer at Time Out.

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