Keeping the kids entertained after school at the weekends or even over school holidays can seem like a thankless task at times. Fortunately, our nation’s capital city has plenty going on to keep them active, engaged and amused for hours on end.
So, with that in mind, we’ve scoured the best activities the capital has to offer, and have popped them in one list to so you can get on with the important bit, Having fun!
The mammoth British Museum has something to interest children of all ages, but for most kids, there are a couple of rooms in the Roxie Walker galleries that are an absolute must. Rooms 62 and 63 are home to the Egyptian mummies, which are bound to cast a spell over everyone who beholds them. Head to the museum on a Saturday to take advantage of the free family events that run; these are always fun and inventive.
There are also handling sessions that take place every day in various galleries. To make sure kids get the most out of the museum, it’s worth picking up one of the many trail booklets which are available in the Paul Hamlyn Library.
A guaranteed crowd pleaser, the Science Museum is well worth a visit if you’re looking for something different to do with the kids. Unlike some museums which can seem a little child-unfriendly, there are plenty of interactive exhibits, as well as a raft of simulators and games.
The Science Museum is a fun learning experience for children and teenagers alike. For maximum fun, seek out the launchpad which has 50 hands-on exhibits as well as experiments, including the infamous rotation station.
Thames Sightseeing Boat Trips
Children don’t always enjoy sightseeing, but there’s something about the excitement of seeing things from a boat that usually provides them with a fun hour or two on the water. The City Cruises Sightseeing tour can be boarded from the South Bank by the London Eye, as well as Tower Bridge and Greenwich.
The tour itself takes in all the highlights London has to offer, and if you purchase a hop on hop off ticket, you can board the boats as many times as you like during the day. Be warned though, it’s probably best reserved for a nice day, otherwise it could turn into a rather damp and miserable experience.
Visit A Trampoline Park
Head to Enfield for a stress-free activity for the kids that offers up a fun way to exercise. Trampoline parks in London are starting to take off with children and adults alike, thanks to the fact they offer maximum fun as well as a huge list of health benefits. Most trampoline parks are full of fun trampolining games that will keep the kids amused all day long. From basketball hoops to ball pits and beyond, there’s absolutely no danger of them becoming bored. There are also plenty of refreshments available, meaning you won’t have to worry about anyone getting hungry after an hour or two of bouncing.
Be A Zookeeper For A Day At London Zoo
Designed for 11-15-year-olds, London Zoo offers a truly unique Junior Keeper for a Day experience. Children can expect to get a real idea of what being a zookeeper involves day to day, including working with a wide variety of species. While in a group of five, children are assigned to an experienced keeper who will guide them through the experience. From getting close to the animals, to learning important facts about animal welfare, the junior zookeeper experience is a truly unique activity that is unforgettable.