London can be fun and an educational too; nowadays many places in London that are open to the general public have attractions specially designed for children of all ages, you will find a diverse range of activities to keep your little people entertained. There are many family-oriented restaurants and cafes, along with children’s theatre performances such as the Polka Theatre for Children with its acclaimed shows for kids, the Little Angel Theatre with its marionette shows, the Unicorn Theatre with its challenging and fun shows and the Puppet Theatre Barge. Children can be entertained and educated as well.
Museums in London for Kids
Museums in London, probably the best of the world, are free, they offer educational activities specially designed for children of all ages. Museum with guided tour for kids include the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, the Royal Air Force Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Cartoon Museum and the Science Museum.
One thing to do is take your kids on the different modes of public transport available in London, the Tube is generally free for all children under the age of 11; it can be exciting if it is any child’s first time. The double-decker bus tour is great for kids, especially when the weather is agreeable, a boat trip from Westminster to Kew can be great fun for kids.
If you have older kids, you could take them to the extremely popular London Dungeon, which shows the darkest side of London; look out for “The Great Fire of London”, “Jack the Ripper”, “Labyrinth Maze of Mirrors” and “Drop Ride to Doom”.
To make your kids happy, take them to see the over 12000 amazing animals living in the London Zoo at Regent's Park, younger visitors surely can enjoy the farmyard inside the Children's Zoo. Other similar attraction is the Bocketts Farm near Leatherhead.
The giant Hamleys is worth a visit, located on Regent Street is one of the largest toy shops in the world. Other memorable experience is taking an exciting Duck Tour on board an amphibious vehicle used for the D-Day. Children will enjoy panoramic views of famous streets; churches; palaces and monument through the 135 meter high London Eye.
Other sight is the world famous waxworks Madame Tussauds, regularly updated with several figures of film stars, players, politicians and famous people.
There are plenty of things to do with your children in London and few of them are expensive, you can visit the statue of Peter Pan located in Kensington Gardens, next to Hyde Park and, of course, the classical attractions such as the tower of London and Tower Bridge for example.
Theme parks in London
There are no actual theme parks in the centre of London. There are three good ones on the periphery of London, all of which close during winter, all can be reached from London's Waterloo station:
- Thorpe Park has lots of rides and an exciting roller coaster.
- Legoland, located near the Windsor castle, is a paradise for girls and boys, in summer it can get very crowded.
- Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo has plenty of rides such as Forbidden Kingdom, Land of the Dragon, Toytown and Transylvania. The Zoo houses Lions, Gorillas, Monkeys, exotic birds and more.