Activities for children in London

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Time Out suggests great ideas for kids' activities in and around the capital

London offers a myriad of diverse activities for kids, ranging from creative workshops and fun exercise sessions to world-class children's theatre and great days out for animal-loving youngsters. Read our suggestions for keeping kids entertained, including children's theatre, museums and play centres.

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  • Children's theatre

    Whether you're looking for a musical, a comedy or an interactive show, London has so much children's theatre to offer. Our page brings together the best productions in town, from the West End to the Fringe, as well as answers to children's theatre FAQs.

  • Adventure playgrounds

    Many of London’s parks have fantastically imaginative adventure playgrounds that will keep the brood happy for a whole day. Time Out picks the best ones in each area of the city, where you can let kids expend excess energy on climbing frames, treehouses, paddling pools and zip wires

  • Indoor ice skating

    We round up the London ice rinks that are open all year round. Skating lessons and kids' parties are on offer at some venues, and all provide a fun family day out.

  • Outdoor ice skating

    With the advent of winter, atmospheric ice rinks pop up all over London. Get into the festive spirit and put ice skating at the top of your family days out list – Winter Wonderland and the Natural History Museum are particularly popular with kids.

  • Indoor play centres

    London is brimming with options when it comes to indoor play centres. Crammed with climbing frames, slides and bouncy castles, they offer an ideal environment for using up excess energy. Time Out's round-up has something for everyone, from babies and toddlers to older kids.

  • Climbing walls

    We pick the best climbing venues in London, and all are suitable for kids. Climbing is a great way to make exercise fun, and can help with children's coordination, balance and even problem-solving through working out the best route to the top of the wall.

  • Workshops and courses for teenagers

    Never let it be said there's nothing for young people in London to do. The city's cultural institutions run a huge range of workshops and activities aimed at teenagers, covering all manner of creative pursuits. From DJing to dance, painting to performance, video editing to event production there are opportunities all year round to hone some skills, make new friends and get behind the scenes at London's biggest venues.

  • Boat trips

    The city looks different from the water, so discover it from one of London's best boat tours along the river Thames and the city's picturesque canalways. From serene canalboat trips to high-speed thrill rides, and craft ranging from hybrid land-and-water vessels to Damien Hirst-designed catamarans, London's waterways have something for everyone.

  • Museum sleepovers

    Want to sleep with dinosaurs? Bed down under an Elizabethan cannon? Or wake up beside the mummies? Time Out rounds up the top attractions that will let your kids bed down for the night.

  • Family-friendly museums

    Find out how family-friendly London's museums really are, as one family goes on a whirlwind tour and rates the things that matter, including the the restaurant, the shop and the loos to form a pciture of the overall experience.

  • Aquariums

    Spend a day discovering incredible sea creatures – from stingrays and sharks to seahorses and sea turtles – at the London Aquarium, London Zoo, Kew Gardens or the Horniman Museum Aquarium

  • City farms

    There are some parts of London that remain resolutely rural. Discover the urban agriculture across the city, and spend the day getting to know cute creatures from rabbits and guinea pigs to cows and chickens.

  • Days out for animal-lovers

    Family days out are are guaranteed to be a success if they involve animals somewhere along the way, so here's our guide to where you can get up close and personal with all creatures great and small in London from horses and lambs to penguins and meerkats.


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