Days out for babies and toddlers in London

We pick the five best places in London to take babies and toddlers for sights and sounds to satisfy their senses


Your kids may still be too small for educational day trips, but that doesn't mean that your family activities can't be stimulating. Here are five London centres that provide something to engage even the tiniest minds.

V&A Museum of Childhood Sensory Pod

Amid the plethora of playthings and child-related artefacts, the Sensory Pod is a cosy corner of impressions and illuminations. With an assortment of water- and bubble-filled columns and mirrors creating a dazzling mini maze, your baby will be surrounded by a kaleidoscope of colour and movement. Little ones can either sit or stand right up close to get touchy-feely and explore surfaces.

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Bethnal Green

Discover Story Studio

With ambient lighting overhead, tots can explore interaction zones aplenty at this inspiring centre designed to fire young imaginations. Babies will enjoy the cocooning calm of the carpeted story room, while toddlers will love the plentiful push-button and touch-and-feel elements. In warmer weather, the Story Garden provides another inspiring space to awaken the senses.

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Stratford

National Army Museum Kids' Zone

There are plenty of interactive activities on hand in this snug section designed for babies and toddlers. With everything scaled down to small proportions, tots can pull themselves up to standing position – eliciting shrieks of joy from babies and parents alike.

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London

Horniman Museum Aquarium

This acclaimed aquarium provides plenty of low-level windows to offer a fish-eye view of watery goingson. Exhibits showcase aquatic creatures and environments from around the globe, including the British coastline and Fijian coral reefs.

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Forest Hill

The Bee's Knees Indoor Children's Garden

A gentle world of softly undulating ‘hills’, this chill-out zone conjures up a rural idyll fashioned after Teletubbies. There’s ample space for babies to practise crawling and climbing through explorative play. Plenty of warm colours and scatter cushions.

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Battersea

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