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The best indoor activities in London for kids

Even when it’s raining, there are tons of great things to do with kids in London. Think ace indoor activities like wall climbing, go-karting and much, much more

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By Time Out editors |
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Don't let a spot (ok, or a lot) of rain dampen your family’s spirits during the school holidays – London is home to more indoor paintballing arenas, climbing centres and crazy golf courses than you can throw a stick at.

Whether you’ve got a story-lover, aspiring climber or would-be circus performer on your hands, there’s more than enough to keep little ones (and bigger ones) occupied this summer. Rainy days just got a whole lot more appealing... 

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Alexandra Palace Ice Rink
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Things to do, Ice skating

Alexandra Palace Ice Rink

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Take to the ice all year round. Ice scooter skating aids are available and during term time there are toddler classes and ‘happy hour’ sessions for under-16s and under-fives.

Mon-Fri 11am-1.30pm and 2pm-5.30pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-12.30pm, 2pm-4.30pm, 8.30pm-11pm. Various prices.

Sport and fitness

BAYSIXTY6 Skate Park

icon-location-pin Ladbroke Grove

The Westway provides cover for this community-rooted skate park. It offers all-level events for skaters and BMXers aged seven and above, including drop-in beginners’ sessions and group lessons, with equipment available to hire.

Beginners’ sessions Sat and Sun, 10am-noon. £5. Park open daily from noon. Various prices.

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Things to do, Games and hobbies

Bunker 51

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Bunker 51is an old sout London war shelter that’s been turned into a LaserTag and paintball arena. It has a chilling military vibe but kids young as eight can go paintballing here. Not only is it a seriously fun day out, but if a nuclear apocalypse happens whilst you're there, you’ll be safe as houses.

Mon-Sun 9am-10pm. Various prices. Booking is essential.

 

Attractions

Chel-Ski

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London’s largest indoor ski centre offers ski sessions for over-fives and snowboarding lessons for over-eights (three and four-year-olds can take private one-on-one tuition).

Open 10am-10pm. Single session, £39.95 adult, £34.95 child (age five-15). 

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Sport and fitness, Climbing

Clip ’n’ Climb Chelsea

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Climbers aged four-plus can scale the walls at this brightly coloured arena. It’s designed to appeal to all ages and levels of experience, and equipment is provided.

Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat, Sun and bank holidays 10am-6pm. £19.50 adult, £17.50 child (age 4-15)

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Things to do

clueQuest

icon-location-pin Caledonian Road

Great for kids who love online challenge games, ClueQuest is one of a growing number of experiences offering adventurers a similar challenge in real life. In teams of three to five players, you get locked in a room and have 60 minutes to solve a series of puzzles and mysteries in order to escape.

Mon-Sun from 9am, with last game at 9pm. Prices from £24 per person.

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Art, Cultural centres

Discover Children's Story Centre

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Discover is a magical world where children up to the age of 11 can embark on an indoor story trail, aided and abetted by fantastic characters whose role is to help kids invent their own stories. There's also a café, and shop that sells cool picture books and pocket-money toys.  

Mon-Sun 10am-5pm. Day passes are £6.50 per person or £22 for a family of four.

 

Things to do

Flip Out

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These indoor trampoline parks host ‘Mini Flippers’ sessions for under-fives and parents to jump together. The East Ham branch also offers a Ninja Warrior course for older kids, plus indoor caving, a laser maze and loads more.

Venues at Wandsworth, East Ham and Brent Cross. Various times and prices. 

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Sport and fitness

The London Aquatics Centre

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Young swimmers must try the breathtaking pools at The London Aquatics Centre. It’s a cathedral to water sports, with 50-metre pools and amazing diving facilities. What you really want to check out, though, is Extreme Aqua Splash, a 40-metre assault course, where you get to run, jump and do all the other things they don’t let you do in normal swimming pools.

Extreme Aqua Splash sessions takes place every Saturday during school holidays. See The London Aquatics Centre website for times and prices.

Junkyard Golf Club
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Things to do, Games and hobbies

Junkyard Golf Club

icon-location-pin Brick Lane

There are three nine-hole courses to choose from at this neon-splatted venue located inside Shoreditch's Old Truman Brewery. Those aged under 18 years are welcome before 7pm and can chow down on hot dogs, nachos and pick 'n' mix for a mid-round snack.

Unders 18 allowed Sun-Wed 4pm-7pm. £10.50 per person.

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Things to do, Games and hobbies

National Centre for Circus Arts

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Let your little ones run away with the circus! Kids aged eight to 16 can try their hand at skills including tightwire walking, diabolo and trapeze, all under expert guidance in these workshops.

Saturdays 2.30pm-5.30pm. £58 per person.

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Attractions

TeamSport go-karting

icon-location-pin Bermondsey

These indoor tracks, located in Docklands, Tower Bridge, Edmonton, Acton and Mitcham, let racers aged eight to 12 take the wheel of a Cadet Kart. Not to leave the grown ups out, there are adult karts available for those aged 13 and over.

Various venues and prices.

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Sport and fitness

Vertical Chill

icon-location-pin Covent Garden

Teens can have their very own extreme mountaineering experience right in the heart of Covent Garden. With ice axes, crampons (or studded boots to you and me) and help of a trained instructor guests can spend an hour climbing Verticle Chill’s ice walls. 

Tue-Fri 11.30am-6.30pm, Sat 10.30am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm. From £35 including equipment hire.

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