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Mail Rail Postal Museum
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Three of the best mind-blowing exhibits for kids in London

Feed their curious minds with these interactive kid-friendly museum exhibits

By Rosemary Waugh
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There's nothing like watching your kid's eyes widen in fascination – and that's exactly what'll happen when you introduce them to these super-cool London exhibits. Everyone knows that museum displays are more fun when they're hands-on. 

Need some more school holiday inspiration? Keep the learning coming with these educational adventures, or escape the capital with these excellent day trip ideas

3 family-friendly museum exhibits

1. Ride the Mail Rail

Museums History Clerkenwell

Go deeper underground with a journey through London’s 100-year-old postal railway. A perennial classic of our city’s museum experiences, there’s something about riding a very small train that just never gets old.

£16, £9 child (includes exhibition access).

Members Pre Pay Ahoy! Childrens Gallery family Event. Famililes enjoying/playing in the new gallery.
Members Pre Pay Ahoy! Childrens Gallery family Event. Famililes enjoying/playing in the new gallery.
Photograph: Joshua Akin

2. Steer an icebreaker

Museums Military and maritime Greenwich

For more intrepid youngsters, head to the National Maritime Museum’s Ahoy! Gallery (under-sevens) where you can steer an icebreaker through the Arctic seas via an interactive game (make sure there are no polar bears having a nap, eh?). 

Free, £3 weekends and school holidays.

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Friction Slide
Friction Slide
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3. Zoom down a friction slide

Museums Science and technology South Kensington

Is there a better way to learn about science than playing on a slide? Found in the Forces zone of the brilliant Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery, kids can learn about friction by how fast they whoosh from top to bottom.

£9, £7.20 child.

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