It can seem like a day out in London during the school holidays has to cost a fortune. But thankfully there are plenty of completely free ways to entertain kids that can be found all over the Capital. Here are our top five free places to visit.
The Museum of London
The River Thames has always been a defining factor in the history of London. Running right through the Capital, we can now discover how humans and animals have adapted to live alongside this iconic river and its waterways at the Museum of London who are hosting amazing interactive storytelling sessions.
These will look at the past, as well as what we might have to change in the future as the Thames adapts to our modern needs. For more info check out Museum of London.
The LookOut Centre
Get back to nature in the city centre by spending the day at The LookOut Centre in Hyde Park, discovering the amazing array of birds who live nearby.
Learn how to make a bird feeder (and take one home with you), follow a trail to learn more about the feathered residents, and don a pair binoculars to take part in some bird watching.
Such a great way for children to learn about the Capital’s wildlife. Check out royalparks.org.uk to find out more.
The Science Museum
The Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe – and we are lucky enough to have it on our doorstep. Plus it’s completely free. There are over 15,000 objects on display and nteractive galleries that bring to life first scientific principles and contemporary science debates.
There are so many exhibitions to enjoy. From Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security, which explores 100 years of intelligence gathering and Driverless: Who is in control? which looks at how AI will shape the future of transport. They have also just opened Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries which feature historical objects like the first MRI scanner and fun interactives.
Visit sciencemuseum.org.uk to plan your visit.
The Museum of Childhood
If you’d like your kids to see that there was life before gadgets then take them to the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. This fantastic place houses the UK’s national collection of childhood objects, ranging in date from the 1600s to the present day.
As well as toys, dolls and games, the museum has a wealth of objects relating to aspects of childhood including home, childcare, play, learning and clothing. Rare, hand-crafted objects sit alongside well-loved toys from the 20th century, allowing an insight into how different children might have lived, thought and felt, through the objects they were surrounded by throughout their childhood. In addition, the museum runs temporary exhibitions and displays, activities, events and workshops. Check out vam.ac.uk to see what’s on.
Mudchute City Farm
If you’d like to experience a trip to the countryside without heading outside of London then head to Mudchute City Farm. Set in 32 acres of rolling hills in the heart of East London, the Mudchute is a community charity, with a working farm, stables, a children’s nursery and a wide range of education activities.
Kids can meet a range of animals in the petting zoo and residents include sheep, cows, pigs, horses and geese. There is a cafe on site or if the weather is nice, bring a pic nic. Plan your visit at mudchute.org.