London is no doubt a great tourist destination as it offers so many attractions to visit and things to do. However, it is also an ideal family destination as there are many family-friendly activities and experiences available for having a great family holiday with your kids. From interactive activities in museums to visiting the studios where Harry Potter was filmed, there are so many options that you will be spoilt for choice. Given below are a few of them that your kids will truly enjoy.
Natural History Museum
This museum, located near the famous Royal Albert Hall, offers kid-friendly educational experiences. The explanations and fascinating objects that are presented make it an ideal playground for kids of all age groups. They will love to see the dinosaurs, the blue whale and the Wildlife Garden, that will simply amaze them and unravel the history of Mother Earth through the ages.
London Transport Museum
At this museum, they can see about 80 vehicles that will show them the gradual development of various means of transportation from the first subway through the history of the city’s transport system since 1800. Children are usually fascinated by various means of transportation and they will enjoy seeing the early vehicles such as a red double-decker bus and will learn how the development of transport helped the city grow.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
One of the most popular tourist destinations in London, this museum also attracts kids as they can see their real-life heroes and other famous British and other great people, dead or alive, real or fictional. By getting themselves clicked with their favorite heroes, they will be able to save such precious memories for life.
Sherlock Holmes Museum
Millions of people including kids and adults throughout the world have read and enjoyed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories featuring the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. Watson. They have been captivated by the private detective’s heroic escapades and as such those visiting London will love to visit this museum as they will be able to see and relate to all that they have visualized while reading the stories.
The Science Museum
Visiting this museum will be a great educational experience for children as they will be able to learn a lot about various exhibits that relate to subjects such as chemistry, astronomy, physics, light and time and achievements in the fields of technology and medicine. This kid-friendly museum offers interactive sessions designed to enhance the inquisitiveness in kids.
The British Museum
One of London’s most famous museums, the British Museum is also very kid-friendly as it offers exhibits that will captivate their minds such as their large collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, the mummies and the Rosetta Stone. In the Assyrian section, they will be fascinated by the huge winged bulls and they will enjoy seeing the remains of the Parthenon of ancient Greece.
Museum of London
This museum is the best place to go if you wish your kids to learn more about the history of London from the pre-historic times to the modern age, as everything is presented in a fun and educative manner. They will be fascinated by the collection of archaeological discoveries such as a Palaeolithic bear skull and will learn a lot through the interactive displays.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
This is a museum with a difference as it is more of a curiosity cabinet created by Sir John Soane who was a distinguished 19th-century architect. It is basically his house where all his collections including various objects, artworks, sculptures, and furniture have been kept as they were, ever since he died in 1837.
Your kids will be very excited to enter and explore a real Royal Navy Cruiser which is Europe’s largest preserved warship that had been active during the Second World War. They will find it interesting to see the wax statues in the engine room, the kitchen and the dorms of this permanently moored museum ship on the River Thames.
If you want your kids to experience something that they might never even have thought of, you should take them to Kidzania if they are between the ages of 4 and 14 years as it is a city for kids and is run by them. It covers an area of 75,000 sq feet and is decorated to resemble a real city in which kids assume responsibilities as per their choice whether they wish to be a fire-fighter, a nurse, a film-maker or a pilot. They can choose out of 60 different roles as per their interest.
This is an ideal museum to take your kids if you wish that they should get an idea regarding English homes from the 1600s to modern times as they can discover the interiors of those times through different objects, images, and texts.
The London Dungeon
Your kids can get an interesting experience at this popular attraction as live actors, rides and special effects will help them get a glimpse into some of the most macabre events that had taken place in London’s history. It may be a scary experience!
The Making of Harry Potter
A tour of Warner Bros Studio will be much appreciated by your kids as they will be able to get behind the scenes of the Harry Potter films and see the various decors, costumes, props and other objects used to create the magic world of their favorite, Harry Potter.
You can also take your kids to the Museum of London Docklands, Bank of England Museum and Chessington World of Adventures.