Plan a kid's day out & entertain them by taking to excellent Museums in London for Children!


London Museums for Children

London Museums for Children

London has a host of museums for children that are very interesting. Below is a list of the primary ones, aimed at entertaining and/or educating children. Workshops, educational story trails, special shows and the like are held at most of the locations especially over the school holidays. For a full listing of kid's events check out Time Out magazine or their children-specific, monthly magazine of Kids Day Out.

Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood
Bethnal Green Museum
Cambridge Heath Rd, E2
Phone:+44 (0)20 8983 5200;
Daily except Fri 10am-5.50pm; free.
The museum has many weekend/holiday events and activities. It is most well-known for its collection of historic dolls' houses though there are other items to see.

Horniman Museum
Horniman MuseumLondon Rd, SE23
Phone:+44 (0)20 8699 1872
Mon-Sat 10.30am-5.30pm, Sun 2-5.30pm; free.
This ethnographic museum has an aquarium, natural history section and lovely grounds to keep the kids occupied for hours.

Kew Bridge Steam Museum
Kew Bridge Steam Museum Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, TW8.
Phone:+44 (0)20 8568 4757;
Daily 11am-5pm; Mon-Fri adults £3, children £1; Sat & Sun adults £4, children £2.
A magnificent 19th century pumping station, it is best to visit on the weekends when the Cornish Beam Engines and the miniature steam railway are in operation.

LegolandWindsor, Berkshire
Phone:+44 (0)20 870 504 0404
Daily 10am-6pm or dusk; adults £17.50, children £14.50.
Perfect for five to eight year olds, Legoland is a great day out with gentle rides and a relatively tasteful them park. It is very expensive but fun.

London Aquarium
London AquariumCounty Hall, SE1
Phone:+44 (0)20 7967 8000
Daily 10am-6pm or later; adults £8.50, children £5
Situated on the South Bank, London's largest aquarium is a very well received by kids who love being able to stroke the (non-sting) rays.

London Zoo
London Zoo Regent's Park, NW1
Phone:+44 (0)20 7722 3333;
Daily: March-Oct 10am-5.30pm; Nov-Feb 10am-4pm; adults £9, children £7
The zoo has a children's zoo and a 'meet the animals' section which is popular with kids. The Web of Life building was recently opened at this inner-city zoo to try to redefine itself as eco-conscious.

Natural History Museum
Natural History MuseumCromwell Rd, SW7
Phone:+44 (0)20 7942 5000;
Mon-Sat 10am-5.50pm, Sun 11am-5.50pm; adults £7.50, children: Mon-Fri all free after 4.30pm, Sat & Sun all free after 5pm.
Hours of fun can be had at this museum with the earthquake simulator, a 'rainforest', dinosaurs, stuffed animals and plenty of rocks, fossils, crystals and gems.

Pollock's Toy Museum
Pollock's Toy Museum1 Scala St, W1
Phone:+44 (0)20 7636 3452;
Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; adults £3, children £1.50.
An impressive toy collection, housed above a toy shop, this museum also has examples of Victorian paper theatres sold by Benjamin Pollock.

Ragged School Museum
Ragged School Museum Copperfield Rd, E3
Phone:+44 (0)20 8980 6405;
Tube: Mile End. Wed & Thurs 10am-5pm, first Sun in month 2-5pm; free.
Kids quickly realise how easy life is these days when they visit this reconstructed Victorian schoolroom.

Science Museum
Science MuseumExhibition Rd, SW7
Phone:+44 (0)20 7942 4455;
Daily 10am-6pm; adults £6.95, children free; all free after 4.30pm.
More interactive, hands-on galleries are being introduced at the museum. These are aimed at kids to get them involved and to understand the workings of science. There are also excellent daily demonstrations and a newly renovated transport wing.

Syon Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex
Phone:+44 (0)20 8560 7272
Daily 10am-6pm; adults free, under 5's £3.55, over 5's £4.65, with reductions on weekdays
A great day out for all the family, there's plenty to do and see with the Butterfly House, Aquatic House as well as a miniature steam railway in the beautiful gardens. An indoor children's play area and Snakes and Ladders are also in the park.

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Educate & entertain your kids by attending special shows, workshops, educational story trails at London Museums for Children!