Keeping the Kids Entertained in London
London is one of the world’s most visited cities, steeped in a rich culture, history and full of fantastic things to do. Tourists in the British capital can enjoy a whole host of diverse activities, from posing for pictures in front of Buckingham Palace and Marble Arch to enjoying a cricket game at Lords or heading out on the tiles in the West End. There really is no shortage of things to do. But if you’re a parent taking your kids on a trip to the capital, the idea of dragging a gaggle of hungry, thirsty and tired children around one of the busiest, most densely populated cities in Europe can be quite daunting to say the least. Take a look at the following five ways you can keep your children happy in London.
The idea of a boring, stuffy museum might not be the first thing that pops into your head when looking for child friendly days out, but some of London’s best museums are a great experience for kids of all ages. The British Museum runs workshops for children to help them enjoy all of their exhibitions, and the Natural History Museum even runs kids-only events where tour guides provide a range of interactive and exciting activities, as well as museum sleepovers, where the whole family can enjoy a night in the museum. Check on the respective museum websites for specific details: The British Museum and Natural History Museum
Stomping from sight to sight is not a great activity for most kids, so to keep them from getting too cranky, a great idea is to enrol them in a club or class where they can learn and enjoy doing something brand new whilst you get out and about in the capital. English classes and summer schools are great for children from non-English speaking countries, which also provide them with some invaluable skills for life. There are hundreds of other types, from painting and cooking to outdoor classes on the history of London. Take a look online and if you are thinking of sending your children to an English Summer School, then make sure you plan well ahead.
Many theatre companies such as the Palladium or the Richmond Theatre offer interactive shows for kids all year round. They’re fun, entertaining and exciting for all types of children. At the moment you can see The Lion King, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate factory, all fantastic shows which children of all ages will enjoy. Not to mention the adults!
The zoo in London is a great day out for all the family. Whether your kids are into every type of creepy-crawly or their knowledge of the animal world barely extends beyond cats and dogs, the zoo really is a fantastic way to keep kids entertained whilst they are learning something at the same time. The Zoo is open every day of the year apart from Christmas Day and is situated in Regent’s Park.
Parks and Playgrounds
Sometimes there’s nothing better than going back to basics and letting your children enjoy the great outdoors. Most of London’s parks, including Green, Hyde and Richmond, have adventure playgrounds and other facilities to keep your children safe and entertained. This is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon without breaking the bank.