10 Best Things to Do With Kids in London

10 Best Things to Do With Kids in London
There are hundreds of different things to do in London with your kids, whether you plan on staying inside most of the day or taking the kids outside. Some of the best attractions are those that get your kids using their body, such as the many local parks and even a few theme park type attractions that kids love.

Jubilee Outdoor Education Centre

The Jubilee Outdoor Education Centre offers activities for children throughout the year. Kids have the chance to try rock climbing, canoeing and other outdoor activities and do so in a safe environment full of others the same age.

Jubilee Outdoor Education Centre
105 Camley Street
Regent's Park
London
NW1 0PF
Tel: 011 (+44) 0207 387 2367

Chessington World of Adventures

Theme parks aren't common in London, but Chessington World of Adventures is fairly close to the idea of a normal theme park. It has several different rides available for younger kids and older teens such as laser tag, a small roller coaster and a train ride.

Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo
Leatherhead Road
Chessington
Surrey
KT9 2NE
Tel: 011 (+44) 0870 999 0045
www.chessington.com

Circus Space's Youth Circus

If you're in London for an extended period of time, try the Circus Space's Youth Circus. This 10-week program teaches kids all the skills they would need to work in a circus. A few examples of activities include acrobatics, stilt walking and the trapeze. The group also offers full-day and half-day programs geared toward one type of activity.

Circus Space's Youth Circus
Coronet Street
London
N1 6HD
Tel: 011 (+44) 020 7729 9522
thecircusspace.co.uk

The Castle Climbing Centre

The Castle Climbing Centre is open to those under the age of 18, as long as they have a parent or guardian present. The Centre offers a safe and fun way to rock climb indoors, with climbing walls of different sizes and shapes open to customers. Kids can also take lessons on learning to climb outdoors.

The Castle Climbing Centre
Green Lanes
Stoke Newington
London
N4 2HA
Tel: 011 (+44) 020 8211 7000
castle-climbing.co.uk

Parks

Hyde Park has fishing and boating available in small lakes and ponds, and the whole family can swim before sitting down to a picnic lunch. Regents Park is a nice place to get away from the city, even though it's just a few feet from the city streets. You can take the kids on a walk around the park, let them play games on the grass, have lunch together and then feed the birds your leftovers. St. James Park has its own lake, which is good for wildlife watching. Birds are fairly plentiful around the lake, and if you take a loaf of bread or some crackers with you, you can feed the birds and ducks. Some of the animals come right up to you.

Fishing

At certain places along the Thames River, you can take your kids fishing, without paying for a fishing license. Waterloo Meadows, Scours Lane, Thames Side Promenade and Caversham Lock all provide free fishing and have easy access to parking and small parks.

Science Museum

When you visit the Science Museum, take your kids into the basement area. Here the museum has different activities available, each arranged by age group. Your kids will also like the museum itself where all the exhibits are interactive and encourage kids to get their mind and body involved in the learning process.

Science Museum
Exhibition Rd
London, SW7, United Kingdom
Tel: 011 (+44) 870 870 4868
sciencemuseum.org.uk/

Alexandra Palace Ice Rink

The Alexandra Palace Ice Rink is a great way to get kids active in London. Ice skating is available year-round, as are classes in specific activities such as ballet dancing and urban dancing. Competitions are also held frequently at the rink and encompass all age groups and skill levels.

Alexandra Palace Ice Rink
Alexandra Palace Way
London
N22 7AY
Tel: 011 (+44) 020 8365 4386

London Zoo

The London Zoo has a wide range of animals. In addition to traditional animals, the museum has a butterfly habitat and an exhibit dedicated to animals from Africa. You can also check out the Children's Zoo with farm animals running loose.

London Zoo
Outer Circle
Regent's Park
London
NW1 4RY
Tel: 011 (+44) 020 7722 3333
zsl.org

Harrods

Harrods is a place that you and your kids will love. The toy department of this legendary department store features toys you won't find anywhere else in the world, including handmade and one-of-a-kind pieces. You can even grab lunch or dinner on site before you head home or back to your hotel.

Harrods
87--135 Brompton Road
Knightsbridge
London, SW1X 7XL
United Kingdom
Tel: 011 (+44) 20 7730 1234
harrods.com

Article Written By Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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