Thursday 29 February 2024

6 Fun Things To Do In London With Kids

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The world is filled with distractions, and sometimes, finding time to bond with your children can be tough. However, family time can foster deeper emotional connection and help your children develop social skills while creating lasting memories. While there are many activities, like picnics and camping, you can do with your children, travelling or taking them on a trip can broaden their views of the world and cultivate their independence. If you have decided to make London your next destination, you have made a fantastic choice. The city has delicious street food, lots of free parks and playgrounds, and great outdoor space. Before you pack your bags, consider adding these fun activities to your itinerary. 

  1. Start with the London aquarium

Are your children fascinated with sea life? If yes, then the London Aquarium is your best choice, as it is suitable for all ages, and it features different kinds of species and marine animals, such as piranhas, crocodiles, and sharks. You can also find plenty of penguins to play with. The aquarium is open all week, and it is located on London’s South Bank. If you have an hour or two to spare, consider striking this activity off your list, preferably in the morning during the weekday when the place is less crowded. Also, indulge in interactive experiences like dive shows and jellyfish displays.

  1. Build in the Lego store

Most children love Lego, so going to the Lego store would be a treat. The place has a 20-foot replica of Big Ben and a mosaic portrait system that allows your children to create their portraits with instructions after they have taken their pictures at a special booth. Buy your tickets online and secure a date before you finally decide your date and time. If you are coming to Leicester Square from another location like Paddington, consider using solutions like the luggage storage Paddington station, as big bags are not accepted at the Lego store due to security reasons. Also, research the other attractions and ensure your kids meet the height requirements to avoid disappointment. Ensure you have a budget for the Lego-themed souvenirs that will be available at the store. 

  1. Learn history at Buckingham Palace

One of the most popular tourist attractions in London is the Buckingham Palace. The royal residence is the administrative headquarters of the royal family, and taking your kids to see it will be a fun and educative experience. The palace boasts of 775 bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms. Before you visit, it is important to know that pre-booking during the summer is a must, and arriving 30 minutes before entry time is recommended. Ensure your children have their snacks or meals before you enter because no outside food is allowed. While the stateroom is beautiful and regal with amazing decoration, art and furniture, avoid taking pictures while you are touring.

  1. Go on the Shrek Adventure

If you are looking for an experience that is immersive and interactive for your entire family, the Shrek Adventure is an experience that is sure to create memorable and exciting memories. You will get to engage all five senses as you enjoy a 4D walk tour through ten fairytale-themed live shows. Before you leave your hotel or home, consider the location and directions. The attraction is located on the South bank of the river Thames, and you will find it in the County Hall building. Though you can drive to the location, it is better to use public transit. If you want to visit during off-peak seasons, consider going in January, February, and November. Prepare adequately for the weather as it can be very unpredictable in London. 

  1. Pop bubbles at Bubble Planet

Blowing bubbles in the backyard can be fun, but the Bubble Planet offers an unforgettable adventure. They have family bundles and offer experiences for all ages, from fantasy landscapes to a hot air balloon flight simulator. You will get to touch and see oversized bubbles of different shapes and colours and enjoy the dreamy atmosphere. They also have giant bubble spaces, infinity rooms, and cloud spaces that will have the children giggling from one room to another. As usual, arrive early to avoid overcrowding and ensure the children wear comfortable clothing. You can also pack other essentials like socks.

  1. Explore the world of Harry Potter

Have a magical time in London by exploring the world of the greatest magician, Harry Potter. This experience gives your children the sensation of stepping out of the pages and into the real world. They will hop on the Hogwarts Express and sightsee the spots where certain scenes were shot. Consider getting them to read or watch Harry Potter again before you go to make the tour more enriching. Also, encourage them to ask questions during the tour and engage in every fun activity.

London may seem like an expensive place to visit, but there are many free or inexpensive family-friendly activities you can explore, including those discussed above.