Children: Days Out For Kids

Gambado
Family play centre with a climbing wall, lazer games, obstacle courses, dodgems and a carousel ride. Groups and parties catered for. Open daily 09:30-18:30. 7 Station Court, Townmead Rd, Chelsea, London, SW6 2PY.
Mudchute Farm and Park
Farm and equestrian centre at Pier Street, Isle of Dogs, E14 3HP. 32 acres of cows, llamas, donkeys, pigs, sheep, rabbits, ferrets, chickens and ducks. 24 horses available for riding lessons.
Alexandra Palace
Historic building with leisure facilities, including extensive parklands, an ice rink, boating lake, family-friendly cafe, deer enclosure and a childrens play area. Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY.
V&A Museum of Childhood
Storytelling, arts and crafts, treasure hunts, workshops, tours and daily activities. Cambridge Heath Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 9PA.
London RIB Voyages
Speedboat rides along the river with comedian guides, including the Ultimate London Adventure, the Captain Kidds Canary Wharf voyage and the Thames Barrier Explorer voyage. Boarding Gate One, London Eye Millennium Pier, Southbank, London SE1.
Stratford Circus
Professional theatre, comedy, music, circus and dance exhibitions for adults and children. Also offer educational programmes. At Theatre Square, Stratford E15 1BX
HMS Belfast
Part of the Imperial War Museum, with learning opportunities for children of all ages, with presentations and hands-on activies. Open daily (except Christmas) from 10:00 with variable closing times. Morgans Lane, Tooley Street, London, SE1 2JH.
The Reach Climbing Wall
Indoor and outdoor climbing sessions for 7-17 year olds. Mellish Industrial Estate, Woolwich, Greenwich, SE18 5NU.
Wild Kingdom Playspace
A variety of play structures and spaces for kids. Three Mills Green, Newham, E3 3DU.
Snakes and Ladders
Childrens indoor adventure playground, with a three-tier playframe, slides, tunnels, ball ponds and rope climbs, and a dedicated area for toddlers. 448 Perth Ave, Slough Trading Estate, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 4TS.
London Wetland Centre
Home to over 180 different species, including rare birds and a bat house. Regular programme of childrens activities. Open daily at 09:30 (except Christmas Day) with variable closing times. Queen Elizabeths Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT.
Ripleys Believe It or Not! London
700 peculiar and interactive exhibits. The London Pavilion, 1 Piccadilly Circus, Westminster, London, W1J0DA.
Golden Hinde
Living history museum featuring a replica of the ship Sir Frances Drake used to circle the earth. Birthday parties and events for children. Private hire available for weddings and other events. Saint Mary Overie Dock, Cathedral Street, London SE1 9DE.
Sea Life London Aquarium
Home to one of Europes largest collections of global marine life. Open daily at 10:00 (except Christmas Day) with variable closing times. County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB.
The Household Cavalry Museum
Craft activities and story-telling for children. Horse Guards, Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2AX.
Hampton Court Palace
Highlights include Henry VIIIs Great Hall, the world famous maze, tudor kitchens and cookery, a childrens ghost trail and gardens. Open daily 10:00-18:00 (16:30 winter). East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU.
London Water Bus
Cruises along Regents Canal, around Little Venice, Maida Vale and Camden Lock, including special access to London Zoo. Some longer day trips available. 58 Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF.
The London Eye
The worlds largest observation wheel which takes in 55 of Londons most famous landmarks in 30 minutes. Open daily at 10:00 with variable closing times. Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB.
Chessington World of Adventures
A wide range of attractions, with a zoo, rides and rollercoasters, a sea life centre, Wild Asia, Dragons Fury and the Dragon Falls boat ride. Open daily 10:00 with variable closing hours. Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey, KT9 2NE.
Eddie Catz
Indoor edutainment centre for babies and toddlers to twelve year olds. With a playframe, video games, morning classes, disco room and a reading zone. Open daily 09.30-18:00. 42 Station Road, Merton, London, SW19 2LP.
Stubbers Adventure Centre
Land based, water and motor sports activities. Ockendon Road, Upminster, Havering, RM14 2TY.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Family-friendly activities such as the Climbers and Creepers and Treehouse Towers play zones, the Xstrata treetop walkway, Evolution House and a giant badget sett. Open daily at 09:30 with variable closing hours. Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB.
The London Dungeons
Shows and rides illustrating the darker side of Londons history, such as Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd and the Great Fire of London. School visits, groups and birthday parties. Opening times vary. 28-34 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2SZ.
Madame Tussauds
Visitor zones including A-list Party, Premiere Night, Sports Zone, A Royal Appointment and Music Megastars. Open daily (except Christmas Day) at 09:00 on peak days and 09:30 off-peak, with variable closing hours. Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LR.
Kensington Palace State Apartments
Highlights include the Enchanted Palace with contemporary fashion exhibitions, Queen Victorias bedroom, the Kings staircase, the Kings gallery and the sunken garden. Open daily 10:00-18:00 (17:00 winter). Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX.
Natural History Museum
A day out for all kids. Cromwell Rd, Kensington and Chelsea, London, SW7 5BD.
Discover Childrens Story Centre
Childrens museum at Stratford High Street, E15 4QZ. Activities and exhibitions all targeted at children - make a spoon puppet, slide down a magic tower, sail away in a pirate ship and more. Open 7 days a week.
IMAX Theatre
Large screen offers 3D cinema through space, under the sea, across the African Plains and through the world of dinosaurs. 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, London SE1 8XR.
Windsor Castle
Family activity trails to learn about the castles history, an interactive audio tour and a programme of family workshops and activies for weekends and school holidays. Open daily 09:45-17:15 (last admission 16:00). Windsor, SL4 1NJ.
Corams Fields
Playground and park with a drop-in and events for the under 5s. With animals and a varied range of activities. 93 Guilford Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1DN.
Deen City Farm
Educational tours and environmental workshops, with farm animals, a riding school, a community garden and maze, and holiday schemes. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 16:30. 39 Windsor Avenue, Merton Abbey, London, SW19 2RR.
Kidspace Romford Ltd
Provides indoor adventure playgrounds for children. The Brewery, Waterloo Road, Romford, Havering, RM1 1AU.
YMCA London South West
Activities, challenges and sports. St James House, 9 - 15 St James Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT6 4QH.
Kids Week
Range of free activities and workshops for kids. Opening Timing: Monday to Friday 10:00-18:00. Society of London Theatre, 32 Rose Street, Westminster, WC2E 9ET.
Kidspace
Range of play equipment and activity zones for kids. The Colonnades, 619 Purley Way, Croydon, London, CR0 4RQ.
The Original London Sightseeing Tour
Open top buses visiting London attractions, with childrens commentary, a kids club and pack containing an activity book. Open Monday to Saturday 08:30-18:00 and Sunday 09:00-17:30. 17-19 Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1Y 5BL.
Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre
Offers a range of outdoor activities. Forest Road, Hainault, Redbridge, IG6 3HN.
Eddie Catz
Indoor play area for babies and children up to ten years old. With classes for pre-schoolers, a reading zone and themed workshops. Open Monday to Saturday 09:30-18:00 and Sunday 10:00-18:00. 68-70 Putney High Street, 1st Floor, London, SW15 1SF.
Xkeys Ltd
Offers residential and day camps. 48 Fitzalan Road, Finchley, Barnet, N3 3PE.
Barracudas Kids Camps
Offers Easter and summer holiday activity camps. Queens Road, Barnet, EN5 4DQ.
Belmont Childrens Farm
Provides fun and education for children. The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, Barnet, London, NW7 1QT.
Spitalfields City Farm
Educational and fun activities, skills training, animal sponsorship and volunteer work. A wide range of animals and the cultivation of fruit and vegetables. Open Tuesday to Sunday at 10:00 with variable closing times. Buxton Street, London, E1 5AR.
Kentish Town City Farm
An educational and recreational project, with farm animals, a breeding programme, an under 5s activity room, stables and horse-riding. Open daily 09:00 to 17:00. 1 Cressfield Close, off Grafton Road, London, NW5 4BN.
Vauxhall City Farm
City farm run by volunteers and which also includes a riding centre with subsidised riding lessons for local children.
Thames Clippers
Cruises along the River Thames, starting at London Eye (Waterloo) Pier, with stops at London Bridge, the Tower of London, the O2 Arena and Greenwich Pier to Royal Arsenal Woolwich Pier, with departures every twenty minutes.
The Tower of London
Highlights include The White Tower, the Crown Jewels, royal armour and yeoman warder tours. Open Tuesday to Saturday 09:00-17:30 (16:30 winter) and Sunday and Monday 10:00-17:30 (16:30 winter). Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4AB.
Battersea Park Childrens Zoo
Family-run zoo featuring meerkats, lemurs, otters, pygmy goats, monkeys, giant rabbits and miniature shetland ponies. With animal encounters, a play area and a cafe. Groups and childrens parties welcome. Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ.
Surrey Docks Farm
Located next to the Thames at South Wharf, Rotherhithe Street, SE16 5EY this city farm has bees, goats, donkeys, sheep, pigs and cattle. Resident blacksmith.
Go Ape
Offers forest adventure. Trent Country Park, Cockfosters Road, Cockfosters, Enfield, London, EN4 0PS.
Geckos Climbing Ltd
Climbing sessions for children. 61 Pemberton Road, Haringey, N4 1AX.
Freightliners Farm
Educational and recreational community project promoting animal care, horticulture and sustainable practices. Petting area, a shop and cafe and animal adoption. Sheringham Road, Islington, London, N7 8PF.
Kew Palace
Highlights include Queen Charlottes cottage, the princesses bedrooms and the dolls house made by George IIIs children. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-17:00 and Monday 11:00-17:00. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB.
The Riverside Playgroup
Provide play ground activities for children. The Annexe, York House, Richmond upon Thames, TW1 3AA.
The British Museum
Family visits with thirteen popular objects, trails, handling sessions, activity backpacks, multi-media guide and a selection of events. Free admission. Open daily 10:00-17:30. Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3DG.
Hackney City Farm
City farm located at 1A Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QA. Paddocks and gardens, craft workshops and young farmers club.
Little Dinosaurs
Indoor play center for kids up to 9 years. Opening Timing: Monday to Friday 09:30-17:30, Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00. Alexandra Park, Haringey, N22 7AY.
Firepower
Historical learning sessions for children. Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, Greenwich, London, SE18 6ST.
Kiddikicks
Football training for toddlers and children. 26 Thackeray Street, Kensington and Chelsea, W8 5ET.
Activ Camps
Multi activity camps for children during Easter, summer and October half-term holidays. 2 Union Court, 5 Sheen Road, Richmond, London, TW9 1AD.
ZSL London Zoo
Wide range of activities and exhibits, including Rainforest Life, Butterfly Paradise and Guerilla Kingdom. Family saver tickets available online. Open daily at 10:00 (except Christmas Day) with variable closing times. Regents Park, London, NW1 4RY.
The Academies
Sport, sing and dance, paint and draw activities. Opening Timing: Monday to Friday 08:30-17:00. UCS Playing Fields, Ranulf Road, Hampstead, Hillingdon, NW2 2BH.
Heathrow Special Needs Farm
Farm for those with special needs. Rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, cows, sheep and horses for riding for the disabled.Workshops and a vegetable garden. At Bath Road, Longford Village, Hillingdon UB7 0EF
Arsenal Emirates Stadium Tours
Guided tours of the football stadium, including a walk down the players tunnel and visits to the team dressing room, directors box and press conference facilities. Online booking available. Drayton Park, Highbury and Islington, London, N5 1BU.
Crystal Palace Park Farm
Developing skills in animal care and welfare, with courses and school visits. Open daily except Wednesdays at 12:00-16:00. The Croft, Ledrington Road, London, SE20.
Lewisham Community Sports
A wide range of outdoor and indoor activities including football, cricket, table tennis, athletics, hockey, netball, dance, drama, creative arts and performance poetry. Brockley Rise, Lewisham, SE23 1NH.
Hounslow Urban Farm
Large community farm at Faggs Road, Feltham, TW14 0LZ. Slightly more unusual animals: ducks, alpacas, rheas, chipmunks, ponies, goats, donkeys, highland cattle, pigs. Visitors can join in with activities such as milking and hand feeding.
Snakes and Ladders
Childrens indoor adventure playground with slides, tunnels, rope-climbing and a dedicated area for toddlers. Open daily 10:00-18:00. Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8JF.
Brooks Farm
City farm located inside Skeltons Lane Park. Pigs, sheep, cattle, goats, shetland ponies, aviaries and a llama. Closed on Mondays.
Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre
Provides water sports and adventurous activities. 3-4 Shadwell Pierhead, Glamis Road, Tower Hamlets, London E1W 3TD.
London Duck Tours
Road and river adventure on an amphibious craft, starting at Chicheley Street near Jubilee Gardens, SE1 and taking in many of central Londons main attractions. Open daily 09:00-17:30. 55 York Road, London, SE1 7NJ.
Lee Valley Athletics Centre
Sports and outdoor activities for kids. 61 Meridian Way, Edmonton, Enfield, N9 0AR.
Stepney City Farm
City farm run by volunteers at Stepney Way, Stepney, E1 3DG. All the usual farm animals aimed at helping city residents get a taste of rural life.
Campaign Paintball Park
Paintball and outdoor adventure center. Eland House, Wandsworth, SW11 5JY.
Outdoors in the City
Range of outdoor activities including zip wires, via archery, bush craft, high ropes, orienteering and wall climbing. Canning Town Recreation Ground, Freemasons Road, Newham, E16 3PY.
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground
Peter Pan themed playground, with a sensory trail, teepees, a large wooden pirate ship surrounded by a beach, toys and play sculptures. Open daily (except Christmas Day) with variable closing times. Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London, W2 2UH.
Huntfun Westminster Treasure Hunt
Designed with groups and birthday parties in mind. Children solve clues and compete to see who can complete the treasure hunt first. London Eye, London SE1 7PB
Partyman World Of Play Wembley
Partyman beach, featuring bouncy castles, more climbing structures and pedal go-karts. Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00-18:30. Vale Farm, Watford Road, Wembley, Middlesex, Brent, HA0 3HG.
Twickenham Stadium Tours
A part of the World Rugby Museum, with behind the scenes tours including the players dressing room. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-17:00 and Sunday 11:00-17:00, with tours at regular intervals. Rugby Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 1DZ.
Smarty Paints
Fun and relaxing place to paint ceramics and pottery. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00-18:00 and Sunday 11:00-18:00. 85 Nightingale Lane, Wandsworth, London SW12 8NX.

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