Things To Do With Toddlers in London

Want to entertain your toddler in London but need something suitable for their age – and your wallet? We've got a few toddler-friendly activities to get you started.

From playgrounds to museums and family-friendly shows: here's where to take little ones in London: 

Discover Children's Story Centre

Take a wander along the story trail at Discover in Stratford, where you and your little one can explore a secret cave, have a tea party, dress up in a crazy costume... and let your imaginations run wild! There's also a garden, café and studio featuring multi-sensory installations and exhibitions. And best of all, it's free for under twos!

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London Transport Museum

Many toddlers have a fascination with public transport; indulge their obsession at the London Transport Museum. Particularly good for this age group is the new All Aboard family play zone, where toddlers can repair a mini Tube train, get in the driver's seat of a real bus and make driver announcements. 

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National Maritime Museum

Free

The fascinating National Maritime Museum in historic Greenwich has something for all ages. The Children's Gallery and Ship Simulator may be too old for your toddler, but they'll definitely enjoy scooting around the Great Map on a plastic boat and the many family events, such as Play Tuesdays – where under fives can explore the museum through crafts, music, dance and stories. The museum is free but the activities do have a small charge.

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Tumbling Bay Playground

Free

Within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park lies a fantastic kids playground, Tumbling Bay. There's plenty to explore here: rock pools, sandpits, slides, swings... plus an adjoining community centre and café, the Timber Lodge, for when you need to refuel or change nappies. Other great outdoor spots for toddlers in London include the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens (complete with pirate ship); London's many city farms; and Coram's Fields, a seven-acre playground close to the British Museum.

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Unicorn Theatre

Alongside its programme for older children, the Unicorn Theatre in London Bridge puts on special productions for younger visitors. The Unicorn is based in a purpose built theatre on the south bank of the Thames, just a five-minute walk from London Bridge station.

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The British Museum

Free

The British Museum is one of the world's greatest, showcasing objects from prehistoric to modern times. Entertain kids at the Digital Discovery Centre and check out the free events for kids of all ages. Free activity backpacks are also available.

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Science Museum

Free

Museums don't get more family-friendly than the Science Museum! Trace the space rocket's history, meet Isambard Kingdom Brunel or catch a 3D movie. Teenagers get hands-on at Launchpad, and young kids'll love Pattern Pod. Some charges apply.

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Natural History Museum

Free

Meet a life-sized blue whale or a roaring T-Rex dinosaur! At the Natural History Museum kids can delve into the Darwin Centre, get hands-on at the Investigate science lab or shaken up in the earthquake machine. Some charges apply.

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HMS Belfast

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Step aboard Europe's largest preserved WW2 warship and experience the legend of HMS Belfast. The ship has nine decks steeped in history, from the Captain's Bridge to the sailor's mess, and offers hands-on activities for children. Free family audio tours are available.

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The Geffrye, Museum of the Home

Free

Take your kids on a walk through time and explore the history of English interiors at the Geffrye Museum and herb garden. There is a charge for the recommended audio tour guide. Download the fun activity sheets for kids before you arrive.

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Horniman Museum and Gardens

Free

The Horniman Museum is a children's paradise. As well as a programme of free activities for kids, there's an aquarium, a hands-on centre, a Nature Base, plus beautiful gardens perfect for picnics. Some charges apply.

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Museum of London

Free

Take the kids on a journey through London's past – from when lions roamed Trafalgar Square, to the city under Roman rule and the 21st century capital. Don't miss the midweek events for the under-fives and look out for the weekend free family events.

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V&A Museum of Childhood

Free

Take a trip down memory lane at the V&A Museum of Childhood. Join free daily activities, from storytelling to treasure hunts, or explore the collection of teddy bears and dolls' houses. Family packs for under-fives are available.

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