If you have younger children, finding things to do in London isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Some of the major attractions might be overwhelming for little ones, particularly if they’ve not been used to crowds or noise because of lockdown. Alternatively, you might feel that they need a safe space to let off some of their energy. So if you’re looking for something a little more toddler-friendly, or you have kids who prefer a more structured environment, we have some great suggestions.
If you have pre-schoolers, a specially created children’s show could be just what you need to break up the day. There are plenty of children’s shows in London, with a favourite being The Tiger Who Came to Tea. It’s designed to keep little ones entertained, and lasts just 55 minutes with no interval. All the sing-along songs, magic and clumsy chaos will have your kids enthralled – and the story is taken from Judith Kerr’s best-selling picture book so it’s sure to be a hit. And because showings are at child friendly times, even if you have toddlers that still nap, you can work around nap time.
Quieter children can sometimes get overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of public spaces, so the quiet of museums can be a safe way for them to explore things that interest them. The Science Museum runs a sensory-friendly event called Early Birds, at which children who have autism spectrum conditions or sensory processing difficulties can enjoy the exhibits without excess noise. These take place on selected Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year and can be booked in advance.
Enthusiastic toddlers find it hard to contain all that energy, so if it’s a hot day, head over to Granary Square in Kings Cross and let them splash about in the fountains. The square has 1,080 individually controlled jets of water, which spring up and down at a moment’s notice. Hearing their squeals of delight is well worth the soggy clothes and nappies afterwards.
Greenwich is a little removed from the bustle of central London, and has some fantastic attractions. Greenwich Park, for example, is home to the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory, so there’s plenty to entertain bouncy toddlers and quieter kids alike. Discover the wonders of the universe at the Peter Harrison Planetarium or learn about Britain’s naval history, and have a picnic in the park afterwards. The Sea Things gallery at the Maritime Museum is particularly good for children who like to explore by touch, as the exhibits are on open display.
Whether you choose children’s theatre in London, a museum, or some fun in the fresh air, there’s plenty to entertain the kids. And don’t miss out on The Tiger Who Came to Tea – an experience children of all ages can enjoy. Book your tickets today!