Browse our hand picked activities and events all around London that are suitable for young people and their families. For our selection of London theatre and shows for children and families please visit our shows page.
Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic
This exhibition brings together the worlds of psychology and entertainment in search of the truth about deception. Explore how our biases affect our perception and whether our senses can be hacked. Discover spirit photography, magic props and psychology experiments to see how magic works on – and in – the mind of the spectator. This event also comes with a suite of live performances exploring perception, deception and the ‘supernatural’.
When: until 15 September 2019
Where: Welcome Collection
Tickets: Free but booking may be needed for some live performances.
The Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace
A new and unique way for families to explore the palace’s past with each area representing myths, legends, stories and even real objects that can be found at Hampton Court. Once you have ticked everything off in the garden, it’s the perfect opportunity to discover those real objects in and around the palace. This amazing garden can get busy so we recommend you plan your visit in advance.
Where: Hampton Court Palace
Tickets: Adult £8, Children £6 (under 3 go free and family deals are available. Book here.
Tales on Tour at Leicester Square Theatre
Tales from the Shed are lots of fun with singing, dancing and puppetry interaction set up in an informal setting. These shows are perfect for children up to 6 years of age where children in the audience share the same space with performers.
When: Saturday 27 April 2019 and Sunday 25 May 2019
Where: Leicester Square Theatre
Tickets & times: £9.50, book here
Keeper for a day at ZSL London Zoo
This unique experience is a special gift for a special day! Step into the shoes of the zoo staff for the day to gain a unique insight into the role of a keeper, by taking on the responsibility of mucking out enclosures and preparing food. Get up close and personal with the zoo’s residents, including a sociable community of meerkats, a towering family of giraffes and the resident geriatrics – the Galapagos tortoises. Read about our young Londonists’ zoo adventures here.
When: all year round on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Where: ZSL London Zoo
Tickets: £280 for one person for a full day. Book here.
From an ancient Egyptian pyramid to Old London Bridge, and from the natural wonder of a coral reef to the modern marvel of the international space station, travel through history and explore over 50 models made using half a million LEGO® bricks. Booking recommended as it is very popular.
When: until 27 October
Where: Horniman Museum
Tickets: Family ticket is £18, book here
Be inspired by our maritime past and explore our personal connections with the sea through various sea related activities at the National Maritime Museum. Ask staff where the activity is on the day.
When: every Sunday during term-time
Where: Maritime Museum
Tickets & times: Free 11.30-13.30 | 14.00-16.00
Beasts of London
A state of the art, immersive and digital experience that takes visitors on a journey through time, from before London was created through to the present day.
Inspired by objects drawn from the museum’s world class collection and working in partnership with Guildhall School of Music & Drama, this family-friendly show brings you face to face with the beasts both large and small who helped shape the city we know today.
When: until 5 January 2020
Where: Museum of London
Tickets & times: £20 book here
The world’s biggest bouncy castle experience is at Alexandra Palace over the August bank holiday, with tickets on sale now. At nearly 300 metres long, The Monster is one of the world’s largest inflatable obstacle courses and hands down the craziest bouncy castle experience for adults and teenagers alike. Londoners can join the fun in a setup that will also include a wide range of mouth-watering street food pop-ups, live DJ’s and other crazy activities available throughout the event. Make sure you plan for the children, teenage friendly sessions in the morning. Adult sessions will run from 23rd – 26th August, Kids sessions will run on 27th and 28th August.
When: 23 – 28 August 2019
Where: Alexandra Palace
Tickets & times: £25 Adults, £20 Children and £5 for Spectators (check website for timings)
A Child’s Garden of Verse
Shadow puppets and marionettes and specially composed music makes this a programme of beauty, poignancy and fun, which captures and nurtures the imagination. The narrative is driven by a selection of beautiful poems, illustrated and brought to life with puppets and music.
When: 4, 5, 6 May
Where: Puppet Theatre Barge in Little Venice
Tickets & times: £8,book here
Young Astronomers Workshops
These short drop-in family workshops are taking place during Spring weekends and are themed around space science and exploration, from the most recent discoveries about the Solar System to our latest understanding of the wider universe. The team of Observatory Explainers include those who are studying astronomy at degree or postgraduate level and can answer your burning space questions such as: how big is the Universe and why is Pluto not a planet anymore?
When: Weekends until 30 June
Where: Astronomy Centre in Greenwich Royal Observatory
Tickets & times: Free
A very popular event, this unique sleepover at the Natural History Museum is giving kids from ages 7 to 11 the opportunity explore the museum after hours whilst having fun and learning about the exhibits. T-Rex anyone? This event is not for the fainthearted but is very popular so book quickly.
When: earlier events sold out, next available date is: 16 August 2019
Where: Natural History Museum
Tickets & times: £60 (includes breakfast)
A suite of different adventures each week, this event gives families the opportunity to explore the history of the museum through crafts, music, dance and drama.
When: Tuesdays during term-time, at 10.30, 11.30, 13.00 and 14.00
Where: National Maritime Museum
Tickets & times: £3 per session, free for accompanying siblings under 6 months