St James Park (< 1 mile)
St James Park
One of the Royal Parks offers a children's adventure play area, a way marked royal history walk and great cycle and hike routes.
Green Park (1 miles)
One of the Royal Parks, less child friendly than the others with no kids' features, but plenty of pleasingly landscaped space for traditional outdoor games, exploration and picnicking. Open all year, and free to visit.
Corams Fields (1 miles)
has a wide variety of activities including extensive lawns for free play (and very suitable for family picnics), artificial turf sports pitches, a paddling pool, sandpits, a flying fox and other slides, a city farm with pets corner (with sheep, goats, ducks, hens and more), vege cafe, a nursery and drop-ins...
Hyde Park (2 miles)
One of London's iconic parklands, the activities on offer include lido and paddling pools, rowing and pedal boats available plus the UK's first Solarshuttle and fantastic cycling routes - good idea if you're looking for fun things to do in London with kids.
Granary Square Water Feature (2 miles)
Granary Square Water Feature
Modern tourist green space set around a working historic barge canal and featuring 1000 lit and choreographed water jets, surrounded by historic buildings and playing host to exotic street food markets.
The Regents Park (3 miles)
The Regents Park
One of the Royal Parks, offering iconic landscaping, a boating lake with pedalo hire, natural wildlife garden, and London's largest Rose Garden. Outdoor activities and events throughout the year, plus London Zoo, and an Open Air Theatre.
Holland Park Adventure Playground (4 miles)
Holland Park Adventure Playground
This great adventure playground has swings, aerial runway, mini climbing wall, climbing frames. Next to the adventure playground is an enclosed play area for little ones plus sports area.
Victoria Park (4 miles)
One of London’s most important historic parks, and its oldest public park. It has been used by millions of Londoners for nearly 170 years as a place of healthy recreation, sports, play and relaxation. Splash pool open during the summer.
Clissold Park (4 miles)
Extensive facilities including children's play area, basketball and tennis courts, conservation and woodland areas including a deer enclosure, organic nature garden and butterfly tunnel. They also have a paddling pool.
Belair Park (4 miles)
A pretty park with pretty awesome facilities including a skate park, an adventure play area,tennis courts, a lake, sports pitches and a wildlife area!
Kensington Memorial Park (4 miles)
Kensington Memorial Park
Offers many recreational activities including pleasant formal areas and a children’s playground, plus tennis, football and junior cricket facilities.
Finsbury Park (5 miles)
New facilities in the recent revamp of this iconic park include an enclosed, dog free play area with an exciting water feature designed by children, for children, plus a skate park.
Wild Kingdom Playspace (5 miles)
Wild Kingdom Playspace
s a unique and distinctive natural playspace on Three Mills Green, Newham, London. It combines a variety of play structures and spaces that together bring a sense of unexpected adventure and imaginative seasonal change to the newly created landscape at Three Mills Green.
Bishops Park (5 miles)
A unique offering for London with not only interactive splash pad, playgrounds, skate bowl and sports facilities, but also it's own urban beach! You can also enjoy river walks, meadow strolls, and moat, sculpture and rose gardens beside the ornamental lake.
Greenwich Park (5 miles)
One of the Royal Parks, boasting over 180 acres of grassland, the observatory and a children's adventure playground.
Ravenscourt Park (5 miles)
Medieval 13 acre park with numerous play areas best suited to under 5s and one larger for older, ducks on the lake and sports facilities including netball, tennis, football and bowls.
Golders Hill Park (6 miles)
Golders Hill Park
Facilities include a free public zoo, butterfly house, a bandstand, children's play area, cafe, toilets. Sports facilities include grass and hard tennis courts, golf practice nets and croquet.
Wimbledon Sprinkler Park (6 miles)
Wimbledon Sprinkler Park
Offering a crazy golf course, 2 adventure playground, water sports centre and beach volleyball, sports facilities and parkland, plus new summer interactive splash pad and sprinkler park.
Kew Gardens (RBG) (8 miles)
Kew Gardens (RBG)
is a world renowned visitor attraction with over 300 acres of landscaped gardens, and plenty of family activities including the Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway where you can climb high into the treetops. Treehouse Towers is Kew's tree-themed outdoor play area for 3 to 11s.
Richmond Park (8 miles)
One of England's Royal Parks, iconically landscaped, boasting several playgrounds, and over 700 wild deer within the grounds. Lots of wildlife to spot, great for walks, biking, and horse riding. Free to visit.
Brent Lodge Park (10 miles)
Brent Lodge Park
With an adventure playground, family maze, and the always popular and well stocked animal centre, this is a lovely afternoon waiting to happen! Highlights for small kids include The Butterfly House, prairie dogs and riverside woodland with seasonal fleets of colourful dragonflies!
Danson Splash Park (11 miles)
Danson Splash Park
Wet and dry play areas with interactive water features and adventure playground combination features! Safe perimeter fencing and good facilities within a popular public park that's free to visit!
Northala Fields Park (11 miles)
Northala Fields Park
with 2 adventure playgrounds, 6 fishing lakes, 3 wildlife ponds, a hidden art project and a modern visitor centre with refreshment and loo facilities, this place ticks all the boxes for a traditional family day out.
Bushy Park (12 miles)
The second largest of the Royal Parks, home to iconic landscaping, free roaming deer, a great children's adventure playground including sandpit and seasonal events.
Capel Manor Gardens (13 miles)
Capel Manor Gardens
is a 30 acre estate with a Manor House. We have a jungle gym play garden for children, gift shop, restaurant and many gardens to explore. Can you also spot the meercats, Llamas and Shetland ponies grazing in our fields?
Epping Forest and Visitor Centre (13 miles)
Epping Forest and Visitor Centre
As well as being a popular area for recreation and enjoyment it is also of national and international conservation importance with two thirds of it being designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation.
Aldenham Country Park (13 miles)
Aldenham Country Park
Amazing adventure playground for young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Plus rare breeds farm, woodland walks, sailing, fishing, meadows, reservoir, annual craft fairs and events, refreshments kiosk, picnic area.
Waltham Abbey Gardens (14 miles)
Waltham Abbey Gardens
Wander around the remains of what was once one of the largest Augustinian Abbeys in the country. Discover this truly magical heritage site where dragonflies flock!
Swanley Park (14 miles)
A traditional town park with play areas, paddling pool, sandpit, boating lake, railway, cafeteria, bouncy castle and battery bikes all set in 60 acres of parkland.
Rainham Marshes (15 miles)
A medieval marsh near London with loads of wildlife to look out for and a lovely eco friendly visitor centre full of interesting facts. Two hides plus several viewing platforms for bird watching.
Bedfords Park Visitor Centre (15 miles)
Bedfords Park Visitor Centre
A great place to find out about the wildlife within the 215 acre park, which includes many valuable species rich habitats. So take your magnifying glass and sketchbook or camera for the kids to identify mini beasts!
Northaw Great Wood (15 miles)
Northaw Great Wood
Enjoy the trails, the spectacular autumn colour and the chance of seeing a wide range of woodland wild life, including fungi and butterflies.
Lee Valley Regional Park (16 miles)
Lee Valley Regional Park
Lee Valley Regional Park
The 10,000 acre Park has hundreds of great days out for all the family. Whether it's a day out at the farms, athletics, golf, horse riding, ice skating, fishing, cycling, bird watching, camping or simply exploring the countryside.
Denham Country Park (17 miles)
Denham Country Park
Alive with birds, butterflies, dragonflies and wildflowers, this park is a real treat and the visitor centre will help you plan your day, give you maps and tell you how to use your river dipping net kit!
Cassiobury Park (17 miles)
There is lots to do with children in Cassiobury Park and most of it will cost you absolutely nothing! Swings, numerous climbing frames and slides, a granite stone maze and even a trampoline and zip wire are all on offer, and there is a younger style play ground for the smalls too!
Thames Chase Visitor Centre (17 miles)
Thames Chase Visitor Centre
Set in a vast and unique community space, the visitor centre at it's heart offers three children's play areas, family rambles, plus a great range of events, workshops and other entertainments.
Whippendell Woods (18 miles)
Get back to basics with a nature ramble through some ancient woodland, it's free, it's healthy, and if you've got picnic weather that's a whole day, there! It's famous for its stunning bluebells between the last week of April and the first week of May.
Rickmansworth Aquadrome Nature Reserve (18 miles)
Rickmansworth Aquadrome Nature Reserve
41 hectares of land, water, woodland and open space. A perfect spot to come for a picnic, fun in the play area, a drink at the cafe or just a run around in the sunshine.
Painshill Park (18 miles)
An 18th century Georgian landscape with an exciting range of Fun Family and Kids Only events throughout the year. During the school holidays there are adventures and craft workshops for families to enjoy
Weald Country Park (18 miles)
Weald Country Park
500 acres of glorious parkland that's over 700 years old! Ranger led activities for children vary from investigating flowers and insects to kite making and Halloween walks plus see the fallow deer in the visitor centre!
Langley Park (18 miles)
Family trails, orienteering, visitor centre and a fantastic adventure playground with wooden houses, tunnels and slides, see saws and swings, and natural landscape features to climb on. The dog's welcome too!
Hatfield House and Park (18 miles)
Hatfield House and Park
A traditional breeds farm. Stroll through the paddocks and feed the animals. There is also an adventure playground complete with its own model of Hatfield House. Then visit Stable Yard, do some shopping and visit the restaurant. Or take a walk around Hatfield Park and visit Hatfield House.
Beacon Wood Country Park (18 miles)
Beacon Wood Country Park
Ideal territory for hunting mini beasts, including green woodpeckers, sparrow hawks, foxs, squirrels, butterflies and colourful dragonflies! A naturally wild day out!
Grays Beach Riverside Park (19 miles)
Grays Beach Riverside Park
Great play equipment like their giant sand pit, adventure trail, aerial slide and the famous Grays Beach play galleon are open all year round and during the summer months there's a whole treasure trove of activities, competitions and special events.
Parndon Wood Nature Reserve (19 miles)
Parndon Wood Nature Reserve
A haven for flora, fungi, birds, minibeasts, small mammals and deer, waiting for you to explore and discover. During school holidays activity sessions are run for children too!
Black Park Country Park (19 miles)
Black Park Country Park
Green Flag awarded parkland with flat trackways great for prams, cycles and skates and a free children’s woodland adventure play area with equipment suitable for toddlers and younger children.
Thorndon Country Park (20 miles)
Thorndon Country Park
This beautiful all access country park contains a diverse range of habitats and is managed both for people and for its precious wildlife. Get out your bug and bird books, binoculars and sketchbook and have a great old fashioned family nature walk!
King Georges Playing Fields (20 miles)
King Georges Playing Fields
Features a unique garden for the blind with many flowering and non-flowering plants which appeal to senses other than sight. They also offer crazy golf, a skatepark, children's adventure play area and paddling pools, so there's plenty for everybody!
Polesden Lacey (20 miles)
Highlights for kids include period dress up, nature trails, playground, loaner binoculars for the bird hides and a great range of exciting family activities and events on offer during school holidays.
The Royal Landscape (21 miles)
The Royal Landscape
35 acres of ornamental gardens and woodland full of beauty and colour. A good venue for plenty of different family activities. Children under 6 get in free. Dogs are welcome.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Play Parks and Great Outdoors near Waterloo with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
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