20 Best Things To Do In London Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In London

London is big and so is our list of fun things to do in London with kids - we’ve got plenty to keep the whole family entertained! 

Let us tell you one thing -  taking the little ones to London’s top museums is fun, whether you live in London or you’re just visiting. From coming face to face with real dinosaur skeletons at the Natural History Museum to meeting the costumed actors at the London Transport Museum and trying on a bright red unifor at the Household Cavalry Museum, your mini explorers will have lots to keep them entertained. Make sure you also take a ride on the underground train at the Postal Museum and check out their lovely postal-themed role play area for the kids too. 

Want to see  the sights? Go to the top of The Shard or take a ride on the London Eye for a bird’s eye view of the city and see all the famous landmarks, including Tower of London, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. How many can you spot? 

After an animal day out? Take a walk on the wild side at London Zoo where you’ll have a roaring good time spotting lions, lemurs and lots more. It’s also one of the top zoos in the UK. For a peek into the wonderful world of the deep oceans, check out SEA LIFE London Aquarium. Or if you fancy making friends with the local farm animals, head out to Surrey Docks Farm, it happens to be one of the best free things to do in London with kids

Kids have plenty of energy to burn, so we’ve got many active family days out in London to offer too. Water fun at Leyton Leisure Lagoon, outdoor high ropes adventures at Go Ape Battersea Park and shooting lasers at Star Command Laser Tag - just to name a few.

We couldn’t possibly describe all the fun things to do in London in this little intro but we surely have most of them listed below for you to explore. Time to discover London’s best family days out!  
Oh, before you go, we've got a handy breakdown of the UK school holidays to help you plan as many activities with the little ones as you can this year.

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Lake at Stoke Park in Guildford

Stoke Park

  • Guildford
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

There is a lot to do at the Green Flag awarded Stoke Park in Guildford. Spread over 50 acres, children and families can choose between a playground s...

People tubing at Christs College Ski Club in Guildford

Christs College Ski Club

  • Guildford
  • Outdoor
  • Skiing and Snowboarding

Christs College Ski Club Donutting, or tubing, as it is also known, consists of sitting in a rubber ring with a hard plastic base, sliding down the s...

Entrance to Lili Pottery in Bracknell

Lili Pottery

  • Bracknell
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Lili Pottery have a huge variety of plates, mugs, bowls, ornaments and other beautiful pottery pieces for you to paint. The wide variety of paints, s...

Outdoor playground at Westmorland Park in Bracknell

Westmorland Park

  • Bracknell
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Westmorland Park consists of grassy areas, shrub beds, mature parkland trees and a balancing pond managed by Thames Water. Facilities include a child...

360 Play Basildon

360 Play Basildon

  • Basildon
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

For safe and stimulating play that’s also loads of fun, look no further than 360 Play Basildon. Rides and role play make it a winner with kids. Get s...

Boy jumping in pool at Guildford Lido

Guildford Lido

  • Guildford
  • Outdoor
  • Lidos

Guildford Lido is set in three acres of landscaped gardens and retains much of its 1930's charm. The 50 metre heated outdoor swimming pool offers swi...

Family bowling at Hollywood Bowl Basildon

Hollywood Bowl Basildon

  • Basildon
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Ready. Set. Bowl! Time for some brilliant family entertainment at Hollywood Bowl Basildon. Good, old-school 10 pin bowling is undeniably fun for all...

Cineworld Basildon

Cineworld Basildon

  • Basildon
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Enjoy family-friendly entertainment at its best with movies, action-packed adventures and animated wonders at Cineworld Basildon. Share the magic of...

Raspberries at Copas Farm Cookham

Copas Farm Cookham

  • Cookham
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Create happy childhood memories for your kids at Copas Farm Cookham. Wander around acres of fresh produce and pick your own seasonal fruit and veg. T...

Girl in ball pit at The Kidzone in Berkhamsted

The Kidzone

  • Berkhamsted
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The elaborately themed Kidzone is a dinosaur extravaganza with bonus underwater and pirate zones! Packed full of colourful characters and all the cla...

Mother's Day craft at The Pottery Project in Berkhamsted

The Pottery Project

  • Berkhamsted
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

The Pottery Project in Berkhamsted is a great place to meet friends, bring the kids, or just indulge yourself in creativity. We have an extensive ran...

People with horses at Maple Pollard Riding Centre in Bishops Stortford

Maple Pollard Riding Centre

  • Bishops Stortford
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

BHS approved Maple Pollard Riding Centre specialises in group children's lessons and training for Pony Club, BHS and NVQ exams. They have a range of...

The Hop Farm Family Park

The Hop Farm Family Park4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Paddock Wood
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Based around the world’s largest oats village and once a lively farm producing hops is The Hop Farm Family Park, now packed full of attractions for c...

Slide and cafe area at Treasure Chest Soft Play Centre in Crawley

Treasure Chest Soft Play Centre

  • Crawley
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Treasure Chest Soft Play Centre is an exciting family entertainment centre, for children up to the age of 11. The play equipment has been designed to...

Cherry Lane Adventure Playground

  • Crawley
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Cherry Lane Adventure Playground with a Wild West Town theme offers indoor and outdoor facilities, parents seating, picnic area, refreshments, sports...

Kids on podium at Teamsport Indoor Karting Basildon

TeamSport Indoor Karting Basildon

  • Basildon
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

Enjoy a day of adrenaline and dazzling speed at TeamSport Indoor Karting Basildon! With over 500 meters of track and petrol karts suitable for kids (...

Partyman World & Laser Kombat Stevenage

Partyman World & Laser Kombat Stevenage

  • Stevenage
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Fun-packed parties are an everyday occurrence at Partyman World Stevenage, with ball ponds, face painting and plenty of family-friendly activities. G...

Little girl up smiling on the highropes at Go Ape Wendover

Go Ape Wendover

  • Aston Clinton
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Are you up for a challenge? If your answer is ‘yes’, great. If ‘no’ then simply pause, take a deep breath and release your inner ape! It’s in there j...

Girl on outdoor playground at The Rye in London

The Rye

  • High Wycombe
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The Rye is slap in the centre of High Wycombe, just a short walk from the High Street so a great trade off for behaviour whilst shopping! The park co...

Canal boats at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford

Dapdune Wharf

  • Guildford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

The award-winning visitor centre at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford tells the story of the navigations and the people who lived and worked on this 360 yea...

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