31 Ways to Entertain a Toddler and a Baby in London

With the next set of school holidays on the horizon, I thought I would put together a list of things to do with a threenager and a baby in London. An activity for every day of the month! I’m just to kind to you. Lets start…

  1. Horniman Museum: I always say, this museum captures the best bits of all the main London museums. It has a brilliant natural history section, an aquarium, musical gallery, animal walk, a fantastic garden, natural trail not to mention the featured exhibitions. The best thing about this museum is its size. Finley was able to tootle about without getting tired and Olivia loved seeing all the wonderful exhibitions. Parts of the museum is interactive which adds to the whole experience and guarantees very sleepy children for the journey home.
  2. London Wetlands Centre. It is hard to believe a nature reserve like this exists in London. It is home to an abundance of wildlife which promises much excitement for little explorers plus all the walk ways are buggy friendly so definitely a must for a baby or two.

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    Gorgeous Black Swans at The Wetlands Centre
  3. Battersea Zoo It is described as “The perfect zoo for little ones” and indeed it is. This bite sized haven of fun is home to a lovely mix of animals, which will keep your little ones occupied for hours. The allocated feeding times means your little ones can get closer to the action too.
  4. Science Museum. With lots to see and do, you will need to arrange another visit to see it all. The museum has a fab section called the Garden where your little ones can explore construction, water, light and sound. The museum suggests its age appropriate for 3-6 year olds but I took Finley when he was 1 and he loved it.

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    Finley at the Science Museum
  5. Rave-A-Roo The tag line is Kids.Play. Rave.Repeat. There is confetti, neon craft, UV tattoos, live stage performances, dancing, games and soft play. It sounds too good to be true and the parents can have a bop around too. SIGN ME UP.
  6. Polka Theatre is solely dedicated to children. This busy little theatre hosts some fantastic productions as well as workshops to develop creativity and imagination. We have just booked to see Sarah and Duck…Quack!

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    Sarah and Duck at the Polka Theatre
  7. V&A Museum of Childhood. Collections of toys, activity stations and kids events. The The V&A have thought of everything to keep your little ones entertained.
  8. Picnic &  a Scoot around London’s Parks and Commons. With so many outdoor spaces, who needs to spends hours in traffic escaping to the country when there is ton of lush green space on your door step.

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    Scooting through Tooting Bec Common
  9. Visit the deer at Richmond Park. Yes you heard me, deer in London. Richmond Park is home to the capitals Red and Fallow Deer. These beautiful creatures roam free, so take a picnic, a camera and go and explore.

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    Finley exploring Richmond Park
  10. Flip-Out. Trampolining.. so this activity may be more exciting for the toddler rather than the baby although Olivia has enjoyed watching.There is a small play area with a ball pit and foamy toys so perfect for the baby too.
  11. Diana Memorial Playground is a must for all parents this playground is like no other,  has a sensory trail, teepees, a beach around the pirate ship and various toys and play sculptures; all set against a lush backdrop of trees and plants. There’s plenty of seating so the grownups can relax too.
  12. Cinema. Daunting thought? Dont be scared, chose a movie which the toddler is keen to see – I find one with singing often helps and the baby will just enjoy the colours and movement on the screen. Check out Babes About Town article on Parent and Baby cinema listings in the London area
  13. Tooting Bec Lido. Head down to the UK’s biggest fresh water Lido, in Tooting, south West London. The Lido has a baby paddling pool and an area for you to picnic or just enjoy the sunshine.
  14. Play shops at the National Maritime Museum
  15. Whippersnappers  ;daily at Brockwell Lido. Think music, role play, dressing up, puppets and a disco. Its bonkers but both your toddler and baby will LOVE it.
  16. Natural History Museum Fancy standing next to the skeleton of a dinosaur or come face to face with a polar bear..well now you and your little ones can. With tons of exciting exhibitions and displays, the Natural History Museum will wow your children and fuel their imagination.

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    Dinosaurs!! at the Natural History Museum
  17. London Duck Tour. A fun way to see some of Londons most famous sights.
  18. City Farms: London has an abundance of farms for your little ones to visit. My favourite is Deen City as it is the perfect size for little explorers.
  19.  The Rainforest Cafe Think animals of the jungle, a tropical thunder storm sans rain and children friendly meals. The Rainforest Cafe is a fun way to enjoy a family meal in the heart of the capital.

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    Finley at the Rainforest Cafe
  20. Museum of London Jam packaged with exhibitions and workshops which will keep your family entertained for the whole day.
  21. London Transport Museum “The wheels on the bus go round and round all day long” Let them put words into action and enjoy the make believe world of the London Transport Museum, where your little ones can get behind the wheel of a bus or repair a tube train or even sail on the Thamas Nipper #fun.

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    London Transport Museum
  22. Emirates Air Line. Cable car over the Excel Centre at Royal Docks and the O2 Arena at Greenwich.
  23. Gambado Soft Play Centre…I know there are hundreds of soft play centres in the capital but this one is big bouncey and has a brilliant sections for babies too. We love it so much, Finley is celebrating his birthday there!
  24. Do you have a dinosaur fan in your clan? Well the Jurassic Kingdom Tour; When Dinosaurs Come to Life is at Osterley Park from 1st April.
  25. London Zoo Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!
  26. Kew Gardens. Take a picnic and head to West London to explore Kew Gardens. There is a brilliant playground for your energetic little monkeys too. This Easter, there are tons of activities and events to be had. Starting with the Moomin trail, workshops,pancakes and Lindt chocolates.

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    This is Finley, enjoying Christmas at Kew
  27. London Aquarium Walk among creatures of the deep.
  28. The Discover Centre is a fantastic place where stories really do come to life.
  29. Tumbling Bay Playground at the Olympic Park
  30. South Bank Centre: The South Bank Centre is brimming with activities for your little ones. This easter, features the Adventures of Moominland
  31. Latchmere Swimming Pool. A swimming pool with waves and I am not talking from that annoying kid that water bombs into the pool. It also has a slide and super shallow end for the baby.

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