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Most London attractions must be booked in advance. Don't miss out this half-term – get tickets to the most popular attractions now:
- Meet a roaring T-Rex and feel the ground shake on the earthquake simulator at the Natural History Museum.
- See what life was like for the poor and destitute children of London’s East End during the late 1800s at the Ragged School Museum.
- Stoke the boiler of a steamship in the AHOY! Children's gallery at the National Maritime Museum.
- Be wowed by the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies at the British Museum.
- Walk through the streets of Victorian London at the Museum of London.
- Goggle space rockets and giant steam engines at the Science Museum.
- Explore the V&A Museum of Childhood’s collection of childhood objects and take part in daily activities, including storytelling and crafting.
- Step into Sailortown, a reconstruction of 19th-century London at the Museum of London Docklands.
- Take older kids to see Napoleon's toothbrush and Darwin's walking stick at the Wellcome Collection.
Top London parks and fountains
- Splash about in the fountains and let loose in the playgrounds at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
- Climb the wooden pirate ship or commandeer a teepee at the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.
- Meet life-size dinosaurs built by the Victorians in Crystal Palace Park, where you'll also find a children's farm, maze and playground.
- Enjoy an afternoon of fun at Coram’s Fields, a park and playground with a small animal area, cafe and paddling pool.
- Cool off on a hot day under the fountains at the traffic-free Granary Square in King's Cross, where crowd-pleasing jets change colour and squirt in patterns.
Animal attractions in London
- Meet the gigantic overstuffed walrus at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.
- Feed the cows at Mudchute Farm and Park, London’s largest urban park.
- Marvel at the funky hairstyles of Vauxhall City Farm’s three famous alpacas, Tom, Jerry and Ben.
- Take home some farm produce from Deen City Farm and Riding School after the little ones have played with the animals.
- Watch the pelicans being fed every day in St James’s Park, while keeping your eyes peeled for water birds, owls, pelicans and bats too.
- Go pond dipping at Camley Street Natural Park in King's Cross, where you can also spot birds and butterflies.
Theatre and art
- Take a ride in the singing elevator – also known as the JCB lift – at the Royal Festival Hall.
- Enjoy free children's theatre and inspirational author-led events at Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre (February half-term).
- Get messy with clay or engage in a drawing session at one of the many free workshops at Tate Modern.
- Fly away on a magic carpet with the National Gallery’s storytelling sessions for families with under-fives.
- Encourage budding young artists to get creative with a free Art Detectives pack from the Royal Academy of Arts.
Fascinating London landmarks
- Watch the street entertainers in Covent Garden, where human statues, acrobats and magicians dazzle the crowds.
- Spot London landmarks from the river on a City Cruises tour. Kids under five go free, or purchase a family ticket which allows free access to up to three children (five to 15 years of age) when paying for two adults.
- See some of London’s top sights lit up for Christmas. Big light switch-on events usually include free entertainment.
- Watch the brightly dressed guards dazzle the kids at the Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace.
- Push a trolley through to Harry Potter’s magical world at the wall marked Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross.
- Watch Tower Bridge open from the banks of the river Thames, or check out our live video feed.