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Let's Do London: top family experiences

Make the most of time with the kids with these fun-packed family experiences, activities and events.
A mother with her two children, a boy and a girl, looking at an exhibition at the Science Museum
Bring science to life at the Science Museum © Science Museum Group. Image courtesy of Science Museum Group.

From a lineup of amazing special events for families to must-do attractions, child-friendly theatre shows and outdoor fun, there's so much to do in London with kids

For more family ideas, check out our Let's Do London guide. Make sure to share your adventures on social media using the #LetsDoLondon hashtag!

Family-friendly events and festivals

  • Be dazzled by twinkling light sculptures and immersive illumination experiences at the best winter light festivals in London. Various dates
  • Meet Santa and help him fix his sleigh, follow a winter trail and discover more seasonal activities at the London Transport Museum. 4 Dec-2 Jan
  • Set off on a festive trail, meet Santa and enjoy plenty more animal-themed fun this Christmas at ZSL London Zoo. 27 Nov-3 Jan
  • Catch all the classics including Elf, Home Alone and The Grinch during Christmas at Backyard Cinema. Until 3 Jan
  • Step inside a magical winter wonderland as Hogwarts in the Snow arrives at the wizarding world of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Until 16 Jan
  • Take in the beautiful surroundings as you skate around the Natural History Museum ice rink for the last year before it closes. Until 16 Jan

Find more things to do with kids over Christmas in London.

Fun exhibitions for kids

  • Tumble down the rabbit hole for an adventure through the adaptations, origins and reinventions of Alice in Wonderland with Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser at the V&A. Until 31 Dec
  • Be dazzled by magic and the natural world as they combine in Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature at the Natural History Museum. Until 3 Jan
  • Explore Joy and the conditions necessary to create it, as well as related historical artefacts, at Wellcome Collection. Until 27 Feb
  • Visit one of the largest private collections of Banksy's work with the Art of Banksy exhibition. Until 22 May
  • Sip on Butterbeer, ride a broomstick and trace magical moments of filmmaking history with The Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition, as a collection of behind-the-scenes photographs go on display at the London Film Museum.
  • Enjoy storytelling, family trails and the chance to learn about urban landscapes with Climate Crossroads at the London Transport Museum. 
  • Or get creative with TfL's Craft Club activities while out and about this half-term. 

Plan a trip to London to explore these incredible museums for kids

Top attractions for families

Two children and a live actor mixing a big pot at the Shrek's Adventure! London.
Shrek's Adventure! London. Image courtesy of Merlin Entertainments.

Plan a visit to more top attractions in London. 

Outdoor activities for kids

Check out more things to do outdoors in London.

Best theatre shows for kids

A girl dressed in white sits on some books, as a man dressed in green crouches near her, as part of the production of Matilda The Musical.
Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda The Musical. Photo by Manuel Harlan. Image courtesy of The Corner Shop.
  • Watch Andrew Lloyd Webber’s highly anticipated adaptation of Cinderella as it makes its world premiere in London. 
  • Let the little ones travel to the Serengeti during Disney’s well-loved tale of The Lion King
  • Go on a magical adventure with everyone's favourite nanny, Mary Poppins. Plus, make sure to sing along to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! 
  • Join Marty McFly and the Doc for a time-travelling adventure with the Back to the Future musical. 
  • Be dazzled by the untold story of two witches and their against-all-odds friendship in the magical land of Oz with Wicked
  • Follow the heartwarming story of Matilda as Roald Dahl's classic tale comes to life on the West End stage. 

Book tickets for some of the top musicals in London.

Things to do with older kids

The O2 arena lit up at sunset against purple and pink sky.
The O2 at sunset © I Wei Huang / Shutterstock. Image courtesy of I Wei Huang / Shutterstock.

Check out more things to do with teenagers in London.

When you're out and about with the kids, make sure to map your route around London's top family activities with the Visit London app

For more family inspiration, have a look at our Let's Do London guide.