Things to do with toddlers in London

London is fun for the whole family. Want to entertain your toddler in London but need something suitable for their age – and your wallet? We've got a few toddler-friendly activities to get you started.

HMS Belfast

Toddlers will love HMS Belfast, Europe's largest preserved WW2 warship, where they can wear a captain's hat and press buttons in the interactive operations room. Free for under-fives. 

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London Transport Museum

Many toddlers have a fascination with public transport; indulge their obsession at the London Transport Museum. Particularly good for this age group is the new All Aboard family play zone, where toddlers can repair a mini Tube train, get in the driver's seat of a real bus and make driver announcements. 

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National Maritime Museum Free

The National Maritime Museum is great for toddlers who will enjoy scooting around the Great Map on a plastic boat and the many family events, such as Play Tuesday, where under-fives can explore the museum through music and stories. 

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The Geffrye, Museum of the Home Free

Take your kids on a walk through time and explore the history of English interiors at the Geffrye Museum and herb garden. There is a charge for the recommended audio tour guide. Download the fun activity sheets for kids before you arrive.

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Natural History Museum Free

Meet a life-sized blue whale or a roaring T-Rex dinosaur! At the Natural History Museum kids can delve into the Darwin Centre, get hands-on at the Investigate science lab or shaken up in the earthquake machine. Some charges apply. Read More

Tumbling Bay Playground

Within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park lies a fantastic kids playground Tumbling Bay. There's plenty to explore here: rock pools, sandpits, slides, swings... plus an adjoining community centre and cafe, the Timber Lodge.

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Museum of London Free

Take the kids on a journey through London's past – from when lions roamed Trafalgar Square, to the city under Roman rule and the 21st century capital. Don't miss the midweek events for the under-fives and free family events at weekends. 

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V&A Museum of Childhood Free

Take a trip down memory lane at the V&A Museum of Childhood. Join free daily activities, from storytelling to treasure hunts, or explore the collection of teddy bears and dolls' houses. Family packs for under-fives are available.

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British Museum Free

Toddlers can marvel at Egyptian mummies at the British Museum. There are free activity backpacks for under-fives, which include a magnifying glass and torch, as well as specially designed trails for little explorers.

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Science Museum Free

Little ones can see the wonder of kaleidoscopes and stage a puppet show at the Science Museum. Toddlers can explore floating and sinking, shadows and reflections, music and giant building blocks, in The Garden, an interactive gallery for tots.

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Discover Children's Story Centre

Take a wander along the story trail at Discover in Stratford, where you and your little one can explore a secret cave, have a tea party, dress up in a crazy costume... and let your imaginations run wild! There's also a garden, cafe and studio featuring multi-sensory installations and exhibitions. And best of all, it's free for under-twos!

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Unicorn Theatre

Alongside its programme for older children, the Unicorn Theatre in London Bridge puts on special productions for younger visitors. The Unicorn is based in a purpose-built theatre on the south bank of the Thames, just a five-minute walk from London Bridge station.

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Horniman Museum and Gardens Free

The Horniman Museum is a children's paradise. As well as a programme of free activities for kids, there's an aquarium, a hands-on centre, a Nature Base, plus beautiful gardens perfect for picnics. Some charges apply.

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