For most people, a London city break translates into an expensive holiday in a not-so-family-friendly city. However, this image of the capital city of the United Kingdom isn’t quite correct. In fact, a London city break can be an interesting and memorable experience for the entire family. There are always some or the other child-friendly events and activities going on in the city, and it also has a host of fun places that serve as the perfect spots to create cherished vacation memories. The best part about most of these places and things to do is that they are completely free of cost! So you don’t need to worry about a tight budget restricting your family fun, as these wonderful experiences are sure to leave your children overjoyed, while you earn some serious brownie points.
Here are some of the things you can do for some unforgettable and free family fun to make the most of your London city break.
Family-friendly Indoor Experiences to Try on Your London City Break
The name implies it—this museum is home to the country’s collection of various childhood objects, which range from toys, games, and dolls to rare, handcrafted objects that are related to different aspects of childhood. A branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum, this unusual and fun museum is sure to enthrall both you and your children as you spend hours looking at the various exhibits and childhood objects that date back to the 1600s. Not only will you be able to view popular toys and artifacts of recent times, but can also get an insight into the lives of children through the years from different places. In addition, this museum has a host of activities, workshops, and events every day, which include interactive storytelling sessions, art and craft activities, and tours. Let your kids pick their choice of activity, and they are sure to love learning a new skill, helping with the props during the storytelling sessions, and making a piece of art which they can take back home as a souvenir. All activities at this museum are free of charge, and children between the ages of 3-12 years can participate. Admission to the V&A Museum of Childhood is free for children as well as adults, so let your children get creative and spend as much time as they want observing the displays and participating in the different events and workshops.
This museum has a lot on offer that will interest children, and they are particularly sure to enjoy spending time in the Mudlarks children’s gallery within the museum. This interactive and informative play area has something for all children under the age of 5 years, and parents can join in as well. Being set in a museum about the history of docklands in London, this gallery too features things that are themed around life in the London docks. Housed in a 200-year old warehouse, the Museum of London Docklands makes the ideal combination of a historic, fun, and educational place to visit with the entire family. While young children can crawl around and play with large foam bananas, a typical London bus, or pretend play and drive a DLR train, the older kids can have fun with some interactive exhibits that also educate them about the history of London’s docklands. Making the learning experience fun for them are activities like cargo loading, exploring Victorian docks, damming a river, and digging for treasure. Entry to this gallery is free, and you can either collect a timed ticket from the museum’s main desk or book a slot online for you and your family to spend some interesting time that will add to the entire London city break experience.
The Tate Modern, established in 2000, is one of London’s modern art galleries that has various art events happening throughout the year. If you are wondering how children can find a modern art gallery interesting, the Liminal is the answer. This is a playroom for children of all ages, in which they can let their imagination run wild and get some hands-on experience in sculpture making. Huge blocks kept in this area let the little ones explore shape, composition, and form, and you can watch them feel the joy of creating something as they try making their own sculptures inspired by all the art around. Moreover, they can run around the vast space and clamber over the blocks, making some new friends along the way. Admissions are free, and the space is open every weekend and on Fridays during school holidays. No bookings are required, so you can simply walk in and spend time with your family even as the little ones explore the fun part of art during a London city break.
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