Days Out for Entertaining the Kids

There are many sights and attractions in London to visit as a family but some of the best attractions for keeping the kids happy and entertained are some of the many museums the city has to offer. Many of these museums have facilities and activities specifically designed for your little ones to help make a day out as enjoyable as possible for all, and occupied children results in happy parents.

There are a number of luxury rooms and luxury hotels near Kensington Garden that offer a fantastic base for a family stay in London and provide easy access via public transport to the following museums that all make for a great day out and will easily keep the kids happy.

 

 Madame Tussauds

 Madame Tussauds, London is a favourite London museum and millions of people have visited this attraction since it originally opened over 200 years ago. The history of this museum began when Madame Tussaud learnt to model wax likenesses at the age of 17 back in 1770 in Paris. She moved to England in the early 19th century and brought with her an exhibition of revolutionary relics of public heroes and rogues. In 1835, her exhibition was given a permanent base in London and was known as ‘Baker Street Bazar’ and it wasn’t until 1884 that her exhibition moves to its current site and became known as the ‘Madame Tussauds, London’ that we know today.

The museum is split into separate sections where celebrities, past and present, can be seen in their area of popularity, and with bars and ropes removed you can now get up close and personal with your favourite star offering many fantastic photo opportunities.

Party – walk down the red carpet with A-list celebrities and you can brush shoulders with the likes of David and Victoria Beckham, Dame Helen Mirren, Robert Pattinson, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Film – meet some of the famous film stars from the greatest movies ever made including Audrey Hepburn, Terminator, Shrek and even sit in a director’s chair alongside Steven Spielberg.

Sport – this area of the museum is an interactive area where you can test your skills against your favourite sporting hero. Strike a pose with Usain Bolt and meet many others from all aspects of sport over the years including Bobby Moore OBE, Pele, Rafael Nadal, Tom Daly and Jessica Ennis-Hill.

There are many other sections of Madame Tussauds to enjoy such as The Royals, Culture, Music, World Leaders and Bollywood. There is also a Chamber of Horrors and Scream section (although not for the faint hearted) and opportunities to get a look behind the scenes at how wax figures aremade.

There is a 4D movie experience of Marvel’s Superheroes and an area where you can meet your favourite hero including Hulk, Spiderman and Captain America.

There is also a ‘Spirit of London’ ride where you can ride in a London black cab and take a journey through the Capital’s history.

 Science Museum

The science museum was founded in 1857. It opened as part of the South Kensington Museum until it became independent in 1969. This museum is very popular with all ages and is a free attraction making it more appealing to families. It is well-known for its historical collections, influential galleries and enriching exhibitions.

The Science Museum is an interactive museum enabling visitors to see, touch and experience science from space travel to psychology so there is something for all the family to learn, enjoy and discover.

The London Dungeons

The London Dungeons is scary fun for all the family although the recommended age is 8 years old and above as some of it can be quite unnerving for younger children. The tour is a 90 minute journey through 1000 years of London’s history all told by a cast of theatrical actors. The tour is a walk-through experience that enables visitors to hear, see, smell, feel and touch events that happened throughout London’s past. This attraction incudes 360 degree sets, 18 interactive shows, special effects, 2 underground rides, laughs, screams and storytelling.

 Some of the most popular shoes to enjoy include:

  • Descent
  • The Tyrant Boat Ride where Henry VIII sent traitors to the Tower
  • Guy Fawkes
  • The Plague Doctor
  • Sweeney Todd
  • Jack the Ripper
  • Drop Dead: Drop ride to Doom
  • And many more.

Horniman Museum

 The Horniman Museum specialises in anthropology and natural history and is set in 16 acres of landscaped gardens. The natural history gallery has a centrepiece of a giant stuffed walrus and the display cases around it are traditional with no modern technology to be found. There is an aquarium in the museum’s basement and an art gallery dedicated to African, afro-Caribbean and Brazilian work.There is a display of around 1600 musical instruments and a display of historical keyboards on show dating back to around 1555.

There are activities for entertaining the kids while simultaneously educating them with a knowledge of natural history including nature trails, weekend workshops and an opportunity where they can get a ‘hands on’ experience of touching some of the museums objects from stuffed animals to some of the more exotic musical instruments. There are large gardens to discover containing giant musical instruments that seem to go down a hit with both parents and children.

 The British Museum

 The British museum was founded in 1753 and holds a collection of over 2 million years of human history art and culture and is visited by up to 6 million people a year. The museum is home to wold-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies and Parthenon sculptures.

For families visiting with children there are many activities to keep them entertained such as activity trails to follow, gallery backpacks providing activities to complete, highlighted objects for children to find and a family desk providing crayons, pens and pads.

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