Enjoy a family day out in this beautiful borough of London that boasts plenty of interactive fun for parents and children, including science, arts, music, playgrounds and performances. So, if you’re looking for fun activities for families around the beautiful area of West London, look no further. Read on for Nestor’s guide to fun experiences for families and children.

Family fun in London

Museums In Kensington

The Science Museum

The Science Museum feels less like a traditional museum and more like an interactive learning experience for the whole family to explore. It’s packed with fun and educational exhibits where children can learn about major scientific breakthroughs throughout centuries and a glimpse into the future, with exhibits such as Tomorrow’s World.

The museum’s giant IMAX Cinema is great for sitting back and taking in incredible 3D films about the natural world, including several of the BBC Earth series remastered in three-dimension.

Check the museum’s IMAX website to see which features are currently playing.

The museum has an array of different cafes for lunch, as well as a picnic area where families can bring their own food and drink. 

Kensington’s world-famous museums are a fun and educational way to fill a morning or afternoon! 

The Natural History Museum

A world of fascinating exhibits awaits children and adults alike at London’s most famous museum, the Natural History Museum

From dinosaurs to creepy crawlies to, believe it or not, a life-size blue whale suspended from the ceiling – gasps of awe won’t be in short supply as you make your way around this educational palace.

Kids flock with fascinated eyes to the Roaring T-Rex, a life-size moving model that stomps its feet and swings its tail as it hunts for dinner.

For fewer screams, head to the Earth Lab to examine the enormous collection of geological fossils and curiously coloured gems from all corners of the globe. There is even a 635-kilogramme iron meteorite that crashed into Argentina in 1783. 

The Creepy Crawlies exhibit is another favourite with kids, where millions of insect specimens are housed. The Darwin Centre is another great stop for curious children and adults alike. 

For lunch, stop by the T.rex restaurant, which has a great kids’ menu and handy microwaves in case you want to warm up baby food.

Victoria & Albert Museum

The V&A is arguably the UK’s greatest museum for art and design, home to 3,000 years of amazing artefacts from around the globe. 

Throughout the week, the V&A Museum hosts tons of activities and games for families, including drop-in design workshops inspired by the museum’s incredible collections, where kids and parents can create their own whacky designs.

The museum returns to a 7-day week from April 4 2022, so be sure to check out their family events calendar for more information on what’s going on during your stay.

An Afternoon In Kensington’s Royal Parks

Strolling through Kensington Gardens is a great way to shake off any post-lunch lethargy and bask in the glow of London’s finest parks.

There are plenty of surprises for kids to discover, like the statue of Peter Pan, and the Elfin Oak, a gnarled trunk of an old oak tree that transports children into a magical realm with assorted figures of elves, fairies, and miniature woodland animals. 

The Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens is a stone’s throw from the princess’ former home, Kensington Palace. Inspired by the stories of Peter Pan, this playground has a range of play areas for all children up to age twelve.

Its centrepiece is a giant pirate shape surrounded by water and sand, and it also boasts climbing structures, sensory trails, tepees, swings and slides. There’s also plenty of seating so parents can relax while keeping an eye on the adventurous kids.

The entire family can set sail for real in the nearby Round Pond, a mecca for swans, ducks and geese, where rowing boats and pedalos are readily available.

The Royal Albert Hall Family Events

There’s no better way to spend a family afternoon or evening in London than to attend one of the many astonishing performances at London’s most treasured concert hall, the Royal Albert Hall. The schedule for April is jam-packed with family-friendly events. Here’s what’s on:

Storytelling And Music Sessions For 0-4-Year-Olds

Toddlers in London are invited to explore an astonishing world of music, song, movement and dance with seasoned storytellers Paul Rubinstein and Becky Dixon.

The event runs until the 26th of April, and each week covers a new theme and genre that coincides with the Royal Albert Hall calendar or a famed event from the archives.

The Royal Alber Hall’s group of experienced teachers are trusted hands who are specialists in bringing out children’s thoughts and feelings through performance and encouraging special interactions with parents and carers. The sessions are designed to build musical coordination, self-confidence, rhythm and rhyme. 

Parents are invited to stay after the event to play on instruments with their toddlers and ask questions of the session invigilators. 

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