By Lauren Harmes
The school holidays can be tough for parents – making sure children are looked after, entertained but also not costing an arm and a leg!
This is why we’ve pulled together the five best activities to entertain children in London for diddly squat!
1. Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground
Kids can pretend to be a pirate for the day at this large playground which is home to a huge wooden pirate ship perfect for keeping the kids entertained while the grown-ups take a well-deserved break. There’s also a sensory trail, man-made beach and various toys and play sculptures so children will be able to let their imagination run wild.
Where: Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA
2. National History Museum
This museum is home to around 80 million items from botany, insects, minerals, dinosaurs and animals so there is no chance of getting bored here! Kids will love seeing the clock from CBeebies show Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures in the museum, alongside the rest of the amazing exhibitions.
Where: Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
3. Mudchute Park and Farm
One of London’s biggest farms, Mudchute Park and Farm is a fun day out for all of the family. With over 100 animals and fowl, kids will be in their element as they feed the turkeys and alpacas or cuddle the rabbits and guinea pigs. The difficulty might lie in getting them to leave!
Where: Pier Street, Isle of Dogs, E14 3HP
4. Tate Modern
London’s free national museum of modern and contemporary art will be the perfect place for creative kids to visit and see art exhibitions from famous artists. They can also get their hands dirty at some of the free workshops available at the gallery.
Where: Bankside, SE1 9TG
5. Changing of the Guard
Actually going inside Buckingham Palace can be quite expensive – especially when it’s for a whole family – but watching the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside is completely free! Watch your children’s’ faces light up as this famous tradition unfolds before their very eyes.
Where: Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA