Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London

There are lots of exciting things to see and do at the Natural History Museum – not least the earthquake room and animatronic T-Rex! There are also explorer backpacks for under 7s with an explorer hat, binoculars, drawing materials and activities, and self-led guides for children 5+ to explore the museum exhibits.

It is sometimes difficult dragging the kids out of the hotel (, especially if you say the word “museum.” However times have changed and museums are making their exhibits a lot more child-friendly. There are more interactive and fun offerings for youngsters. They won’t want to leave the museum, for a change!

Entrance Hall of the Natural History Museum by Heather

There are a few child friendly cafes and restaurants on site, all with vegetarian options, and all with highchairs and with staff happy to warm your bottles or baby food. You can also bring a packed lunch to eat in the picnic area or outside on the lawn. Admission is free.

Read the Parent’s Survival Guide for more tips on visiting the Natural History Museum with children.

During the winter, bring along some warm clothes and take advantage of the spectacular Natural History Museum Ice Rink. If you just want to hang out with a hot chocolate and watch the skaters, that’s free and there is a nice cafe and viewing area. If you’re brave enough to get your skates on, family tickets (2 adults + 2 children, or 1 adult + 3 children) cost £36 during peak times, £31 off-peak (plus booking fees), for a one hour session, including skate hire. This is very popular, so we’d strongly recommend booking ahead:
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Janis is a cheery and versatile digital expert with a healthcare background, usually seen either geeking out or sprinting through North London trying to catch her kids, Mads and Danger Boy. Thanks to her two boisterous rascals, she has become an expert in soft play areas, parks, energetic music classes, and where to get a stiff drink once they’ve gone to bed.
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