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Kew Gardens

by Sally Foster (follow)
Kid friendly haven amongst the flowers where you can roam and explore

The Royal Botanic Gardens, or Kew Gardens, is an oasis just 30 minutes from Central London. As London's largest UNESCO World Heritage site, the garden's collection of living plants is the largest and most diverse in the world.

Credit: Kew Gardens Website

For the London Mums Group, Kew Gardens is a wonderful place to take your kids for a day of exploring and adventure. Let the kids run out some energy in the children's playground and the children's garden and fill your day with fresh air and flowers.

There are kid friendly events taking place throughout the year. These are some of the current family friendly ones happening:

- Let your little ones connect with the living environment as they explore, observe and question the natural world around them at Little Explorers.

- Follow the Dragon Trail and go hunting for dragon sculptures around the Gardens. A trail map is available from all main entrances.

- Try out a Georgian cooking class at the Royal Kitchen

- Watch Alice in Wonderland come to life at the outdoor theatre experience

Credit: Kew Gardens Website

- Watch Cirque Bijou's incredible aerial performance with a unique musical score in the glasshouse.

- Bring along your baby to music and movement classes. Your little one can play music with interactive stories, songs, rhymes and dance.

Credit: Kew Gardens Website

If you just want to explore and roam the gardens, there are a number of really kid friendly places to go. As well as acres of flowers, plants and even vegetable patches, there are also areas that the kids will be absolutely blown away by. Hop, skip and jump along the wood trail, spot insects on the woodland walk or see the underground world of badgers in the life-sized sett.

Looking for even more? The Hive is a unique, multi-sensory experience designed to highlight the extraordinary life of bees. There is also the Tree Top Walk, which is an 18 metres walk above the woodland floor through the tops of trees.

Credit: Kew Gardens Website

You can also enjoy a bite to eat and a coffee at one of five eateries found throughout the gardens. The cafes, Orangery and Pavilion serve children's portions and boxes and the White Peak Cafe has a kid friendly menu. Or you could bring along a picnic and enjoy spreading out on a rug in the gardens.

Kew Gardens offers imagination play and outdoor play areas like no other place in London.

Credit: Kew Gardens Website

Getting there: Closest tube is Kew Gardens Station
Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm
Cost: Adults 17.75, Children aged 4 to 16 4 and under 4 are free.
Facilities: Toilets, Baby change facilities, ramp access to most buildings, buggy park at The Hive

Where is your favourite outdoor playground and gardens to take your children to in London? Please let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you

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