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Rainy Day Activities For Kids In London

by Rebecca Formston (follow)
We've Got You Covered For Fun Places Out Of The Rain

Let's face it, we get our fair share of rainy days here in London and that can make for long days stuck at home with bored kids! However, London has plenty of fantastic indoor activities and places that are family friendly, so we've compiled a list of some of our favourites to have you covered for London's next rainy day.

Kids of all ages will love the indoor playground at Snakes and Ladders, Brentford

1. London Sea Life Aquarium

The perfect spot for a rainy day in London is the Sea Life Aquarium. Conveniently located on the Southbank and close to Waterloo Station, there's plenty to see and do for the whole family. Visit the different creature zones such as experiencing the Shark Walk or visit the Ray Lagoon.

2. London Museums

London is full of fantastic family friendly museums, we're spoilt for choice. Most are free to enter and have different exhibits throughout the year. Check out the list of our favourite museums here.

3. The London Dungeon

For a fun and thrilling experience, head to the famous London Dungeon. Experience 1000 years of history through 19 different interactive shows and on 360 sets with real life actors to tell the stories. Great fun (and a little scary!) the London Dungeon is a great way to spend a rainy day. Please note, this activity may not be suitable for younger children.

4. Warner Bros Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter

Any Harry Potter fans in your household? For a magical day out, make sure you make a visit to the brilliant Warner Bros Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter. Check out the real sets from the movies and pretend you're a real witch or wizard for the day. Take a walk through the Forbidden Forest, have your photo taken in front of the original Hogwarts Express or check out the beautiful costumes from the wardrobe department. Tickets for sessions get booked up so buy your tickets here.

Visit the sets from the Harry Potter movies

5. Family Friendly Shows

London's West End puts on some truly incredible musicals and shows daily and lots are family friendly and make for a wonderful family afternoon out (especially if it's raining!). There's often matinee shows on various days and theatres where the shows are shown are usually conveniently located near public transport.

Our top pick family shows are:

The Lion King, Lyceum Theatre
Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre
Matilda, Cambridge Theatre

6. Indoor Play Centres

Looking for somewhere to let the kids burn off some energy on a rainy day? There are some fantastic indoor play centres located throughout London, which usually have a small entry fee, a huge soft jungle gym type playground and sometimes a cafe for parents to relax with a coffee at whilst the kids play. Some of our favourites include:

Kidspace, Croydon
Kids will have a blast playing on the huge indoor playground at Kidspace. With tunnels, slides, climbing walls and more, plus a cafe with a delicious menu, there's plenty to keep everyone busy!

Snakes and Ladders, Brentford
This fantastic play area, located in the beautiful Syon Park, is a must for a rainy day. It's also a great place to visit on sunny days too as there's also a fabulous outdoor playground as well as the huge soft indoor play area. Little ones are also catered for with their own designated soft play area, whilst older kids can jump, slide, climb and crawl all over their three tiered play frame. Parents can kick back with a coffee in the cafe area and kids can race each other on the electric motorbikes.

7. Hamleys Toy Store

An iconic shop and childhood wonder in London is Hamleys Toy Store, a huge store devoted purely to toys and a magical place for any child. Though the thought of taking kids to a toy shop may sound like a nightmare, Hamleys is more than your average toy shop. With hands on sections and toys on display available to "test" and so many different toys available, Hamleys is one of the worlds oldest and largest toy stores around. Take a walk through a London bus, visit the magical baby doll sections or check out the many vehicles on sale. There's often special events happening throughout the year, included the amazing Christmas window lights and visits from Father Christmas.

8. Discover Children's Story Centre

Let your imagination run wild at the Discover Children's Story Centre. With the aim of creating a "love of language, literature and stories", Discover is the UK's first story centre for children aged 0-11 and their families. Visit the magical Story World, take a trip into the Story Garden and check out the Fantastic World of Doctor Suess. Even little ones aged 0-3 have their own storytelling time, so the whole family will be kept entertained.

Explore the many wonders and gadgets at The Science Museum, one of London's many family friendly museums

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