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The National Gallery

by Sally Foster (follow)
Programs and fun just for kids at London's best gallery

It may not at first seem like the most kid friendly activity, because when you think art gallery, you think hushed voices and pondering with your chin in your hands over art that may not seem to make much sense.

But at The National Gallery, there are so many family friendly activities, events and resources that are designed specifically with its smaller visitors in mind, that it does actually make a wonderful place to visit.

Housed in one of London's most iconic buildings, The National Gallery gives you free access to over 2,300 paintings and exhibits, so there is surely something there that everyone will enjoy.

For families, we have a breakdown of some of the activities, events and resources available below:

Special Events
During the holidays, there are special events run specifically for little ones to try out a variety of stories, art, play and song and hands on art workshops for families. You can find out more about these events here.

Under 5's Sessions
Each Wednesday there are 'Welcome Wednesdays' where paintings are brought to life through interactive music, storytelling, art and messy play activities especially designed for babies, toddlers, and
their grown ups. You can book online for your chosen age group and time here. Sessions are 5.00.

There are workshops designed for children aged 8 to 13, kids can spend a day in the life of a working artist and try out techniques to create your own artwork. Find out more about these workshops here. There are also workshops designed for kids of all ages, held on a Sunday where paintings are brought to life. You can find out more about these sessions here. These are free.

Audio Tours and Interactive Fun
Kids can check out the specially designed website here where they can interact with different paintings to find out more information or even follow an audio tour through the gallery where they can follow a path to understanding more about what they are seeing. It's best suited to older children.

If you get hungry on your visit after all that play and learning, there are three options to choose from to go and eat right at the gallery. There is a dining room, a cafe and an espresso bar.

Location: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am to 6pm and Friday 10am to 9pm.
Getting There: The nearest tube stations are Charing Cross (National Rail, Northern, and Bakerloo lines) and Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines).
Facilities: baby change facilities, accessible toilets, lifts and a cloakroom. Prams may be left in the cloakroom.

Do you know of any other fun and interactive places kids can go to learn and play in London? Please let us know in the comments below! We would love to hear from you!

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