Take your little ones to see Dippy the Diplodocus before he retires next summer then meet a roaring T. rex too!
Then check out the live leafcutter ant colony and explore the Creepy Crawlies gallery. Here they can learn about locusts, scorpions, termites and thousands of their relatives.
Best for: Everyone
Admission: Free entry to the main exhibits. Some seasonal exhibits including the Wildlife Photographer of the Year have an entry fee. You can find full details on their website.
Location: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD.
Nearest Tube: South Kensington
Have your kids dreamt of becoming a pilot or a firefighter? Well here they can try out more than 60 real life role-play activities at the bank, in the radio station and more. Each experience is designed to teach them essential life skills including team work and independence.
Best for: Ages 6 – 10
Admission: Adults (15 years +) - £16.50, Children (4 – 14 years) - £32.00, Early Years (1 – 3 years) – £10.00, Infants (2 years and under) – Free. These prices apply if you book online. There’s a £1.50 booking fee per ticket if you pay by phone or on the day.
Location: Westfield White City, Ariel Way, London W12 7GF.
Nearest Tube: Shepherd’s Bush or Westfield has hourly rate parking available.
Go Ape’s the UK’s number one forest adventure and they’ve now developed Go Ape Tree Top Adventure Junior for kids. It’s a fun filled hour of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles (including a zip wire) for all to enjoy. With the unusually warm winter, you could visit the brand new course located in Battersea Park.
Best for: Ages 6 – 12, adults can complete the Junior course with their children. Note – there’s a minimum participant height of 1 metre.
Admission: The Junior course is £18 per person for both adults and children
Location: In the southwest corner of Battersea Park, near the Sun Gate. Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ
Here kids can see an impressive array of creatures including sharks, sea turtles and penguins. With feeds taking place throughout the day they can find out what a seahorse or a stingray eats too. Many of the creatures are on the endangered list, so they can also learn about conservation efforts.
Best for: Everyone
Admission: Adults (16 years +) - £24.50, Children (3 – 15 years) - £18.10, Infants (2 years and under) – Free. Family tickets available. Get up to 20% off these prices by booking online.
Location: SEA LIFE London Aquarium, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB. Located on the Southbank,
Nearest Tube: Waterloo.
The Harry Potter films were produced here over a period of ten years and now you can take your children on this fascinating studio tour. You’ll see iconic film sets including the Great Hall and the Hogwarts Express, animatronic creatures and thousands of beautifully made props and costumes.
Best for: Ages 8 +
Admission: Adults (16 years +) - £35.00, Children (5 – 15 years) - £27.00, Infants (4 years and under) – Free. Family tickets available.
Location: Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR.
By Train It’s a 20-minute train journey from Euston to Watford Junction, then a 15-minute shuttle bus ride.
By Car: Close to both the M25 and the M1, with free onsite parking