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Planning a day out with a baby or toddler in London is a great way to make your head spin. However, sometimes staying the house or just pootling to the coffeeshop on the corner can start to give you cabin fever. And we think kids are never too young to experience a little bit of culture.
So we’ve teamed up with baby expert, Melinda Nicci, CEO of Baby2Body (who have just launched a fantastic app – if you’re pregnant or have a child under three it is a total must have!) Watch the video above to find out more or click here.
And don’t forget Kevin Bishop‘s golden rule: never attempt to take a buggy on the tube at rush hour!
This year, Nick Knowles tweeted KidRated directly to ask where he should take his 2 year old for a day out. Twitter almost broke with the number of our followers yelling: The London Transport Museum! With loads of family workshops, the All Aboard Family Play Zone (ages 0-7) and of course the subject matter: trains and buses, there’s hardly a parent in London who hasn’t taken their kids here at some point!
Plus kids go FREE!
With a name like this, it’s got to be on the list. If you’re going with babies and under fives, don’t forget to pick up a Montessori Family Pack. With four different packs to choose from, catering for babies from 6 months old, they each contain a map, activity suggestions, storybooks and toys to touch.
Parents will also love the nostalgia remembering the toys they played with when they were kids.
The gift shop is great for present for babies and toddlers too.
Avoid the crowds around the Rosetta Stone and Elgin Marble and spend time in the quieter rooms.
If you really want to liven things up why not try playing “Dog, Lion and Lady”, a game invented by Eeh Bah Mum). All you and your toddler have to do is look out for dogs, lions and ladies. Perfect for little ones learning to talk.
Full of all kinds of bizarre artefacts, the Horniman holds great weekday activities for preschoolers. The gardens are also perfect for exploring toddlers. And it’s FREE!
The Tate Modern is great for little ones. Toddlers have loads of space to toddle around on the ground floor. There is a whole baby area, plus accessibilty is good around most of the building so it’s totally fine to bring a buggy and the baby changing rooms are pretty good too.
Another great one for toddlers learning to speak. Also plenty of space to toddle around.
If London Zoo is a little much, it does get busy at peak times, or if you’re a South Londoner and the thought of trekking that far north is too much for you, the children’s zoo in Battersea Park is ideal. Small enough to not tire out little legs, but still hosting a great range of species. There’s also an adventure playground and a cafe.
Similarly, there are so many petting zoos and city farms dotted around the capital. Our top picks include, Queen’s Park Petting Zoo, Clissold Park and Mudchute Farm.
The Lyric Hammersmith is great for kids of all ages. Sign up to their mailing list to be the first to hear all about their great children’s offering. Be aware that each production has a different age limit, but there generally is a few things for babies and toddlers.
The Polka Theatre caters for kids aged 0-13 so some shows are for older kids but there are also events specifically for babies. They also present Toddler Performances of some shows. Next up: How to Hide A Lion for Toddlers. (12th November 2016 – 14th February 2017). The website is also very clearly labeled making it easier to find the best show for you and your young family.
There’s almost always something on here for children aged 3+. Book now for David Walliams presents The First Hippo on the Moon.
Another clear website to help you find the right performances for under 4s. (Look in the XS category). There are shows just for babies as well as programmes for toddlers. The Unicorn Theatre, a short walk from London Bridge is also one of the coolest theatre buildings in the UK for all ages.
Located in the North West corner of Kensington Gardens, the Diana Memorial Playground is just about the best playground in the world. The large ship at its centre is a sight to behold. Not to be confused with the Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park, but go there too, who doesn’t love paddling in fountains on a hot day?
The Tumbling Bay Playground, Pleasure Gardens Play Areas and fountains to splash around in make a visit to the Olympic Park great for toddlers and babies. The park is very accessible for buggies. Though it’s best to avoid on days when West Ham are playing at home.
There are also loads of great baby and toddler friendly restaurants like Giraffe.
Located in Stratford, Discover is where stories come alive. There is storytelling for under 3s, an a newly renovated story world and a story garden. Perfect for little ones with fledgling imaginations.
The Barbican often holds baby and toddler friendly events. Plus there is plenty of room to roam around. Plus at the cinema there are monthly parent and baby screenings.
Read more about how to get cheaper cinema tickets here.
Along with the Barbican here are some other cinemas with parent and baby screenings.
Monski Mouse is a DJ and mum. Her baby discos can be found in London, Brighton and Edinburgh. The mix of retro classics, contemporary pop and nursery appeals to both parents and babies.
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