Free and Low Cost Family Days Out In London
With the holidays now either in full effect or coming up, it can be a costly time keeping the kids entertained. I have listed a number of free and low cost activities in London for the family to enjoy.
Dulwich Library - Baby Rhyme Time and Toddler Sessions
Dulwich Library is located near to East Dulwich train station. They run morning and afternoon sessions for both babies and toddlers each week. Baby Rhyme time takes place every Wednesday morning and the Baby and Toddler session every Thursday morning and afternoon (term time). They also run Story and craft sessions on a Saturday for over 5's. I have provided the link below to view their schedule. If its a nice day why not head to Dulwich Park for a picnic after your library fun.
Horniman Museum and Gardens - Horniman Museum is located on Lordship Lane South East London and is free entry. The museum has many interesting exhibitions which will engage children of various ages. Also during the holidays the Horniman have an event 'Wonderful Wednesday', on Wednesday 31st July they have a kite making workshop taking place. The Horniman Museum also has 'Plonk Crazy Golf', a group ticket (up to 4) cost £13.50 open daily during school holidays.
Science Museum - The Science Museum is free entry and has many exhibitions as well as free workshops taking place during the summer holidays. Located on level 1 is 'The Garden', suitable for 3 - 6 year old's. I have taken my niece here and she enjoyed how interactive the features were. The exhibition includes water play, tubes and flying saucers. There is lots to choose from to keep your children busy for the day. You can also take lunch with you as there are places available to sit.
London Transport Museum - Children benefit from free entry to the museum (under 17). Adults are charged and tickets cost £16.50 per person, however if you book tickets online you will save money. The London Transport Museum is running a number of events during the school holidays, Saturday 20th July - Sunday 11th August they have 'Textile Techies'. This event is aimed at 3-12 year old's, children have the opportunity to take on the role of material scientist and is free for them to take part. More information regarding their events can be found on their website.
V&A Museum of Childhood - V&A Museum is free entry, the museum have put together a summer programme, with activities provided for children aged ranged 18 months - 5 years. These programmed activities include 'Play At The Museum' 10:30 - 12:30, Monday, Wednesday and Friday as is free for children to drop in and take part. During this event children are given the opportunity to play with toys from the display. Also on Tuesday they have a D.I.Y Design Station and children are able to make something and take it home, which may be preferable for slightly older children. https://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/summer-activities-2019/
Deen City Farm - The farm is located in Merton and is free entry. They have a wide range of animals including Alpaca's, Ferrets and Guinea Pigs, also you can purchase animal feed at their farm shop from 50p.
Vauxhull City Farm - The Farm is free entry. There are over 100 animals in Vauxhull City Farm, so there is plenty to see and keep your children interested. Within the farm is also an allotment and the food grown is used in their cooking workshops.
Princess Diana Memorial Playground - Princess Diana Memorial Playground is located next to Her Kensignton Palace. The playground is free to access and is open from 10 am. There are accessible disabled toilets and baby changing facilities located in the park also. There are also other attractions located next to the park including the Peter Pan statue.
Crystal Palace Park - I am great fan of Crystal Palace park and also went as a child myself. its a huge park full of green space, a playground area for children and a farm. Tucked away in the park are large dinosaur statues which your children will be amazed by. Parking is available in the park grounds for those who wish to drive. https://crystalpalacepark.org.uk/
Battersea Park and Battersea Park Zoo - Battersea Park is a large park with an adventure playground and toddler playground. Within the park are ecological areas and a large lake, so its a nice place to take a leisurely walk, ride bikes and scooters. The park itself and adventure playground is free entry, however the Zoo charge an entry fee, a family ticket for the zoo cost £32.50 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children). The Zoo have a few events being held including art and craft workshops, find out more on their website.