Thinking about what to do with the children over the summer holidays? The My Time Rewards blog can help you with ideas! We had a look at the TimeOut Top Ten London museums for kids, and cherry picked our very favourites to keep the kids entertained and always learning. In no particular order, here are the best London museums for the hols!
London Museums for Kids…
1. The Natural History Museum
This summer welcomes the arrival of a 42,000 year old perfectly preserved woolly mammoth (pictured below) as part of the Mammoth Exhibition, on until September.
Definitely a great way to get kids interested in natural history! Visit www.nhm.co.uk
2. The Horniman Museum
The Horniman is a very children-friendly site, set in 16 acres of landscaped gardens in South-East London, and won the Family Friendly Museum 2013 award. This year they have a special exhibit, titled Extremes, which gives children a chance to understand how different animals survive in unusual circumstances. Undoubtedly one of the best museums in London, check out their opening hours and events at www.horniman.ac.uk.
3. The Science Museum
London’s Science Museum is a delight for both children and parents alike, and is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. As TimeOut says, Icons of science (Stephenson’s Rocket locomotive, Crick and Watson’s DNA model) are treated with due respect, but this place couldn’t be less stuffy with its games, simulators and interactive exhibits. Visit the website here: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk.
4. Geffrye Museum
The Geffrye Museum in Hoxton is one of those museums in London that take you right back in time. On the first Saturday of every month, there are free quizzes and activities for 5 – 16 year olds, and over the summer holidays and half-terms there are hand-on workshops suitable for all ages. Visit the website here: www.geffrye-museum.org.uk.
5. The Imperial War Museum
Just south of the river lies the imposing Imperial War Museum – possibly one of the best London museums. It has something for everything, and you can immerse yourself for a whole day, or more! There is a ‘trench experience’, as well as an exhibition of war planes.