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Things to do in London this weekend with kids

Things to do in London this weekend with kids

We're turning our mind to a whole load of family fun when it comes to things to do in London with the kids this weekend, and with Halloween screaming into town in just a few weeks, there's plenty of ghoulish adventures to be had.

Pick a pumpkin or two

things to do this weekend in london with kids

Pumpkin season is upon us so check out the London for Kidz guide to where the patches are at around London, and then go have a gourdeous time with your little monsters.


Head to Chiswick for a Spooky Halloween Trail

things to do this weekend in london with kids

From 4 to 31 October 2022 Chiswick House & Gardens is getting in a Halloween mood with a spooky, illuminated Halloween trail that features haunted woods complete with neon cobwebs, witches, ghouls and all things fangtastic for families. Look out for delish, decadent treats along the trail! www.chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk/event/halloween-at-chiswick-house-gardens/

Shop at a Farmer's Market

Shady tree lined Phillimore Walk is the perfect place for a farmer's market and that's what you'll find there this Sunday: rain or shine. We're talking fresh food in the fresh air including from freshly caught fish and shellfish, seasonal fruit, vegetables, pies, bread, seasonal game, free range and organic eggs plus poultry, meat, preserves, flowers and much more. Happy browsing!

When: Every Sunday, 10am-2pm

Where: Phillimore Walk, High Street Kensington W8 7RX

Cost: Free admission


Have an awesome time at Lego Club

It's free and it's awesome: yep, it's the weekly Lego Club held at Blackfen Community Library every Saturday. Unleash your inner Master Builder and have a fun, family time whipping up creations galore. If the whole team are on board then make sure to book a family table to play and create together on.

When: Every Saturday, 10-11am

Where: Blackfen Community Library and Rooted Coffee House, Blackfen Road, Blackfen DA15 9LU

Cost: Free but make sure to register.


Go behind the scenes at Westminster Abbey

things to do in london this weekend with kids

One to do with the older kids who love to investigate and explore a historic London spot, the Explore Behind the Scenes tour of Westminster Abbey is a must. This 75-minute adventure will take you to areas not normally open to the public and you'll get to check out the lost medieval sacristy, recently revealed during one of its biggest ever archaeological projects. Because of the nature of the tour children need to be 15 for this one, folks, so tip your teens out of bed and get some tix, stat.

When: Saturday 8 October (and other dates throughout October),

Where: Westminster Abbey, 20 Deans Yard, London SW1P 3PA

Cost: £15 per person payable at the Abbey.


Check out a quirky, free museum

An aquarium, a butterfly house (closed for refurb right now) and the vast collections of well-travelled Victorian tea trader and philanthropist Frederick John Horniman, this wonderful gem of a museum is a treasure trove packed with anthropology, natural history and a stack load of curiosities. It's free to get into the museum and gardens but do book your spot ahead of time.

When: Open daily except Wednesdays

Where: 100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ

Cost: Free (small charge for the aquarium, butterfly house and some exhibitions). Donations welcome.


Keep the kids busy with messy play

things to do in london this weekend with kids

We love, love, love everything about Art Play nestled in the Shoreditch part of the city, and can highly recommend its cool weekend classes. These child-led sessions provide your little ones with the freedom to explore and create through sensory activities (and you don't have to do the clearing up!). All the wins.

When: Every Saturday, various times

Where: Art Play, 56 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EZ

Cost: Various depending on class.


Get down to a city farm

We've got not 1, not 2, not even 3 but 10 udderly fabulous farms and animal sanctuaries for you to check out in and around London this weekend and beyond.


Take a flight with the Red Arrows!

Things to do in London this weekend with kids

How cool is this happening over at the Science Museum? Fly Kids is a pay-as-you-go flight simulator that lets your child experience the sights and sounds of flying with the Red Arrows during one of their aerobatic displays, and is suitable for little ones age 2 to 5 years. For the bigger kids there is the equally as cool Red Arrows 3D. When: Open daily, 10.20–17.00. Last ride at 17.00

Where: Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

Cost: It's free admission into the museum, but Fly Kids is £2 per child and Red Arrows is £5 per child.


Discover London's dark history

Things to do in London this weekend with kids
Photography: London for Kidz

If it's a day out with a difference you're after when it comes to things to do in London with kids, then Clink Prison Museum is exactly the kinda gruesomely good adventure you're after. Read our review on one of the best museums in London when it comes to hands-on, historic family fun and then get yourselves over there this weekend. When: 10am-6pm daily Where: 1 Clink Street, London SE1 9DG (nearest station: London Bridge)

Cost: From £6.50 per person


Check out the oldest natural history collection in the UK

Things to do in London this weekend with kids

Pickled brains, bones aplenty and over 68,000 zoological specimens: For an unusual day out in London with kids it doesn't get much quirkier than this! Head over to The Grant Museum of Zoology for a fascinating journey around the animal kingdom through a heap of family activities: all for free!

When: Every Saturday 11am-5pm

Where: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, 21 University Street, WC1E 6DE

Cost: Free, and no booking currently required


Tee off for an above par family adventure

Things to do in London this weekend with kids
Photography: London for Kidz

We just published a whole guide on the best crazy golf, pitch and putt and foot golf spots around London. Book ahead before you go to save disappointing your little birdies if there's no availability. www.londonforkidz.com/post/adventure-crazy-golf-spots-in-london

Go on a free walking tour

Things to do in London this weekend with kids

The City of London has been plagued by disaster for Centuries and this free walking tour will take you to some of the historical sites you might not otherwise know about. From Pudding Lane (where the Great Fire of London started) to Roman ruins, mass plague graveyards to execution sites from the middle ages, this is a fascinating, guided tour not to be missed. When: 8 October, 2.30pm sharp

Where: Monument Station: look out for your guide carrying a green umbrella

Cost: Free


Take your Monopoly skills to the next level

Located in the heart of London, Monopoly Lifesized is an immersive, on-your-feet version of the world’s favourite family game brand played on a 15m x 15m lifesized Monopoly board! Try the Junior Monopoly Board to find out who is going to be Monopoly Champ on this race against the clock to solve a mystery, crack some codes and, of course, buy some of London's most iconic buildings. Bagsy Mayfair.

When: Check website for game times.

Where: 213-215 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7PS

Cost: From £32.50 per person www.monopolylifesized.com

Need more inspo when it comes to things to do in London this weekend with kids? Then how about:

Family guide to the Tower of London

Hobble on down to Hobbledown Adventure Farm

Nice buns, hun: best burgers in London

Get down to a London farm

Best museums in London for families

Head over to Wands & Wizard Exploratorium

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