Family fun in and around London

Themed Day Trips

Posted by on Monday, 7 August, 2017 in News

Themed Day Trips

It’s difficult sometimes to come up with new and exciting things to do in the holiday, so this week babydaytripper has looked to the children themselves for inspiration. If your child has been studying a particular topic at school or nursery this year, why not build a trip around that theme? Here are a few suggestions…


Visit the Planetarium in Greenwich for its daily Space Safari show aimed at children under 7. Join Ted the Teddy Bear and search for the Great Big Bear in the sky with interactivity, music and rhyme. Shows are at 11am daily and cost £7.50 for adults and £5.50 for children. More details here

Head to the Science Museum to marvel at the spacecraft which returned Tim Peake to earth following his mission to the International Space Station. Free. More details here


The City of London is celebrating its Roman heritage this Summer with the Londinium festival, ahead of the opening of new Roman site The Londom Mithraeum later in the year. Find Roman objects, create your own artefacts, or invent a Roman mystery at the free Art and Archaeology in the Amphitheatre family events on 8 and 9 August, which will take place in the Guildhall’s very own Roman Amphitheatre. More details here

For older children, experience a real gladiatorial contest in the Guildhall Yard over the Bank Holiday weekend with the Gladiator Games live show. Tickets cost £13-£22. More details here


Dippy the dinosaur may have gone on tour to be replaced by a blue whale, but the rest of the Natural History Museum’s dinosaur collection is still one of the museum’s biggest draws. Watch out for the roaring, moving T-Rex. Free. More details here

Crystal Palace Park has its own colony of Victorian dinosaurs inhabiting its lake and islands. The life-size 3D models date back to the 1850s, when an amusement park was first created on the site surrounding the original “Crystal Palace”. They are still a big hit with visitors of all ages. Free. More details here


Find out what life was like in the past on the high seas with a visit to the Cutty Sark. Take the helm, climb into the bunks and meet characters from the past. Tickets cost £13.50 (adult), £7 (child). More details here

For more seafaring fun head to the nearby National Maritime Museum, with its interactive Ahoy! Gallery where toddlers and under 7s can play and its All Hands gallery for 6 to 12 year olds. Free. More details here The Museum of London Docklands’ interactive Mudlarks gallery will also fire the imagination of children under 8. Free. More details here

Natural World

London is awash with fabulous parks, nature reserves and city farms. For a special day out try Kew Gardens, which has lots to entertain children including indoor and outdoor playgroups, and a treetop walkway. Tickets cost £14 (adults), £2.50 (children aged 4 to 16). More details here

For those with a particular interest in butterflies, try the butterfly house at the Natural History Museum. Tickets cost £5.85 per person, family ticket £19.80, under 4s free. Look out for the Horniman Museum’s butterfly house which is also opening mid-August 2017.

Children who like a quirkier take on animals will be fascinated by the skeletons and specimens at the Grant Museum of Zoology. Free. More details here

Under the Sea

If your child is interested in sea creatures – or is a fan of Octonauts and Finding Nemo – then an aquarium trip could be right up your street. Try the sharks and turtles at the Sea Life London Aquarium or the smaller (but less expensive) Horniman Museum aquarium.

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