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During the summer we all love to spend quality time with our kids. If you’re on a tight budget, it can be difficult to plan big days out. The good news is there are so many free activities you can do with kids in London. For some of your best options, check out these ten ideas.
1 . The Science Museum
The Science Museum is a wonderful place to take your kids. The museum tells amazing stories of tech inventions and human achievements throughout history. There are so many engaging exhibitions to explore. The ‘Our Future Planet’ exhibition is about the new tech that’s being developed to ‘trap carbon dioxide’, and reduce the effects of climate change. If your kids love mathematics, don’t forget to check out the Winton Gallery. The exhibit shows us how mathematicians have influenced our world today.
2. The British Museum
For an educational day out, head on down to The British Museum. Make sure you explore the ‘Twelve Objects To See With Children Trail.’ On this trail, there’s the ‘Rosetta Stone’, the most famous exhibit in the British Museum. The Rosetta Stone was, ‘The key that unlocked the hieroglyphic language of ancient Egypt.’ Along the way, there’s also the Bust of Ramesses The Great, a Mummified Bull, and an Aztec Serpent. There are so many beautiful collections, covering themes like Animals, Africa and more.
3. National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum is a great place for a family day out. At the museum, you’ll get to see a replica of Nelson’s HMS Victory. The artwork was created by Yinka Shonibare and is displayed in a large glass bottle outside the museum. The museum is also home to Turner’s The Battle of Trafalgar, this beautiful painting is one of the key highlights. In the Tudor and Stuarts Seafarers gallery, there’s a collection of navigational tools used by Francis Drake and Christopher Columbus.
4. Crystal Palace Park
Crystal Palace Park was designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, the park covers 80 hectares, and has lots of heritage features and attractions. One of the best attractions for kids is the Dinosaur Trail. These dinosaurs were originally created as models for the very first theme park. Your kids will love exploring the park to discover these epic monsters. At Crystal Palace Park you’ll also find a maze, a children’s farm, and a kids play area. There are many beautiful spots to pitch up and have a lovely picnic. Crystal Palace is a great day out in London with kids.
5. Hampstead Heath
Hampstead Heath is a fabulous green space for a family day out. Up here you can get some amazing views across London. The park is home to a lido, swimming ponds, a butterfly house, and playgrounds. There’s also a beautiful pergola garden and the famous Parliament Hill. If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, Hampstead Heath is a fantastic option.
Hampstead Heath is also home to the John Keats museum, set in the house where the famous poet used to live. Inside the museum you can step back in time, with the chance to see original manuscripts, poems, and letters.
6. Vauxhall City Farm
Take your kids to meet some super cute animals at the Vauxhall City Farm. Here you’ll get to see alpacas, aviary birds, chickens, goats, guinea pigs, and more. The farm also runs a ‘young farmers program’, which encourages kids to learn about farm life and get involved. During the school holidays, Vauxhall City Farm offers ‘family activity days’, including craft activities and learning about animals. For more info about the range of family days, check out the Vauxhall City Farm website.
7. Horniman Museum & Gardens
The Horniman Museum & Gardens has plenty of cool and enchanting activities to explore. One of the most magical activities is probably the butterfly house. Here you can experience colorful butterflies flying free and learn about the life of butterflies. The museum has plenty of different exhibitions to explore, from Natural History to Anthropology and Musical Instruments. There are special exhibits on ‘Beating Plastic Pollution’ and ‘Climate & Ecology’.
8. Hanwell Zoo
Hanwell Zoo is one of the only free Zoos you’ll find in London. The zoo is home to plenty of animals, including Lemars, Meerkats, Porcupines, and Mara. Get up close with creatures like red-crowned cranes, and the poison arrow frog! Hanwell Zoo is involved in a number of conservation projects and is passionate about educating the community. If your kids love animals, this could be an ideal day out. Don’t forget to take plenty of pictures and check out the cute gift shop.
9. Covent Garden
Covent Garden is an iconic London Landmark and great for a leisurely stroll full of lots of pretty photo opportunities and the chance to enjoy fabulous street performances for free.
10. Queen Elizabeth Park
Queen Elizabeth Park was originally built to house the 2012 London Olympics, Queen Elizabeth park in Stratford is now home to a plethora of parks and scenic walks to enjoy, perfect for a free day out in London. The area is vast with 560 acres of parkland, and playgrounds to enjoy.
Other Money Saving Ideas
Free activities are a great way to save money on your monthly expenses. To save money as a family, here are some other things you can try:
- Improve your budget: Figure out if there are any costs you can reduce. Look at the key areas where you are overspend?
- Shop pre-loved: Save the planet and reduce your spending at the same time, there are lots of apps where you can buy pre-loved goods. Try Facebook Marketplace, Wallapop, or LetGo.
- Weekly meal plans: To avoid impulse buys at the supermarket, consider planning out your meals. With a weekly meal plan, you’ll only buy exactly what you need, so you’ll also eliminate food waste.
- Money-saving apps: To help you save money on groceries, apps like ‘Too Good To Go’ can help. For discounts on a range of household goods and products, try the VoucherCode app.
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With so many free activities you can do with your kids, it’s easy to save money this summer. From museums to parks and farms, you’ve got plenty of different options.