Vistoria and Albert museum in Kensington

London is a big and bustling city, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of things for children to enjoy. Whether you’re visiting overnight or are planning to stay a little longer, there are loads of fun activities for parents heading to London with kids. In fact, many of the activities are free, some are interactive and most can be enjoyed by the whole family.

As a parent it’s perfectly normal to feel worried and even stressed about taking your children somewhere new, especially if they are young and won’t enjoy wandering around the narrow streets and marvelling at the impressive architecture the city has to offer. However, with a little bit of planning and an arsenal of activities to keep them entertained, you’re sure to have an enjoyable and relatively stress-free adventure.

Head to the Science Museum

London’s Science Museum is one of the city’s most popular attractions for visitors of all ages, but it is especially enjoyable for children. It’s packed full of interactive games, exhibitions and hands-on experiences which are perfect for getting kids involved in the fun side of learning. One of the best things about the Science Museum is that entry is completely free for all ages, so it won’t cost you a penny and you can stay for as long as you like. There’s even an IMAX cinema to check out and though tickets to this are sold separately, it’s well worth a look.

Take them to the V&A Museum of Childhood

Another free museum in London which is fun for kids is the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. The museum is part of the main V&A Museum and showcases toys through the ages from the 1600s right through to the present day. It’s a great way to educate children on how people of their age would have lived throughout history and to show them how toys have changed; they’ll want to spend hours looking an old fashioned dolls, traditional train sets and learning new games. There are workshops, activities and interactive learning events to get involved in on certain days.

Watch the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace

For those that have kids interested in kings and queens, princes and princesses then the changing of the guards ceremony is a free activity they’re sure to enjoy. The ceremony itself is on four times a week, can be viewed from the gates of Buckingham Palace and lasts around 45 minutes. The event shows the formality that surrounds the way in which Buckingham Palace is guarded and how the different guard regiments change over. Kids will enjoy watching the guards march around in their traditional uniforms and it’s a unique event that can’t be seen anywhere else.

Visiting London with kids is much more than just exploring the impressive museums, so an activity like this is great for showing them another side of what the city has to offer.