Sometimes you need a weekend activity that keeps the kids happy, but gives you some downtime. Follow these low-key South Kensington itineraries to give yourself - and the kids - a break.
Sit back and relax at the Science Museum
The Science Museum has activities for every occasion, but if you're looking for something a little laid back, the museum has you covered. Take the family to the museum's IMAX theatre to watch some incredible features on science and technology around the world. Other low-effort activities include:
- Watching one of the museum's family shows. Times and dates vary, so check the museums website for more details.
- Take part in a drop-in workshop, where the kids can learn about maths, mechanics and everything science. Be sure to check out the museum's website for details of the latest activities happening each week.
- Take the family to the museum's IMAX theatre to watch some incredible feature films.
- Take part in the museum's Live Science project. Help real scientists conduct their research and find out what they're looking at.
An educational outing
The Institut Francai has a special library for kids! Check out the Bibliotheque Quentin Blake and its wonderful facilities on a rainy day in London. With French language stories, picture books, films and cartoons, it's a perfect way to introduce the family to some international culture.
No fuss fun at the NHM
The Natural History Museum has plenty of exhibits that kids can explore, and that includes hands-on activities that look after themselves. Our top picks include:
- The Investigate for families workshops are a fantastic activity on a weekend when you need a bit of a break. These hands-on workshops let kids become the scientists for the day, and with Science Educators on hand to answer any questions, you might end up learning a few fun facts for yourself!
- The Spirit Collection tours take you behind the scenes with our knowledgable science educators. Let the museum's guides take the lead as you explore the museum's fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit. These tours are ticketed.
During the summer months, Hyde Park is the perfect place to relax and let the kids run around in the open air. From a picnic at the Diana Memorial, to a day in the Memorial Playground, there's plenty of spaces for you to sit back and enjoy yourself.
Our top picks:
- The Diana Memorial Playground is a beautiful interactive playground including a giant wooden ship. The playground can be very popular, so be prepared to wait in line if the day is particularly busy.
- Hire a chair down by the Serpentine and watch the ducks on the shore, and the peddle boats on the water.
- Take a picnic and sit by the Diana Memorial fountain, while the family enjoy dipping their toes in the cool water.
- The Serpentine Bar and Kitchen serves sandwiches, coffee, cold drinks and more. Take a break from cooking and let the restaurant do the work for you.
On the last Sunday of every month, the Design Museum holds a drop-in activity for families inspired by the museum and the exhibitions. Free, drop-in, these informal sessions focus on light-touch design and making activities for children aged 5–11. Come along and become a designer!
Other top pics for us at the Design Museum:
- The museum's permanent exhibit, Designer Maker User, is fully of familiar objects kids will love exploring. Find out more about how things are made and experiment with designing things for yourself! The permanent exhibition is free.
- The museum's ground flood café is a perfect place to grab some food before exploring the museum or Holland Park, which is just outside.
Check out our other child-friendly itineraries for more great ideas of things to do in South Kensington.