This post was most recently updated on April 26th, 2017
London is one of the most stunning places in the entire world, and offers lots of activities for kids (and big kids).
Though the rich history, architecture, art, and traditions are some of the reasons this place is sought after for vacations, sometimes everyone needs to unleash their child with fun, age appropriate activities.
These eight attractions not only are fun for children ages six to twelve, but adults are sure to enjoy them as well. From the wax museum at Madame Tussauds to the Natural History Museum and the famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, these activities for kids are great for any getaway, so make sure to check them out the next time you are in London.
No 1: HMS Belfast
If your kids dream of sprawling ships and sparkling waters, the naval wonder that is HMS Belfast is the perfect place to visit.
Not only is the museum impressive, but it presents plenty of opportunities for young children to learn about the significance of naval history from WWII to 1963.
No 2: Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum of London is another fantastic attraction for children.
The museum is comprised of exhibits such as Otherworlds: Visions of Our Solar System, Sensational Butterflies, and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcase. Take the kiddos along to visit this amazing museum and learn something new on your trip to London.
No 3: Science Museum
The Science Museum also makes the list, being a perfect hub for young, budding scientists.
If your child has a curious mind, the museum is a great way to explore the world.
Bursting with archives, amazing objects, prints, and stunning collections, kids can discover exhibits such as Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius and Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age.
Plenty of photograph displays and other showcases provide something unique each time you visit, making the Science Museum a great addition for any trip.
No 4: West End Show
If theater is more up your alley, the West End Show is great.
This age-appropriate theater produces great shows in a variety of genres, so whether you are interested in serious plays or something a little more lighthearted, the West End Show has it all.
Some shows include The Lion King, Wicked, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and plenty of other kid-friendly productions.
No 5: Street entertainers in Covent Garden
For something unique and new, check out the street entertainers in Covent Garden.
The Covent Garden is located between St. Martin’s Lane and Drury Lane in the West End of London. Levitating men, masterful musicians, magicians and stilt walkers are just a few of the wild and wacky performers that grace the area.
No 6: Changing the Guard ceremony
The Changing of the Guard Ceremony is one of the most famous events in all of London.
Head to Buckingham Palace with the entire family for this iconic tradition, and watch in awe as you become part of one of England’s finest cultural displays. Not only is it a unique experience for all ages, but it is a staple to London tourism.
No 7: Hamleys
Every child’s dream is embodied at Hamleys. Watch your children’s eyes light up as they enter this colorful shop bursting with their favorite toys.
From LEGOs to Barbie, Star Wars to Peppa Pig, kiddos of all ages are sure to be delighted with this selection of games, toys, and more.
Not only does Hamleys sell toys, but you can also book birthday parties and attend special events like Snazaroo in February and Play-Doh workshops.
No 8: Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds is probably the most famous wax museum in the world.
Treat your kids to a day with their favorite celebrities as you pose with wax replicas of stars such as Emma Watson and David Beckham.
Separated into zones like the Film Zone, Sports Zone, and the Party Zone, everyone is sure to have a great time posing for selfies with some of their favorite celebrities.