Kids Week 2012
This summer fest has a bit of a misleading name, since Kids Week will run from the 1st to the 31st of August this year! 2012 will mark the 15th edition of the annual event, where children get to experience London’s famous theater and musical shows for free! For every full-paying adult, you can get one free ticket for a child of age 16 or under. You can also get half-priced tickets for two additional children. Participating musicals and shows include The Lion King, Mamma Mia, Shrek the Musical, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Phantom of the Opera, The Wizard of Oz, Wicked, Billy Elliot, Chicago and much more. To learn the ins and outs about the West End theater district, check out West End Musicals and Plays in London. Besides the shows, there will also be free workshops and other fun activities to do during the month-long event. For more information and tickets, see Kids Week in London.
Museums in London
Even in the summer there’s a good chance you’ll get to experience the infamous London rain. Luckily, there are plenty of kid-friendly indoor activities in London to do!
For example, there are many museums in London, and most are completely free. A kid’s favorite is the London Natural History Museum. This museum boasts a Dinosaurs gallery that features real skeletons, life-size models and even an animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex! Other attractions in the museum include a “Creepy Crawlies” section, “the Vault” gallery where you can find real treasure, and “Visions of Earth”, where you can take an escalator up into an earth globe.
Another free kid-friendly museum is the Science Museum London. This museum features many interactive exhibits where kids can conduct their own experiments, and there are different attractions for every age group.
The V&A Museum of Childhood is a delight for children and adults alike. The exhibitions and displays are completely free, and there are also daily activities such as treasure hunts your kids can take part in.
Lastly, a museum with a very remarkable location in London is the HMS Belfast.
The museum ship is moored on the River Thames between the London Bridge and Tower Bridge. The ship belonged to the Royal Navy and played an important part in World War II. Nowadays, it is part of the Imperial War Museum, and children under 16 can explore the ship for free!
Public Transport in London
Vacation Rental Apartments in London for the Whole Family
If you’re searching for affordable accommodation for your family vacation, it’s worth looking into vacation rental apartments. Especially when you’re looking for accommodation for three, four or more people, renting an apartment can be an affordable alternative compared to staying in a hotel. You’ll get to stay together as a family in your own apartment, and you’ll be able to enjoy additional amenities such as your own fully-equipped kitchen where you can prepare home-cooked meals!
We have many vacation rentals in London available, from studios to 4-bedroom apartments, and in many different neighborhoods. To give you an idea of an apartment that’s well-suited for a family vacation, have a look at this 3-bedroom vacation rental apartment in Westminster (LN-703). This apartment is available for rent by the week, and can sleep up to six people. The fully-furnished rental features a comfortable living room, a kitchen and a master bedroom and 2 bedrooms. What’s more, there are three London Underground stations within 500 meters (1500 feet) from the apartment so it’s easy to explore museums, landmarks and other areas in London as well.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this special kids feature about free things to do in London. Of course, there are still many other free attractions in the city we didn’t get the chance to go into here. What’s your favorite family attraction in London?