Rainy days with toddlers? Top 4 museums to visit!

Written by: Michaela Drake

Whether it's pouring with rain or there is an unexpected 'London hail' storm, bad weather can quickly leave kids with cabin fever whilst stuck indoors.


If you're out of ideas after doing some crafts, cooking, games or watching movies/cartoons all day, why not trying something new and visit London's great museums. An opportunity to learn something new (and on the plus side lots of the museums in London are free to visit). 


V&A Museum of Childhood.

A wave of nostalgia for adults, and a world of discovery for kids.This museum is a great option for parents looking for an exciting day-out with children, you will find various activities everyday, a permanent exhibition with babycare items and clothes as well as an amazing collection of children’s toys, doll’s houses, games and costumes. Help your children experience the favourite characters of our youth like Happy Families and Sooty and Sweep!

Adress: Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA

Cost : Free


Horniman Museum.

Considered as one of the most child-friendly venues in all London, this anthropological museum will amaze your little monkeys. Gardens, nature trails, kids workshops and an amazing aquarium are the sort of things that will be on the itinerary. On top of all that, the kids will even be able to touch and feel the museum objects and explore a massive nature base! 

Address: 100 London Rd, SE23 3PPQ

Cost: Free


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London Transport Museum.

In the middle of Covent Garden you will find this family playzone for children aged 0-8.

This child-friendly museum, based on London transport, is more than appealing to children, especially the under-sevens. Full of mini cars and vehicles for the little ones to climb into, play with and drive. Toddlers will even be able to fix a life-like model tube carriage (which to warn you can go on for hours!) All in all, a unique and fantastic experience.

Address: Covent Garden Piazza ,WC2E 7BB

Cost: Adults £17.50 / Kids go Free


Natural History Museum.

Pretty much every child in the world goes through a “dinosaur phase,” when he/she eats, sleeps and breathes dinosaurs. Sometimes this happens as young as two or three, when a precocious tot pronounces the word “tyrannosaurus” before the words 'thank you'!

The Natural History Museum is such an amazing world for kids, they can walk around dinosaurs, amazingly conserved fossils and new exhibitions every month. Although the iconic and famous 'Dippy' may have been moved, don't be fooled! There is still more than enough to entertain the whole family.

There’s also an interactive and educational zone suitable for children as well as grown ups which mean you will be able to enjoy as much as they will!

Plus: Don’t miss The Little Explorers Activity Club. A special workshop for kids.


Address: Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD

Cost: Free


Long gone are the days where museum trips were dull and overwhelming, with London's modern museum sector being one of the finest in the world. Going to the museum with your family is the new perfect weekend activity, bringing together education, interaction and connection on a level that will spike your child’s curiosity and maybe even teach you a thing or two yourself!

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