Enjoy a family day out in Kensington where free museums and open parks mean parents can find lots of activities for kids to do, and plenty of hands-on things to learn.
Museums in the Morning
There are three fabulous museums in South Kensington, and each one could easily fill a whole morning. All three venues are free to enter, so take your pick!
The Science Museum is packed with interactive exhibits that are both fun and educational. Children can learn all about the major scientific achievements of the past 300 years and take a peek into life in the future. Families can also catch a film about space exploration in the museum's IMAX 3D Cinema.
Dinosaurs, creepy crawlies and a huge blue whale are just a few of the amazing exhibits waiting for your family at the Natural History Museum. Kids can examine geological fossils, minerals and rocks in the Earth Lab and discover the epic forces that shape our planet in the Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery. Free Explorer backpacks are available for under sevens, filled with activities to keep them amused and help them get the most out of the museum. Don't forget to pay a visit to the Darwin Centre, too, where millions of insect and plant specimens are kept.
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is London's leading museum of art and design. The V&A is home to 3, 000 years' worth of amazing artefacts from around the world. Every weekend the museum hosts free events for families, including Drop-in-Design, where kids can create their own crazy designs inspired by the collections.
Lunch in Kensington
You'll find excellent family-friendly dining in each of the museums, as well as picnic areas if you've brought your own food. The Deep Blue café at the Science Museum is an award-winning family restaurant, offering activity boxes to keep younger children entertained. The Natural History Museum Restaurant also has a kids menu and microwaves with which to warm up baby food.
Alternatively, try the kids' menus at Bumpkin or Spaghetti House.
Afternoon in the Royal Parks
After lunch, it's time to explore Kensington Gardens. Look out for the statue of Peter Pan and the Elfin Oak, a gnarled, partially hollow tree stump carved with figures of fairies, elves and woodland animals.
Children love to play in the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens. Inspired by the stories of Peter Pan, this magical playground has a huge wooden pirate ship as its centrepiece. There is also plenty of seating so you can relax while the kids embark on an exciting adventure!
After conquering the imaginary high seas, why not hire a boat and set sail for real? You can sail model boats on Round Pond in Kensington Gardens or hire a rowing boat or pedalo on The Serpentine lake in nearby Hyde Park.
Where to Eat Dinner with Kids in Kensington
End your day with a meal at Sticky Fingers. Founded by Bill Wyman, bass player with the Rolling Stones, this Kensington restaurant caters for all tastes, with burgers, steaks, fajitas, salads and more. All items on the kids' menu are £7.50. Make sure you check out the cool band memorabilia decor.
If you'd like your dinner with an amazing view of London, your kids can try the young diners' menu (£6 for two courses and £8 for three) at rooftop restaurant Babylon, 100ft above Kensington High Street, overlooking the hanging gardens.