Top days out in London for nannies
The big city can sometimes seem a daunting place to take children so here at Nannytax we’ve assembled a child-friendly London guide full of enjoyable activities that can develop their learning skills too. From toy museums and pirate ship playgrounds to dinosaur exhibits and interactive gardens there’s guaranteed fun for everyone – nannies included!
The Science Museum
This major museum in South Kensington has an interactive space for children called ‘The Garden’. Specially created for children aged 3-6, it’s a fantastic way for inquisitive kids to explore construction, water, light and sound through play time that involves floating, sinking, shadows and reflections. All this is designed to give children a taste of science whilst developing their skills in predicting, testing and drawing conclusions - fantastic for those budding Einsteins!
The Natural History Museum
Neighbouring The Science Museum is The Natural History Museum, hosting a world-famous dinosaur exhibition. It’s a little dino-lover’s dream with a trail where they can wander among fossils, learn about the first dinosaurs ever discovered and meet a simulated roaring T-Rex at the end.
Museum of Childhood
This branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum houses a large collection of children's toys. There is a Punch and Judy show where children have the chance to be puppeteers, a sandpit, a model railway and rocking horses to play on. For nannies it is also great fun to reminisce about your childhood and all the toys you forgot about!
Animals and creatures
ZSL London Zoo
Located in the North East corner of London’s Regent’s Park it offers young ones a chance to get up close with their favourite animals! Whether it’s Tiger Territory, Penguin Beach or Gorilla Kingdom, this zoo has a whole host of animals and creatures to see in action and learn more about.
One of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life, kids can explore creature zones which include Atalantic Coast (ruled by an octopus!) and Shark Walk. Also, Coral Kingdom is opening in May half term and will reveal the UK’s largest living coral reef.
Parks and gardens with play areas
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground
A memorial playground located in Kensington Gardens in honour of the late Princess Diana, designed to express her spirit and love of children. Inspired by the story of Peter Pan it features a huge wooden pirate ship as well as a mini beach play area, tee pees, a tunnel to crawl through and a musical instruments garden. There is only one gate for entry and exit which is patrolled by a security guard (who also only allows those with children in) so nannies can feel that extra bit assured when the little ones go off to explore!
The largest of four Royal Parks that form a chain from the entrance of Kensington Palace. The main playground is kitted out with climbing frames, a swing set and slide but also around the lido in the summer you’ll find a lawn, sandpit and paddling pool. Other activities can include feeding the swans and ducks on the Serpentine or taking a ride on the boating lake pedalos!
This Royal Botanic garden giant in Richmond hosts 90-minute learning sessions under the Little Explorers program for children aged 2-5 and their parents or carers. It’s a chance for curious kids to connect with their living environment and the natural world around them. A brand new Children’s Garden opens in May with space to climb, run and jump whilst exploring everything that a plant needs to grow through the themed-areas earth, air, sun and water.
West End shows
There are many West End shows suitable for younger audiences to enjoy and most offer matinee performances which are perfect for little kids when avoiding a late night. Favourites that are sure to keep them engaged include Matilda, The Lion King and Aladdin.