- 1 Science Museum London – Head Straight to the THIRD FLOOR and the Launchpad Gallery for Kids aged 8 -14!
- 2 World Schooling – teaching your kids as you travel!
- 3 Just for starters
- 4 Explore the rest of the Science Museum London with Kids
- 5 POWER UP at the London Science Museum
- 6 The Inside Scoop
- 7 Eat and Drink with Kids in Tow
- 8 Our Top Tips for the Science Museum London
- 9 Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
- 10 Instagram: Family Travel Ideas with Roam the Gnome
- 11 Click here to follow us!
Science Museum London – Head Straight to the THIRD FLOOR and the Launchpad Gallery for Kids aged 8 -14!
World Schooling – teaching your kids as you travel!
Do yourself a favour and head here first. This place is not just for kids 8 -14 as the brochure said – my boys (aged 2 and 7) LOVED it. We think everyone (real kids, and grown up ones too) will love it. There’s something for everyone in this gallery with over 50 hands-on science experiments, exhibits and activities. Plan to spend at least two hours. Bring a book. You won’t get them out of here in a hurry.
Just for starters
- magnetic experiments
- an arch bridge – force experiments
- a downhill racer challenge- two disks weighing the same roll at different speeds. Why? Answer: a disk rolls faster if the weights are in the middle.
- The kids’ favourite – the BIG MACHINE – packed full of simple machines. Turn the screw to lift the balls up the tube, the screw’s curly shapes drags the balls from the bottom of the tube to the top. It’s slower than lifting them straight up, but easier, just like it’s easier to climb a mountain on a zig zag path. This machine invites collaboration and conversation – Ned made heaps of friends while working together to catch as many balls as possible!
- Sail a boat using fan force
- Ball shooting games
- So many more, we can’t even remember!
My boys LOVED watching the Museum staff do a demonstration of speed, sending a capsule zooming across the room in gigantic silver tube tunnels! It pays to visit when there’s a school excursion on sometimes, even though it’s busy! But if you don’t want lots of kids around, go after 2.30pm. The crowds disappear.
Explore the rest of the Science Museum London with Kids
When the kids have had enough of the Launchpad area, it’s time to explore the rest of the Science Museum London. There’s no wonder this place ranks so highly on the list of things to do in London with kids. It’s extraordinary!
Kids and Families can:
- Explore the Garden, another child-centred interactive gallery on the basement floor where kids can learn about science in a fun, engaging way through games and activities. For kids aged 3 -7 years. “Museum explainers” are on hand to help answer questions or join in the games.
- Flush a loo to see how it works in the “Secret Life of the Home” gallery on the basement floor. Learn about other everyday household objects and see how they’ve changed over the years.
- Explore space on the Ground Floor – see a real piece of the moon, then find out how astronauts breathe, eat, drink and go to the toilet in space! Lots of rockets, satellites, space probes and landers to check out too.
- Making the Modern World – kids can check out the cultural history of our world and how things have changed from the 1750’s to today – they’ll love the planes, trains and automobiles on display!
- IMAX theatre 3D movie experience. If you’ve not done IMAX with the kids before, now’s the time. (Ground floor)
- Pattern Pod, for ages 5 -8 year olds. Touch screens, playful science games, and experiments with water, shapes, and patterns. (My kids liked this, but LAUNCHPAD was 10 times more engaging and noisy fun for my boys)
- Who Am I? Gallery on the 1st floor is all about discovering more about the human being. Morph your face to see what it will be like as you age!
- Information Age on the 2nd floor has it’s own InfoAge+ app. Download it before you come, and set your kids up with some tasks such as finding a news story in the gallery or creating a video report. This gallery showcases the technological advances of information and communication equipment over past 200 years.
- Atmosphere – Kids can learn about the changing climate, and join in five fast and fun games in this interactive gallery. For ages 8+.
- There are two flight simulators on Level 3 in the Fly Zone. Kids aged 4 + and families can sit in on the Red Arrows 3D flight simulation theatre for a sensational aerobatic display, or jump into the Typhoon Force and fly a low-level mission in the cockpit of a RAF Typhoon jet. (Ticketed)
- Fly Kids is a chance for younger kids to fly with the Red Arrows! This is a 2D pod ride for ages 3 -5. (Ticketed)
- Check out over 100 aircraft models from the history of flight in the Flight Gallery on level 3.
POWER UP at the London Science Museum
From Friday 22 July – Sunday 7 August
Power UP is the perfect, family-friendly summer holiday solution for kids who are dying to spend their scant few weeks of liberty hitting gadget overload, and mums and dads who’d rather their pixelated progeny got some culture along with their consoles. This hands-on, fully interactive gaming event features the very best video games and consoles from the past 40 years, and is as much a social and technological history as it is a full-on player’s bonanza of the greatest games ever made.
With classic games both old and new on offer, from Pong and Pacman to Lego and Halo, there’s something to suit beginners and experts, competitive parents, multiplayers, retro fans and everybody else in between. If you’re a gamer girl or boy, get ready to give your thumbs the workout of a lifetime and enjoy a museum experience like no other.
Tickets and times
- Daily 90 minute sessions: 11.00, 12.45, 14.30, 16.15
- Adults £8, concessions, senior and family tickets available
- Book online here.
- Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please look at the game age rating before you play.
The Inside Scoop
Opening Hours & Entry Fees
- 10am to 6pm. (7pm in the school holidays)
- Last admission 5.15pm. Galleries start to close at 5.30pm
- FREE entry.
- Some exhibitions and attractions are ticketed. Look out for the ‘ticket’ shaped sign as you go around. Book individual tickets at any of the ticket desks or online http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk here.
- If wanting to join ticketed experiences, we suggest the Explorer ticket which includes an IMAX film, Legend of Apollo, Red Arrows 3D, Typhoon Force and a guidebook. Choose your IMAX film on the booking form, then select an ‘Explorer’ ticket. Cost is £25 adult including souvenir guide book and £22 for child 7+ (includes Science Museum London’s kids’ handbook) or child 4 -7 (includes science museum London’s sticker activity book).
- Phone: +44 870 870 4868
- Science Museum London Website
- The nearest tube station is South Kensington. This is on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines and is a 5 minute walk from the Museum. A pedestrian subway connects South Kensington station to our main entrance.
- Gloucester Road tube station is also on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines and is a 15 minute walk.
- Find out the latest Transport for London tube status updates.
- Bus routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 and C1 stop outside South Kensington Underground Station.
- Bus routes 9, 10, 52, 452 and 70 stop outside the Royal Albert Hall on Kensington Gore.
- Transport for London Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations are available outside the Museum on Exhibition Road and on Thurloe Place near South Kensington tube station.
- We do not have dedicated bicycle stands, but folding bicycles can be left in our cloakroom on the lower ground floor.
- We do not have car parking facilities and local parking is very limited. There is no visitor parking in Exhibition Road.
- The nearest pay and display car parking is in Prince Consort Road and Queen’s Gate.
- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have more information about parking near the Museum.
Location and Map
- Address: The main entrance is on Exhibition Rd, Kensington, London SW7 2DD, UK
Eat and Drink with Kids in Tow
- The Basement Cafe serves coffees and cakes, juices, smoothies and teas. Watch out – there’s pick and mix sweets on the shelves too!
- Energy Cafe – grab and go food with seating on two levels. Cakes, sandwiches, hot and cold dishes, cold drinks, teas and coffees on offer. Ground floor.
- Shake Bar- Create your own shake or ice-cream with a range of toppings. Light snacks available too. 3rd floor next to Launchpad.
- BYO picnic. Ask a staff member to point you in the direction of a picnic area. (There’s a few around the museum)
Our Top Tips for the Science Museum London
- Stop at the Science Shop – there’s an amazing range of lifestyle, tech products and gadgets for everyone including chefs, scientists, teachers and parents.
- Sign up for the Science Museum London newsletter to find out about current and upcoming events and exhibitions.
- Discover more of the Science Museum London’s extraordinary collection by downloading the Journeys of Invention App. There’s 14 interactive journeys to choose from.
- Thinking about a family trip to London? Then visit here to find ALL the family-friendly info you’ll need on places to stay, where to eat, and SUPER DOOPER fun things to do in this amazing city!
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