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Things to do in London for a 3 year old?

Joshanna Avatar
8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
Me, my OH and my 3 year old son are going to london in December for a weekend - never been before - and not sure what child friendly things there is to do there :oops:

Decided to take the little one away for the weekend due to him starting nursery in january - want some quality time with him before he goes!

Was going to take him to london zoo and legoland, but after futher investigation have found legoland is now shut :x

So legoland off the cards - does anyone else have any other suggestions?
Thanks, its much appreciated!
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Oh, ive looked through tesco's clubcard deals bit too, as ive got loads and loads of vouchers i can use.

Not limited to just that though - would just like some great things to do for him :)
1 Like #2
juat take him to hamleys
he'l hae a whale of a time
and itsfree
1 Like #3
London eye?
#4
jasonrat
juat take him to hamleys
he'l hae a whale of a time
and itsfree


Whats there :oops: Just toys?
#5
t0mm
London eye?


I think tbh, he might get bored.
Would love to though. Any ideas on prices :)

Thanks!
banned 1 Like #6
Harrods toy department is similar to Hamleys, just not as big.

Take him on the underground, he'll love the escalators (really long). London Eye is great. Oooo the underground all day ticket, will also get you on the buses and I think the river boats (not sure about the boats).

If you are really stuck, take him on the DLR to the City Airport and watch the planes land
1 Like #7
http://london.whatson4kids.com/London-Resources/wet_weekend_ideas.html

Some good ideas for what to do with young kids in london on rainy days
#8
Cheers Kelly, thats appreciated.

Just looked at the london dungeons? Do you think hell be able to do that?

Its a little bit confusing as on the website it says :

Infants - (under 5 years) please note: children under 5 can enter the Dungeon for free but, as stated in the terms and conditions, The Dungeons is not suitable for very young children

I dont know wether to take him or not LOL!
banned 2 Likes #9
London Zoo is one of the worst zoos, give it a miss. Other than the toy departments mentioned there is not alot for a child that young. The Christmas lights and Christmas window displays seem to be a hit with young children.

If your child like dinosaurs, the Natural History Museum is good (as are the other Museums).

Dungeons a bit tricky, children that young often want to get out asap.
#10
Just seen the london wetland centre i think it is, looks good, will probably make a trip there.

Was thinking of museums - will have a look for the natural history museum thanks PM
1 Like #11
might be a tad scary for him imo

think theres a sea life centre by the london eye, you can use clubcard vouchers there i think
#12
Just googled away, its not a sealife centre, but thanks for the heads up, looks like we could well go there!

Going to hand out some rep, thanks to everyone - its much appreciated, keep them coming guys!
#13
Aquarium is right near the London Eye and London Eye I think most children would really like it.
#14
ahhhh aquarium, knew it was something like that
#15
Do the aquarium then the eye..... get a fish,then a birds eyes view of London! Kids love both.....then again so do I:roll:
#16
The best thing to do when in London is...leave sharpish.
It's a hole.
#17
Going to london next week..never beenbefore either :)
1 Like #18
Guess it depends where you staying and how far you want to travel, as already said London zoo is sh1t and it costs a bomb so give it a miss, you could try Horniman museum in Forest Hill (2 mins from train station) and it's free as well also Hyde park or Dulwich park, take some monkey nuts with you and you can feed the squirrels very tame so no worries there, London eye is cool, I'm not 100% sure about London dungeons it might be a bit above the kiddie, but if you are around tower bridge way walk to the middle and put one foot on one side of the bridge and another foot on the other side of the bridge so your spanning the gap where it lifts and when a big lorry or bus goes over the feeling is kind of weird but fun, also st Katharine's docks has some nice boats normally, maybe also a river cruise going to Thames barrier (don't go the other way it takes all damm day), the Aquarium is a great place to go I live in London and I've been 3 or 4 times well worth it IMO, there is normally somewhere just over waterloo bridge I think that makes a temp ice rink but may not be right for the age.
I don't know if changing of the guard goes on at the weekend but a thought I guess, maybe look into seeing a panto of some sort, Sorry can't think of any more right now, but hope it helps just be aware eating out here costs an arm and a leg so bring plenty of cash

Thanks for the comment "thesaint" sorry to say some of us have no choice but to live here.

Also check out the following links:
http://www.londontoolkit.com/whattodo/kids.htm
http://www.london.gov.uk/young-london/kids/things-to-do/index.jsp
http://www.horniman.ac.uk/
http://www.surreydocksfarm.org (you can get the river bus to very near it) it's not great but kids can pet the goats, piglets etc.


All1
#19
Alloneword
Guess it depends where you staying and how far you want to travel, as already said London zoo is sh1t and it costs a bomb so give it a miss, you could try Horniman museum in Forest Hill (2 mins from train station) and it's free as well also Hyde park or Dulwich park, take some monkey nuts with you and you can feed the squirrels very tame so no worries there, London eye is cool, I'm not 100% sure about London dungeons it might be a bit above the kiddie, but if you are around tower bridge way walk to the middle and put one foot on one side of the bridge and another foot on the other side of the bridge so your spanning the gap where it lifts and when a big lorry or bus goes over the feeling is kind of weird but fun, also st Katharine's docks has some nice boats normally, maybe also a river cruise going to Thames barrier (don't go the other way it takes all damm day), the Aquarium is a great place to go I live in London and I've been 3 or 4 times well worth it IMO, there is normally somewhere just over waterloo bridge I think that makes a temp ice rink but may not be right for the age.
I don't know if changing of the guard goes on at the weekend but a thought I guess, maybe look into seeing a panto of some sort, Sorry can't think of any more right now, but hope it helps just be aware eating out here costs an arm and a leg so bring plenty of cash

Thanks for the comment "thesaint" sorry to say some of us have no choice but to live here.

Also check out the following links:
http://www.londontoolkit.com/whattodo/kids.htm
http://www.london.gov.uk/young-london/kids/things-to-do/index.jsp
http://www.horniman.ac.uk/
http://www.surreydocksfarm.org (you can get the river bus to very near it) it's not great but kids can pet the goats, piglets etc.


All1


Thanks very much for all that info, really appreciate it! Just going to leave you some rep
1 Like #20
My son is 2 and loves the paintings in the museums National potrait and National Museum - he'll go in and point out random bits in the painting CAT/DOG/FLOWER. They are both within walking distance of each other, near Leicester Sq and Trafalgar Sq.

Also House of Fraser on Oxford Street has a coffee place just next to their Hamley's toys section so you can sit and sip while the boy plays with a bus/train/helicopter/car.

Near Tower Hill is this area called More London, sort of promenade-y, Lucas loved running around there and playing with the water features. There's also a kiddy theatre nearby - Unicorn Theatre - it's the only one I know that does shows for lil ones like ours http://www.unicorntheatre.com.

The Dome/O2 centre has a music bit inside which is sort of soft play - he enjoyed using the free headphones they gave out to listen to the music and rolling about. Lots of restaurants for meals too.

He also loves getting on the ferry as some others suggested above. I'd give the dungeon a miss!

Hope that helps.
#21
Alloneword

Thanks for the comment "thesaint" sorry to say some of us have no choice but to live here.


I don't know your circumstances that forbids you to leave (HMP?), but I left there so it is possible.

I used the M1, there are other routes available. :)
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London Zoo is great but remember to wrap up
1 Like #23
Get an osyter card and ride around London all day long, you need pop off when you need to eat & P :whistling: Plenty of free things to do in whatever area you go to. Have a trip out to see the new Wembley stadium, go to Heathrow for a bit, maybe try some of the markets, loads to do and loads of parks and walks to wear them out without costing the Earth :giggle:
1 Like #24
The museums are pretty good although i think he may get bored but the zoo is defo have to.
#25
Just a quick update.

Managed to book a hotel 10 miles from central london - £108 total for a friday and saturday night, feel dead lucky, free parking aswell! Will be using tube/buses when i get there to add that little bit of excitment for my little boy!

Have booked London Zoo using my tesco vouchers - i know alot of people said it was rubbish - but ive used £10s worth of tesco vouchers to get in - so its not like ive really even paid to get in!
Im sure my little boy will love it anyway.

Have also booked a couple of meals at planet hollywood, also via tesco clubcard vouchers.
Ive still got around £40s worth of unconverted tesco stuff still!

Really wanted to go to Legoland, pretty gutted its shut - but im sure we'll go again next year!

This is only my little boys second holiday - hope he enjoys himself.

Didnt want to actually book too much - as im sure theyll be plenty we'll find to do when we get there.
Aquarium and museums are a definate, i dont think we'll get to sit down much while were there!

Seriously though, thank you to everyone who bothered to take some time with suggestions, just going to leave rep for everyone who helped - there was quite a few, so if ive forgot any of you, drop me a pm, as i feel its deserved!
#26
Oh, and were definatly going to heathrow aswell, i know he'll love the planes - plus ive never been to an airport!

And im 23 :oops:
#27
Joshanna
Oh, and were definatly going to heathrow aswell, i know he'll love the planes - plus ive never been to an airport!

And im 23 :oops:

My boy loves the airport,watching the planes take off and land etc................trouble is he's 44 and I married him!:giggle:
#28
muckypup
My boy loves the airport,watching the planes take off and land etc................trouble is he's 44 and I married him!:giggle:


LMFAO - thats classic! Really made me laugh :giggle:
#29
also heathrow theres a bowling place just down the road from the airport.
#30
you don't say whether it's east or west that your hotel is but the docklands light railway is always a hit - 'magic trains with no drivers' - get in the first carriage and sit right up front, it goes by the city airport so you can get off and plane spot there too. canary wharf also lovely for a run around esp if the weather is pants as a lot of it is indoors. there is a library with a small soft play area for kids to look at books too.

and of course he'll love it - he'll be with the two people he loves best in the whole wide world (enjoy it while it lasts, or so I've been told)!
#31
HU5TLER
also Heathrow theres a bowling place just down the road from the airport.


The Bowling place is on the Bath Road and there is a McDonald's in there as well, you can park in there and walk across the road and sit under the fence and watch the planes land/take-off which ever is happening on that runway. If plod comes along with his water pistol tell him you are waiting to pick a reli up from Dublin, they are arriving in from Dublin into T1, as there is an Aer Lingus flight ever hour on the hour, they should go away happy that you pose no security risk. just watch for the car park cowboys in Maccie D's as there might be a 2 hour limit on that one and you might find yourself clamped or towed away and it is £165 +++ to get it back. If you drive around the perimeter road to-wards Hatton Cross you will pass in front of Concorde and be within 20 feet of it, which is quite close and you can see every detail (except for the engines have been whipped) then continue along the Southern Perimeter road to-wards T4 and the M25 and you will have the planes flying directly over your head, depending on what rotation they are doing on that runway, and if you continue towards the M25/J14 you can park in Stanwell Moor Lane and smell them as they come in/go out about 400 feet above you, then go back towards T1,2 &3 and you will pass by T5 and see how bloody big it is. They laid the roof on the ground in sections and hoisted it up the side walls until it was in position of the roof line. Only 2 people have died on that project which is very good for the amount of man hours put into the building. Also if you can see the new control tower at the end of T3, the top section (the red bit) is 120 metre high, again this was built on the ground over by BA cargo and driven across the runway at night, 5KPH and again hoisted up to it's present position.

I might be an anorak, but as of late I am doing 15 hour shifts there so it helps while the time away learning about the airport and it's surrounding areas. IF you get boarded you can always read the bye laws which are very very interesting and then look around to see just how many people are breaking the law by being there, you included :giggle:

OMG I must stop now, otherwise it will look like I don't have a life :whistling: ha if I was on duty that day I could show you the fire station and a few other things but I really need to get out of there LOL, have fun.:thumbsup:
#32
There are plenty of things to do in London... I took my kids to the Cartoon Museum, London Zoo, Pollock’s Toy Museum, Namco Station, etc... Hope that helps x
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kevinleon
There are plenty of things to do in London... I took my kids to the Cartoon Museum, London Zoo, Pollock’s Toy Museum, Namco Station, etc... Hope that helps x



About 3.5 years too late..... oO
#34
lol... true, indeed! Didn't realize how old was this thread. :{
#35
lol, i don't think the child is 3 anymore either
#36
If it helps we still go to London lol.
He also has a 2 1/2 year old brother now so could sort of be relevant lol!
#37
So nice to read through the thread and sort of 'catch up' with you Joshanna! Its like fast forwarding time. Brought a smile to my face :)
Did your boy enjoy it then? All those years ago...
#38
Yes he did! I still remember that trip actually! Been back to London zoo a few times actually.
Went to the Hard Rock Cafe and that weird and wacky museum place can't think of the name and also the dungeons!
Didn't think much to using the tube though, people quite rude and careless.
We go to Richmond at least once a year still. I would hate to live in a big city.

Can't believe how old this thread is. I stopped using the site for sometime due to someone being rude to me.
Just recently saw a deal posted on Facebook and came back though.


All seems so so long ago, this said it was 6 years ago and said son is massive now lol x
#39
Fun looking at this and then seeing my own comment!

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