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Things to do in London for a 3 year old?

JoshannaJoshanna

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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    Joshanna
    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 :)
    jasonrat
    juat take him to hamleys
    he'l hae a whale of a time
    and itsfree
    t0mm
    London eye?
    Joshanna
    jasonrat
    juat take him to hamleys
    he'l hae a whale of a time
    and itsfree


    Whats there :oops: Just toys?
    Joshanna
    t0mm
    London eye?


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

    Thanks!
    UltimoScorpion
    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
    kelly_o_fanatic
    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
    Joshanna
    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!
    Prissymiss
    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.
    Joshanna
    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
    loupomm
    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
    Joshanna
    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!
    Mum2ConnornCerys
    Aquarium is right near the London Eye and London Eye I think most children would really like it.
    loupomm
    ahhhh aquarium, knew it was something like that
    Monkeybumcheeks
    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:
    thesaint
    The best thing to do when in London is...leave sharpish.
    It's a hole.
    vengod
    Going to london next week..never beenbefore either :)
    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
    Joshanna
    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
    lucasmommy
    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.

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