100 more cool things to do with babies and toddlers in London

  1. Discover Greenwich’s breathtaking Painted Hall with a toy-filled kids’ explorer bag.
  2. Broaden your local knowledge on a Bring Your Baby Guided London History Walk.
  3. Rebuild the Crystal Palace and ride the green “slide” in the V&A’s Discovery Areas.
  4. Let them run their own town complete with jail, theatre and beauty salon at Picnic.
  5. Spend a dreamy summer’s day playing in Stockwell’s magical Oasis Nature Garden.
  6. Discover the fascinating history of packaging (no, really) at the Museum of Brands.
  7. Browse beautiful (but pricy) clothes, lush nursery decor and kitschy toys at Bonton.
  8. Then head next door to ogle brilliantly quirky prints at the Mini Rodini flagship.
  9. Get messy at Grow Wild, Lloyd Park’s under-5s adventure playground session.
  10. Uncover nursing’s origins at the wildly underrated Florence Nightingale Museum.
  11. Have a mythical adventure at Hampton Court Palace’s Magic Garden and maze.
  12. Play in one of London’s most imaginative new playgrounds at Paddington Rec.
  13. Play amongst the elements at Kew Gardens’ spectacular themed Children’s Garden.
  14. Grab a coffee while little ones play at Chiswick’s swanky The Parent Hood play cafe.
  15. Make some furry friends over afternoon tea at the Whiskers & Cream Cat Cafe.
  16. Check out an exhibition then explore activity-packed rooms at Pitzhanger Manor
  17. Let kids become firefighters, mechanics and more at the Role2Play role-play cafe.
  18. Get creative with your under-5 at a Punk Me Up Ceramics’ Little Punks session.
  19. Enjoy a relaxing(ish) cruise along the Regent’s Canal on a London Waterbus tour.
  20. Explore the V&A Museum of Childhood with your 2-4 at a Movement Play session.
  21. Encourage curiosity with the Science Museum’s Experitots workshops for 1-4s.
  22. Get to know the V&A with your toddler at one of its Under-Fives Play Sessions.
  23. Go below deck and meet a crew of terrifying mannequins aboard the HMS Belfast.
  24. Eat cinnamon buns while your little ones get crafty at Under the Willow Tree.
  25. Help them whip up their own snacks at a Pasta ‘n’ Play children’s cookery class.
  26. Experience a live LSO performance with your mini at a special under-5s concert.
  27. Get crafty in a friendly community space with Mini Makers at Nunhead’s Space@61.
  28. Browse excellent traditional toys and meet a giant Playmobil person at After Noah.
  29. Enter the world of our most marvellous writer at the Roald Dahl Museum.
  30. Play, discover, tumble and crawl at Barbican’s Squish Space play area for under-5s.
  31. Nurture an early love of opera with Opera Dots at the Royal Opera House.
  32. Or encourage a fruitful career with Rambert at their Ballet Dots workshop.
  33. Enjoy an under-5s music class like no other with Mrs H and the Singalong Band.
  34. Lose yourself (but hopefully not your baby) in ABC Studio‘s ball-pit basement.
  35. Grab a coffee while they curl up with a good read on the Telling Tales book boat.
  36. Check out the amazing military logistics-themed playground at the RAF Museum.
  37. Immerse your baby in messy play with an arty twist at a Paint Misbehavin’ session.
  38. Go on a creative journey with Art Adventurers at Dulwich Picture Gallery.
  39. See London from a new perspective on board the Emirates Air Line cable car.
  40. Sing, play and create at the NAM’s Tiny Troopers sensory sessions for toddlers.
  41. Or check out the museum’s Mini Marchers baby session with your 6-24 month old.
  42. Check out a stay-and-play group with a difference on board the Hackney Playbus.
  43. Spark your little one’s imagination at the Science Museum’s Wonderlab gallery.
  44. Grab a coffee while they decorate their own biscuits at the Biscuiteers Icing Cafe.
  45. Shop one-of-a kind baby rompers and luxe mum stuff at What Mother Made.
  46. Sip a locally brewed latte while they lark around at Apple Tree Children’s Cafe.
  47. Join in with exhibition-inspired projects at Camden Arts Centre’s Family Sundays.
  48. Experience child-friendly exhibitions inspired by Japanese culture at Japan House.
  49. Shop lush pieces from independent, family-run brands at Word Store London.
  50. Enjoy splashy fun and steam-engine rides at the London Museum of Water & Steam.
  51. Follow the animal trail and explore the Art Deco playground at Eltham Palace.
  52. Learn to move like a ballerina with Family Fridays dance classes at Sadler’s Wells.
  53. Discover London Transport Museum’s secret treasures at an Acton Depot Open Day.
  54. Move, dance and have a giggle with your toddler at Adrenalindance’s Romp & Roll.
  55. Run away with the circus at a Circus Dreams Families acrobatics session.
  56. Get your toddler painting their own pottery at Muswell Hill’s Zebra Ceramics.
  57. Climb the artificial hills made from the old Wembley Stadium at Northala Fields.
  58. Learn about our waterways and explore a narrowboat at London Canal Museum.
  59. Check out London’s most colourful playground on Islington’s Asteys Row.
  60. Discover ride-ons, ball pools and bouncy castles at N1 Inflatable Fun stay and plays.
  61. Check out FAO Schwarz –  the toy store from Home Alone 2 and Big – at Selfridge’s.
  62. Play for hours in Elephant and Castle’s mural-bedecked Elephant Park playground.
  63. Experience the spectacular glass floor at a Tower Bridge Family Activity Day.
  64. Spend a Sunday surrounded by greenery at the Barbican’s lush conservatory.
  65. Head to Peckham for Bold Tendencies‘ summer rooftop art installations.
  66. Unleash your inner creative at the South London Gallery’s artist-led Sunday Spot.
  67. In search of new, clean soft play? Find it at the o2’s Oxygen FreeJumping centre.
  68. Grab a kids’ roast and ride the miniature railway at Leytonstone’s The Holly Tree.
  69. Pop to Forest Gate’s Wild Goose Bakery for Fisher Price toys and mud-kitchen fun.
  70. Meet a super-positive queer role model at a Drag Queen Story Time session.
  71. Head to Kings Cross on Friday-Sunday for imaginative loose-part fun with Play KX.
  72. Tone up whilst wearing your baby with a Mamma Method pilates workout.
  73. Build a den for a woodland creature at a Sir John Soane Museum Story Den session.
  74. Ride the Brockwell Park miniature railway from the lido to the Herne Hill gates.
  75. Or head to Vauxhall Park in search of the Borrower-sized mock-tudor model village.
  76. Check out the themed playground and playroom at Gunnersbury Park Museum.
  77. Explore Lloyd Park and play in the puppet theatre at the William Morris Gallery.
  78. Head down to Kentish Town Farm for a Sunday donkey ride with your toddler.
  79. Take the Wallace Collection’s first-Sunday-of-the-month Little Draw challenge.
  80. Or pop to the Guildhall Art Gallery on second Saturdays for free family activities.
  81. Check out a Tate Exchange workshop in Tate Modern’s Blavatnik Building.
  82. Meet goats, chickens, rabbits and ducks at the Queens Park Petting Zoo.
  83. Marvel at 68,000 weird and wonderful animals at the Grant Museum of Zoology.
  84. Meet Stompie the tank (and check out his ever-changing graffiti) in Bermondsey.
  85. Ride swan, flamingo or VW Beetle pedalos on Alexandra Palace boating lake.
  86. Head to Streatham’s Totstars Adventure Club for soft play with a difference.
  87. Browse tasteful kidswear, nursery decor and gifts at Cissy Wears Coal Drops Yard.
  88. Play on rainbow-coloured wooden apparatus at Wormholt Park Playground.
  89. Grab your mates and head down your local for a Bring Your Baby Pub Quiz.
  90. Get your film fix at a Babes in Arms showing at The Cinema at Selfridges.
  91. Fill up on comfort food from across the globe at Mercato Metropolitano.
  92. Walk from Island Gardens to Cutty Sark using the Greenwich Foot Tunnel.
  93. Try Southbank Centre’s Rug Rhymes session for rhyme time with a difference.
  94. Or check out one of their occasional Gong Babies sessions with your non-crawler.
  95. Meet the cat mannequins and browse the rainbow toy department at Harrod‘s.
  96. Run around the City’s biggest rooftop space in The Garden at 120.
  97. Meet the heroes of British comic-strip history at The Cartoon Museum.
  98. Head to Crouch End for a performance in Pickled Pepper‘s theatre space.
  99. Spend a day getting to know the residents of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
  100. Brave a toddler climbing session with your 2-4 at Clip ‘n’ Climb Chelsea.

Babu explores Victoria Park, Hackney