Don’t let rainy days stop you from enjoying a fun and exciting family holiday! There are loads of rainy day activities for kids in London. Where even in the hottest days of summer (a rare occurrence!) there’s a slight chance of a refreshing shower every couple of days. Londoners pack an umbrella when heading out the door, in spite of a crystal clear, blue sky. You just never know what can happen, so it’s best to be prepared. Fortunately, London is a heaven-like destination for families travelling with kids. Some of the best city breaks with toddlers are here, and believe it or not the wealth of things you can do on a rainy day is vast. Let’s have a closer look at the best places to take toddlers in London on a rainy day. Here are six rainy day activities for kids and your family.
HintHunt- The Escape Game
Located close to Euston station in London, HintHunt is better known as the city’s most thrilling, exciting and challenging real-life escape game. You’re trapped in a room filled with clues, puzzles and obstacles. Your mission – to get out; and you have 60 minutes to do it. Why play mystery video games on an Xbox when you can enjoy a live experience, have the greatest time with your toddlers and forget all about the pouring rain outside?
Ripley’s Believe It or Not
There are lots of London attractions for toddlers, however not all are just as incredible as Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Step into the world where the most unbelievable and bizarre things come to life. At Ripley’s, amazement is waiting impatiently just around the corner – whether we’re talking about chewing gum sculptures, an 8ft tall Transformer or a mirror maze. Whatever you or your kids can imagine, Ripley’s probably has it. Have you been there? Share your experience with all of us here.
It’s movie time folks!
Nothing speaks more to a child than a fun movie on a rainy day. Thank God London is a movie paradise! The city packs lots of independent cinemas, each of them with their character and personality. TheElectric for example, is probably one of the most comfortable cinemas in England. Everything about this place exudes sheer luxury and style, from the footstools and leather armchairs to the chic tables and cashmere blankets. Opened in 2014, The Electric redefines movie watching and turns it into a must more enjoyable activity; your toddlers will surely love the experience. Just make sure they don’t stain anything!
Shows for toddlers
London is famous for its kid-friendly theatre shows, from puppet shows to family-friendly musicals. A visit to the theatre is one of our favourite rainy day activities for kids in London. Polka Theatre is a must-see. This world-class show for toddlers is amazing. The shows are meant for kids of all ages, even babies. Another great pick is Fortune Theatre in Convent Garden, a historic playhouse with some of the best shows for pre-scholars who wrongfully believe that going to the theatre is boring. At The Fortune, the performances are truly inspiring, and there’s nothing boring about them! For families with teens, we recommend a more avant-garde type of theatre – The Lyceum, with shows and performances that will leave you speechless.
Toy Shops in London – one of our back up rainy day activities for kids in London
Where to take toddlers in a city and be sure they won’t get bored? That is the million dollar question – to a toy shop, of course. Parents, we’re sorry to inform you but London doesn’t just have one, but tens of amazing toy shops. We recommend hiding the wallet, placing it someplace safe, or just pretending you’ve lost it. The Science Museum shop has lots of interesting toys for kids, including gadgets, robots, shirts, telescopes, books and more. The Harry Potter shop is another great place for toddlers you can’t miss out. The broad range of bags, plush toys, books, wands, t-shirts, costumes, etc. will most likely hypnotise your little Harry Potter fan.
Dining with the kids in London
Where can you enjoy a nice meal in London with the kids and not hear them complain every 2 minutes that they don’t like the food? Some of the best family restaurants in London pride themselves with special menus for kids, activities they can try out during meals (colouring books, for example) and treats for good behaviour to grab their attention and make them forget all about the weather outside. Rainforest Cafe is a great place to start. While having dinner, toddlers can also admire the real tropical fish, waterfalls, animals and colourful lighting. This themed Amazonian rainforest restaurant might just open their appetite for healthy food; or just cake and ice cream.
There are many things you can do with the kids on a rainy day in London. Why let the weather ruin your holiday when you can go shopping for the coolest toys, explore the wonders of the city’s museums, or watch a hilarious puppet show? Grab the kids and get going as you have money to spend and toddlers to entertain!
Make sure you read my insiders guide on London with kids for some more great ideas.
Hope you have enjoyed this set of rainy day activities for kids in London. If you have been somewhere with your family on a rainy day then tell me about it in the comments below.