A Family and Teen Guide to London’s Science Museum

Sometimes it is difficult to find an activity which caters for all the boys, given their age ranges. That’s the problem I have now. The science museum really does solve this problem, clearly aimed to entice kids for all ages. Here is my family guide:

For Toddlers and Young Children

Garden– We would do a yearly mini pilgrimage here when kids were young. The water area kept them entertained for hours. Now they have outgrown it but would recommend for all those under 7.

Basement Studio– There are free shows throughout the today. A popular one is the bubble show; what child doesn’t love bubbles?

Pattern Pod– A multi-sensory area for young ones to identify and play around with different patterns.

Family Areas: for all ages

Energy Zone– Lots of interactive displays, buttons to press and activities. Plus, a wonderful view of the museum from the balcony.

The Secret Life of Home– Discover how everyday objects work, the flushing toilet was a definite attraction!

Imax(need tickets) – Various Imax3D films on show.

Wonderlab (need tickets) – If there’s one exhibit you need to do it’s this one. Lots of interesting displays and activities that will keep your little one (and older ones) entertained for hours! An exciting vibe, you’re immediately enticed with an array of colours, then various concoctions to explore. Although it was heaving during this Easter holiday they are quite sensible about the number of people they let in, so once inside you can enjoy it without feeling overcrowded. There are different zones to explore; light, matter, sound, space, maths, electricity and forces. Lots of shows also on offer here; don’t miss the chemistry bar, it was little difficult to hear the lady at times, we did suggest a mic for next time!

Flight-A 3D flight simulator, not quite the thing if you’re seeking an adrenaline ride but a nice experience and real enough!

Shake bar– Wonderful assortment of ice creams and milkshakes.

Museum shop– The ground floor one is the largest in the museum, has an array of toys and gadgets.

Tween Zones

Fly Zone simulators (need tickets) – This was ranked the most enjoyable by the teens, you can go 360 and do all sorts to fulfil your adrenaline rush, a real hit with the older boys.

 

Space Descent VR (need tickets) – Journey back to Earth with this VR experience.Kidsthought if the seat moved it would be more of a 4D experience, which would have added to the thrill.

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery – The central gallery is wonderfully designed by Zaha Hadid.

Engineer Your Future – Exercise those cerebral muscles with some problem-solving skills.

Power Up (need tickets)- Interactive gaming and VR experiences, we did not get to do this but I wasn’t too disappointed, not like they don’t do enough!

Who am I?– Explore your genetics, a great interactive gallery for older kids

My Top tips

  • Make use of the free Wi-Fi.
  • Book tickets for exhibitions before you go, online – that will save you queuing for tickets and then queuing again for the actual exhibition. There was an incident on the tubes which resulted in severe delays and so we missed our allocated slot but the information desk were very happy to rebook us. It will also ensure you keep an eye on your budget, as once there you can easily lose track!
  • There are places nearby where you can park free on Sunday.
  • Take a packed lunch, lots of places to eat and will save time.
  • Be prepared to queue in the holidays but this wasn’t too arduous. I took some small pocket quizzes and snacks to keep them occupied. Queues were fluid and moving.

 

Thank you to the Science Museum for the complementary tickets to the exhibitions, all opinions stated are my own.