Parents' survival guide

Read the handy hints below and find out what's on for kids this month.

Please note that all children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult and must be supervised at all times when in and around the galleries.

Activities for families
  • get hands on in Investigate, the science lab for kids up to 14 years old
  • flutter over to Sensational Butterflies, our outdoor butterfly house
  • hold live animals like snakes and chameleons at an Animal Vision show 
  • enjoy awesome activities and themed trails with our Explorer Backpacks
  • visit our lovely Wildlife Garden with its nature-filled activities
  • check out the latest shows, workshops, films and more in the event calendar

The Museum is very busy during school holidays, so please be prepared to queue. Members and Britain exhibition ticket holders don’t need to queue. There may also be a queue for the Dinosaurs gallery. During school holidays, you can pre-book a time to visit the Dinosaurs online.

You can check queuing times on our @NHM_Visiting twitter feed.


Visits involve lots of walking, so wear comfortable shoes.


Please be aware that some areas of the Museum can seem dark or scary to young children, including the T. rex animatronic and the earthquake simulator.

Bags and pushchairs

You can leave coats and luggage, including pushchairs, in our cloakrooms. These are located in Hintze Hall (formerly the Central Hall) (next to the café) and by the Exhibition Road entrance.

The Exhibition Road entrance is step-free and best for entry with pushchairs.

Read our access guide

Toilets and baby care

Toilets and baby care rooms can be found throughout the Museum. They are clearly signposted and marked on our maps. 

More about our facilities

Food and drink

Children are welcome in our restaurants and cafés, where you can find highchairs. Items containing nuts and dairy products are labelled. We offer vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free dishes. Self-service microwaves are provided in the Restaurant to warm baby food.

Picnic on the front lawns and in our indoor Picnic Area. You’re welcome to bring your own food, but please don’t eat in the galleries.

Our restaurants and cafés

First aid or lost children

If you require assistance, please go to the nearest information desk or find the nearest member of staff. Look for the purple uniform and name badge.