Activities for families and kids

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A trip to the Natural History Museum is the perfect family day out in London this autumn.

Get up-close with nature, discover fascinating creatures and intriguing science, and enjoy fun, family-friendly activities for curious kids and inquisitive parents.

There is so much to explore in the galleries and there are many free and low-cost activities running every day. With regular family exhibitions, plenty of hands-on, interactive activities and action-packed school holiday programmes, there's something for children of all ages at the Natural History Museum.

     

The Museum was awarded winner of the Best for Free Activities and Best for Learning categories in London at the 2018 Hoop Awards

What's on for families

Life in the Dark

Meet creatures that thrive at night, in the total darkness of caves and deep in the ocean. 

Adults £11.50. Free for children.
Until 24 February 2019

The Wider Earth

Follow the adventures of a young Charles Darwin in a new play featuring remarkable puppetry. Free for children. 

£17.50-£79.50
Until 24 February 2019
Suitable for ages 8+

Penguin Skate Club at the Museum Ice Rink

Ice Rink

Calling all little ones looking to perfect their skating skills. The Ice Rink is back this festive season where kids can skate around the Christmas tree. A limited number of penguin skate aids and children's bob skates are available to hire, or join a Saturday morning Penguin Skate Club session.

Ice Rink - adult standard £15.95, child standard £10.45
Penguin Skate Club - £16.50 per child
Until 20 January 2019

Dawnosaurs

Dawnosaurs is a free event for children on the autism spectrum to enjoy the Museum with their families and siblings, free from the hustle and bustle of the general public.

8 December
Theme: Rocks and gems

Nature Live

Find out more about upcoming topics and guests appearing on Nature Live, our free live show held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Behind-the-scenes tours

Go behind the scenes with our knowledgeable science educators for a look at the Museum's fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit.

£15, bookings required

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Dino Snores for Kids

This unique sleepover gives kids aged 7 to 11 the chance to explore the Museum after dark while taking part in fun and educational activities.

Various dates, £60

Roar-some fun at home

What dinosaur are you?

Gentle giant or fierce meat-eater: which dinosaur shared your habits? Take our quiz to find out. Free

Make your own dinosaur footprint cookies

Not your average dinosaur cookies. These tasty biscuits are fun to bake with kids and make a colourful addition to a dinosaur-themed party. Free

How to make a T. rex origami dinosaur

Have your own arts and crafts day at home by making a charming origami T. rex complete with those famous tiny arms. Free

Naturenauts

Are you ready for an adventure? Meet Dippy and become a naturenaut. Grab your phone or tablet to explore the nature on your doorstep. Free

Practical information

Tips to help make your visit easy

The Museum is an exciting place and it can get busy. Here are some tips for families to help make your visit to the Museum as easy as possible.

  • Follow NHM_Visiting on Twitter for for information on queues and waiting times.
  • Folded pushchairs can be left in the cloakroom for free.
  • Baby-changing facilities are clearly marked on the Museum map and floor plans.
  • All floors of the Museum are accessible by lift.
  • High chairs are available for babies and toddlers in all cafes.
  • There is a picnic area on the Lower Ground Floor where families can rest or enjoy a packed lunch.
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Fast-track your visit with a Family membership

Membership comes with many benefits to help you make the most of your visit to the Museum. As well as free, unlimited entry to all paid exhibitions and discounts at our shops and cafes, you can also skip the queue and use the cloakrooms for free.

Family memberships can be purchased online and are available to use immediately by all family members named on the membership.