Fun Things to Do with Kids in the Summer Holidays

When preparing a summer day-trip with the kids there are many questions to ask, including what to do and how much will it cost?! To help all you parents out there make the most of the summer holidays, here’s our guide to discovering the best sights and places to see in London this summer!

The Original London Sightseeing Tour

As the oldest sightseeing bus tour in the capital, we have invested a lot of time and effort to ensure our service is affordable, fun and family-friendly.

For starters, all children under 5-years-old go free! Plus, thanks to our exclusive online prices, if you buy a 24 hour or 48 hour family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) you will save the equivalent of a child ticket!

Aimed at children aged between 5 and 11 year old, our Kids' Club includes a specially recorded commentary to keep little ones entertained while touring the city and a complimentary activity pack to collect from our Original Tour Visitor Centre.

Once aboard the Tour, you’ll have unlimited hop-on, hop-off access to over 80 conveniently placed bus stops across the city and a total of six sightseeing routes. As such, you and your family will have the freedom to explore London’s celebrated landmarks at a pace that suits you.

And if that wasn’t enough all our bus tour tickets include a FREE River Thames Cruise Pass and access to 3 FREE Walking Tours!

Fun-Filled Family Days Out

If you are looking to save money, we can help! We have great offers on London attractions and by combining your Original Tour sightseeing ticket with one of our attraction deals, you can see even more of London for less. And the best bit? Almost all our attraction deals include family-friendly things to do and free entries for little ones (see details below).

SEA LIFE London - Free for under 3!

Frozen Planet: Face to Face is a brand new exhibition at SEA LIFE London that youngsters (and adults alike!) are falling in love with. Using augmented reality and cutting-edge special effects, children get to ‘experience’ what it’s like to come face-to-face with the awesome polar bear in its Arctic habitat.

Shrek’s Adventure - Free for under 3!

One of London’s newest family attractions, Shrek’s Adventure is a fresh story involving every kid’s favourite green ogre, Donkey and many more of his friends. While there, you’ll travel on a one-of-a-kind 4D magical flying bus ride, get within touching distance of iconic sets and enjoy 10 fairy-tale themed shows.

Madame Tussauds - Free for under 4!

The world famous waxwork museum has a whole host of exhibitions that kids will love. Marvel Super Heroes 4D is an immersive movie spectacle involving Hulk, Iron Man, Spider Man and a selection of other superheroes, while the recently opened Star Wars experience allows fans to act out famous scenes from a galaxy far, far away.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! - Free for under 4!

There are very few better ways to feed your child’s imagination than stepping into the surreal world of Ripley's Believe It or Not! You’ll see weird quirks of nature, cultural curiosities and a wide range of wonderful things that, quite frankly, words struggle to describe. With Ripley’s, seeing truly is believing. 

Tower of London - Free for under 5!

Although the Tower of London is officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, these days, the stronghold boasts a warm and welcoming atmosphere. There are activity trails, multimedia guides, plus all the facilities a young family will need. What’s more, during school holidays, the Tower is home to a wide selection of events hosted by costumed guides and crafty happenings aimed especially at younger children.

London Zoo - Free for under 3!

Every summer, London Zoo create a jam-packed schedule of family-orientated displays, and this year is no different: The Little Creatures Family Festival (29th-31st July) is crammed full of animal-themed fun and workshops to inspire your little’uns.

Visit London’s Best Museums

For kids with a thirst for knowledge, a tour of London’s world-class museums is a fantastic idea. And to help you get around, The Original Tour’s Museum Route (Blue Route) joins the dots on the map between the capital’s very best exhibitions and galleries.

Highlights on the route include the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and British Museum, which, collectively, have a wide choice of exhibitions this summer to enthral the family.

Investigate for Families (Natural History Museum) is a hands-on science space where kids can explore a vast range of natural specimens. Titans of the Ice Age 3D (Science Museum) is an IMAX experience featuring extinct creatures and frozen landscapes as they were 10,000 years before modern civilisation. And Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds (British Museum) is an exhibition that tells the story of the recent discovery of two lost cities of Egypt, submerged underwater for over 2,000 years.

Entry into the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and British Museum is free – although you may be required to pay an admission fee for some exhibitions.

We hope you found this guide to fun things to do with kids in the summer holidays useful. Don’t forget, if you’re looking for West End theatre deals or money off day trips from London, our friendly and expert staff at The Original London Visitor Centre can help you get the best offers available.

To purchase your tickets for The Original Tour and enjoy massive savings on our attraction deals, click here now.