I was wondering if any one has some tips about kids stuff around our area? My niece is coming to see me in about 2 weeks time and I was hoping there is stuff we can do close to home. She is 5 yrs old.
Even if only a good suggestion of where to go and eat/have lunch?
Lots of restaurants along River are child-friendly: Browns, Ask, Zizzi, Pizz Express, Strada etc (handy tip: take note pad and pens for colouring-in whilst waiting for food to arrive tho some places do give them to younger diners)
As for places to go: the Tate; the Hornimann Museum; Discover centre (in Stratford); Greenwich (National Maritime Museum); Natural History Museum; Science Museum (lots of these have specific child activities, though as I guess it will be Easter ... prepare for lots and lots of other kids)
Other nice things to do are boating/pedalo on the serpentine; the whole of the South bank with the entertainers, skateboarders and pavement artists too
A little bit further afield but the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green would be a great day out, and something that adults can enjoy as much as the children.
Lots of hands on displays for the children and a trip down memory lane for adults. Plus free to get in. To get the most out of the visit I would suggest ringing them to see if they have anything special going on that week.
You might also like to pop to the Cuming Museum. We run sessions for 0-5s every Thursday morning 10am to 11.15am. We also have family activities over the Easter holidays if this is when your neice is staying. Look at our website www.southwark.gov.uk/cumingmuseum for more details about all events.
We also have 3 family friendly galleries with costumes to try on, trails to follow and storybags, full of books, puppets and toys.
Julie already mentioned it but I took my 5 and 6 year old nephews to the Horniman museum and they had a great day out there. It was easy to get to on the train from London Bridge (though we got a bus back to Elephant and Castle because they love buses). All of the suggestions here are great but the day at the Horniman was probably the highlight of the kids' trip.