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Off The Beaten Track: 10 Best Kid-Friendly Places To Visit

The Design Museum

Knowing where you can take your little gang can be difficult. Is there easy access with the pram? Is there anywhere to feed the little ones? And perhaps the most important question, will it get their attention, or will they be creating havoc?

Every parent is apprehensive on outings with their tots, but fear not, just take a look at our list of the best kid-friendly places to visit in the UK this summer.


If you want an educational trip…

  • V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, London
  • This museum is not only educational but will get your pack’s creative juices flowing. The museum has toy exhibitions,that you and your family will adore - there are collections of Lego, K’Nex and childhood favourite, Mr Potato Head!

    You will feel nostalgic looking back on how your favourite toys have evolved through the years, and your small ones will wonder how we ever managed without iPads!


  • Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Holyrood
  • The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is a one of a kind. It integrates geometry and physics into one fabulous space. Charles Jencks created this garden with his late wife, Maggie Keswick, and the couple were inspired by the cosmos, hence the name.

    It intertwines modernity, with its checkered lawns and smooth lines, and a love of gardening to create a fun space for your family to discover.

    Garden of Cosmic Speculation


  • Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, Hoxton, London
  • Looks can be very, very deceiving… from the shop front, you will see a store that provides monsters with their daily essentials, but once you step inside, it is another story!

    Hoxton Street Monster Supplies work with Ministry of Stories to encourage creative writing amongst younger children. You and your kids will love the fun, passionate atmosphere. Plus, you can buy some delicious treats, what is there not to like?

    Hoxton Street Monster Supplies


  • The Isle of Man
  • If you want to do something a little different, why not visit the Isle of Man? Go for a ride on the steam railway, and prepare yourselves for breathtaking views!

    For the hopeless romantics, watch the Northern Stars by the sea with your adventurous little ones. Or, for a fun farming day out, take them to the Knockaloe Beg Farm - they will love it!

    Isle of Man

     

    If you are a family of animal-lovers...

  • Tatton Park, Manchester
  • Tatton Park is a stunning mansion with gardens with family-friendly activities. With jaw-dropping scenery, the lake makes a perfect setting for a picnic with all your mini-me’s.

    You can also discover their 2,000 acres of deer park by foot, by bike or on horseback, and watch the wildlife in awe. They also provide hot meals, and have a children’s menu for your little ones.

    Tatton Park


  • London Zoo
  • Yes, it's a tourist favourite but London Zoo is still a must! With a wide variety of rare animals, your little ones will love meeting the majestic lions, or watching the penguins play in a live show.

    The zoo is easy to access, and has a choice of cafés and restaurants for a great day out. If you want to make a weekend of it, why not rent a lion lodge? You will feel like you really are in the deep forests of Africa.

    London Zoo


  • The Deep, Hull
  • The Deep is known as one of the UK’s best aquariums, and we can understand why! You will be able to see the marine wildlife close up like never before.

    You and your family can see regular shows or have a guided tour and if your child is aged 8 to 11 years old, they can volunteer for a whole day! The building itself is modern and cutting edge, and is accessible to everyone.

    The Deep


    If your family loves art and design...

  • The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes, London
  • The renowned LEGO® artist, Nathan Sawaya, has set up a temporary exhibition in London dedicated to two passions - LEGO® of course, and DC Comics!

    Nathan has used the bricks to create lifescale figures of his favourite comic book characters and is a must-see for an aspiring Batman! Book online before the day to make sure you don’t miss out!

    Art of the Brick

  • Eastside Projects, Birmingham
  • Situated in Digbeth, Birmingham, the Eastside Projects bring a diversity of artwork from international and local artists.

    Innovation, bright ideas, geometry and modernity are just some of the words you could use to describe the gallery. Your kids’ eyes will light up in wonder as they discover the different forms art can take.


    Eastside Projects


  • The Design Museum, Kensington, London
  • The Design Museum in Kensington is another place full of contemporary pieces that will blow your mind. You and your family will love walking around the minimal, sleek building and getting inspiration for your home.

    Your future artists can participate in design workshops to bring out their inner creator. It makes for a fantastic day out for you and your kids.

    The Design Museum

     

    PREPARATION AND PACKING

    We all know that preparation and packing are crucial to a great day out with the small ones.

    From our latest must-have changing bags and kids' daypacks, blankets that double up as picnic rugs, to the most practical non-spill beakers and bowls.

    Check out our top picks for your next Big Day Out HERE

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