INSIDE: The Ultimate Guide to the London Science Museum for Toddlers, Kids & Families. Updated 2019.
Wondering what there is to do in the London Science Museum for toddlers, preschoolers and bigger kids?
Do yourself a favour and head Straight to the THIRD FLOOR WONDERLAB for Kids aged 8 -14!
The Science Museum Wonderlab is not just for kids 8 -14 as the brochure said. My boys (aged 2 and 7), and our cheeky never-ageing Gnome, LOVED it.
There’s something for everyone in this gallery in London with over 50 hands-on science experiments, exhibits and activities.
We think you’ll love it too.
The Garden at the Science Museum
Did you know there’s also a dedicated zone for toddlers at the Science Museum.
Visit The Garden, on basement level, a place for kids aged 3-7 to explore science through play. Read more below.
If you are on the fence and wondering is the Science museum good for toddlers, or is the Science museum suitable for toddlers, we say YES in bold.
They’ll be entranced.
- 1 WONDERLAB Science Museum London on Level 3
- 2 Big Kids at Science Museum Wonderlab
- 3 Wonderlab Tickets
- 4 Hot tips for visiting the London Science Museum on a School Excursion Day
- 5 Sneak Peek inside the Wonderlab Science Museum
- 6 The Shake Bar – 3rd floor next to Wonderlab
- 7 Explore the Rest of the Science Museum London with Kids
- 8 Science Museum App
- 9 What to eat at the Science Museum London Cafe
- 10 London Science Museum Shop – Level 0
- 11 Science Museum Lates
- 12 The Inside Scoop – Science Museum Under 5s
- 13 How to get to the London Science Museum
- 14 Map of the London Science Museum
- 15 Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
- 16 Looking for More London Museums for Kids & Things to do in London?
- 17 Subscribe
- 18 Bookmark Roam the Gnome
WONDERLAB Science Museum London on Level 3
Toddlers and kids can join in more than 50 mind-blowing exhibits, shows and demonstrations.
There’s SEVEN zones for kids to explore and join in real science experiments, and there’s a team of Explainers on site ready to help kids understand how the science experiments work.
Toddlers, preschoolers and big kids can:
- join in live experiments at the Chemistry Bar in the Matter Zone
- watch lightning strike in the Electricity Zone
- race your friends on the three giant friction slides in the Forces Zone
- play with colour in the Light Zone (hot tip: wear white!)
- explore space and planets in the Space Zone
- investigate shapes and modelling in the Maths Zone
- use the thermal imaging camera to find out how hot and cold things are
- move liquid using magnets in the Matter Zone
- touch sound and feel it in your body at the Sound Pods in the Sound Zone
Launchpad Science Museum
Sadly, the Science Museum Launchpad is no longer, but this is an awesome replacement.
Big Kids at Science Museum Wonderlab
There’s FOUR fun science shows for the big kids to enjoy too.
Flash, Bang, Wallop for kids aged 7-12: All things fire and explosions. It’s LOUD!
Live Wire! for kids aged 7-12: A chance to discover the secrets of electricity.
The Rocket Show for kids aged 9-14: Watch the launch of a rocket, learn about rocket fuel, and discover HOW astronauts get into space and back without imploding!
Prime Time for kids aged 9-14: A look at maths in the real world in daily life, including architecture, design, and playing games.
A daily pass to Wonderlab Interactive Gallery starts from £8.00 for kids aged 4-16, and £10.00 for adults.
Toddlers and babies under 3 enter for FREE. A family discount applies for groups of three or more.
You must prebook your entry time when you buy tickets as they have rolling entry into this hands-on exhibition. Time slots start every 15 minutes.
However, once inside the gallery, you can stay as long as you like.
Hot tips for visiting the London Science Museum on a School Excursion Day
It pays to visit when there’s a school excursion on sometimes, even though it’s busy! Some of the experiments work better when there are LOTS of kids to man all the stations and contribute their energy to the task.
But if you don’t want lots of kids around, go after 2.00pm.
The crowds of school kids are there one minute, gone the next.
Plan to spend at least two hours at the Science Museum Wonderlab.
Bring a book just in case. You won’t get them out of here in a hurry.
Sneak Peek inside the Wonderlab Science Museum
Take a look at the video above for a sneak peek into the Wonderlab science museum.
The video shows just a tiny fraction of the fun things to do at the Science Museum, but it’s a good start.
The Shake Bar – 3rd floor next to Wonderlab
Design your own ice-cream tub with a range of toppings, or indulge in a made-to-order ice cream milkshakes.
Monday–Friday 11.00–15.00, Saturday–Sunday 11.00–17.00
Explore the Rest of the Science Museum London with Kids
When the kids have had enough of the Wonderlab area, it’s time to explore the rest of the Natural Science Museum in London.
There’s no wonder this place ranks so highly on the list of things to do in London with kids.
Level 3 at the London Science Museum for Kids
There are two flight simulators on Level 3 in the Fly Zone.
Kids aged 4 + and families can sit in on the Red Arrows 3D Science Museum flight simulation theatre for a sensational aerobatic display, or jump into the Typhoon Force and fly a low-level mission in the cockpit of a RAF Typhoon jet. (Ticketed)
Fly Kids is a chance for younger kids to fly with the Red Arrows! This is a 2D pod ride for ages 3 -5. (Ticketed)
Check out over 100 aircraft models from the history of flight from the earliest pioneers to modern jumbo jets in the Flight Gallery
Level 2 for Kids at the London Science Museum
Has it’s own InfoAge+ app. Download it before you come, and set your kids up with some tasks such as finding a news story in the gallery or creating a video report.
This gallery showcases the technological advances of information and communication equipment over past 200 years.
Kids can learn about the changing climate, and join in five fast and fun games in this interactive gallery. For ages 8+.
Level 1 for Kids at the London Science Museum
Who Am I? Gallery
Discover more about the human being and morph your face to see what it will be like as you age!
Level 0 for Kids at the London Science Museum
Pattern Pod Science Museum
Touch screens, playful science games, and experiments with water, shapes, and patterns, perfect for 5 -8 year olds.
Making the Modern World
Kids can check out the cultural history of our world and how things have changed from the 1750’s to today – they’ll love the planes, trains and automobiles on display!
See a real piece of the moon, then find out how astronauts breathe, eat, drink and go to the toilet in space! Lots of rockets, satellites, space probes and landers to check out too.
IMAX theatre 3D & 2D movie experience.
If you’ve not done IMAX with the kids before, now’s the time.
Basement Level for Kids at the London Science Museum
Explore the Science Museum Garden.
Science Museum The Garden is on the basement floor. This child-centred interactive gallery is where preschoolers and toddlers in London can learn about science in a fun, engaging way through games and activities.
This science centre for toddlers and kids aged 3 -7 years has “Museum explainers” on hand to help answer questions or join in the games.
The Secret Life of the Home
Kids can flush a loo to see how it works, see horse-drawn vacuum cleaners, explore pop-up toasters, learn about other everyday household objects and see how they’ve changed over the years.
- a Family room
- buggy parking
- a picnic area and the Basement Café
Science Museum App
Download the London Science Museum App – Treasure Hunters- to create your very own tour of the museum.
What to eat at the Science Museum London Cafe
Energy Cafe – Level 0, next to the shop
Grab and go food with seating on two levels. Cakes, sandwiches, hot and cold dishes, hot specials, made to order pizza, cold drinks, teas and coffees on offer.
Monday–Sunday 10.00–17.30 (until 18.30 during school holidays)
The Diner – Level 0
Feast on an extensive menu of burgers, salads and desserts at our family restaurant.
Monday–Sunday 11.00–15.00 (until 17.00 on weekends and during school holidays)
The Basement Cafe – Level 1
Coffees and cakes, juices, smoothies and teas. Watch out – there’s pick and mix sweets on the shelves too!
Monday–Friday 11.00–15.00, Saturday–Sunday 11.00–16.00
Gallery Cafe – Level 2
Extensive range of vegetarian food, salads and hot and cold drinks.
Monday–Sunday 10.00–16.00 (until 17.00 during school holidays)
BYO picnic – Level 1 & 3
Ask a staff member to point you in the direction of a picnic area. (There’s a few around the museum)
London Science Museum Shop – Level 0
Stop at the Science Museum London Shop.
The Museum of Science Gift Shop has an amazing range of lifestyle, tech products, science kits, homewares, fashion, children’s toys, and gadgets for everyone.
Look out for the range of unique London gifts & souvenirs inspired by the Science Museum’s exhibitions, galleries and collections.
Science Museum Lates
Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the museum on the last Wednesday of every month.
The Inside Scoop – Science Museum Under 5s
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Address: The main entrance is on Exhibition Rd south, Kensington, London SW7 2DD, UK
Telephone: +44 870 870 4868
Website: Click here
Science Museum Opening Times
- Interactive Gallery open daily 10am to 6pm. Last admission 5.15pm. Galleries start to close at 5.30pm
- Closed 24-26 December
- FREE entry.
- Some exhibitions and attractions are ticketed. Look out for the ‘ticket’ shaped sign as you go around. Book individual tickets at any of the ticket desks.
How to get to the London Science Museum
- The nearest Science Museum London tube station is South Kensington. This is on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines and is a 5 minute walk from the Museum. A pedestrian subway connects South Kensington station to our main entrance.
- Gloucester Road tube station is also on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines and is a 15 minute walk.
- Find out the latest Transport for London tube status updates.
- Bus routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 and C1 stop outside South Kensington Underground Station.
- Bus routes 9, 10, 52, 452 and 70 stop outside the Royal Albert Hall on Kensington Gore.
- Transport for London Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations are available outside the Museum on Exhibition Road and on Thurloe Place near South Kensington tube station.
- We do not have dedicated bicycle stands, but folding bicycles can be left in our cloakroom on the lower ground floor.
- We do not have car parking facilities and local parking is very limited. There is no visitor parking in Exhibition Road.
Science Museum Parking
- The nearest pay and display car parking is in Prince Consort Road and Queen’s Gate.
- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have more information about parking near the Museum.
Map of the London Science Museum
Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
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