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The Top 3 Things To Do in London With Your Pre-Schooler


Now this post is based on my experience and my experience may differ from yours. We are currently in London at the time of this posting, and while there are lots of things to do for everyone, grownups and kids alike, there are just a few things that your little ones would thoroughly enjoy. While I know most people would say, how about a museum, or the Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guards or visiting Big Ben, be for real. How many of your kids would actually choose that? When planning a vacation with children, of course you want to add in a few 'adult' themed experiences, and the palace and a museum or two would be perfect for the grownups, but they are definitely not what your own kids would choose. These however are the top three things that Madison, my own preschooler has added to her list of top things to do in London.


First lets start under the sea.

1. Sea Life London Aquarium:

This is a great experience for all sea lovers. You can get up close and personal with sharks, see the feeding of stingrays and get to touch a star fish. While this isn't one of the biggest aquarium that we've been to, the experience was amazing. The attention spans of pre-schoolers aren't that long, unless they're watching an unboxing video of toys or the opening of a Kinder Egg Surprise on YouTube, so the hour or two that you take to go through the aquarium is perfect for them! While there is no flash photography for those who are intent on taking photos, just being up close to a big tank of sharks getting up in your face is worth it.


Now we head above land.

2. The ZSL London Zoo

Some kids may be afraid of the aquarium and seeing sharks swim by so close. So if you're a land or animal lover, then the zoo is the place for you. Be prepared to spend an entire day at the zoo. With lots of animals to see and lots to do, it's quite an experience. Madison's favorite was getting up close to the Lemur's, and when we say up close, we mean up close, in an enclosed area with complete access. Their beautiful butterfly paradise is also a must visit, where you are completely surrounded by butterflies flying around you. This is a definite must when in London. When you're done, take a lovely stroll through the Royal Regents Park which is close by.


Now how about some fun and adventure!

3. Shrek's Adventure

This is perfect for everyone as well and I had a blast as did Madison. While it's named Shrek's Adventures, you get to meet some of the other more famous Dreamworks characters. This is an interactive adventure that starts off on a 4D bus tour to Shrek's castle. On the way you accidentally kill Rumpelstiltskin's favorite witch with your bus and the adventure begins. It's a laugh out loud funny adventure and everyone gets involved. There is no photography on this adventure but then you'll be having so much fun you won't even want to take any. You do however get the opportunity to take photos at the end of your "trip".


So there you go! Our top 3 things to do in London with your pre-schooler. Stay tuned where get into more details of our experience from each trip in upcoming posts.

Let's discuss: If you've been to London or live in and around London, what do you recommend? 

Annmarie John
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  1. I visited London in 1979 or 1980. I have been wanting to go back there ever since. I think the zoo and the aquarium sound great, even for adults.

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    1. Oh those are great for adults but I think my favorite was most definitely the zoo. I'm a big animal lover and there was so much to see there. You're going to need an entire day just for the zoo, no kidding.

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  2. I love spending the day at aquariums and Sea Life London sounds like a great one to visit. I haven't been to London, yet, but one of these days . . . All of these places look like fun for preschoolers.

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    1. Sea Life London isn't big enough for an entire day unfortunately but there are lots to do along the South Bank where it is located that you will love doing as well.

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  3. I am not sure if I will ever make it there or not, but it's great to know there is so much to do with the littles there.

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    1. Yes there is and if you make it then there is so much more to do besides this. I think you'd love it there.

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  4. Definitely ideas on how to keep young kids engaged and enjoying London as I agree there might not be as many places and things for kids to do on a trip there. So, will most definitely keep these places in mind if and when we do visit London. Thanks for sharing ;)

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    1. They do have quite a lot of museums and parks which you can take the kids on a regular day but these 3 are a lot of fun.

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  5. I love Kinder Eggs. I always wish they'd come to America.
    Ok that aquarium looks awesome and I always love zoos. And yay for Shrek!

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    1. Oh you and me both Tamara on those Kinder Eggs. Madison isn't too interested in the chocolate, she just loves the surprise inside. BTW I think you'd definitely enjoy all 3.

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  6. What a hoot to accidentally kill the witch from Rumpelstitskin!My hubby and I would enjoy all of these places with just the two of us! We could easily spend an entire day at the zoo. That Lemur is really cute, isn't he! We have not been to London but now I know what to go see if we visit.

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    1. Oh yes Shrek's Adventure was totally hilarious and oh so much fun. The zoo you're definitely going to need a day for and btw that's a Meerkat, not a Lemur. :)

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  7. The Shrek adventure sounds like a lot of fun. Heck I think it would make my to-do list!

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    1. And it most definitely should. You'd love it!

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  8. I've never been to London, actually I've never been outside of the US but would love to one day. Maybe when I get a bit more money since it's expensive to travel with 3 kids. London, France, Italy and Germany are on my list of places I would love to visit and with these 3 places here, now I know of at least 3 places I can take the kids. Can't wait to read about your experiences.

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    1. It can get fairly expensive, especially when you're traveling with kids. You'd probably want to set up a 'travel fund' and save for it. Italy and Germany are on my list of places to visit myself as well and Germany may be easier to get to. Maybe next year. Fingers crossed.

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  9. These are definitely all fun things to do with kids! My kids would love the aquarium. We have a big aquarium in town and they always loved seeing the fish.

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    1. Kids who love fish would love the aquarium. Madison enjoyed looking at the fishes.

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  10. I'm not a toddler, but I would still love to visit all these places. Great ideas for kids. Keeping them entertained can be a challenge.

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    1. Oh yes it can be, especially with their short attention spans. However these attractions are perfect for everyone.

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  11. This is a great list of activities to do with a little kid in London. We've never been to London but I'd love to visit. I know my kids would love the zoo!

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    1. I think most kids would love the zoo, even I loved the zoo. I had a great time and you would to. You can add London to your list of getaways to do in the future.

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  12. I live in oxford just an hour outside London, I am not a fan of big cities but when I do visit I love just walking around from Trafalgar square all around the London eye and back.

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    1. Oh yes the South Bank is awesome and there is so much to do there. You can certainly spend an entire day there easily.

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  13. I love these ideas. I haven't been to London since I was in High School. I didn't know about Shrek's Adventure!

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    1. Shrek's Adventure is on the South Bank right next to the London Eye and the Aquarium. You can easily do all of them the same day.

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  14. This is good to know! We want to travel a lot with our son and he would love all of these (and so would mom and dad! ;))

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    1. Oh yes! Mom and dad would enjoy them too.

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  15. My lived in London for 4+ years and my sister was actually born there but I've never been! I'm visiting London (and Paris) for the first time next month and I'm so excited <3

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    1. Oh you're going to love it. We spent 3 days in Paris and while I was freaked out a little because of their recent terrorist attacks I loved it there.

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  16. We have done all of these things on different trips to London and we don't even have kids. They're all fun! The aquarium is my favorite :)

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    1. Oh you don't need kids to enjoy these but kids are definitely going to love it as much as you do.

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  17. We would absolutely LOVE to visit the UK one of these days! It is seriously on our top of the list of places to visit. We have family friends that live in England who hop over to FL to visit us and bring us goodies from over there.

    The Shrek's Adventure sounds like so much fun! I have never heard of it so will have to make a note to add that to the list.

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    1. Oh you most certainly have to. Madison enjoyed it over there but then again she was being spoiled by family so who wouldn't? Shrek's Adventure is awesome!

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  18. How neat is this !!! I'm in the States I would live to visit

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  19. This is a fun list of ideas. Feels like forever since my girls were that young.

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    1. Well you can do it as an adult as well. This certainly isn't only for the little ones.

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  20. My family would be all over Shrek's Adventure, it sounds wonderful! I really appreciate learning about places to see in London besides the usual ones!

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    1. Oh London is amazing and there is so much to do there besides just these three. You'll love it.

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  21. These all look so amazing! I love London, I hope to get there with my kids some day!

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    1. And I think you should most certainly add it to your list of places to visit.

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  22. OMy goodness... I have done every museum in London (twice) and have never done the aquarium or the zoo.... great ideas!!

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    1. Then you need to get a hop on it. How could you not? Especially the zoo? It is awesome there!

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  23. I would love to go there some day! The Sea Life Aquarium would be so fun!

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    1. Sea Life Aquarium is awesome and I think that you would love it.

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  24. I haven't been to London yet but really want to. I won't have any young children with me but want to visit the zoo and aquarium myself.

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    1. Oh you don't need young children to enjoy this. You'll enjoy it all on your own.

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  25. I've never been to London, and to be honest I would be scared to go with my unpredictable toddlers! However, the recommendations you gave seem kid friendly and exciting! You may make me change my mind!

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    1. I used to think that way when my daughter was younger. She just celebrated her 4th birthday and she has done great on all the adventures we have gone to. Don't underestimate your daughters.

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  26. These sound like fun things to do. I hope to go to London one day.

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    1. And you should most certainly put London on your bucket list of places to travel to.

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  27. This looks like a great trip! My kids love aquariums. Maybe we will make it to London while they are still kids.;)

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    1. Kids and adults would both enjoy it so be sure to add them to your list if you ever do visit.

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  28. Travelling with kids is always a fun experience! These are great suggestions for activities, looks like a lot of fun.

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    1. They were a lot of fun and we both had fun at them all.

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  29. I dream of living in London. I have family there and I know there are lots of activities for kids and families. Enjoy the toddler years.

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    1. Oh I love London myself but I don't think I want to live there permanently. I love the US. :)

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  30. What an awesome experience of everyone. There are so many things to do and places to see all over the world.

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    1. Oh there sure is and that's why my plan to travel the world is such a dream of mine that I intend to become a reality.

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  31. Great ideas! I love hearing about good kid friendly activities in other major cities. I have a pre-school age son, and it is always good to know there is plenty to entertain him if I bring him to London with me. He would love the Aquarium!

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    1. Oh he would most certainly love it. If he loves Shrek, KungFu Panda etc, he would enjoy Shrek's Adventures as well.

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  32. I want to go to the Shrek Adventure as I have heard great reviews about it. I would recommend some museums too.

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    1. Shrek's Adventure was amazing. We didn't do any museums while there however, which would you recommend?

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  33. love London, will be moving back there soon. Great to get a recap on everything that you can do.

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    1. Oh we LOVE London too but can't see myself living there however. I love the US way more. :)

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  34. I love going to zoos with the kids. It's always fun to check out new animals and see baby ones.

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    1. Oh yes and there was 1 baby while we were there but he was so protected by his mommy and daddy gorilla that we only got a glimpse of him.

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  35. I have a few children and this looks like a lot of fun! I've never been to London but would love to go! This is a start!

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    1. Well it's good that I gave a start. This is at least 2 days worth of fun but there is so much more to do besides this.

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  36. Great ideas! I've never met a preschooler who doesn't like to watch the magic of animals. :)

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    1. To be honest, me neither. Kids just love animals don't they?

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  37. What an exciting time! I would love to get to London someday. I keep asking my husband if we can take a long holiday over there. We shall see!

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    1. And I hope he says yes. You will both love it!

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  38. London is definitely on my bucket list and I'd love to take my boys! Good to know these places don't disappoint! Thanks, mama!

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    1. You're very welcome and it most certainly doesn't disappoint. You'll enjoy it with the boys.

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  39. This sounds amazing! I am sure London has a lot to offer to people of all ages. Thank you for sharing your recommendations

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    1. Oh London has LOTS to do and I wish we were able to stay longer but I do however have a home to go to.

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  40. I've never been to London but the Zoo and the Aquarium are some of our favorite places to go. You can't go wrong with those.

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    1. Oh you most certainly can't go wrong with both the zoo and the aquarium. Both were loads of fun.

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  41. My kiddos would be all about the zoo. It was one of our favorite things to do when they were little (not on London, of course). I actually think we may visit the Detroit Zoo next week!

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    1. Oh the zoo was amazing! I can't believe that we spent so many hours there and still didn't get to see everything. The Lions weren't around at the time but will be there on the 25th.

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  42. London is one of my favorite cities and we have a lot of family there but didn't have such a great list for kids! Must try it out someday!

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    1. And I think you most certainly should. There is so much more to do with kids including the huge number of parks, museums etc but these 3 were on my top list.

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  43. I have never been there but it looks like a great time. The zoo looks especially fun but I love visiting different ones around the country

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    1. Oh I love visiting zoos wherever we go. We have plans to visit one coming up very soon and we can't wait!

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  44. The London Zoo would definitely be on my list. Zoos are always a hit with the kiddies. Aquariums are also fun for them too. Cool fish pic!

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    1. Yes the ZSL Zoo was amazing and I definitely have to go back there on my next trip to the UK.

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  45. I've never been to London but would love to go there one day!! I love these ideas.

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    1. Oh I'm sure you'll love it if you ever get to visit. We had a blast visiting family.

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  46. London is on my bucket list! And even though I no longer have little ones - we all love a great aquarium. Great travel tips. Thanks!

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    1. You're welcome Stacey and you'll love it there. We had an amazing time!

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