Family Friendly Fun,  London,  Museums

Visit the Science Museum – A FREE & FUN DAY OUT!

About the Museum

Visit the Science Museum to spark curiosity and imagination in both adults and children! There are lots of fun things to do at the Science Museum. Take your pick at new exhibitions to stunning IMAX documentaries to Wonderlab interactive gallery and much more.

We visited the museum on a term-time weekday and it was quite crowded! I was not expecting the crowd, but I would definitely suggest to head there earlier. We pre-booked our tickets for admission between 1230-1300.

Pattern Pod

Where: Ground floor of the museum

Pattern Pod is an amazing multi-sensory play area for children (suitable for below nine), where kids get to learn and develop science skills through play. Get the chance to create colourful symmetrical images on available touch screens, create water ripples without physically getting wet and get to also dance in front of a screen while creating coloured “shadows” on the screen etc.

The Garden

Where: Basement of the museum

The Garden is also another place where children can discover science and learn through play. Consisting of multiple interactive elements, this place is designed mainly for 3-6 years old. Get the chance to explore different areas: construction with foam bricks, water play, learn about shadows and reflections and get to play with different elements or instrument / equipment in creating sound and music etc.

Remember to bring your own waterproof aprons or a change of clothes! The water play area is fun and there is a high chance your child might get wet. You can park your pram / buggy in the spare room right opposite The Garden.


  • Both the Pattern Pod and the Garden were really fun!
  • Galleries were very spacious and there were some interactive elements around as well – keeps my child entertained and interested while exploring the galleries


  • The lighting: where the Pattern Pod was situated at was very dim. Could do better with more lights, the dark dim lights with bright and colourful elements at the pod might be overwhelming for younger kids.

Will be heading to the Wonderlab soon, will update once i have more information!

Getting there:

Place: Science Museum

Address: Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

Opening hours: Daily, 1000 hrs to 1800 hrs (last entry 1715 hrs) Galleries will start to close 30 minutes before museum closes.

Ticketing: Pre-booking is required! I am not sure if walk-ins are allowed, I would usually just pre-book tickets online. There are also other exhibitions and interactive galleries that you can pre-book for at additional cost.

Accessibility: Lifts available, mostly wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilets are also available, toilets and baby changing available as well. Check their website on updates if there are any technical fault or issues with step-free access in the museum.

Prams: There are places to park your buggy or prams when entering interactive play spaces for children.

Food: There are various cafes in the museum: energy café, shake bar, the diner, gallery café, basement café and picnic area. Check here for more details on type of food available.


Nearest underground station: South Kensington ~5 mins walk (steps + stairs)

Nearest underground station with step free access: Earl’s Court ~20-25 mins walk

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