Combat the cold weather with our top 9 winter weather activities - perfect for those miserable, rainy days when all you want to do is stay inside! We’ve got everything from family-friendly musicals and unique museums, to 90s game show experiences and afternoon teas - there really is something for everyone! Just because the weather is turning colder, it doesn’t mean that family fun has to stop - whack on your scarf and gloves and don’t forget to grab an umbrella on the way out!
1. Put your game faces on for Crystal Maze LIVE
Will you start the fans please? Yes, you read that right. Gather the family together and head to the Crystal Maze LIVE Experience. Travel through four themed adventure zones, test your mental and physical skills at mystery solving challenges and get suited and booted ready to enter the iconic Crystal Dome for a chance to win those all important golden tokens.
2. Get crafty with cake collages for free
Celebrate the end of the festive season in the best way - with cake! Learn about cakes from around the world; from Banh Bo Mut in Vietnam to Stolen in Germany, there are so many different ways to enjoy this sweet treat. Use your creative skills to bring all of these cultures together with your very own cake collage! The Museum of London is always putting on brilliant free workshops and we’re sure this one will be no different, so don't miss out on the sweetest free workshop in town.
3. Let kids be anything they want to be at KidZania London
Do your kids dream of being a firefighter, a pilot or the next award-winning fashionista? With tickets from just £19.75, enrol them in their dream job for the day in the ultimate indoor city run by kids, KidZania London, in Westfield Shepherd's Bush! With over 60 activities and jobs to choose from, little ones can fire up their imagination as they explore different roles and activities and get to grips with what it’s like to work in a real workplace.
4. Get to grips with your childhood at the V&A Museum of Childhood
What was it like to be a child in the past? Dive into a world of nostalgia and history at the free V&A's Childhood Museum. From cuddly (and not so cuddly) toys and games to furniture and dolls houses dating back up to 300 years the changing exhibits bring the past to life.
5. Tuck into an Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole at the super-luxe Taj 51 Buckingham Gate hotel and find out what lies at the end of the tunnel! From just £20.00, treat the whole family to a special themed afternoon tea surrounded by the plush interiors of the Taj's Kona dining rooms. Tuck into a selection of Alice-inspired cakes, pastries, finger sandwiches and teas that'll have you grinning from ear to ear like a Cheshire cat - expect everything from 'Queen of Hearts' Mango Tarts to 'Drink Me' strawberry potion!
6. Head to the priceless Bank of England Museum
Yes, it really is priceless! Come on down to the free Bank of England Museum, see how money is made, how coins have changed and how to tell real bank notes from fake at this small and family-friendly museum. Budding bankers will even get the opportunity to lift a gold bar worth nearly half a million pounds!
7. Grab a hopping 56% off Oi Frog and Friends
“Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools, gophers sit on sofas and frogs sit on logs” – and you’ll be glued to your seats when you see the brilliant family-friendly play, Oi Frog and Friends, based on the award-winning book series! Plus, with tickets from as little as £12.50, you’d be leaping mad not to!
8. Get your wand and fly on down to Warner Bros Studio Tour London
Alohomora! Take your kids to unlock the mysteries that lurk behind Harry Potter’s cloak at Warner Bros Studio Tour London. From flying on a broomstick, to taking a stroll in Diagon Alley, this Warner Bros studio tour offers an unforgettable, fun-filled family day out.
9. Get ready for a Big Barbican Adventure
Get set and explore the Barbican Centre with this free, do-it-yourself trail specially designed with families in mind. Solve cryptic puzzles, create new drawings and play games while exploring the fascinating labyrinth that is the Barbican Centre. Those who manage to complete the trail can even redeem their very own prize. Get solving!
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