Planning the perfect family day out can be tricky and finding free things to do in London for kids is almost impossible. Look no further than Wembley Park with its great transport links, plenty of free things to do, baby-change facilities, and family-friendly restaurants!
Here, in north-west London, you’ll be able to keep everyone happy, from frazzled parents to tantruming toddlers and terrible teens. Use our new guide for the best things to do in Wembley for kids!
Catch a movie
The Cineworld multiplex offers a fantastic cinematic experience, with film strands including Movies for Juniors and cinebabies parent-and-infant screenings. Take advantage of the £5 kids’ tickets, or splash out on D-BOX seats and add a thrilling new dimension to the on-screen action. Grab a couple of children’s MunchBoxes on the way in and they can snack their way through the movie without breaking the bank.
Learn and create
Get their creative juices flowing at The Yellow, Wembley Park’s community space, which hosts an enriching programme of free activities for kids: drama, music, storytelling, script-writing and cooking are some of the workshops on offer.
Little bookworms will also enjoy a visit to Wembley’s ultra-modern library in the Civic Centre. It’s open seven days a week, with free story- and rhyme-times for toddlers.
Celebrate the cultures of Brent
Head online this August and join BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London, also known as Neasden Temple, and join in their 25th anniversary celebrations with activities for the whole family.
Don't miss their children's celebration on Sunday 16 August with fun activities for the little ones, or their Finale Celebrations on Sunday 23 August.
On rainy days, under 12s can let off steam at the all-weather playpark: the slides, shoots, roundabouts and climbing towers are protected from the elements by a vast waterproof canopy.
The over 12s are notoriously difficult to entertain, so take them to MeetSpaceVR – the world’s first free-roam virtual-reality laser-tag game – and let them live out their Xbox fantasies. They’ll be so grateful, they might even tidy their rooms…
Take in a show
Every year the world-famous SSE Arena Wembley hosts a dazzling line-up of family entertainment, including regular visits from pre-schoolers’ favourite Paw Patrol Live! and Nickelodeon’s SlimeFest.
Older children and teenagers will love a night at Wembley Park’s new Troubadour Theatre, where upcoming shows include famous names from Strictly Come Dancing appearing in The Ballroom Boys, and the acclaimed National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Eat and drink
When it comes to eating out, children know what they like and they like what they know. So if you’re looking for family-friendly restaurants in in London, head to LDO, where you’ll find all their high-street favourites including Nando’s, Wagamama, Pizza Express and Frankie & Bennie’s.
For youngsters with more adventurous palates, introduce them to a whole world of delicious street food at Boxpark Wembley. They’ll love the laid-back vibe and the chance to sample new flavours including spicy jerk from Mama Jacq’s, north-Indian flatbreads from Koolcha, fresh sushi from Mitsurya or award-winning traditional burgers from Nanny Bill’s.
Go on a spending spree
Parents planning family days out in West London will jump at the chance of a spot of retail therapy. Get yourself to the London Designer Outlet and grab yourself a bargain or let the kids go on a spree! Style-conscious youngsters will be in shopping heaven at the LDO, where all their favourite brands nestle under one roof, with discounts of up to 70% off RRP. Treat them to some cool kicks at Nike, kit them out in new gear from Tommy Hilfiger
Kids, pick up some jewellery and hair accessories at Claire’s and top it all off with a sugar rush in the UK’s first Haribo Store!