Family learning

The Museum is a great place for your family to have fun together and discover the history of London’s famous transport network. You can visit the Museum 363 days a year. Adults can buy a season ticket for 12 months, and young people under 17 go free! Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Every school holiday parents, carers and children can make-and-take in our craft workshops, and join in with our latest storytime tales. Everything is connected to our incredible collection and the wonderful stories it can tell.

Summer Family Fun

22 July to 3 September 2017

Visit the Museum this summer for a variety of fun, family-friendly activities and events including creative illustration and make-and-take workshops, storytelling and musical jamming sessions:

  • Illustration and story time weekend - 22 and 23 July
  • Transport Detectives - 24 July to 11 August
  • Be Safe Week - 14 to 18 August
  • Junk Music - 19 August to 3 September

Families can also climb aboard real buses, trains and trams and enjoy the All Aboard play zone where kids can play on a mini fleet of vehicles and dress up in uniforms to become drivers, mechanics, station announcers and river captains.

Illustration and story time family weekend - 22 and 23 July Learn easy drawing tricks and create pictures of your most loved London places using collage, pens and pencils taking inspiration from the Museum’s Sounds of the City illustration exhibition. Join our guest children’s book authors and illustrators for story time sessions and enjoy their beautiful illustrations that bring the stories to life. Between 11:00 and 16:00 you can meet:

  • Jim Stoten – Mr Tweed and the Band in Need (Flying Eye Publishing)
  • Emily Rand – In the Darkness of the Night (Tate Publishing)
  • Alice Tait – No, Nancy, No! (Walker Publishing)
  • Alex Barrow & Gabby Dawnay – London Calls! (Tate Publishing)

Transport Detectives

24 July to 11 August 2017

Storytime

At 11:00 and 14:00; story lasts approximately 20 minutes. Suitable for all ages.

Listen to an intriguing story about a mysterious object that has turned up at the Lost Property Office. Nobody knows what it is or where it came from so London’s very best transport detective is brought in to help discover where the strange item came from and return it to its rightful owner.

Discovery activity

At 11:30 and 2:30. Activities last up to an hour. Suitable for ages 3 to 12.

Have you ever lost something on your transport travels? Put on your detective hats and track down the lost property of London. Collect weird and wonderful things in your own pop-up lost property treasure trove.

Be Safe Week

14 to 18 August 2017

Workshops for families and a free stamper card trail. Kids can have fun, meet safety experts and learn how to be safe at home, in public and when using public transport at London Transport Museum’s ‘Be Safe Week’. Kids will learn directly from the Police, London Fire Brigade, RNLI Lifeboats, Transport for London’s School Liaison Officers and other agencies, and will collect a stamp from each team of experts they visit.

Junk Music

19 August to 3 September 2017

Creative Make and Take

11:00 and 14:00 – each activity lasts an hour. Suitable for ages 3 to 12.

In collaboration with the Junk Orchestra, children and families can build musical instruments from around the world using everyday recycled household materials provided at the museum. Our activity area will be set up into four rhythm stations each having a different instrument activity to reflect the sounds of the city and London's varied culture.

Junior Jamming session

12:30 and 15:30 - sessions last approximately 30 minutes. All ages welcome.

Join the Junk Orchestra Jam. Make and compose music inspired by the wonderful illustrations in our Sounds of the City exhibition using your personalised musical instruments and the Junk Orchestra's tuned pentatonic junk orchestra.

Other activities for families this summer

All Aboard

The Museum’s All Aboard play zone is perfect for younger visitors. Children can play conductor on a real bus, repair a mini Tube train with toy spanners, and work in the ‘Lost Property Office’. Older kids will enjoy driving Tube train simulators and meeting costumed actors who bring the exhibits to life.

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Singing and Stories

Date: Tuesdays during term-time at 10.45, 12.00, 13.45 and 15.00
Duration: 45 minutes per session
Tickets: Tickets are free with Museum entry and are given out at 10.00 and 13.00 at the Museum ticket desk

For families with children aged 5 and under

Join us to find out how people get around the city. With stories about hopping on a bus to the Museum and songs about catching a tube to London Town, there’s something for everyone. Sessions include singing and dancing, as well as the chance to see and touch objects from the Museum collection.

Songs and stories written and produced by Artburst

Family Tours

Depot explorers: family tours

Date: Various
Times:11:00-12:00 and 13:30-14:30
Tickets: £5 per adult, children and young people aged 17 and under go free.

2017 Tour dates and booking

Go behind the scenes on a special family tour of London Transport Museum’s Depot in Acton.  Hear the stories of our historic buses, see a special Underground train driven by the Queen, and discover some of the secrets behind our fascinating collection.

What visitors have said:

“Really interesting tour. The guide was brilliant – made it very engaging for the children as well as the adults.”
“Very informative, lots of cool stuff, things that you don’t get to see elsewhere.”

The tour is most appropriate for children aged 5 – 11 with their parents or carers.
The tour is not suitable for adults attending without children. 

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SEN mornings at the Museum

Early explorers 

Date: Saturday 8 April 2017
Duration:  09.00 onwards (open to the general public from 10.00)
Tickets: Advanced booking is essential as places are limited. Please call 020 7565 7298 to book your place now. Children and young people under 18 go free; adults charged general admission rate.

For families with Special Educational Needs, we open early twice a year.  Enjoy the Museum at a quieter time, free from the general public. Many of the sounds are switched off, making the Museum a peaceful place to be. Explore our All Aboard family galleries in peace, try your hand at our craft activities or get hands on with genuine parts of transport history.
Curriculum links: Science, Design and Technology

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All Aboard family play zone

Come and explore All Aboard, the Museum’s dedicated play zone for families with children aged 0 to 7 years.

Dress up and help keep our fleet of mini vehicles ‘on the move’. Get in the driver’s seat of a real bus, repair a mini tube train or help passengers find their belongings in the ‘Lost Property’ office. You can also enjoy ‘sailing’ the Thames Nipper, serving passengers in the Nipper café, fly the Emirates cable car, or update the services announcements to help your fellow visitors travel safely and smoothly.

There is even an area for infants in our ‘Baby DLR’ which is equipped with an interactive wall and building blocks. 

All Aboard is open all year round. During term time the space will be shared with nursery and young school visitors. 

The new All Aboard family play zone has been made possible with support from DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund, Luke Rees-Pulley Charitable Trust and bus manufacturer Optare.

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Family Station activities

Available at weekends and school holidays. Suitable for families with children aged 3 - 12

The Family Station at London Transport Museum invites you to choose some activities to do as you explore the Museum. Whether you fold your own bus and drive it between the vehicles, spot shapes around the Museum through our shape spotters or dream up your own transport story, there is something here for families with children of all ages.

The Family Station is funded by the Luke Rees-Pulley Charitable Trust. The Trust has also supported our hands-on galleries, Interchange and All aboard.

Family facilities 

  • Baby changing room
  • Baby feeding room
  • Picnic area
  • Ramp /lift access to all galleries
  • Interchange and All Aboard age specific hands-on galleries

Read more about Museum access and facilities.

Depot family activities

Twice a year we open up the treasures of the Museum’s Depot in Acton for our hugely popular Open Weekends.

At Open Weekends we offer make-and-take workshops alongside engineering challenges, quizzes and trails. Above all you can explore over 370,000 items spanning 200 years of London’s public transport.