London lifestyle & travels with kids and babies
Kew Gardens have been a favourite of mine for 20 years – basically, since I moved to London. And since we had the boys, Kew children’s garden has been always a hit, with friends or without! Founded in 1840, Kew hosts the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world: the gardens are gorgeous and glorious in every season. One of our top retreats within 30 minutes of London, Kew gardens with kids has also always the added bonus of something fabulous on, most recently February – March 2022 Costa Rica comes to London via the Orchids Festival. And whilst grown ups can indulge into the nature therapy, Kew gardens children activities are plentiful!
Summers are perfect for picnics and chilling on blankets in the shade of majestic trees.
The treetop walkway is the perfect observation summer point and fun for mild adrenaline seekers with its perforated metal structure that flexes under feet and sways in the wind.
Springs are delightfully green with an eruptions of flowers and colours.
The Orchids festival has been preparing the spring arrival at Kew in the last couple of years.
Vibrant colours, exotic fragrances, some delicate and some stronger – quite an event for the dull coloured days English winters.
The fall at Kew Gardens is another treat and we have spent glorious weekends soaking in October colours and art spread around. Our 4 and 5 years old (our friends son) explored the deserts and the tropical jungles, we talked carnivorous plants, waterfalls and cactuses – some seriously exciting Kew Gardens children’s activities!
If it drizzles or rains, Kew glasshouses make perfect exploration grounds.
And favourite Kew Gardens children’s activities could not miss the indoors and outdoors playground – a hit with our kids since they were tiny babies!
The Children’s Garden is a must-see playground, educational, fun and nature based. Access to the Children’s Garden is included in Kew tickets but make sure you book your timeslot , this is a very popular spot with young Londoners! Inside the garden, the explorers find the four elements that plants need to grow (earth, air, sun and water) and 90 minutes go very fast in here! Giant sandpitand beah huts, windmill flowers and comfy hammocks, brightly coloured sunflowers, cherry trees and candy floss pink grass, water pumps and splash pool are all fab for young audiences.
Kew Palace is another favourite, in fall surrounded by pretty manicured areas, wild ones with bluebells, bambus house and more art.
And winter at Kew Gardens are wonderful lighted celebrations as joyous, sophisticated and arty as London gets. We have witnessed in the past an abundance of wonders and Kew Gardens children’s activities, funfairs, Christmas markets, elves and even Santa appearances, always in our top Christmas activities in London.
Christmas at Kew returns in 2021 with over one million glittering lights, a celebration of nature by night and wonder of biodiversity. Start the festive season with a spectacular shows light by the Temperate House and Palm House, alongside installations on the Lake and across Kew’s Arboretum. We are seriously counting down to it!
For more December in London inspiration head here; for the latest Kew Gardens children’s activities, head to Kew Gardens dedicated section – there’s always something fun and exciting! For more inspiration and glorious days out hour drive from London, check our 26 day trips we raved about over the years.
Looks like a lovely colourful place, a nice break from the city I’m sure! #countrykids
Indeed! Much needed after 5 days of tube commute to Canary Wharf 😉 Thanks for stopping by!
Kew gardens is one place I’ve always wanted to go but never quite managed to get there, even though my brother lives nearby in Kingston. The Christmas lights look magical, maybe I can convince him to take us for a family trip this year to see them #countrykids
Absolutely you should! Lunches are aso great and easy with kids – lots of options around playground and the orangery with space for little ones to explore. And/or Xmas at Kew evenings are magic for the whole family. Thanks for stopping by!
I’ve only ever visited Kew at Christmas. I really need to go back and do some more exploring #countrykids
Warmly recommending, hope you get to go this year and let me know your impressions!
I’ve never been. Looks like there’s so much to see #countrykids
Hi Emma, hope you get to see them soon, I promise, they are quite a treat! Thanks for stopping by!
Such beautiful photos and oh my how Kew Gardens have come on since I last visited. There were non of the “wow” statement pieces back then that I remember and stopping the kids running where they shouldn’t and picking a flower was always an issue. It looks such a family friendly place to visit now at any time of year.
Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids
Hehe Fiona, with me being such a garden addict, my boys are quite used by now to mostly smelling and talking about 😉 Sculpt at Kew was on until October 15th and the sculptures indeed were wow and fabulous. Pleasure to link in as usual!
We’re sad to say that we’re yet to visit Kew Gardens but it looks amazing! Love all the colourful photos #CountryKids x
Hope you get to see them soon and thank you for stopping by!
In all the years I lived in London, I’m sorry to say I never made it Kew Gardens! Looks like you had a lovely day x #countrykids
Hi Sara, hope you get to see Kew Gardens soon, I promise, they are quite a treat! Thanks for stopping by!
I have never been to Kew Gardens, but I have developed my appreciation for gardens after visiting the Missouri Botanical Garden earlier this year: https://travelwithclem.com/missouri/the-missouri-botanical-garden/ Thanks for sharing your post!
Thank you Clem! Love your pics & colours of Missouri gardens and your outfit is gorgeous and goes so well! I am a lover (read addict) of gardens – blaming years of Chelsea flower shows and England ;). Thanks for stopping by!
Kew Gardens is the best! I was there for work several years ago now and it was my favorite!
Work event must have been very nice at Kew, I am picturing cocktails and yum nibbles in stunning grounds? Thanks for stopping by Elizabeth!
There is always something lovely to see at Kew – we used to have the Friends of Kew annual pass but let it lapse a few years ago and I do miss going. I really must get organised enough to make the winter event this year. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping
Pleasure Cathy! Hope we get to meet in person soon in one of the winter events !
Kew Gardens look beautiful. I’ve never visited even though I worked in the area several years ago. It looks like there is plenty to see and enjoy in all seasons. #countrykids
Pity about last years but hope you get to go soon Louise! Thanks a lot for stopping by !
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