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Kids at Coram Fields
 

Coram's Fields – For this park, adults can only enter the park if they are accompanied by a child. Once the original site of the Foundling Hospital, Coram's Fields is now a wide spacious playground with swings, slides, and lots of climbing structures. Kids will get a kick out of this London playground.

The Foundling Museum (Brunswick Square) – Right next to Coram's Fields is a museum that tells the story of the Foundling Hospital. Established in 1739, the Foundling Hospital was a home for abandoned children, and also an art gallery for British artists and concerts by Handel.
      Explore the museum, children can dress up in 18th century kid's clothes, and more creative activities – this museum is a real eye opener.
 

London Canal Museum – Kids interested in boats and navigation will have fun in this small museum, located just east of King's Cross station. Here you can find out about canals, the main source of industrial transportation from the 19th and into the 20th centuries. Step into a full-size narrowboat (whole families lived on these boats), check out the exhibits of horses that pulled the canal boats along the tow paths, and go out behind the museum to see narrowboats moored in the water.

  Russell Square – Large tree-lined square, with benches, lots of grass to flop down on, and a cafe for lunch or a snack. This is the perfect oasis, when kids need a place to run around or you'd like a picnic spot (there are sandwiches shops close by with everything you need for a picnic).
British Museum Photo Album
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British Museum
  British Museum – The British Museum has just a boggling collection of fabulous goodies from the ancient world – Egypt, Assyria, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome, plus prehistoric Europe, China and Japan. The museum is free, and there's lots to explore, but start early in the day, or better yet, come back more than once.
      Where to start? At the information desk in the Great Court, pick up Family Trails, such as Sailing on Nile (ancient Egypt), Travelling in Time (ancient Greece), Hunting for Dragons (dragons around the world).
      The Ancient Egypt galleries (ground floor, level 3) are filled with mummies (including mummies of cats, crocodiles and baboons), sphinxes, tomb artifacts, and colossal sculptures of pharaohs. Don't miss the Rosetta stone, at the entrance to the gallery.
parthenon frieze
   

The "biggies" from ancient Greece are the Parthenon sculptures. Marble friezes show the Panathenaic Festival, an amazing procession of horsemen, chariots, galloping horses, musicians, animals, elders, gods Athena, Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis (and more).

    Next to the Parthenon gallery is a "hands-on room" with replicas of the friezes kids can touch, colors (red, yellow, blue) originally painted on the marbles.
      For background about the Parthenon, read our blog: "The Parthenon: Athens and London"
      Personal favorites are the amazing Assyrian reliefs and winged bulls and Sutton Hoo treasure from 7th century Anglo-Saxon kings – golden weapons, helmets, swords, drinking horns and silver bowls.
      In the Great Court is a cafe to buy lunch, and picnic tables if you brought your lunch (like all the British school children).
      To scout out the museum in advance, look into the British Museum website and check out the calendar of activities for kids at the British Museum.
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The British Museum is a great and glorious museum, and there's tons to see, but just how do you make ancient artworks come alive for your kids? Take a charming three hour private tour with stories and activities for kids and parents together:

    British Museum for Families
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Colors: Early Learning at the Museum
Trustees of British Museum, Nosy Crow

Delightful book for little ones – red shoes, orange tiger, yellow fan, green crocodile, blue hippo, purple handkerchief, pink cat, gold mask, and more. All 40+ artifacts are in the British Museum collection. (Board book)

 

     
Explore the Parthenon
Ian Jenkins, Kate Morton

Read this before visiting the Parthenon Gallery. The book explains the sculptures inside and outside the temple, cultural context of ancient Greece, focusing on particular sculptures you’ll see in the museum.
(Picture book)

 

 
     
 
Origami and Haiku
Trustees of British Museum, Nosy Crow

Inspired by Japanese paintings in the British Museum collection, fold origami boat, frog, fan, crab, fish, horse, butterfly, crab, flower, rabbit, bird, crane (50 sheets of paper). Each painting is accompanied by a haiku. (Activity book)

It's play for the cranes
flying up to the clouds
the year's first sunrise




     

Before you see the Rosetta Stone, find out why this black stone is so amazing – where the stone was found (and why it ended up in the British Museum), what's inscribed, and how Champollion solved the puzzle. (Chapter book, illustrations)

Also, Seeker of Knowledge, a picture book biography of Champollion.

 

 
The Ridde of the Rosetta Stone
     
 

Lottie Lipton lives in the British Museum with her Uncle Bert. When the Golden Cat of Cairo mysteriously disappears, can Lottie follow clues through the museum to find the missing statue? (Chapter book)

Her next adventure involves the priceless Rosetta Stone: The Secrets of the Stone

 

(More children's books on other London and England pages)
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