Kids at Kew - The Hive

Kids' Kew

See through the eyes of a bird, live like a badger, become mini-beasts and make friends with giants. From the tropics to the desert, travel the natural world in a day and discover the enormous wonders of nature.

Kids' Kew

Top attractions for kids

Play areas (next to White Peaks café)

Climbers and Creepers (indoor) and Treehouse Towers (outdoor) are suitable for 3 to 9 year olds. 


Marvel at the monkey puzzle, unlucky Corsican pine (hit by lightning and a small plane!), giant redwoods, propped-up pagoda and gingko.

Treetop Walkway

You can see for miles from the Treetop Walkway, through the branches and leaves across the Gardens and into London.

Natural Area (beyond the Treetop Walkway)

Explore our child-sized Badger Sett and learn how badgers live. Balance, hope and skip along the Log Trail and visit the Woodland House.


In the Palm House look for bananas, coconuts, cocoa, vanilla, and coffee. In the Princess of Wales Conservatory spot orchids, cacti, prickly pears, and giant waterlilies.

The Hive (near the Orangery)

The lights and sounds inside The Hive respond to the activity of real bees. Step inside and discover the secret life of bees.

Ice House

An 18th century ice house where food was kept cool with ice cut from the frozen lake. 

For more activities and suggestions buy the Kids' Kew guide book

Visiting as a family


Children under 4 free

Family tickets available, please see full ticket prices

Save money and gain fast-track entry when you buy tickets online

Plan your visit


The Hive at Kew Gardens

Family membership from £69

Become a Family Friend of Kew and enjoy year-round entry to Kew and Wakehurst.

From £69 (for one named adult, one guest and up to four children).

Gift tickets for children also available




Badger sett at Kew

Facilities for families

Eating – try kid-friendly menu at White Peaks café or bring a picnic to enjoy in the Gardens

Toilets, baby changing, access for buggies – download map for details and suitable routes

Shopping – pocket money toys and children's gifts at White Peaks shop



Up in the tree canopy on the Treetop Walkway at Kew
The Redwood Grove in the Arboretum at Kew

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