Kids at Kew - The Hive

Kids' Kew

See through the eyes of a bird, live like a badger, 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.

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Kid-friendly places to explore

Play areas

Climbers and Creepers (indoor) and Treehouse Towers (outdoor) are suitable for 3 to 9 year olds. Find the play areas next to White Peaks café.


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

The Redwood Grove

Treetop Walkway

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

Up in the tree canopy on the Treetop Walkway at Kew

Natural Area

Explore our child-sized Badger Sett. Balance, hop and skip along the Log Trail and visit the Woodland House. Beyond the Treetop Walkway.

    Badger sett at Kew


    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.

    Princess of Wales Conservatory

    The Hive

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

    A couple and child standing in The Hive looking upwards

    Planning your visit

    Family tickets and membership

    Children under 4 free.

    Family tickets available, please see full ticket prices.

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

    Become a Family Friend of Kew from £69 (for one named adult, one guest and up to four children).

    Gift tickets for children also available.

    Eating and shopping

    Try our kid-friendly menu at White Peaks café or bring a picnic to enjoy in the Gardens.

    • The cafés, Orangery and Pavilion serve children’s portions and boxes
    • You can warm bottles in our microwaves 
    • Picnics are allowed throughout the Gardens except in the glasshouses and galleries

    There are lots of pocket money toys and children's gifts at White Peaks shop.

    Alliums at Kew

    Facilities for families

    There are toilets and baby changing within easy reach of all the main attractions, cafés and gates.

    The Gardens are mostly level and there's level or ramped access to most of the buildings. There is a buggy park at The Hive and Treetop Walkway. 

    Download our map (pdf) for details and suitable routes for buggies.


    Things to remember when you visit

    • Collect fallen petals, leaves, seeds and small sticks, but leave anything that is growing or really big sticks
    • Be gentle and kind to our plants, flowers and trees
    • We don’t allow bicycles/tricycles, scooters, rollerskates, rollerblades, skateboards or heelies
    • Please don’t climb trees, walk in flower beds or play ball games
    • Wear comfortable shoes and let off steam!