Kid's Kew

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.

Video: Top 5 things to do with your grown-up


Discover the Natural Area, at the south of the Gardens near the river

Log Trail

Balance, hop and skip along the Log Trail. Created from trees brought down in the storm of 1987, it's the perfect place to let off steam.

A child balancing on the log trail

Woodland Walk

Follow the trail through some of Britain's best loved native trees and plants. Spot ladybirds, centipedes, beetles and spiders living in our bug hotels.

Bug hotels in the Natural Area

Giant Badger Sett

Explore the underground world of badgers in our life-sized sett. Enter into a warren of tunnels that connect food stores, sleeping chambers and nests.

Badger sett at Kew

Other kid-friendly places to explore

Treetop Walkway and Arboretum

See for miles around from the Treetop Walkway. Marvel at our Arboretem, find the monkey puzzle, the giant redwoods, and the propped-up pagoda.

Up in the tree canopy on the Treetop Walkway at Kew

Glasshouses

Look for bananas, coconuts, cocoa, vanilla, and coffee in the Palm House. Spot orchids, cacti, prickly pears, and giant waterlilies in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

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

Coming soon - our Children's Garden

We are developing an exciting new garden, especially for children.

We are creating it next to White Peaks café and it will involve completely re-planting and relandscaping the surrounding area. Work begins soon so the outdoor play area Treehouse Towers will close from the end of October. Climbers and Creepers (indoor play area) remains open.

For more about the new Children's Garden


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.

Acorns of Quercus castaneifolia

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.

Paperbark maple seeds

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. 

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

Autumn at Kew

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!