With acres of gardens to explore, secrets to unearth and science discoveries waiting to be revealed, Kew Gardens is the perfect place for a fantastic family day out.
Family fun at Kew
Explore The Hive
Buzz over to this super-sized installation and discover the secret life of bees!
The Children's Garden
The place to be for fun-filled adventures.
See Kew from the trees
Get a bird’s-eye view of our magical Gardens.
Inspiring opportunities for families to learn together about plants and the natural world.
Music and Movement (3 months – 2 years) online
Enjoy hands on music-making, nature-inspired songs and traditional rhymes accompanied by live instruments.
Little Explorers (2 – 5 years)
Join us for an adventure in the Gardens, as we investigate nature through interactive storytelling, outdoor exploration and seasonal activities.
Coming spring 2023
Volunteer Explainers (all ages)
Our friendly and informed Volunteer Explainers are waiting to meet you around the Gardens to share fascinating stories about Kew’s science, history and collections.
Family nature activities
Explore the natural world as a family and get creative with your finds, with these fun activities to do at home.
Family Learning cards
Think like a scientist by exploring new ideas together with our family-friendly learning cards.
Seasonal spotter sheets and trails
Use our family trails and handy spotter sheets to discover seasonal highlights at Kew.
Mini and Young Scientist Backpacks (3 – 7 years and 7+ years)
Our new backpacks are brimming with resources to engage children with early science skills.
Music and Movement online
Sing along with our fun-filled series of nature-inspired songs and nursery rhymes from around the world.
SEND offer for families
We are dedicated to creating inclusive learning opportunities for families of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Our activities and resources will help you to get the most out of your visit.
SEND Family Sensory Tours (0 – 7 years)
Join our interactive storytelling tour exploring plants and nature at Kew. Aimed at children with SEND and young people with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties.
Children’s Garden quiet session (2 – 12 years)
Join us for a quiet session in the Children’s Garden aimed at children with special educational needs and disabilities. Sessions run March to October.
SEND Sensory Story Sacks
Designed to help distract and relax children with SEND on their visit to Kew, ensuring a calmer and more enjoyable visit. Resources include a stress ball, timer and ear defenders.
Sensory Activity Packs
Our activity packs contain sensory props to support children with additional needs to engage with our plant collections, such as water spray bottles, mirrors, and chopsticks (for sound).
Picture Exchange Communication Packs (all ages)
Designed in partnership with Pictologue Charity, these packs enable children with communication difficulties to access Kew. Each pack contains a social story, a visual schedule, rule cards and seasonal ‘what I can see at Kew’ sheets.
Our visual guide can help you plan and enjoy your visit to Kew Gardens. This resource includes information about what to expect during your visit and top tips to help you have a fantastic time in the Gardens.
This map prioritises accessibility information and highlights areas of sensory interest. It also includes a zoomed-in map of part of the Gardens, to help you navigate the busiest area.
Play for longer
With so many acres of space for outdoor play, you can’t do Kew in a day. Family members save money and enjoy exclusive benefits, all year round.
Plan your visit
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Family tickets and membership
Enjoy unlimited entry to Kew Gardens, and a host of exclusive events and discounts by becoming a member.
Family memberships from just £84.
Eating and drinking
Enjoy delicious outdoor dining and takeaway food at our cafés and restaurants.
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.
Dos and don'ts
Check out the dos and don'ts before you visit to get the most out of your day
Facilities for families
There are toilets and baby changing within easy reach of all the main attractions, cafés and gates. At the New Family Kitchen and Shop, we have a private baby feeding room. The Gardens are mostly level, and level or ramped access to most of the buildings. There is also a buggy park at The Hive.