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Great Days Out: Watery Fun in Town

For the under 5s

Kids just love getting wet and all of these destinations are worth an outing in their own right. Happy splashing!

EXPLORING HOW WATER WORKS

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Head to the basement of The Science Museum to The Garden. Put on an apron, build dams and watch the water rush down from a large bucket; see ripples and bubbles. Entry is free (£5 donation is recommended).   sciencemuseum.org.uk

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Our little tester particularly loved the water area in the fabulous new Children’s Garden at Kew, complete with pumps, fountains and splash pool with stepping stones to hop across. On arrival you’ll be given a 90-minute session. No pre-booking allowed so get there early as we’re sure it will be very popular! Family ticket from £26.95 kew.org

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Lots of outdoor watery fun to be had in the new Waterwheel Courtyard at the Water and Steam Museum in Brentford. Children can really explore water by using gears, wheels, buckets, pumps and pipes. Open 10am–4pm, Wed–Sun. Family ticket from £16.20 waterandsteam.org.uk

NATURAL WONDERS

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The Pond Explorer Station at the London Wetland Centre in Barnes is a great way for your littles to learn about pond life. The team will help you net and identify pond mini-beasts, which you can view under a video microscope. Spot tadpoles, water snails, pond skaters and more. Go fish! Open April–Oct. Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £35.54 wwt.org.uk

BEST PADDLING POOL IN TOWN

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Hidden behind the iconic Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park is one of London’s best kept secrets. The wonderful paddling pool for children has a sun bathing area (here’s hoping!) and a café bar with waterside tables, perfect for lunch or a snack. Open daily to early September. Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £12  royalparks.org.uk

FABULOUS FOUNTAINS

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The Waterworks Fountain in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has 195 individually controlled jets of water. Stand between the snake-like pathway of fountains and you will find yourself in a spectacular labyrinth of computer-controlled walls of water. Whilst there be sure to check out The Tumbling Bay playground (which takes inspiration from nearby River Lea) for more watery fun. Fountains operate Mar–Oct. Entry is free.   queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk