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For: Families, under 5s
Entry type: Free drop in

Seas the day at the docks this summer and beyond!

From seaside adventures to a vibrant festival celebrating Caribbean culture and a weekend dedicated to the wonders of mudlarking, there’s so much to see and do at the docks – all fun, all free.

Slide down soft play in our Mudlarks family gallery, explore our free-to-visit permanent collections, stroll through Victorian streets in Sailortown or relax on our sunny terrace by the quayside taking in stunning views of Canary Wharf’s skyline.

Packed a picnic or need a break? Then grab a seat at our outside tables and enjoy the sights and sounds of the quayside. Explore puzzles, games and toys in this tranquil part of the city as you soak up some summer sun.

Explore the permanent galleries for free!

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Museum of London Docklands

Top 10 things to do with kids

Calling all sailors! From interactive displays to immersive activities, there’s always something new to discover. Here are 10 things for family visitors to look forward to at the museum.

What's on this summer?

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Seaside in the city

10–26 Aug

Experience the seaside without leaving London in this immersive play space. Dish up fish and chips, put on a puppet show or paddle in our soft play sea.

Advance booking recommended – opening late July.

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Play Cycles

Various dates in summer

A new pop-up play programme bringing free, drop-in family-friendly play and art activities for all ages to parks, street fairs and community spaces near you. Our family of pedal-powered play units hit the road this summer to reimagine London’s streets as radical places for joy, creativity, and gathering.

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Digging at the docks

31 Jul

Celebrate the Festival of Archaeology, tots style! Put on a hard hat and get your trowels ready to uncover artefacts and handle real objects in this free play session.

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Tots at the docks: Sporty city

7 Aug

Sprint down to the Docklands for this special free play session in honour of the Olympics. Celebrate all things sport by tackling balance beams, taking a tumble on soft play or creating your own Olympic torch. Will you bring home the gold?

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Family festival of Caribbean culture

23 & 24 Aug

Join us this summer as we celebrate London’s diverse Caribbean culture in this free festival for the whole family. Get moving with our dance workshops or have fun and party with entertainer Amber Play-worker. Come and create colourful crafts and get stuck into a range of food-themed workshops.

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Paid ticketed

Mudlarks family gallery

All summer

Get hands-on in our family gallery with soft play, water tables and dress up, Mudlarks introduces the stories told within the museum in an interactive, stimulating environment that supports children's learning and development through exploratory play. It's a classic for a reason!

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Event times

  • 10.30am
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