London is probably the best city in the world in terms of activities for families and children including lots of free activities and events. We list here lots of initiatives that we believe London Mums and their children from babies to teenagers would enjoy especially at the most entertaining places such as the Science Museum, The V&A, Kew Gardens, Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich, West End shows, the London Eye, the London Aquarium, Kingston upon Thames, Chelsea, SouthBank and so much more.

New Scientist Live returns with a Festival of Ideas & Discovery for the whole family 28 September – 1 October 2017


New Scientist Live, the festival of ideas and discovery, returns to London between 28 September and 1 October with headline speakers including Tim Peake, Heston Blumenthal, Chris Packham and Margaret Atwood bringing the latest ideas and innovations from science down to Earth. The child reporters from the London Mums’ kids club are already very excited to attend. Frankly I am more excited at the opportunity to meet gurus from the scientific world.




The festival, held by the world’s most loved science weekly and set at London’s ExCeL, will feature more than 120 inspirational, innovative, and informative talks that touch on all areas of human life. Answering some of life’s greatest questions, curious festival-goers of all ages will hear from a range of world-renowned guests, including authors, comedians, and business brains.


The Festival of Ideas will feature five immersive zones: Cosmos, Earth, Humans, Technology, and Engineering. Showcasing how science, technology and engineering drive our economy, shape our culture and improve our lives, key features include:


  • Feel the force of Star Wars and discover droids with the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Sequence and take home your own DNA with Bento Lab
  • Pet a scorpion in the Bug Petting Zoo
  • Challenge a friend to a round of Drone Combat
  • Explore the galaxy in the pop-up planetarium
  • Experience gut-wrenching theme park rides through VR
  • Take home a unique 3D selfie
  • Bloodhound Project’s 1000mph car


Don’t miss inspiring talks on stage from world renowned speakers including Heston Blumenthal, Margaret Atwood, Google Deepmind’s Demis Hassabis, ESA Astronaut Tim Peake and beatbox champion Hobbit to take you on a journey of discovery. Topics include:


  • What happened at the Big Bang?
  • How can we use machine learning to understand human intelligence?
  • How can maggots and genetics be used to solve crimes?
  • Extreme language: how did humans evolve complex spoken language?
  • How can we use maths to create original music?
  • Can geoengineering solve climate change?
  • Could the Red Planet become a travel destination?


See, hear and touch the future at New Scientist Live; it’s science as you’ve never seen it before. To buy tickets, visit


Ticket information

One day only:



  • Standard Adult (All day access to main exhibition floor and all talks in the zone theaters. no access to main stage talks or VIP area): £26
  • Child (5-17yr olds): £15 (access to VIP and main stage talks when accompanied by a VIP ticket holder)
  • Child (under 5’s): FREE
  • Group Bookings (minimum 15 tickets, standard only): £13 per person
  • VIP Experience: £50
  • Family Ticket I (one adult and one child aged 5-17): £32.50
  • Family Ticket II (two adults and up to four children aged 5-17): £60
 Standard ticket holders can upgrade online to VIP for £30



4-Day Pass:


  • VIP: £150
  • Standard: £78
  • Child (5-17yr olds): £45
  • Child (under 5’s): FREE



28th September – 1st October 2017
ExCeL London 





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