I haven’t been to the Tate Modern since having kids and I think I had forgotten how cool it is! I also completely underestimated how much my kids would like it. Interestingly, I think kids are really attracted to the vibrant colors, the huge paintings, ‘bizarre’ objects, etc. In some ways, it’s the kind of art that kids can relate to — art that inspires discussion.
On weekends the Tate hosts family-friendly events and interactive kid zones. Or you can pick up a family trail sketchbook to keep kids interacted as they tour the museum (available every day of the week).
The gift shop on the bottom floor is WAY cool, and they have a great section of chilren’s books and unique toys. The café on the 2nd floor is also kid-friendly, with highchairs, crayons, etc. But… the most impressive thing is the view from the restaurant at the top which looks out over the river Thames and offers one of the best views in London. (Even if you don’t eat there, it’s worth going up just to see!)
On a nice day you can make a bigger ‘outing’ of it and visit St. Paul’s Cathedral across the river. Just walk North across the footbridge.
Tate Modern Museum:
London SE1 9TG
phone: 020 7887 8888
Entry is free except for major exhibitions
Open Sunday – Thursday, 10.00–18.00
Friday and Saturday, 10.00–22.00