London SE1 9TG, England
Tate Modern Description
You may not automatically think of a modern art museum as the first choice for kids but the Tate Modern is not to be missed. Not only do they have fabulous art-oriented games and other kid programming on the weekends and school holidays, the Tate Modern also has amazing football-field sized hands-on contemporary installations (a recent one had larger-than-life slides that adults and kids could go down!) and a huge permanent collection that includes the likes of Picasso, Monet, Robert Delaunay, Joan Miró and more. The building itself is a wonder for kids: all housed in a postmodern converted disused power station that was renovated in 2000, the views from the enormous bay windows are spectacular.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Young kids will love both the long escalators (fun to ride!) and the rotating but always fascinating art installation on the ground floor. A recent one has giant spiders, bunk beds where you can flop and look through the books (attached by metal clips), and the chance to dart in and out of a life-size sculpture
School-Age Kids: Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. there are kid art activities led by staff members in the Family Zone on Level 3 (kids must be accompanied by an adult). The Web site also has interactive games, a gallery space where kids can upload artwork and view drawings by other kids, and films.
- Check the family events Special programming for families is listed on the Web site.
- Bring the stroller There is free "buggy parking" at the cloakroom at the entrance.
- Read the visiting tips. For great ideas about games to play as you visit the Tate Modern with little ones check here.
- Food is available. There's a great, affordable kiosk right outside the entrance that sells sandwiches, wraps, and pastas.
Just the Facts
Hours: Open Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Last admission into exhibitions 5:15 p.m. (Friday and Saturday 9:15 p.m.)
Recommended Time: 2 - 4 hours