Things to do in Bromley with Kids

If you’re looking for outdoor and indoor activities for kids to do in Bromley, you’ll love this list to keep kids busy! Some days you don’t feel like travelling into London for some fun days out for kids, so this list focuses on fun things to do for families in Bromley and surrounding areas.

Outdoor things to do with kids in Bromley 

If you’re looking for outdoor activities for families in Bromley we’ve got lots of free activities in Bromley that are outside and great for kids!

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High Elms Country Park

High Elms is a great outdoorsy day out. It’s a big woodland with pretty spaces to have a picnic in the walled garden and there are lots of places to walk to with old ruins to view that have notices telling you what buildings were there and what they used to look like, you can also wander on to the High Elms Golf Course – just watch out for flying balls! The car park is a little small but you can drive further on to find an additional space to park at cuckoo wood. During half terms and holidays the Nature Reserve has events for kids – find out what’s on here.

Read here for more ideas for family friendly woodland walks in south London. 

High Elms in Bromley

Christmas Tree Farm

Don’t be fooled – this farm actually has very little to do with Christmas Trees, it’s a lovely little farm that has a variety of animals to discover such as sheep, llamas, cows and donkeys. Christmas Tree Farm is the perfect size for toddlers to wander round and not feel overwhelmed but older kids will enjoy it too especially as you can buy food to feed the animals. Find out prices and opening times here.

It has a lovely cafe where you can buy lunch boxes but no picnics can be eaten onsite. If you prefer to bring a picnic, there’s are fields nearby you can walk through and have a picnic. Check out our picnic ideas and tips for families here.

Chislehurst Caves 

Chislehurst Caves is one of the best days out in Bromley and is a great day out and activity for kids over 6. Kids of any age are welcome at the caves but it’s most suited to kids slightly older so they understand the history. The caves tell the story of the Victorians, Romans, Druids and Saxons, Smuggling and Murder stories. The caves were also used as a munitions storage for the Woolwich Arsenal in the 1914-18 war, Mushroom growing in the 1920 and 1930’s and the largest deep air-raid shelter outside London, protecting over 15000 people every night during the Blitz. There’s a nice cafe onsite, an outdoor picnic tables for visitors and groups to use if you bring your own picnic and a gift shop. Remember to wear closed toe shoes, Book your tickets here.

Things to do in Bromley with Kids
Things to do in Bromley with Kids

Kelsey Park

Kelsey Park has a reasonably sized playground, a small pitch and putt – there is a lake with birds to feed and a small cafe with toilets. It has a dog free area which is great for picnics and in the summer there’s usually bouncy castles you can pay for. Top tip – across from Kelsey Park (crossing Stone Park Avenue) there is Harvington Woods which is a small woods that’s great for climbing trees and a small stream to paddle in. Often some helpful person has set up a rope swing! 

For our full review of Kelsey Park, read here! 

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Things to do in Bromley for Kids

Beckenham Place Park

Beckenham Place Park is a huge lovely park. A top tip is to park on a side street near Braeside as the car park is extortionate but the park itself has a big sand pit for kids to play in, a nature playground, lake and it’s such a big lovely park to walk round and discover, there is a story trail for younger kids. Lots of places to get food and drink but plenty of space to have a picnic too. One of the best things for older kids, teens and tweens to do in Bromley is Wild Swimming at Beckenham Place Park. You can book sessions at certain times of the year as well as book paddle boarding lessons for children over 8 years old.

The mansion house sometimes has events on such as vintage fairs and live music on summer evenings. See what’s on here. Read our full review of Beckenham Place Park here. 

If you’d like a bigger park try Lloyd Park in Croydon, Brockwell Park in Brixton or take a look at our favourite parks and playgrounds in South London. 

Swanley Park

Swanley park is not strictly in Bromley but I’ve included it as it is a great playground and is not too far from Bromley. You can get to Swanley Park by bus 233 ( Closest train station is Swanley which is a 30 minute walk away). There is a free water area with paddling and jet sprays which is free but you can pay for bouncy castles, boats on the lake and a train that can take you from the car park to the main part of the park which is only a £1 one way and is great fun. There are a couple of playgrounds with plenty of play equipment including things for older children such as zip wires and large climbing frames and it costs just £3 to park for 24 hours.

FREE things to do in Bromley with kids

Playgrounds for kids in Bromley 

Churchill Gardens

Churchill Gardens is located in the centre of Bromley which makes it perfect for visiting after a spot of shopping. It’s close to Churchill Theatre and The Picture House cinema so could be paired with a day out to them. It’s a play park that’s split in two by a large slide – it has a big sandpit and a variety of playground equipment. There is also a skate park for older kids and plenty of space for a picnic. 

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Things to do with Kids in Bromley

Priory Gardens 

Priory gardens is a playground in Orpington, it has a nice backdrop of a rose garden among the garden walls. It has 3 large ponds which attract lots of geese and ducks but no cafe or toilet facilities. It’s situated just off the high street and has a decent sized play area with climbing frames, swings and slides.

Priory Gardens playgrounds for kids in Bromley

Things to do in Bromley with Kids

Charles Darwin Downe House 

Tread in the very rooms where Charles Darwin worked and lived, including the study where he wrote! You can visit the English Heritage property of Downe House, it’s surrounded by beautiful gardens that acted as Darwin’s ‘living laboratory’. There’s a family trail, Victorian clothes to try on and lots of space to play, a beehive. Downe House has a cafe and Plan your visit here.

There is a circular walk that takes you to Downe House so makes it great to pair with a visit to with Downe House. See the details here.

Downe House
Things to do in Bromley with Kids

For more Nature Walks in London that are good for kids read here. 

Things to do on a Rainy day in Bromley with kids 

Bromley and Beckenham Library 

Both Bromley and Beckenham library are great for kids and often have activities running during the school holidays for kids. Don’t forget the reading challenge that runs during the summer holidays that is good for keeping the kids busy. Beckenham Library has a lego club and special interest clubs running through the school holidays.

Feed the fish at Polhill Garden Centre

A little drive out from Bromley but Polhill garden centre is a huge garden centre that has a huge selection of tropical fish you can feed and admire. It’s particularly pretty around Christmas and Halloween with lovely decorations to look at and coupled with a drink in a cafe, it makes a great activity for young kids on a rainy day. Find out what’s happening at Polhill Garden Centre here.

Churchill Theatre 

Bromley is lucky to have a great theatre with a variety of different shows on throughout the year. The pantomime at Christmas is always a favourite and there shows geared towards kids as well as adults. It’s a medium sized theatre seating 785 and has a bar and there are public car parks nearby. See what’s on here.

Crofton Roman Villa

Crofton Roman Villa is the only Roman villa open to the public in Greater London. It was inhabited from about AD 140 to 400 and was the centre of a large farming estate. Today you can see the remains of 10 rooms protected inside a public viewing building. It’s a very small exhibition and remains include tiled floors and the under-floor heating system. Over the Easter and Summer Holidays there are special events for children. There is a dressing up area for small kids and some roman games to play. Find out more here.

Things for older kids and teens to do in Bromley

Cinema 

There are two cinemas in Bromley – one is the Vue, a classic style cinema with reclining seats and all the latest films on. Check here to see what’s on. Cheaper tickets are available on Saturday mornings for mini meerkat mornings for kids the weekend.

Our other cinema is the Picture House in Bromley North. This cinema is worth a visit as it’s a stunning Art Deco style cinema with  a beautiful foyer. All the latest films are shown here plus some more original documentaries and older classic films. Check what’s on here. 

VR N3XT Family Arcade

 VR N3XT is a Family Fun arcade that brings together state-of-the-art VR Arcade & VR Escape Rooms, an indoor Airsoft Shooting Range, an interactive sports wall (Active Zone), American Pool tables and Game stations with console games. VR N3XT is located in the heart of Bromley, near the Glades but it’s also close to Bromley South Station.  It’s a real social space that’s great for families and teens to hang out. We love it because there’s something that each of our kids (of different ages) love – it’s been brilliant to find something our teens love as much as our younger kids! You can hire all of the play zones separately and buy packages and bundles to make it cost effective. .

If you’re a family with teenagers who often struggle to find shared experiences that cater to everyone’s interests – then you’ll love VR N3XT. It’s also a great venue for parties with a variety of different packages to suit different ages and budgets. A plus for us is that you can bring your own food (or get a deliveroo) which saves on costs. Check out their website for more information on their parties and events.

Rhino Boulders

Rhino Boulders is a great activity for kids of all ages and is particularly fun for teens and older kids. Bouldering is a great physical and mental workout for kids, it gives them a great sense of adventure for and about the world around them. There’s a brilliant bouldering centre in Bromley for kids, they offer a wide variety of free sessions and taught sessions. There’s a lovely cafe that has craft beers for the adults and a snack to keep the adults going! Anyone aged years four plus can climb and they have a variety of different sessions and youth club groups for any age group. There’s also sessions for party groups too!

Laser Quest 

Laser Quest is a little known hidden venue just off the main road into Bromley. It’s great for parties and perfect for keeping kids aged entertained. It’s suitable for kids aged 6 upwards. Find out their booking info and prices here.

Crazy Golf

Dragons quest crazy golf at Elmer’s End is an 18 hole crazy golf, mini pitch and putt. It’s about £7 per child and under 5’s are £4.  

Frylands outdoor activity centre

Frylands outdoor activity centre has a variety of activities for older children such as orienteering, kayakking etc… etc it’s reasonable cost but needs to be booked in advance. See what’s on here.

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Things to do for teens in Bromley

Pavilion Centre 

The Pavilion Centre in Bromley is great for a rainy day out. It’s a traditional leisure centre with soft play for kids aged 0-8 with an under 4s area. There is further soft play at the Beckenham Spa and The Walnuts in Orpington. There is also swimming at the Pavillion with water slides and waves and 10 pin Bowling. It’s situated in the heart of Bromley next to the Glades shopping centre. Book tickets here.

Horniman Museum and Gardens

Horniman Museum is not in Bromley but it’s a short drive away in Forest Hill. It’s a great place to visit with the family for a day out near Bromley with gardens to explore, children’s musical outdoor instruments and a butterfly garden. The museum has regularly updated exhibitions including paid for and free exhibitions that are topical for kids. You can also find a mini aquarium and there are special events throughout the school holidays. Find out what’s on at The Horniman Museum here. Across the road from the museum is The Triangle playground with a large sandpit and a good sized playground for younger and older kids. You can find our full review of Horniman Museum and gardens here.

Hope you’ve found lots of fun things for kids to do in Bromley! Check out our fun ideas for kids to do in Croydon too! If you’d like to adventure further afield – try our list of the Top 10 Things to do in South East London with Kids!

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