Families

A fun day out for the whole family

Children sitting in Gnat mini plane

The Royal Air Force Museum London is a great family day out - whatever the weather. Explore our spacious indoor hangars and enjoy learning about flying machines. Discover the RAF story - past, present and future - and be wowed by the people you find out about along the way, with plenty of interactivity built into our exhibitions, there really is something for everyone.

Family Trails

We have created several trails and activities for families to enjoy as you explore the hangars. You can pick these up near the entrance to each hangar.

Royal Trail 
Prince William with the Sea King helicopter behind him

Jack's Trail 
The front cover of Jack's Family Trail featuring a cartoon dog.

Challenge your child 
What happens when you eject? With a photo of a jet plane and an ejector seat.       

Bob's Trail
The front cover of Bob's family trail featuring a graphic of an RAF pilot.           

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World
Cover of Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World trail

Falklands 40
   

The Avro Vulcan was used during the Falklands Conflict of 1982. Find out more about this amazing aeroplane in our fun Vulcan quiz. (Suitable for children aged 3+)

The Falklands conflict required aeroplanes to travel huge distances to complete their missions.  Find out more with our Refuelling Resource. (Suitable for children aged 8+)

Digital Trails

There are several digital trails available for families which you can access via your phones.

H1 Quiz

Sound Trail

Royal Trail

Backpacks 

Family backpacks

Our Backpacks have been specially created for children aged 3 – 8. Explore the Museum using the binoculars, torch or magnifying glass; plot your route with the compass and complete all of the activities in the Backpack Trail - all with an RAF Teddy to help you.

Backpacks are free to borrow and are available from admissions in H1 (to be returned at the end of your visit).

Other Activities

Little Swifts Little Swifts logo of a cartoon pilot bird in a red plane

Young children engaging in messy play activities

Fun sessions for pre-school children on the second Tuesday and last Thursday of the month (term time only) - £3 per child.

Click here to find out more and book for Little Swifts.

Events

We have many events for families and other audiences. Check out our events page to see what's coming up.

Visit the playground

Outdoor Playground

Make sure you explore our excellent Outdoor playground which is designed for families with children under 11  to enjoy hours of outdoor fun! Here they will find mini-models of iconic aircraft including the legendary Vickers Vimy, famous Spitfire and powerful Sea King helicopter. You can find more information about the playground here.

Accessibility

To prepare your child for a visit to the Museum, you may wish to use this visual story. Further accessibility information can be found on our access page.

Things to do when you get home

Enjoyed your day with us? Continue the fun at home with these free making activities.

Make a hot air balloon or a paper helicopter with things you have at home.

Two simple craft activities for younger family members - make your own Side Cap and make your own Spitfire. All you need is paper, scissors, glue and some colour pencils, crayons or water colours.