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Are you planning a family trip to London? Or maybe you have just moved to the big city and want to know the best places to take your children at the weekend?

It’s easy to spend a huge amount of money visiting top tourists spots, but actually there’s many wonderful experiences to enjoy with your children in the capital that won’t cost the earth.

Here’s our pick of places to visit cheaply or for free in London:

Crystal Palace Park

A wonderful place to head when the sun’s out, Crystal Palace Park in South London has full-size Victorian dinosaur models, an outdoor concert stage, a maze, a children’s farm and playground and national sports centre. The famous park was built in the 1800s as the setting for the relocated Crytal Palace, which was unfortunately destroyed by a fire in 1936.

South Kensington’s Museums

Kids can enjoy hours of exploration at the Science Museum, and Museum of Natural History next door, best of all they are both educational and free! The Museum of Natural History is a must for little dinasour fans, where you can see skeletons of the creatures themselves as well as replicas. Also nearby is the V&A, and the British Museum houses a pretty spectacular collection of Egytian mummies! Head to South Kensington tube station and take in all that culture.

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Diana Memorial Playground

If you head over to take a look at Kensington palace popping into this play area is a must. Located in Kensington Gardens, this amazing playground is for kids up to 12 years old. Thee’s a large pirate ship, sand and a sensory tail, as well as swings and slides, and useful amenities like a café and toilet.

Hackney City Farm

Spending a day in trendy Hackney? The animal lovers amongst you will have a great time at this inner-city petting zoo. Should you children want to get involved in an activity, there are pottery workshops that cost £5 per child, or mosaic classes. Entry is free, but you’ll find it hard to resist the lovely on site café!

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The Paddington Trail

Running from 4th November to 30th December, the Paddington Trail gives kids something to focus on while you explore London together. There are 50 bears to be found – print off the map and see how many you and your children can spot!

Have you got any other great tips for parents on a budget in London? We would love to hear them! Leave your comments below.