William and Kate’s son, Prince George, isn’t the only child that can have fun at this Royal residence. There are things to play with and touch throughout the palace, from tailcoats to window seats that “whisper” stories. Pick up a Victoria Revealed or King’s State Apartments family trails guide from the White Court ticket desk. The newly opened “Fashion Rules” exhibit offers a look at recent royal decades through the dress of HM The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales. On that note, kids age 7 to 13 can sign up for a summer fun Fashion Friday-think Royal hats, shoe, and tote bag design. Tiny explorers up to age 3 can partake in music and craft workshops. All activities are free, but book in advance to guarantee space. Call +44 (0)20 3166 6000 (from outside the UK). Afternoon drop-in craft time is also available.
Up to six kids under 16 go free with each paying adult. The palace is open every day except December 24 through 26. March through October hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November through February, the palace closes at 4 p.m. Last admissions are an hour before closing.
There are two great lunch options. The elegant Queen Anne’s Orangery with its child-friendly afternoon tea, or The Palace CafÃ© for coffee, sandwiches, cakes and a “Very Hungry Caterpillar lunch,” where kids pick their own options. Outdoor terrace seating is beautiful overlooking the gardens. The surrounding 242-acre Kensington Gardens Royal Park is also home to the Diana, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground.