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Ways for Babies to Play
Nov 05, 2019

Ways for Babies to Play at the Children’s Museum

Parents and caregivers often ask us to suggest new play ideas for young babies visiting the Children’s Museum. 

With the help of our Program Facilitator, Hannah, we’ve compiled a list of #waystoplay specifically for babies 0-12 months and their caregivers. All of these suggestions encourage positive social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth. They also help build early literacy skills at a critical point in children’s development. 


  • Explore the dig pit. With the help of caregivers, even the littlest visitors can experience the dig pit and feel the sand between their fingers and toes.

  • Touch dinosaur fossils. Feel the texture and weight of different fossils. These items offer a unique sensory experience that supports babies’ healthy brain development.

Things in Caves

  • Crawl through the caves. For babies ready to crawl, the cave’s child-sized tunnels are an appealing way to move through this exhibit and build a sense of independence. 

  • Indulge the senses. The caves offer a distinct sensory experience that changes as children grow and develop. Spend time exploring the black lights, colours, and interesting textures.

Child Long Ago

  • Practice counting. Use the abacus to practice counting and naming colours. Babies can practice fine motor skills and repetition by moving the beads back and forth.

  • Start building. Babies can stack, sort, and build using loose parts in the exhibit, including antique dishes and food cans.

The Lookout

  • Practice tummy time. This cozy carpeted area offers a safe space for babies to explore at their own pace. It also provides a new view of the floors below.

  • Experience colour. Rich with natural daylight, this gallery is especially bright in the morning hours. Babies can look through the coloured tiles and enjoy rainbow reflections. They can also explore light and shadows with the light table. 

  • Explore loose parts. With soft blocks, wooden toys, balls, and figurines, this gallery is full of open-ended materials perfect for babies to use in new ways each visit.

Sifton Street Where You Live

  • Read a book. This beloved exhibit can be a bustling place. To find a quiet moment, cuddle up and read a book in the upper level of the Sifton House. You can grab some play food on your way upstairs. Babies love exploring the colours, shapes, and textures of these familiar items.

  • Practice walking. Older infants can use the grocery cart to steady themselves and practice standing and walking with assistance.

  • Take a ride. Caregivers can place stable little ones on miniature vehicles and take them for a ride around the town.

My Arctic Discovery

  • Practice building. This gallery offers several quiet nooks perfect for little ones. Babies can use pretend ice blocks to build towers, forts, and igloos.

  • Get moving. Full of little tunnels and wide-open spaces, this exhibit is a great place to pick up speed while walking or crawling.

Science in Your World

  • Have a picnic. The pretend grass carpets and soft vegetables make this an ideal area to explore new materials and have a pretend picnic. 

  • Slide together. Place your baby on your lap and take a ride down the big yellow slide!

  • Watch the fish. Take a seat on the wooden bench and spend time watching the fish. Talk to your baby about what you are seeing.

  • Read a book. Curl up under the treehouse and read a book or tell stories together. 

TD My Place in Space

  • Take in a star show. This mini planetarium offers a stimulating visual experience. While gazing at the stars, little ones can listen to our voices as we tell stories and sing, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

  • Play with space rocks. These squishy rocks come in different shapes and sizes, perfect for babies to touch, squeeze, and roll.

  • Play peek-a-boo. Use the cameras and TVs hidden throughout the exhibit to play peek-a-boo with your family.


We hope you enjoy these #waystoplay with your baby at the London Children’s Museum! If you have your own favourite ways to play, share them with us! You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Happy playing!