The fountains at Granary Square
Hands down the most popular thing for kids to do at King’s Cross is to splash in the fountains at Granary Square. There are 1,080 choreographed jets – each individually controlled and lit, meaning they squirt and splash in great leaping patterns, providing hours of fun.
This is the perfect way to cool off on a warm day. Even a bit of cloud and a chill in the air usually isn’t enough to stop a kid’s urge to take their socks off and get wet.
For those who’ve packed a picnic, there are benches and tables around the square, or head to the canalside steps and watch the birdlife. You can grab something to go from nearby Waitrose. For those who’ve packed a picnic, there are benches and tables around the square, or head to the canalside steps and watch the birdlife. You can grab something to go from nearby Waitrose. Toilets and changing facilities can be found outside Waitrose and at Coal Drops Yard. Don’t forget to bring a towel and a change of clothes, you’ll need it!
Granary Square fountains are open daily and are on during daylight hours, so more time for fun during the summer months. And just around the corner at Lewis Cubitt Park, you’ll find more fountains!
Uncover the magic of Platform 9¾
In J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, the students head to Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by dashing through the brick wall between platforms 9 and 10.
Ordinary muggles can find this secret Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross station. Just look out for the lines of Potter fanatics and a luggage trolley complete with cases and a fluffy Hedwig. Once here, you can don a scarf and capture a photo as you’re off to board the Hogwarts Express. This is a must for any serious Harry Potter fan!
While there, don’t miss the Harry Potter Shop next to the platform. Styled like Ollivander’s Wand Emporium, it’s full of goodies like school robes, games, models, horcruxes and chocolate frogs.
Get growing at The Story Garden
Just the place for an adventure, The Story Garden lets children plant, grow, and create, all while learning about the natural world. Located behind the British Library, this wonderful community garden is run by Global Generation with the help of local young people.
Families are welcome at any time (The Story Garden is open five days a week) and Global Generation regularly runs fun, hands-on workshops where you can learn about all things green.
The Story Garden is open now. Discover more via the Global Generation website.
Build, create and climb at SNUG soft play
During the summer months, follow signs for Lewis Cubitt Park from Handyside Street to find SNUG soft play. SNUG is soft play like no other. Instead of fixed play equipment, the kit is made up of soft, buildable shapes that children can use to create their own play landscapes. Dens, tunnels, obstacle courses, trampolines, houses… the possibilities are endless!
The play equipment is at Lewis Cubitt Park daily between 10am and 4pm, throughout the summer (provided the grass is not too wet). There is also space here for older kids to kick a ball around on the lawn, and lots of kid-friendly food options nearby.
Get your game on with table tennis
If you’re a ping pong fan, then head to the wide open area in the Granary Building known as The Crossing, and you’ll find four full-sized ping pong tables.
Challenge the kids to a game – there is plenty of room to show off your moves, and its completely free to play with no booking required!
If there’s an event in The Crossing, the tables are moved outside. Head to the Visitor Centre on Stable Street for bats and balls and all you need to know.
Climb, swing, slide and splash at Handyside Gardens
Tucked away just off Granary Square you’ll find the lovely pocket park, Handyside Gardens.
Follow the water channel to the children’s play park. Here you’ll find swings, a slide and a sand pit to keep the little ones entertained. Tots can have all kinds of fun pumping water into the water rill and splashing about afterwards.
The park is lit in the evenings.