• 10am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
National Army Museum
  • 10am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Play Base

Fun for little ones

Play Base is an immersive experience for children aged 8 or under, offering a variety of fun and engaging activities.

Whether your child wants to take on the soft play assault course, climb aboard a truck or prepare scoff in the cookhouse, Play Base lets every child shine.

A child in Play Base

A child in Play Base

Welcome back

Play Base is now open again, in line with the general reopening of the Museum, with new measures and changes to ensure it continues to be safe and fun while also ensuring we are compliant with Public Health England requirements.

With new social distancing measures in place, and increased cleaning between sessions, we have adjusted our Play Base session times and now only offer five sessions a day, with reduced capacity in each session.


Online only

Children aged 1-8 years old: £5.75
Adults: FREE
Under 1s: We are currently unable to take bookings for children under 1 year old.

Owing to reduced capacity, a maximum of 2 children and 1 adult can be booked per transaction.

All tickets must be booked online in advance. A £1.00 booking fee applies per online transaction.

Terms and conditions for ticket sales

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Session times

Session 1: 10.00am – 11.00am
Session 2: 11.30am – 12.30pm
Session 3: 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Session 4: 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Session 5: 4.00pm – 5.00pm


Ground Floor Lower Level

Assault course

Physical challenge is a key aspect of soldiering. Overcoming obstacles requires both individual fitness and teamwork. Come and have a go on our soft play assault course if you think you’ve got what it takes!

Play Base soldiers climb obstacle

A child on the Play Base assault course

A child on the Play Base assault course

Play Base command liaison vehicle

Command liaison vehicle

The army teaches soldiers to lead as well as to follow. Climb aboard our command liaison vehicle to explore themes of communications and mobility, driving and mechanical repair.

A child on the Play Base command vehicle

A child on the Play Base command vehicle


An army marches on its stomach. Make sure the troops are full of beans in our Camp Kitchen and Mess Hall.

Play Base soldier cook

Children in the Play Base cookhouse

Children in the Play Base cookhouse

Play Base quartermaster

Quartermaster store

Where do soldiers get kitted out? How do they buy provisions and receive messages from home? Get to grips with all these questions at our army storeroom.

A child in the Play Base quatermaster store

A child in the Play Base quatermaster store

In the field

Soldiers need to be able to look after themselves wherever they are. Develop your fieldcraft skills - building camps, dens and shelters - to survive the wild.

Play Base soldiers in the field

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