• 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
National Army Museum
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Play Base

A child on the Play Base assault course

Fun for little ones

Play Base is an immersive experience for children aged 8 or under, offering a variety of fun and engaging activities. From taking on the soft play assault course to climbing aboard a truck or preparing scoff in the cookhouse, Play Base lets every child shine.

Scheduled closure message

Play Base will be closed from Tuesday, 2 January 2024 until Friday, 12 January 2024 to allow refreshment works to take place.

Play Base will re-open on Saturday, 13 January 2024. Tickets will be available to purchase from Monday, 8 January 2024.

We look forward to welcoming you back. In the meantime, should you have any Play Base queries, please email commercial@nam.ac.uk

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


Floor 0


Children (0-8 years old): £6.25
Adults: FREE


Tickets are available online and in-venue. A £1.00 booking fee applies per online transaction. There is no booking fee for in-venue tickets.

One adult will be required and admitted to enter a session with up to two children. Up to two adults will be able to enter with three to four children. A maximum of four children’s tickets are available per transaction.

Please email commercial@nam.ac.uk if you require an extra adult due to specialised support needs.

See full terms and conditions.

A child on the Play Base command vehicle

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
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.


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
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.

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
Children in the Play Base cookhouse
A child in the Play Base quatermaster store

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