An alternative, especially for children who love horses, is to head for Horse Guards Parade where the Queen's Life Guard change, at 11:00 Monday - Saturday and at 10:00 on a Sunday.
There you will find smaller crowds and no railings between visitors and the men and horses taking part in the ceremony.
Combine this with a visit to the Household Cavalry Museum where kids big and small can dress up in the uniform of a Life Guard or Blues and Royals trooper as well as see the horses being worked on in their stables, through a glass partition, and you might just have found someone's ideal day out.
Address: Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London SW1E 6HQ.
Nearest Tube Station: St James's Park - District and Circle Line
Leave the station by the Broadway exit.
Cross Broadway and turn right onto Queen Anne's Gate.
Turn left onto Birdcage Walk.
Walk along Birdcage Walk to the gates of Wellington Barracks.
Total distance: 0.3mile. Walking time: 6 - 8 minutes (approximately).
Wellington Barracks to The Mall, (Junction with Marlborough Road
Cross Birdcage Walk and enter St James's Park.
Walk diagonally across the Park to the footbridge over the lake.
Cross the footbridge, (good spot to get pictures of Buckingham Palace)
Follow the path, straight ahead, from the footbridge to The Mall
Click the map for details and pictures of what you will see.