May 17, 2015
#SilentSunday One photo, no words
Bunny Park Ealing has it all. An animal centre with pigs, meerkats, roosters, a range of birds, prairie dogs and bunnies (of course.) A lovely playground. A captivating maze. A cafe serving ice cream and good coffee. Best of all, it’s free.
Officially called Brent Lodge Park and Churchfields, it is actually located in Hanwell (off the Uxbridge Road.) We were there for two hours on a chilly, overcast Mothering Sunday and my son didn’t want to leave, despite his freezing hands and drippy nose.
It’s a bit off the beaten path, but there is a free parking area and it’s not too far from major bus routes and Hanwell mainline station. Of course, there is a baby changing facility for the littles. Enjoy!
Isn’t it great to be spoiled for choice with kids’ shows in London? Whether you splash out in the West End or venture with the pram to your local theatre, the choices are fantastic. One of my favourite venues, Lauderdale House in Highgate, is a great choice for anyone in North London as it’s spacious, has a lovely cafe and also hosts fun shows for children on weekend mornings.
My three-year-old and I joined some friends to see pop! a magical comedy show last Saturday. It’s description, “enter a magical world of mayhem with award-winning performer Christian Lee, full of audience participation, massive bubbles, floating snowflakes and a giant balloon! This is a show full of magical delight to keep both young, and young at heart, enthralled” was spot on. The children were riveted. Dancing, shouting and audience participation is a must for toddlers and this show had it in spades.
Lauderdale House cafe opens onto Waterlow Park on Highgate Hill, with a lovely duck pond and small playground, in case your little isn’t completely worn out already from the show. There is free street parking in front on weekends. Archway Underground station, unfortunately with 20 stairs if you’ve got a pram, on the Northern line is a 10 minute walk away along the scenic High Street. Highly recommended.