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October 18, 2015

#SilentSunday One photo, no words


We’ve loved Julia Donaldson books since our son was born, so after seeing an ad in a tube station last week, I ordered tickets immediately for us to see  Tiddler And Other Terrific Tales.


It was amazing. The one hour show was creative and had our son mesmerised. Using puppets, instruments, clever costumes and a set hidden with theatrical gems, they performed the stories Monkey Puzzle, A Squash and A Squeeze, The Smartest Giant in Town and Tiddler. It was really entertaining and the performers were true professionals, so the adults weren’t bored. My son was a bit frightened of the backlit puppetry sea scene when Tiddler was chased by a shark, but for the rest of the show he had a broad grin, was dancing in his seat and clapped like mad when it finished (no, are they going home now?)


Leicester Square Theatre is a great location, as afterwards there was a street party in Chinatown with face-painting, free balloons, Mickey and Minnie Mouse mascots, and performing Elvis, amongst other things. And with Haagen Daaz ice cream shop next door, it’s a perfect day out for your littles.

My only warning would be to try to book the tickets directly through the theatre as it seemed I paid quite a bit more using Ticketmaster to book our tickets. (Listed in the theatre as £15 adults and £10 children under 14.) Leicester Square tube is a five minute walk from the Theatre but unfortunately there are 50 steps from platform to street level, so best to allow plenty of time for travel.

Next stop, the Gruffalo! Enjoy.



July 12, 2015

It’s #SilentSunday One photo, no words



June 21, 2015

Ssh, it’s #SilentSunday One snap, no chat


Looking for an educational, fun and free day out during half-term? The London Science Museum is really a gold-mine in the city. We took my three-year-old on Bank holiday Monday and even on such a popular day, the Museum had great activities for children of all ages and most importantly, enough space for them to enjoy it.

We started at the “Launchpad” on the third floor. Although I later learned the activities are geared for 8-14 year olds, he loved experimenting with magnets, motion games, and architecture for beginners such as building blocks that create a perfect arch. Just as we headed to the cafe for lattes and fresh ice-cream, we were summoned into a story-telling session. We lounged on cushions listening to the “Real McCoy” story about the inventor of the oil drip cup, with singing and audience participation which kept my son mesmerised (and also a bit shouty.)

But best for toddler is “The Garden” in the basement area.
Science Museum The Garden

The compact area makes it easy to keep an eye on your running toddler and loads of activities to keep them occupied. The Water feature with faucets, streams and boats was fun and I really appreciated the orange waterproof smocks provided. Another section features creative instruments such as drums and xylophones, which let him let off lots of steam and gave me an opportunity to remind him of something that started with ‘X.’

Science Museum.The Garden Outside “The Garden” are toilets perfect for potty training with low toilets and children’s sinks, as well as a cafe and a family rest area with privacy for breastfeeding.

Another highlight is that you can enter and leave the Science Museum without being forced through the Museum Shop while your littles beg for toys, although I did find some great educational toys in a wide range of prices.

The London Science Museum is easily accessible by South Kensington tube station. There is an exit just to the left of the Science Museum entrance, although it is a long walk underground to reach the trains and the 40 stairs on the way make it challenging for pushchairs. You can learn about other, stair-free routes by downloading Gobaby app for iPhone or Android.

For more tales about the London Science Museum, here is a link to an older blog from my last visit when my son had just turned two. Have a lovely half-term break.