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.)
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.’
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.
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!