It been a while since I stopped in at kidsfunlondon and told you all what we’d been doing in our fine capital city so I thought I’d write a little something now to keep you all up to date. The weather has definitely been turning Autumnal and although there are days when parks and out door activities are still an option we are most certainly moving into the indoor territory! I’ve been investigating a few great things to do with little ones where there’s no danger of being rained upon and want to tell you about the most fabulous find! The Museum of London Docklands which is based near West India Quay on the DLR line is an absolute must for days when it’s too depressing to stay in doors but just not pleasant to be outside! There is so much to do here it’s literally bursting at the seams and what’s the best bit about it? It’s FREE! Once again London is offering up a taste of brilliance for absolutely nothing at all! Why waste all these cultural and fun activities when they are sitting on your doorstep just egging to be utilised and here at the Museum of London Docklands there really is something for everyone.
The museum is set on different floors dedicated to different times in history. Here you can uncover London’s long history as a port through stories of trade, migration and commerce. Start your journey on the top floor and work your way down through London’s re created dockland streets and shops. Peek inside yesterdays London and visit the pub where the workers went to unwind in years gone by. While on your journey through the museum and as you soak up the atmosphere you can take in all the collections and artefacts from items found in the water to photographs taken of ‘The Beatles’ at the height of their fame and the day before recording one of their most famous albums! Learn about what was traded here and how whilst enjoying the interactive exhibits of which there are many. From trying to guess what item that was traded in the docklands is in the box by smell alone to watching interesting videos this museum really does have a lot more than you would expect. This is not a museum children will get bored in, there’s plenty for Mum and Dad to read and see and there’s even more for the little ones to see and do! And what makes it extra special is the fact that when you arrive you can book your FREE slot in the museum’s soft play centre!
When I say soft play that’s really not doing the place justice! This museum has the most wonderful area for under fives and it includes a soft play area. Aside from the obligatory slide, climbing and bouncy cushioned area The Museum of London Dockland’s offers our tiny tots the opportunity to learn about the docklands history through interactive activities such as a water play station which you can build dams with stones and send boats of different paths, you can weigh out the wares from the ships and see what it’s like to be deep under water. There are actually a few different areas in this large safe space that you can enjoy with your children and with something this good on offer it would be rude not to take advantage don’t you think?
We go often, and why not?! It’s utterly brilliant! I remember taking Florence when she was a tiny baby and it was the perfect retreat for a new Mum with a tiny baby. Florence slept in her buggy while I and a new Mummy friend slowly walked round the museum enjoying all it had to offer the adults which is plenty. As she has grown she has been able to take advantage of everything that is on offer for her age group and will continue to be able to get something new from this museum for quite some time yet. Like I said, it’s a real pleaser for the whole family, a gentle experience in lovely surroundings… Perfect for a newly pregnant me to enjoy with my active toddler! I’ll be on the look out for more things like this in the next few weeks so do stop back and see what we’ve been up to again! And if you’d like to know more about other days out we’ve been reviewing plus enter a few competitions then do click on the link to my blog at the bottom of this page!