Hi my name is Susse and I live in London with my husband Jarrod and my son Rocket who is two and half. A couple of months ago we returned to London after spending five years in Sydney Australia. As you can imagine retuning to London as a mum was a totally new experience. We had been spoilt by the lovely weather and hours of playing outdoors in local parks and Sydney’s beautiful beaches. I was feeling a bit apprehensive about finding interesting things to do while the dark cold days started to draw in.
How was I going to keep my very active two and half year old stimulated and interested? I needn’t have worried as London is fantastic for this age group with so many museums and places to explore so I am seeing my old home in a new light with new adventures and places to explore each week. A luxury I didn’t have in my old London life when working 24 / 7.
So here are my top 5 places to go so far.
The main highlights for us are the Darwin centre, Dinosaurs and shop though we keep finding new places each time we visit. Expect to spend about 3/4hours before collapsing. My travel tip is if you come out of South Kensington tube take the walk way underneath street level all the way to the end past the V & A exit. The stairs are
easy, and you usually find friendly folk willing to help you with your buggy which you can then park in the cloak room.
This is a place you can literally spend the whole day in. Top hit with Rocket was the launch pad and pattern pod and of course the space rockets. This is a place you can visit again and again
This museum is great, as we are Hackney locals we get to do some shopping at the Sunday markets on brick lane and let Rocket have a play in the afternoon. A big hit with Rocket is the sandpit and Lego in the upstairs gallery and the large robot in the middle gallery and you can have trips down memory lane with the exhibits. There is a buggy park at the front of the museum and lots of arts and craft tables with fun activities. You can also book in advance for wonder tots which we still have to try out.
Expect to spend all day there. It felt a bit of trek to get there and we got lost finding the museum. I find the Dockland Railway signage a bit confusing but when your there you will find plenty to do and see. Up at the very top is the best place for kids to
use interactive exhibits. We went on a Sunday so managed to catch the Greenwich markets and walked to the museum.
We are regulars to the museum in the City as we can walk there from our home. Down stairs is the best place and expect you’re two year old to spend ages with the mini model of London transport system. They do run events for toddlers that you can book in advance I haven’t tried this yet but will this year. I did go to the sister Museum in Docklands but recommend going in the afternoon when there are more events for toddlers.