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Museums

Science Museum

Posted on Thursday, 28 March, 2013 in Featured, Museums, Rainy day | 0 comments

Science Museum

If you haven’t already been, the Science Museum should be at the top of your “to do” list of London family destinations.  We were lucky enough to be invited to check out its attractions for ourselves this week – and we were not disappointed with what we discovered…

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Amazon Adventure: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches

Posted on Thursday, 28 February, 2013 in Featured, Museums, Parks, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Amazon Adventure: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches

I’ve written before about how fond my family is of the Horniman Museum, its beautiful, tranquil gardens and aquarium.  Being our local museum, we probably head there once or twice a week; and now there’s another reason to visit – the new child-friendly Amazon Adventure exhibition which is open until November.

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Natural History Museum

Posted on Friday, 30 November, 2012 in Featured, Museums, Rainy day | 0 comments

Natural History Museum

Going to see the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum is a rite of passage for any child; I can still remember my first trip there in the mid-1980s, and this week it was MJ’s turn to see T-Rex and his friends for the first time.

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Imperial War Museum

Posted on Thursday, 22 November, 2012 in Featured, Museums, Rainy day | 0 comments

Imperial War Museum

Last week the combination of Remembrance Sunday and a visit from MJ’s Great-Grandad prompted us to take a trip to the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth.  The Museum is due to close for redevelopment for six months from January to July 2013 so, if you’re in the area, now is a great time to take a look inside before it all changes.

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Top Five Museums for Rainy Days

Posted on Wednesday, 3 October, 2012 in Featured, Museums, News, Rainy day | 0 comments

Top Five Museums for Rainy Days

The bad weather’s been relentless the last couple of weeks and it’s been difficult to spend time enjoying any outdoor pursuits.  Luckily, London is packed with fantastic, forward-thinking museums that have kitted themselves out with everything you need to keep the family entertained on rainy days.  So this week we thought we’d share our top five rainy day museums with you:

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Discover Children’s Story Centre, Stratford

Posted on Sunday, 16 September, 2012 in Featured, Museums, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Discover Children’s Story Centre, Stratford

The Olympic and Paralympic athletes and crowds may have left the area, but there are still reasons to head to Stratford for a family friendly day out.  Such as the Discover Children’s Story Centre…

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BDT goes large: National Railway Museum, York

Posted on Thursday, 13 September, 2012 in BDT goes large, Featured, Museums, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

BDT goes large: National Railway Museum, York

Babydaytripper has gone large this week with a review of the National Railway Museum in York, instead of the usual London-based day out.  Normal service will resume next week.  In the meantime, and given we’ve been out and about a bit further afield over the summer, here’s the first of our new series of reviews of baby friendly destinations outside the big smoke…

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British Museum

Posted on Wednesday, 5 September, 2012 in Featured, Museums, Rainy day | 0 comments

British Museum

In my opinion, everyone should go to the British Museum at least once.  I hadn’t been for a while, and was in the area with MJ, so we made an impromptu trip to have a look at the Olympic and Paralympic medals.  Whilst we were there we took a quick tour of the permanent collection and had a look at what else was new.

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National Army Museum – Kids’ Zone Soft Play

Posted on Tuesday, 28 August, 2012 in Featured, Museums, Rainy day, Soft play | 0 comments

National Army Museum – Kids’ Zone Soft Play

The galleries of the National Army Museum in Chelsea take visitors on an interactive journey through British military history – but it’s the Museum’s fantastic soft play area which has families with small children heading there in their droves.

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Museum of London Docklands

Posted on Thursday, 7 June, 2012 in Featured, Museums, Rainy day, Soft play | 0 comments

Museum of London Docklands

I love this Museum! If you’re looking for a great place to take your family, the Museum of London Docklands has something for everyone.  Located in a stunning early nineteenth-century former sugar warehouse on West India Quay in London’s Docklands, the Museum tells the story of the docks, the River Thames and London’s role as an important centre for global trade. 

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Bank of England Museum

Posted on Wednesday, 25 April, 2012 in Featured, Museums, Rainy day | 0 comments

Bank of England Museum

If you have an interest in all things financial, or don’t have a clue and feel you ought to know more, the Bank of England Museum could be for you.  Located within the Bank of England itself, this free museum tells the story of the institution from its foundation in the seventeenth century until the present day.  

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Wellcome Collection (are you incurably curious?)

Posted on Wednesday, 18 April, 2012 in Featured, Galleries, Museums, Rainy day | 0 comments

Wellcome Collection (are you incurably curious?)

The Wellcome Collection bills itself as a “free destination for the incurably curious”, which is possibly the cleverest tagline for a museum/gallery that I’ve ever seen.  Being of a curious persuasion myself (then again, how many people would admit that they’re not?), as soon as I read about the Wellcome Collection it went straight to the top of my “to visit” list.  And so we went along to see how it shapes up as a destination for curious babydaytrippers… 

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Horniman Museum and Gardens

Posted on Thursday, 12 April, 2012 in Featured, Museums, Parks, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Horniman Museum and Gardens

I have to declare an interest in the subject of this week’s post: the Horniman is my local museum and my son and I have spent many a happy hour there.  Behind its attractive Arts and Crafts exterior, this quirky South London museum houses the eclectic collections of the tea merchant and philanthropist, Frederick John Horniman.  With 16 acres of gardens, an aquarium, and its famous, stuffed Victorian Walrus (yes, really), the Horniman Museum is a great, family-friendly destination. 

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Crystal Palace Park

Posted on Wednesday, 28 March, 2012 in Farms, Featured, Museums, Parks, Sporting Events, Sunny day, Walks | 0 comments

Crystal Palace Park

After our successful trip to Greenwich Park a couple of weeks ago, this week we set off to explore another of London’s fantastic, green spaces: Crystal Palace Park.  Although the Crystal Palace that gave the area its name is long gone, the Park retains a number of quirky attractions that make it worth a visit.

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Greenwich Park and National Maritime Museum

Posted on Monday, 12 March, 2012 in Featured, Museums, Parks, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Greenwich Park and National Maritime Museum

If you live in London, the chances are that you have been to Greenwich at some point.  One of the capital’s prettiest and most historic areas, with its bustling market, quirky boutiques and riverside location – it’s an appealing, if touristy, place to hang out.  But unlike many areas of London, Greenwich’s charm only increases once you have children, with its fantastic park and Royal Museums offering all you could need for a family day out.  The Borough was bestowed with Royal status this year to mark the Queen’s Jubilee and Greenwich Park will host the Olympic equestrian events this Summer, making 2012 the perfect opportunity to discover (or rediscover) Greenwich’s charms.  There’s too much to do in one day, so this time our babydaytrip took in Greenwich Park and the National Maritime Museum.

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The Foundling Museum featuring Quentin Blake

Posted on Sunday, 26 February, 2012 in Featured, Galleries, Museums, Rainy day | 0 comments

The Foundling Museum featuring Quentin Blake

If, like me, you loved Roald Dahl’s stories as a child (and still do), you’re probably also a fan of Quentin Blake’s unique, spidery illustrations. It may come as a surprise though, to know that Blake recently designed four series of works for hospitals in the UK and France.  The works, which were created to have a therapeutic effect on the residents of the hospitals in question, are being exhibited at London’s Foundling Museum until 15 April 2012.

 

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V&A Museum of Childhood

Posted on Wednesday, 8 February, 2012 in Featured, Museums, Rainy day | 1 comment

V&A Museum of Childhood

Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds. SuperTed. Sooty and Sweep. He-Man.  Care Bears.

If these names fill you with nostalgia for the toys, books and TV programmes of your youth then you will love a trip down memory lane at the Museum of Childhood.  An outpost of the V&A situated in Bethnal Green, the Museum unites the V&A’s collection of items relating to childhood, both antique and modern.

 

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Museum of London

Posted on Sunday, 22 January, 2012 in Museums, Rainy day | 0 comments

The outside of the Museum of London

Exterior view of the Museum of London

The Museum of London may not be much to look at from the outside, but venture beyond its unassuming exterior and you are taken on a fascinating journey through London’s history.  From the earliest Thames Valley settlers, through invasions, plagues, fire and war, there’s a lot to cover.  Luckily, the well-designed galleries lead you through history, imparting information in manageable chunks with plenty of opportunities to interact with the exhibits.

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Geffrye Museum, Hoxton

Posted on Thursday, 12 January, 2012 in Museums, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Geffrye Museum, Hoxton

Interested in interior design?  Then a trip to the Geffrye Museum of the Home could be for you.  Located on Kingsland Road in Hoxton, just a stone’s throw from the City of London, the Geffrye Museum’s permanent display consists of eleven rooms decorated in the style of different periods from 1600 to the present day.  The museum shows how the changing lifestyle of the urban middle classes in Britain over the past 400 years affected the design of their homes, complete with furniture and artefacts from each era.  We visited during the Geffrye’s ‘Christmas Past’ exhibition, for which the period rooms had been decorated to demonstrate how the festive season was celebrated throughout the ages.

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