London day trips for you and your baby

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Horniman Museum Butterfly House

Posted on Tuesday, 15 August, 2017 in Featured, Museums, News, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Horniman Museum Butterfly House

The long-awaited Horniman Butterfly House opened this week and we’ve been along to have a look.

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Robot Zoo at the Horniman Museum and Gardens

Posted on Tuesday, 9 May, 2017 in Featured, Museums, News, Rainy day | 0 comments

Robot Zoo at the Horniman Museum and Gardens

We’ve been very remiss in not posting our review of Robot Zoo sooner, but we were so busy making repeat trips to the Horniman Museum to see it that we just didn’t find time to share…

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National Army Museum

Posted on Tuesday, 9 May, 2017 in Featured, Museums, Rainy day, Soft play | 0 comments

National Army Museum

Before it closed for refurbishment the National Army Museum was one of our top picks for a day out due to its amazing soft play area. Now it’s back after an enormous facelift and we’ve been along to check it out.

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The Fantastic World of Dr Seuss – Discover Children’s Story Centre

Posted on Friday, 22 July, 2016 in Featured, Museums, News, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

The Fantastic World of Dr Seuss – Discover Children’s Story Centre

Wondering how to entertain your primary age children during the school holidays? The Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford re-opens on Saturday after a major refurbishment programme and we’ve had a sneaky peek behind closed doors to see what’s on offer…

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Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things – Discover Children’s Story Centre

Posted on Thursday, 22 October, 2015 in Featured, Museums, News, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things – Discover Children’s Story Centre

Our top recommendation for a day trip in half term, after half term, or in fact any time before next April, is the new Michael Rosen exhibition at Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford. We were feeling very lucky this week to get to attend the launch and hear from the author himself, while filling up on tasty Brick Lane bagels (of which more later)…

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Sea Life London Aquarium

Posted on Thursday, 16 July, 2015 in Farms, Featured, Rainy day | 0 comments

Sea Life London Aquarium

We are big fans of CBeebies’ Octonauts and Finding Nemo in our house. The pursuant interest in marine biology means that the boys have had their money’s worth from our membership card for the Horniman Museum’s lovely little aquarium. However, the Horniman’s aquarium is lacking in properly big fish, so we were delighted to get a chance to visit Sea Life London Aquarium to see its famous sharks (or meet “Bruce”, for the benefit of other Nemo fans)…

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Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House – V&A Museum of Childhood

Posted on Monday, 25 May, 2015 in Featured, Galleries, Museums, News, Rainy day | 0 comments

Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House – V&A Museum of Childhood

We made an impromptu trip to the V&A Museum of Childhood last week and want to recommend the latest free temporary exhibition, Small Stories: At Home in a Doll’s House.

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Cineworld Movies for Juniors – Amazing Value Holiday Activity

Posted on Friday, 3 April, 2015 in Cinema, Featured, News, Rainy day | 0 comments

Cineworld Movies for Juniors – Amazing Value Holiday Activity

If the prospect of spending a fortune on activities during the holidays is a concern, here’s our top tip for a budget day out.

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Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street (aka the “Walkie-Talkie” Building)

Posted on Friday, 13 March, 2015 in Featured, News, Rainy day, Sunny day, Views | 0 comments

Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street (aka the “Walkie-Talkie” Building)

Panoramic views of London come at a price: £25 gets you into the Shard, the London Eye costs upwards of £20. So we were really quite excited this week to be going to visit the recently-opened free public space on the 35th floor of the controversial “Walkie-Talkie” building in the heart of the City…

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Plantastic! at the Horniman Museum and Gardens

Posted on Friday, 6 March, 2015 in Featured, Museums, Parks, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Plantastic! at the Horniman Museum and Gardens

This week we went Plantastic at the Horniman Museum. As the name suggests, the Horniman’s latest temporary exhibition celebrates the wonderful world of plants and their importance in everyday life.

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Paddington: Illustrated and Animated – House of Illustration

Posted on Thursday, 6 November, 2014 in Galleries, Rainy day | 0 comments

Paddington: Illustrated and Animated – House of Illustration

Early indications suggest that you will not be able to escape Paddington Bear in the run-up to the launch of the first Paddington movie on 28 November. Not only have we been spotting decorated Paddington statues around town this week, but the House of Illustration in King’s Cross is also currently home to a new exhibition starring the diminutive Peruvian bear.

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Big Fish Little Fish at The Bedford, Balham – Review

Posted on Thursday, 16 October, 2014 in Featured, Festivals, Rainy day | 0 comments

Big Fish Little Fish at The Bedford, Balham – Review

We were invited to a Halloween-themed family rave at The Bedford in Balham last Sunday afternoon by the kind people behind Big Fish Little Fish. On parking just around the corner from the venue we knew we were in the right place as a succession of small witches, cats and pumpkins toddled excitedly past.  With our own little day-glo pumpkin impersonator (and his little brother) in tow, we joined the queue to get our entry stamps and complimentary glow sticks.

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Ancient lives, new discoveries: British Museum (Parents and Carers View)

Posted on Thursday, 11 September, 2014 in Featured, Museums, News, Rainy day | 0 comments

Ancient lives, new discoveries: British Museum (Parents and Carers View)

We were invited to a special parents and carers view of Ancient lives, new discoveries at the British Museum this week. This new initiative sets aside a two hour slot during which parents and carers can bring children of any age to the Museum’s current exhibition without worrying about disturbing people – plus there’s a free tea or coffee for the adults in the café afterwards. So, how was it for us?

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Mummies for Mummies* at the British Museum

Posted on Wednesday, 27 August, 2014 in Museums, News, Rainy day | 0 comments

Mummies for Mummies* at the British Museum

(*and Daddies and Carers…)

Calling all culture vultures – the British Museum is holding a special preview of its latest exhibition just for parents/carers and their children. On Tuesday 9 September between 10am and 12pm, the Ancient Lives, New Discoveries exhibition, featuring eight mummies from ancient Egypt and Sudan, will be open exclusively to parents and carers and their children.

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Summer Season at Discover Children’s Story Centre

Posted on Thursday, 17 July, 2014 in Museums, News, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Summer Season at Discover Children’s Story Centre

The school holidays are upon us and not only are school-aged children looking for weekday entertainment, many of the pre-school activities take a break over the summer too. So, what could be better than a place that caters for all ages under one roof…

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Inspired by the Tour de Yorkshire: family days out in York

Posted on Thursday, 3 July, 2014 in BDT goes large, Farms, Featured, Museums, News, Rainy day, Soft play, Sporting Events, Sunny day | 0 comments

Inspired by the Tour de Yorkshire: family days out in York

The Tour de France sets off from Yorkshire this week with Stage 2 starting in the historic city of York. We spend a lot of time in York visiting family, so we have put together our favourite York family days out. Whether you are there this weekend for the Grand Départ, or taking a break in York over the summer, there’s plenty to do…

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BDT goes large: The Collection, Lincoln

Posted on Thursday, 24 April, 2014 in BDT goes large, Featured, Museums, Rainy day | 0 comments

BDT goes large: The Collection, Lincoln

babydaytripper spent a lovely weekend in the historic city of Lincoln recently, one of the highlights of which was a return visit to The Collection, a great family-friendly museum which we first visited on a previous trip.

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On the Buses: London Transport Museum

Posted on Thursday, 20 March, 2014 in Featured, Museums, Rainy day | 0 comments

On the Buses: London Transport Museum

We achieved a long term ambition this week by visiting the London Transport Museum. Highly recommended by a number of friends with children, we’ve been intending to go for ages and we were not disappointed. Perfect for kids who get excited about buses and trains, this is a Museum they, and you, will want to visit again and again.

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Secret Agents, Discover Children’s Story Centre

Posted on Tuesday, 11 February, 2014 in Galleries, Museums, News, Rainy day, Sunny day | 0 comments

Secret Agents, Discover Children’s Story Centre

Hot on the heels of Discover Children’s Story Centre’s brilliant Journey to Space exhibition comes its new offering: Secret Agents. The spy-themed interactive family exhibition opens on Saturday 15 February with a free day (featuring a visit from Charlie and Lola author Lauren Child) and runs until 31 August 2014.

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Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles – Science Museum

Posted on Thursday, 2 January, 2014 in Museums, News, Rainy day | 0 comments

On a trip to the Science Museum this week we went to a fantastic Explainer-led session called Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles. Situated in the basement lecture theatre, near the ever popular Garden interactive zone, the half hour session featured bubbles of all sizes and offered plenty of opportunities for audience participation.

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