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Top Five Museums for Rainy Days

Posted by on Wednesday, 3 October, 2012 in Featured, Museums, News, Rainy day

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:

  1. Museum of London Docklands – A fascinating Museum with reconstructions of murky Victorian Docklands streets and tales of seafaring and pirates that will captivate the imagination of young children. The highlight for families is the Mudlarks Gallery, with Docklands-themed soft play for Under 5s and interactive activities for older children.  The Museum also runs weekly play and storytime sessions for the Under 5s in term time, and family activities at weekends and during school holidays.  Check website for details and Mudlarks opening times.
  2. National Army Museum, Chelsea – Another Museum which has invested in a fantastic children’s gallery for the Under 8s to learn through exploration and play.  The Army-themed Kids’ Zone has soft play, dressing up boxes, arts and crafts, rocking horses and interactive games.  One hour sessions cost £2.50, book online in advance.
  3. V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green – One of London’s most charming family museums, see the huge collection of antique and modern toys, collect a Montessori family backpack, interact with the exhibits and take part in the daily arts, crafts and storytelling activities.
  4. Horniman Museum, Forest Hill – A quirky museum full of ethnographic, musical and natural history exhibits, the added attraction for families is the small but well-maintained aquarium.  Visit on Wednesday and Friday mornings for Busy Bees, sessions for Under 5s incorporating creative play, stories from around the world, arts, crafts and music.
  5. Discover Children’s Story Centre, Stratford– A fairytale world where children can dress up, slide down from a magic tower, walk over a trip trap bridge, explore a secret cave, make music by stepping on coloured lights, become storytellers and get involved in arts and crafts. Discover also hosts special exhibitions, visits from authors and regular interactive storytelling sessions – check the website for details. Admission costs £4.50 per adult and child (includes gift aid).Do you have a favourite London Museum for rainy days out? If so, we’d love to hear your recommendations.
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