We spent the day at the Discover Children Centre in Stratford. The place is fantastic, it has a lot of inside and outside activities for the little one (under 6). We’ve never been there and the kids had a lot of fun. We went to the Story time session and all the room was beautifully decorated. After that in the main floor, there were lots of hand-on activities. The best part, there was an Oliver Jeffers Exhibition. It is on until September.
You have to buy ticekts, but its only £16 the family of 4, and I can’t recommend it more. They recreated all the scenes from “Lost and Found” and “How to catch a star” in kids size. The kids can dress up as “the boy” and have an adventure. It is lovely. I can’t believe I haven’t heard of it before.
I strongly recommend you to go at 11 am, when it opens, and take the tickets there on the desk if you haven’t book them before to avoid disappointment. And it seems that Sundays are quieter than Saturdays. GO GO don’t miss it.
The winter is coming very soon, and again we have the question of what to do with the children in wet, cold weather in England. Well, the Science Museum is a great option. First of all, its free, which is very important these days. They have a basement which has lovely activities for children from aged from 3 to 6 years, where they can play with water, sound and lights – its fantastic. On the 3rd floor you have an area known as the Launchpad, which also has a lot of activities for little ones and older kids. They are educational and help kids learn about maths, physics, chemistry and materials.
I really love this museum, my son is 3 and he loves it too. It has all the facilties for families and small children, so you can as well buy lunch there or bring your own lunch and eat it in the basement.
A giant maze was constructed at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the South Bank Centre’s Festival of the World. The installation is called aMAZEme and it is built with more than 250,000 books. The creators are two Brazilians, Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo, and it has been inspired by the stories of the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges, who was obssesed with labyrinths and mazes, you will find a lot of references in his books.
It took 4 days to build it, with books donated by Oxfam and publishers from London and around the UK. People can touch the books or even read them and once it is deconstructed, all the books will be donated to Oxfam. It will be on until August 25th.
The Museum of Childhood is an adorable option to take your kids. It is in London, near Bethnal Green Station.
Firstly it is free. Secondly you can find any imaginable toy there, the museum is 3 floors up and it is full of toys. It is like Paradise.
Theres a lot of interactive games for kids as well, great entertainment.
You can see almost everything with nostalgia, things that we used to play with when we were kids are there behind glass. Last time I discovered one little train that my mum gave me when I was a child with discs of music in the back, I almost cried. I really want to take my parents there. Loads of memories.
There are a lot of activities as well to participate in and catch the attention of the little ones, we know that sometimes it is a difficult task to achieve
If you were wondering what to do with the kids in a rainy day in London (and you know that it rains a lot in this city) Hamleys is a great option for the kids. Not only because it is a toy shop, but I think because it is THE TOY SHOP. You have 7 floors of fun, and the best bit, you can play with the toys. They always organize activities and new demonstration of new toys before you buy them. Usually the staff are all dressed-up. It is very easy to access and get there, it is located in Regent Street.
Rafi loves it (and me too)… and Emilio wants to live there!