Review: Our visit to Santa’s Grotto at the Museum of London Docklands

The Greenwich Mummy Review: Museum of London Docklands
Image: Courtesy of Museum of London Docklands

Christmas is now approaching thick and fast – can you believe there’s under two weeks left already?…¬†Where has this year gone?!

Every year I try to make it my mission to take LO to see Santa – and as this is Baby Girl’s first Crimbo we couldn’t miss out on a Santa’s Grotto visit. We were invited by the Museum of London Docklands to come and visit their Victorian Santa’s grotto. The museum is located at West India Quay, a tiny walk from Canary Wharf making it a central location for those living or working in the city. Also unlike other Santa’s Grottos which are in shopping centres, this one is in a museum (you basically have two wicked visits rolled into one!).

We went along last Sunday. It seems like Sundays are the busiest days at the museum so if you would love to avoid the hustle and bustle I’d recommend going on a weekday or even Saturday (which seemed less busy). We actually arrived late to our Santa appointment but the team were so accommodating and we were still allowed to enter.

We decided to head straight to the Grotto as we were late and checked out the museum after the Santa visit. The Grotto is located on the second floor and was quite easy to find – you just follow the Santa footprints on the floor until you reached the entrance to the special place. There was a little buggy park so you can leave your pram but it is at the owner’s risk. I had no valuable items in mine so I left mine there – I did not want to be lugging my Urbo around even though it is a small pram. When we passed the lovely decorative old Victorian town we reached the queue to see Santa. There was a lovely little crafts table to keep the kids occupied whilst the adults stood in line for the children to see Santa. Continue reading “Review: Our visit to Santa’s Grotto at the Museum of London Docklands”

Things to do with the family this Halloween Weekend!

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I can’t believe that the half-term holiday is almost over! ūüė¶

I wanted to take LO and Baby Girl to so many places this week but unfortunately it wasn’t possible as my plans changed quite a lot during the day and it’s hard taking two kids out… well, that’s how I feel anyway.¬†Maybe I’ve also been a bit selfish as I’ve still been going to my morning fitness classes and the gym and even managed to get away one evening to go out for a girly meal with some old friends. *hides face*

I do think I deserve one night¬†early evening off at least… ūüôā¬†

If you’re stuck on Halloween ideas for this weekend, here are a few that I’ve come across for Friday to Sunday. I do apologise for posting this so late… I’ve been procrastinating with this post as I have a few other product reviews lined up which I need to start working on. Also my Polaroid Camera giveaway is still running but will end on Monday 31st October – the winner will be announced the day after. If you haven’t entered already, you can do so here… check out the¬†blog post now

So without further ado, here are the few events around Greenwich and surrounding areas that may be of interest…

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The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Things to Do Halloween Weekend
Spooky Halloween Fun Day at Greenwich Market

Spooky Halloween Day

Where: Greenwich Market, Greenwich SE10
Time: from 12:00pm – 6:30pm

Lots of music, workshops and fun at every hour from 12pm until 6pm including a zombie party with Diddi Dance, family yoga with The Flying Mat, a scary fashion show, pumpkin judging and lots more. 

For more info:¬†http://www.greenwichmarketlondon.com/events/story/spooktacular-halloween-day Continue reading “Things to do with the family this Halloween Weekend!”

Review: Above and Beyond exhibition at the National Maritime Museum

I love living in Greenwich.

We have everything available to us at our doorstep – literally! There is a Costa Coffee store opening soon right downstairs and I’ve been telling my friends I don’t know if that is a good idea because I will probably tell Daddy P to watch the kids while I hide out in there behind my sugar-free caramel decaff latte.

I wrote a post a couple of weeks back about an exhibition that is currently on in the National Maritime Museum until August 29th called “Above and Beyond”. I also wrote in the post that it was aimed at kids from 7+ which is what it states on the Royal Museums Greenwich website however when we went, there was a lot more younger children (preschoolers) at the exhibition which was lovely to see as I didn’t expect that. (I think Baby Girl was the youngest visitor on the day we went.) Continue reading “Review: Above and Beyond exhibition at the National Maritime Museum”

Review: Our Holiday to Space with Q Pootle 5 at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Last week we were invited to come along and experience the sold-out event, Holiday to Space with Q Pootle 5. It was a special event put on by the Royal Museums Greenwich as part of their Holiday to Space series, held at the Royal Observatory. I previously posted a blog about this event which you can read here.

Our¬†day started off at 10am but we left about 30mins before as we only live down the road. Due to the location of our home, we ended up at the South entrance of the park, near Greenwich High Street so we had to walk up to the Royal Observatory through the park. It took us about 15 mins to walk up there and LO managed to get up without a stroller as I decided against taking it. Baby Girl was at home with Daddy P so it was just Mummy and LO time – something we’ve not done in such a long time.¬†When we reached the top, we were a tad thirsty so headed into the Pavillion Cafe where we stocked up on water, juice and sandwiches as LO didn’t have any breakfast before we left – we’re usually still in bed at 8am haha! ūüôā

Continue reading “Review: Our Holiday to Space with Q Pootle 5 at the Royal Observatory Greenwich”

Free things to do in Greenwich during the Summer Holidays

Everybody loves a freebie and when you’re strapped for cash, free things to do can become the best way to treat the family to a lovely day out without spending a penny. Here are a few of my favourite (free) things to do in Greenwich over the summer holidays…

Greenwich Peninsula

The Peoples Brick Company and architecture firm Something & Son have¬†commissioned¬†a one-of-a-kind installation¬†at the NOW gallery that encourages visitors¬†to get involved and participate in quarrying clay and moulding your own brick.¬†If you want to take part, pop¬†along to the NOW gallery at¬†the weekend and get your hands dirty. All of the bricks made will be mass-fired on September 17th and then will be used to build a permanent folly which will stand at Greenwich Peninsula. Continue reading “Free things to do in Greenwich during the Summer Holidays”

Mummy’s day out to The Blackheath Foodies Festival

The Greenwich Mummy blog talks about the Blackheath Foodies Festival event in London.

A couple of weeks back I took LO and Baby Girl out to Blackheath to see the wonderful Foodies Festival. The festival was held on the green for three days (July 8th-10th) and I had only discovered it by chance on Thursday night.

There was a Twitter competition from Mummy’s Gin Fund – in order to win a VIP ticket for the whole weekend I had to follow the social media accounts and RT the twitter post which I did. I never in a million years thought I would win – I never win anything! So when I received a notification from Mummy’s Gin Fund tagging me as a winner I was thrilled to bits. I took to FB to announce my winnings only to discover a good friend of mine was also popping along to the event which was fantastic news as it meant I had someone to go with. Continue reading “Mummy’s day out to The Blackheath Foodies Festival”