Discover: Where to find Santa’s Grotto in London this Christmas

Where can you find Santa’s Grotto in London?

The simple answer is… everywhere!

There are loads of places where you can take the kids to experience Santa’s Grotto no matter what part of London you’re from. I’ve mainly sourced out the ones most local to me but you can even find a grotto by heading to your closest shopping mall and maybe even department store.

Some of the big department stores experiences (Harrods, Hamley’s, Fortnum & Mason, and Selfridges) are all sold out already! It seems like every year when I look, I’m always too late however it’s not a bad thing as the tickets for these places are usually around £25+ which is extortionate in my opinion. Christmas should not be all about commercialising and keeping pockets fat for the big companies. Instead, head to your local events and support your local or small businesses.

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There are also free Santa experiences at shopping centres so check those out too. I will carry on updating this post as we draw closer to Christmas in case I come across others. So without further ado, here’s a list of where you can find Santa in Greenwich and the surrounding areas:

Santa’s Grotto at Greenwich Market

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Credit: Greenwich Market

Dates: November 30 – December 24
Price: £5
 (proceeds going to the Greenwich & Bexley hospice)

The Grotto in Greenwich is a great little local spot. It’s right in the heart of the old covered market so you can enjoy the festivities around the area, grab something to eat before queuing up to see the Big Guy. Children also receive a small gift during their visit. If this is your child’s first experience or you just want a relatively short experience, I’d recommend seeing Santa here – it’s a no-frills visit but at least you can still get a photo with Santa and save your money for Christmas shopping!

https://www.greenwichmarket.london/events/detail/father-christmas-2019


Victorian Santa’s Grotto at the Museum of London Docklands

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Credit: Museum of London Docklands

Dates: November 29 – December 23
Price: £10

For a Santa experience with a bit of a difference, I would recommend coming to see Santa at the Museum of London Docklands. It’s a great museum in general and will definitely keep the kids busy. There is even a play area for the under 5s called Mudlarks Gallery and is free however you will need to reserve your child’s space. You can do this online or on the day. I’d recommend online to avoid any disappointment as the Mudlarks gallery does get full very quickly. Tickets for this year’s Santa visit is £10 per child.

A few years ago we visited the Santa’s Grotto here and got some really nice photos however I remember the queue was extremely long! Staff are on hand to check on you every 30mins or so and to usher you into the room where Santa is. You can read our Victorian Santa’s Grotto experience review here

https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/whats-on/santas-grotto?id=23408


Santa’s Snowflake Grotto at Westfield Stratford City

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Dates: November 21 – December 24
Price: £7.50
(parents, children and infants all require a ticket)

I really loved the Santa experience we had at Westfield Stratford City years back when Little Man was a toddler. I don’t have any photos to share with you of the experience but I remember it was really immersive. It started off with families being ushered into a room to watch a short show about Christmas then we were slowly ushered into another room where we then waited to meet Santa. The price was only for the experience and the photoshoot but we had to buy the images. I think I bought a framed photo and a photo bauble.

This year, the experience has a North Pole theme where families will be “magically transported to the Snow Factory in the North Pole, where Santa’s elves make all the snow in the world. Children will create their own personalised christmas decoration and explore all the fun activities within the Grotto.” The kids will then receive a gift and have a photo opportunity with Santa. After that, you’ll be ‘magically transported’ back to London.

https://uk.westfield.com/stratfordcity/entertainment/events/santas-snowflake-grotto/54380


Selfies with Santa at Lewisham Shopping Centre

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Dates: December 17 – December 24
Price: FREE

Last year, Lewisham Shopping Centre had a Santa meet & greet event and we were invited along. The Santa and elves from The Holly Jolly Co. were so lovely and really made the experience special for us. The team are entertainers and are also available for party hires so check them out if you want to host an event and in need of good friendly entertainers. This year, they are back again so make sure you pop along from Tuesday 17th December until Christmas Eve!

We also donated gifts to the giving tree. You pick the the tag that you want which has a child’s age and gender on there so you can pick a gift for them. Buy your gift(s) then come back and the staff will help you attach your tag. I let the kids pick a child each. If the tree is there again this year, we shall do the same. After all, Christmas is about the gift of giving and spreading joy to all.

https://lewishamshopping.co.uk/articles/come-meet-santa-claus-lewisham


Santa’s Grotto & Christmas fayre at Lesnes Abbey

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Dates: December 7 & 8 
Price: FREE

A two day Christmas extravaganza at Lesnes Abbey. With over 30 different craft and gift stalls, a Christmas Scavenger Hunt and live festive music. On Saturday you’ll enjoy a Christmas Market, Grotto, stalls, mulled wine, minced pies and lots of kids activities. For Sunday there will be more new stalls and the kids can be entertained on the Frozen bouncy castle and indoor Christmas pop-up disco. Amazing!

https://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/events/event/7168/lesnes_abbey_christmas_grotto_and_fayre

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Family things to do this Halloween half term (in and around Greenwich)

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With Halloween night just a week away, there’s plenty to do this October half-term. There’s lots going on in the Greenwich area but if you fancy venturing out a little more, here are some of the best events that I’ve come across so far that’s suitable for the whole family, some are free and some are paid so there’s something to suit everyone!

Monday 23rd

Eltham Palace Gardens, SE9 (events throughout the week)
From creepy crafts and a fancy dress competition for the kids to pumpkin carving for the whole family, head down to Eltham Palace one day this week for some fun-filled entertainment. Pumpkin carvings cost £4 and on at select times; see here for more info

Discover Stratford Children’s Centre, E15 (events throughout the week)
2pm – Chris Wormell Dinosaurium book signing event. If your little one is dinosaur-mad then this is event is not to be missed. Chris Wormell will be reading from his book and the book signing will be at the end of the event. If you’re only free for the morning, don’t miss out on

11:30am – The Gruffalo film screening. For one day only, it’s going to be a popular one so pre-booking is essential. Entry to events includes admission to Discover’s story world and storytelling space. While you’re there, why not book to see the Gruffalo and other stories exhibition? It’s on throughout the week and at different times during the day. See the full list of events at Discover Stratford here

Greenwich Market, SE10 (events throughout the week)
Kids Halloween craft workshops will be on at Greenwich Market from Monday to Thursday. They are drop in sessions so no need to book in advance. There will be other workshops and events going on throughout the week (see below).  More info on Greenwich Market events here

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Pumpkin carving competition for the family at Eltham Palace

Tuesday 24th

Greenwich Market, SE10 (events throughout the week)
2pm – Free Flying Mat Kids yoga (also on Wednesday). Time to downard dog and rest in child’s pose. Treat the kids to a fun yoga flow in a bustling environment. No need to book, just turn up and have fun!

Museum of London Docklands, E14
Dear Zoo storytelling for under 5s – this storytelling of Rod Campbell’s Dear Zoo looks at the animals that arrived on London’s docks years ago. At the end of the storytelling, an interactive session of learning how to build crates with different materials should have the children interested and excited. Best of all, the event is free and there’s three time slots for the day. More details on the Dear Zoo storytelling here

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Free mat yoga for the kids at Greenwich Market (Source: Yogi Beans)

Wednesday 25th

Greenwich Market, SE10
2pm – Flying Mat Kids yoga, free event

Thursday 26th

Charlton House, SE7
10 to 1pm (drop-in) – Holiday Histories: Haunted Houses. This fun workshop is ideal for kids wanting to exhaust their creativity and craft skills. Learn how to make a haunted house using a variety of different materials. Create something extravagant like a centrepiece or something smaller as decoration. The session cost £1.50 per child and the price is inclusive of all the materials for the session. Suitable for age 4+, more info on the haunted house craft at Charlton House here

Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Dance and Music, SE8
11am and 2pm (BSL interpreted performance) – Cia Maduixa presents DOT digital dance performance. If your kids are more of a culture vulture or love the performing arts, head down to Trinity Laban to watch this amazing dance performance by dance company Cia Maduixa. Press releases describe the performance as “blending precise digital projections, with dancers’ bodies and a bespoke score, DOT is as mind-bogglingly clever as it is charming.” Want to see a snippet? Watch the DOT performance trailer here

Suitable for age 3+. There will also be free pre-show and post-show arts activities for the kids at 10:30am and 3:15pm. See more info on Cia Maduixa and how to book tickets here

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Cia Maduixa DOT performance at Trinity Laban (Photo by Jordi Pla)

Friday 27

Greenwich Market, SE10
10am to 4pm – Miss Libby Rose Sewing workshop. The sewing costume workshops are for kids only and due to popularity we must state it is just one costume per child. The costume making choices for this year are: Spooky Pirates, Wicked Witch, Curious Cat, Halloween (or Frozen) Princess, Zombie, Dracula, and Day of the Dead. There will be a fashion show of all the costumes at 4pm and a winner will be chosen for best design.

Suitable for ages 4-7 yrs old. This is a free event but booking is required via Eventbrite – book your child’s place here

Greenwich National Maritime Museum, SE10
11am to 4pm – Halloween party: Lost in the ice! Join us on a horrifying journey through the icy depths of the Maritime Museum at our annual family Halloween party. There will also be a spooky story parade, a portable photo booth to take scary selfies for memories and a trick or treat trail. Tickets cost £8. Read more about the Halloween party here

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Saturday 28th

The Vanbrugh Pub, SE10
12pm to 4pm – The Vanbrugh Funday. A fun day for all the family; there will be face painting, best dressed competition, apple bobbing, pumpkin carving, lots of frightfully good food and live music from 8pm to end your night in a fangtastic way! More details here on The Vanbrugh pub’s website

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Halloween Family Funday at The Vanbrugh pub in Greenwich (source: The Vanbrugh)

Sunday 29th

Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10
10am to 4:30pm – Halloween in Greenwich by Events Inspire: The event is aimed at families and offers lots of Halloween themed activities each day. On Sunday, there will be craft activity (Halloween mask making), storytelling, a magic show, Punch & Judy puppet show, costume parade and finish off with some spooky music. There will also be street food and drink stalls, jewellery and craft stalls. The full programme can be seen on the Eventbrite page here where you can register for your free tickets.

The Albany Deptford, SE8
2pm to 5pm – Disco Kids: Spooktacular party. Get dressed in your spookiest get up and head over to The Albany this Sunday for a fantastic disco party! Suitable for kids age 7+ and adults too! Expect fun, fun and more fun! Tickets cost £6, family tickets £20.

For more info, visit http://www.thealbany.org.uk/event_detail/2133/Family/Disco-Kids:-Spooktacular

I wish you all a frightfully fun half-term! 🙂

 

 

Review: On Blackheath Music Festival

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Music. Food. Fun.
That’s pretty much everything you would want or expect from a festival. When I received an email asking if I would like to head down to a local festival event I was really excited. The On Blackheath Music Festival was held over the first weekend of school – LO had just started his first day that week and thought it would be a nice treat for LO and me to go along.

On Sunday
We arrived on Blackheath green around 2-3pm. It was so windy but LO was so excited to go to a festival, he didn’t even feel the cold. I picked up my ticket from the desk office and was given a pass which allowed me to come and go as I wish. The festival was massive and I couldn’t help but think to myself that if the day was sunnier there would’ve been much more people.

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Got my pass! 🙂
Working out where most things were, LO and I headed over to the family playground area first. I was on a tight budget so kept him away from all the paid stuff although he could see the helter skelter clearly and was begging to go on it. It was only £2.50 a ride but I had no cash on me. There were cash machines inside the festival but it didn’t offer free withdrawals so I stuck to my guns and told LO just to enjoy the free stuff instead. We went near to the children’s tent where there was a storytelling going on and comedian Julian Clary was signing his latest children’s book in the smaller tent beside it. I wrote a post last year about Julian Clary reading with children so I really wanted to meet him but he was gone by the time we made our way over to his tent. Maybe next time.

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LO at the top of the ship
LO had so much fun on the pirate’s ship by the Albion Kids Show, he was a little hesitant at first but then got stuck in climbing about and really enjoyed it. He didn’t want to leave! When I started to feel little droplets of rain, I took LO and ushered us inside the children’s tent to listen to the storytelling by Mike Dodsworth. He had an amazing energy and was able to hold the children’s attention for a full 60mins with the power of his words and story. We came in halfway but figured out that it was a story about a prince who was searching for a beautiful princess. He found such a princess but she was locked up under the sea in a castle that was guarded by a giant fish. The prince learnt how to swim and catch the giant fish with his net, free the princess and brought her back to her kingdom. It was a lovely story and there was even a chance for everyone to take part in the story by acting out little parts in the story. LO is really into children’s books like these, especially Julia Donaldson ones so I was very happy that he enjoyed the storytelling too.

When the storytelling ended LO and I wandered further down into the festival. We saw the main stage where singer, KT Tunstall was next in line to perform and I managed to just catch a glimpse of the John Lewis live cooking stage however wasn’t able to get to it to sit down and watch. LO was starting to tire so I got us a pizza and drink to liven us up – it was a pepperoni one and was so tasty but quite pricey at £10.00 a pizza. We watched KT Tunstall perform ‘Black Horse and the Cherry Tree’ and ‘The Other Side of the World’. It wasn’t until it was halfway into Black Horse that I looked down and saw that LO was sleeping whilst standing and realised it was time for us to go home. The night was still young (at 5pm) and I didn’t want to leave. I told myself that I would take LO home, get changed then head back out. That didn’t happen.

We got into our Uber and headed home. Once we got indoors, I didn’t want to leave the warmth to stand in the cold. I love my warmth and with winter soon coming, I didn’t want to increase my risk of getting chilblains as I have poor circulation in my feet. Regardless of leaving early, we had a fabulous time. I was gutted I wasn’t able to see any live cooking demos as that was one of the main reasons I was really excited to go to the On Blackheath festival but when you have little ones, their needs need to come first and unfortunately for me that meant us leaving early to let bubba rest.

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We had a great time at On Blackheath music fest!
I’d definitely love to come back next year and hope that we will be greeted with warmer weather. It’s a brilliant local event and I’m so glad it comes round every year. 🙂


This is a collaborative post with John Lewis. I was given two tickets to attend the On Blackheath Music Festival. All words, opinions and photos are my own.

The Hunting of the Snark is coming to Greenwich Theatre!

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Photo credit: Simon Annand

The Hunting of the Snark is heading to Greenwich Theatre on Sunday 24th September following a West End run this summer. The production is based on Lewis Carroll’s poem and follows a ragtag gang of bold adventurers as they set off on a quest to catch the mythical Snark.

The show is suitable for children from ages 4+ and will start on Sunday at 14:00 and is said to be a great one so don’t miss out, there’s still tickets available. If you are in Greenwich and looking for something to do with the family, treat them to a fun day out to the theatre. LO loves the theatre and we are always looking for our next show to go and watch.

If you’re too eager to see what the performance will entail, I can grant you a sneaky peek… just take a look below, taken from the cast’s press performance of the show:

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The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Hunting of the Snark at Greenwich Theatre

“Side-splittingly funny, joyful, fast-paced and bursting with a soundtrack of witty songs by an award-winning songwriter, The Hunting of the Snark is a tour de force that‘ll delight, excite and entertain…”    – Snark Productions

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The Hunting of the Snark Vaudeville Theatre Polly Smith (The Butcher) Credit Simon Annand

The Hunting of the Snark Vaudeville Theatre Simon Turner (The Banker) Credit Simon Annand

The show looks amazing. I’m really sad that I won’t be able to take LO to go and see it because the photos above have really got me intrigued to see how the whole show pans out. Just look at all those bright colours and that man in the crazy ruffle costume is sure to get some laughs from the audience. I think this show is going to be one that both the kids and parents will enjoy, expect to laugh hard and often! 🙂

After the one-day performance at Greenwich Theatre the show will be moving around the UK as part of its national UK tour which is set to end mid-November.

To book your tickets or for more information:
http://www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk/


Photos by Simon Annand | The Hunting of the Snark | Vaudeville Theatre

Our day trip to the Museum of London Docklands

During August, Museum of London Docklands had put on a range of free events for the whole family. These included workshops like jewellery making and creating artwork as well as story-telling days and interactive workshops about the history of London’s tunnels.

The Tunnel: Archaeology of Crossrail exhibition displayed objects that were recovered from the construction dig including as human remains that were found in Liverpool Street, Victorian chamber pots that were found near Stepney Green, and Crosse and Blackwell jars that were found near Tottenham Court road.

Alongside the Tunnel exhibition, an interactive workshop called Time Tunnellers. We were invited to attend the blogger’s launch of the over 5’s workshop but missed it due to bad weather and traffic. We still made it to the museum, just not to the event so we explored the museum instead. We had a look at the permanent collections at the museum. LO was really fascinated with the cutlass display and the whale tooth carving in the city and river gallery.

Time Tunnellers workshop

On LO’s birthday, we returned back to the Docklands museum and booked in for the free Time Tunnellers workshop. LO started off being really scared of taking part in the event so we had to take it all a bit slowly. As he warmed up to the workshop and saw the other children taking part, he started to become a little more at ease with the activity and got stuck in. I think he ended up really liking the workshop. Below is a slideshow of photos from the workshop. I found it really fascinating and the staff were really interactive and got the children and adults all participating at one point. 🙂 Some of the artefacts on display at the workshop were real findings from the actual Crossrail excavation such as the glazed ceramic pieces.

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Time Tunnellers workshop for the over 5’s

After the workshop, we spent a little more time exploring the museum again. We checked out the Children Mudlarks gallery which is a free play area at the museum (needs to be pre-booked online or at the museum) but didn’t stay long enough as it was time for me to go to work… the joys of part-time work and parenting!

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home time!

There’s always lots going on at this museum and I think people tend to forget about it compared to the bigger museums like the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and Museum of London in Barbican. If you’re nearby the docklands, head over to this museum for a bit of history – the kids will definitely love it and I’m sure grown-ups will too!

For upcoming free events in September, visit the Museum of Docklands website.


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

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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”

Review: Above and Beyond exhibition at the National Maritime Museum

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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! 🙂

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”

Review: Visit the Above and Beyond Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum

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The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Above and Beyond Exhibition
Flight Simulators / Photo Credit: Royal Museums Greenwich

School’s over and the summer holidays are now here! 

With the beautiful weather around, why not treat the family to a wonderful day out in Greenwich? You can head down to the high street for a spot of shopping, stroll around Greenwich Park and admire the flower garden or deer encouter, or you can pop along to one of the Royal Museums of Greenwich (RMG) and see what’s on. The National Maritime Museum has a spectacular intergalactic exhibition on for kids this summer. Continue reading “Review: Visit the Above and Beyond Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum”

Cbeebies Nick Butterworth & Q Pootle 5 at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

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On Tuesday 26th July 2016, Cbeebies Nick Butterworth and his alien Q Pootle 5 will be at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich hosting a special event called ‘Holiday to Space with Q Pootle 5‘. The Cbeebies author, producer and illustrator will be performing an interactive story-telling complete with live illustrations and hosting a special craft activity for the children.

On the day

The day will kick off at 10am when all of the children will be watching episodes of the hit Cbeebies series under the starry morning planetarium. Nick Butterworth will then present his interactive show and read from his latest book. The morning is rounded off with a wonderful craft activity for the kids. Visitors will also get the chance to explore Royal Greenwich Observatory’s giant Moon map and craft lunar landers to land on it.

From 12pm to 1pm Nick will be book-signing so make sure you bring along your Q Pootle 5 book (which is what I’m going to do) or purchase one on the day from the Astronomy Centre shop to get a lovely signature from Nick and make the day extra special. Continue reading “Cbeebies Nick Butterworth & Q Pootle 5 at the Royal Observatory Greenwich”

Family Days Out: Meeting The Paw Patrol Pups at Sky Studios At The O2

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Last weekend LO and I had a lot of fun in our local area. We decided to take a trip around Greenwich and also visit The O2 as I was told that the Paw Patrol pups were going to be making an appearance at the Sky Studios in The O2 as part of the brand’s new Sky Kids app launch. It was a lovely day out for the whole clan – me, LO, Daddy P and Baby Girl.

Sky Studios at The O2

I heard about the event a few days in advance so decided to announce the fun day out over Twitter and two mummies Facebook group for the local and surrounding area. The Sky Studios opened on Saturday at 11am to the general public but an hour earlier for the PR bloggers. We, unfortunately turned up at the public time – tut tut! When we got there we were kindly greeted by the friendly staff who told us the exciting things we can get up to inside the Sky Studios. On the first level there was three interactive booths where you can sit down and take a photo with the Paw Patrol crew, Ninja Turtles and many more. It’s done via a green screen on the computer which was really fun. I didn’t join in but Daddy P did – even Baby Girl got a lovely photo with LO. 🙂

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LO and Baby Girl posing with the Ninja Turtles
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Daddy P being interviewed on Sky News 🙂

When we (well, LO) got tired of taking photos, we headed up to the next floor where the pop-up play area was located. Here we was able to pop bubbles on an interactive screen, take photos with the Scooby Doo crew as well as Ben and Holly’s kingdom. There were cute little toadstool chairs and tables for the kids to sit down and take part in activities such as colouring in, playing with stickers or have some fun on the interactive tablets nearby. The Sky Studios itself is open all year round however the cool kids are will be here until June 17th.

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The Sky Studios Kids App area at The O2 opens until June 17th (Photo Credit: The O2)

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We was told that the Paw Patrol pups will make their appearance around 12 noon so when it was almost time we went to queue up to meet the pups and get our photo taken. The turnout to meet the pups was fantastic! There was a lot of people that came by. Some who missed the chance on Saturday would’ve been able to catch the pups again on Sunday.

The pop-up Sky Studios Kids App play area is open until June 17th

When queuing the Sky staff asked the public which pup they wanted to come out first – Marshall or Chase and the crowd chanted for the former. That meant Chase wasn’t going to make an appearance til later that afternoon as the meet & greet was scheduled for 12-4pm. When it was our turn to meet Marshall, LO got really shy and didn’t want his photo taken without Daddy P with us. So we ended up with a lovely family photo with Marshall which was really nice.

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Family photo with Marshall
The Greenwich Mummy | Sky Studios at The O2
Marshall from Paw Patrol says hi! (Photo Credit: The O2)

The Thames Clipper

After we had the photo taken, we decided to head up to Greenwich in style – on the Thames Clipper. This riverboat service operates daily from North Greenwich (sometimes Woolwich Arsenal) to the London eye/Waterloo. There are over clipper services available that covers different areas. The views on the Clipper were amazing. We originally wanted to take it up to Waterloo then go the London Aquarium but as the weather wasn’t great we just decided to go for a meal instead. Baby Girl is still exclusively breastfed so I didn’t want to stray too far from home as this was officially our first big day out together.

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A view of The O2 and the Thames Clipper (Photo Credit: The O2)
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Onboard the spacious and comfy Thames Clipper
The Greenwich Mummy | Sky Studios at The O2
Our riverboat selfie

We got the Clipper service from the North Greenwich Pier and took it to Greenwich pier which was one stop. The service was super fast and really comfortable. The riverboat is well kitted out with a lovely cafe bar serving hot and cold drinks as well as snacks. I definitely recommend everyone to try the Thames Clipper at least once as it’s a lovely way to travel and currently isn’t susceptible to any traffic.

When we got off at Greenwich we headed to Nandos for a quick lunch and a chance for me to breastfeed Baby Girl – she feeds every 2hrs so it’s really hard to do anything for long. I quickly scoffed down my lovely dish of spicy livers and salad before getting comfortable to feed baby. After we all finished our meal, we had a look around the area. There was a carousel ride which LO wanted to go on. Daddy P sat with LO on one of the horses and had a lovely time as you can tell from the photos below:

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Daddy P and LO on the carousel in Greenwich

It started getting cold and time for LO’s nap (I was also really tired) so we decided to head back home on the Clipper. When we got home, I put LO to bed then went to co-sleep with Baby Girl. As LO had a lot of fun, he slept soundly for a good 3hrs which was sheer bliss!

About the Sky Kids app

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This lovely day event was for the launch of the Sky Kids app; a kid-friendly app designed specially for children without any annoying ads, is safe and secure to use, and free to download for Sky TV users. It’s available on android and iPhone as well as tablets inc. iPad.

I don’t have Sky TV myself so I can’t comment on its performance however I had a look at the app benefits and it’s really attractive:

– You can create a profile for each child and apply an age filter so you can be in total control of what the kids watch.
– No annoying third-party ads. Parents can also be confident that no inappropriate content will be shown to them.
– It’s supposed to be super easy to use. Kids should be able to navigate their own way around the app – apparently even preschoolers can do it!

For more info on the app, click here


The Sky Studios at The O2 is free to enter and open year round.
*NB. We were invited to the event and given a day pass on the Thames Clipper by Sky Studios at The O2 and AEG.

Family Days Out: Things to do with the kids this Easter

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It feels like it wasn’t that long ago when I was posting up a Christmas post about what I got LO for Christmas. 🙂 I know that this post is slightly last minute but better late than never. I’ve gathered a few local and nearby events together for you which are all worth checking out this Easter weekend.

Friday 25th March

Messy Mornings @Greenwich Centre Library
Time: 11am to 12pm
Price: FREE

Pop along for some messy morning fun. The kids will be creating Easter bunnies so expect a lot of glue, cotton, glitter and fun! 🙂 For a list of more events at a local Greenwich borough library, see the link below:

http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/

Saturday 26th March

Odeon Kids: selected films @Odeon Greenwich
Time: 10:00am, 10:15am, 10:30am
Price: £2.50 per ticket

Love cinema? Odeon Kids is the best thing that has happened in cinemas since that ‘2for1 Orange Wednesday’ ticket deal that the mobile company used to offer. The cinema puts on a few selected shows which you can watch with the family for just £2.50 per ticket!

The films showing at Odeon Greenwich this Saturday 26th March are:

For more info on films and to book tickets, click below:
http://www.odeon.co.uk/kids/

Easter Sports Day, Egg Hunt & Games @Under1Roof

Time: 9am-6pm
Price: £5 for sports day and soft play, FREE entry for egg hunt & games

Visit Under1Roof in Woolwich Riverside for an Easter chick hunt, games, music, crafts, messy play, soft play (£5 fee) and an Easter bonnet competition on the stage. There’s also a lovely café to grab something to eat and/or drink.

Easter Sports Day: egg & spoon, 3 legged, sack races & much more. For kids ages 4+ – under 5s must be accompanied by an adult. (£5 per child)

http://www.under1roofkids.com/upcoming-events.html

Sunday 27th March

Story Time @Greenwich Centre Library
Time: 2.30pm to 3pm
Price: FREE

Listen to the wonderful library staff read some lovely Easter stories this weekend. For a list of more events at a local Greenwich borough library, see the link below:

http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/

Monday 28th March

Ceramic workshop @Surrey Docks City Farm
Time: 2:30-3:30pm, pre-booking required
Price: £6.00 per child

Join local artist Sharon Virtue to learn how to mould and create with clay. You can make anything from coil pots to robots using air-dry clay. All materials are included. The workshop is aimed at children aged 5-13 years old but it’s suitable for the whole family to join in too.

http://www.surreydocksfarm.org.uk/easter-holiday-activities-2016/


All Easter Weekend: March 25-28th

Chesterton’s Easter egg hunt @Cutty Sark, Greenwich
Time: 10:00-17:00
Price: tickets vary – see the website link below

The egg hunt is free but you’ll need to purchase a ticket for the Cutty Sark. After the kids have had fun finding the eggs, you can tour the ship and its gallery.

http://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/exhibitions-events/chestertons-easter-egg-hunt

Create your own Easter basket (craft) @Discover, Stratford
Time: all day drop-in
Price: £5 per adult/child, £18 for family of 4 (under 2s go free)

If you’ve never visited the Discover Children’s Story Centre then now is the perfect time for you. A ticket gives you entry to the wonderful Discover story trail and outdoor garden. The craft workshop is held indoors in a spacious area of the story trail. Treat the kids to a lovely Easter storytelling with the Discover Story Builders at 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 3:30pm on these days. They will be reading “Little Rabbit Foo Foo” by Michael Rosen and Arthur Robins.

http://www.discover.org.uk/whatson/event/easter-holidays-at-discover2

Animal Parks/City Farms
Time: vary – see websites below
Price: FREE

Why not treat the kids to an active day out this Easter and see some live chickens, ducks, sheeps and much more.

My top 3 favourite local farms are:

  • Mudchute Park & Farm (Isle of Dogs)
  • Maryon Wilson Animal Park (Charlton)
  • Surrey Docks City Farm (Surrey Quays/Canada Water)

Most of the farms have free small animal petting sessions throughout the day but double check first with the farm for timings as it’ll vary from farm to farm.

Mudchute farm: http://www.mudchute.org/

Maryon Wilson park: http://www.maryonwilsonanimalpark.org.uk/

Surrey Docks farm: http://www.surreydocksfarm.org.uk/

Whatever you decide to do this Easter, make sure you have a good one! 🙂


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