Review: The Lost Thing at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House

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So you want to hear a story?
Yrots a raeh ot tnaw uoy os?

Last week we were invited along to attend a showing of The Lost Thing at the Royal Opera House. As the show was suitable for children aged 6+ I was allowed to bring a plus one and naturally, I took Little Man with me. We don’t go to the theatre regularly and normally when we do go, it’s usually to our local Greenwich Theatre (which is fantastic for families!) so going to a fancy one like the Royal Opera House, I had to make sure my little monster was going to be on his best behaviour.

We attended the evening performance (7.15PM) but there are days when a matinee performance is showing. We made our way from North Greenwich to Covent Garden easily and just missed the rush hour period as we set off around 5PM. When we arrived at the Royal Opera House, we were ‘greeted’ by the doorman (they just opened the door, no smiles and we were the first to initiate the actual greeting, but hey ho) who showed us the way to the reception desk. Looking around I could see why we were not as warmly welcomed as we would be at our little Greenwich Theatre. The majority of the ROH attendees are mostly older, mostly middle-class and attended without children. A totally different demographic than what we’re used to seeing.

As we headed downstairs to the Linbury Theatre, it was a little less intimidating as we saw more families and young children. Little Man didn’t notice anything but as a parent, I feel like the theatre should be a more welcoming place for those with young children. Perhaps if we had attended a matinee performance it would’ve probably felt less judging as we usually associate evening shows with adult guests rather than young families.

As we were a little early, we decided to head back up and have a look around the small gift shop. We bought a laser-light keyring and a ballet pump keyring for Little Miss. We then headed back downstairs to the cafe outside the Linbury Theatre and had a hot chocolate and a brownie which satisfied our sweet craving.

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A quick photo before heading inside the Royal Opera House
What is The Lost Thing?

The Lost Thing is a picture book written and illustrated by Shaun Tan. It became one of his bestselling books worldwide and well-recognised in the literature world. The story is about a boy who discovers ‘The Thing’ which doesn’t seem to belong to anything in particular, making it ‘lost’. In the book, The Thing looks very mechanical and is orange-red with greenish metal claws and legs whereas in the theatre production, it’s more organic and living with a green, moss-like body and ever-changing number of legs.

In this theatrical adaptation by Ben Wright and Jules Maxwell (from Candoco Dance Company, a world-leading professional dance company) we are treated to a different kind of storytelling; one that’s filled with not only music but also theatrical singing, opera and dance along the way. ‘Mixing it up’ is definitely a good way of exposing children of this new generation to a variety of performing arts.

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Joel Brown as The Boy
Review: The Lost Thing at Royal Opera House

Despite the lukewarm review of the show being “too static and slow” from The Guardian online, I much agree with the reviews from Culture Whisper and British Theatre Guide. The performance was pleasantly executed, and provided both children and adults with some true thought-provoking moments. In the programme booklet they gave me, it mentions that The Thing in the performance is not meant to replicate Tan’s illustration but instead, represents something living and organic. The Thing can shape-shift changing from two legs to eight legs, growing larger or smaller depending on its mood.

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The Boy finds The Thing
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Shaun Tan’s ‘The Thing’ / Photo Credit: ACMI

“We wanted to take it in a completely different direction and build on the skeleton of the story, which is about celebrating difference, supporting what is lost, and potentially contemplating what we are losing. We decided to shift the nature of The Thing itself to be this odd, biodiverse, many-limbed organism…Ben Wright, interviewed by Lyndsey Winship

I can understand why there may be some disappointment as to why the original story was never followed through completely but then again, adapting a picture book into an opera/theatrical performance is not ordinary neither. The story lines is minimal but I think that makes it easy for children to understand. There’s also surtitles and audio description for those hard of hearing. The diverse cast are fantastic – all extremely talents and a good mix of both disabled and non-disabled dancers, musicians, singers.

I thought the interpretation of The Thing as something organic and living, familiar yet somehow forgotten, was like a metaphorical example of the world we live in today. There is a scene where The Boy almost hands The Thing over to the odds and ends department, but then a janitor appears and strongly advises against it, saying that things left there get permanently forgotten. We then see the janitor being comforted by The Thing and feeling happy that it’s in his presence. It reminded me of how happy and content we once were to just enjoy simple things ie. nature but now we’re constantly fixated on our phones and devices.

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The Boy and The Thing
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The Janitor, The Boy and The Thing

“In the book, the denouement is that it finds a place where it belongs. In our version that place is a very saturated, green, mossy jungle…” –Ben Wright, interviewed by Lyndsey Winship

Summary: my thoughts on The Lost Thing

Little Man loved the performance and has asked to go back to watch The Thing come to life again. We will aim to go before the new year. He also lost his thing (a small toy) there at the theatre, which has now become his ‘lost thing’ – now isn’t that a story within a story for you?

I loved the story so much that I ordered the picture book online for Little Man, he instantly recognised the book from the ochre colour scheme and enjoyed reading it however he told me that he much prefers the ending that he saw in the opera adaptation.

The Lost Thing is showing until January 4th 2020 and tickets are between £7.00-£35.00 for a seat, how can you resist a familiar yet story?

More info on The Lost Thing performances and tickets: http://bit.ly/TheLostThing

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Taking The Thing to the place where it belongs
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So you want to hear a story? 

You can watch the video of Shaun Tan’s story here:



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The Top 5 open-air ice skating rinks in London review

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This winter is the best time for us to get our skates on and unleash our inner figure skater vibes! I cannot skate but that doesn’t stop me getting on the ice. I try to go at least once every year and each year I tell myself that I will take up skating and get better… but like NY resolutions, the feeling and motivation disperses and I’m left saying the same thing year on year.

I’ve taken it upon myself to give myself a Christmas mission and visit 5 beautiful and magical ice rinks in London. Below are my favourite five rinks which are all outdoors so you can enjoy the stunning views of majestic surrounding buildings.

There are so many ice skating rinks in London to visit but here are a few a good places to start you off…

1. Somerset House ice rink, Strand

Somerset House is mainly known for hosting London Fashion Week/Weekend events but every winter they also put on a spectacular ice skating arena, especially if you visit late afternoon/evening time when the lights are on. There’s a big Christmas tree as the centrepiece, plus having the building as a backdrop for your skate is simply amazing.

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Personally, I think the Somerset House ice rink is the beautiful rink in London!

A few days I went with one of my work girls to skate and we really enjoyed ourselves. It really is a stunning location but get ready to see a lot of couples skating together, a lot of newbies clinging onto the edge of the rink and more experienced skaters showing off their moves in the middle of the rink. There’s no skate aids here apart from for young children so I wouldn’t recommend skating here if you’ve never been on the ice as you will just be clinging onto the sides of the rink for the whole session. I am not great on the ice and found it quite challenging without any skate aids but managed to get by a little although I had to have lots of resting time in between because my legs got tired… Real quick. Also it gets quite busy on the ice but really feels festive and enjoyable.

They play good music on the ice and the lights change colour which creates a lovely skating atmosphere. Sessions are 45 mins which is a good amount of skate time. The skates for hire are really good quality and I’ve found lace-up skates to be extremely comfy compared to the standard clip-in ones.

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Quality lace-up skates really make a lot of difference!
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A great evening skate but be aware, there’s no skate aids available here!

Adult tickets are from £11 for the 45mins session which includes skate hire. Arrive at least 15mins early to drop off your bags at the hut (first bag/item is free, £2 per item thereafter). Then go into the other hut to collect your skates. There’s also Skate Lates from 8pm where you can enjoy skating listen to the latest hits and some classics from the venue’s DJ. Good vibes!

http://bit.ly/somersethouseicerink


2. Queen’s House ice rink, Greenwich

Based at the foot of a UNESCO Heritage site, voted as UK’s Top 10 visitors attraction the Queen’s House in Greenwich is one of the most beautiful places in London. The ice rink here is the only outdoor rink in South East London and is beautiful to skate around. This year, the rink at Canary Wharf has not been brought back so this is currently our closest ice skating rink.

We had the pleasure of skating here on its launch event (you can read our ice skating review here) which was fantastic. The kids had such a wonderful time and I am so glad to have an ice rink so local to us! For me, this rink comes in as a close second behind Somerset House because even though it is an amazing rink with really magical views, the skates let me down – they are the really cheap clip on ones which hurt my feet so bad. The good thing about this rink is that they have not one, but TWO types of skate aids for you to choose from. A penguin aid for less confident skaters and the banana aid (seen below) which is ideal for tiny skaters and complete first-timers. The banana aid is really fun but for those pushing the aid around, it’s hard work! Get ready to burn extra calories with that thing.

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A view of the Queen’s House ice rink
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The ice rink all beautifully lit up at night

A night – or late afternoon skate here would be stunning. As you can see from the image above, the Queen’s House lit up at night is really something. It looks magical and so festive! The rink doesn’t get overly busy too which is great as it means more space on the ice to go round. Tickets are from £13.50 for adults and from £6.75 for kids, unfortunately there are no family tickets but if you’re a Royal Musuems Greenwich member, you can take advantage of their discounted tickets.

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http://bit.ly/greenwichiceskating


3. Natural History Museum ice rink, South Kensington

South Kensington is well known for their museums and now every winter, for their ice skating too! Passing here last winter with Little Man I thought about taking him on the ice but unfortunately he’s not a big fan as I am with ice skating so we gave it a miss. I’m planning to head out this year with Little Miss as the ice rink is small but good enough for parents with young families. There is a morning parent & toddler skating session which includes skating, skate hire and a free hot drink for both… of course we will opt for the hot chocolate option! 🙂

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Credit: Natural History Museum

This rink is on my list to take the kids once we break up for Christmas holidays. It looks like it’ll be a good one and a skate by the NHM would be a delight! Naturally, we’ll head into the museum after for a little look around and lunch at their cafe or a nearby restaurant. Adult tickets are from £12.65 and tickets for children start from £8.80. There’s also a reduced family ticket for four cost from £39.60.

Every Friday evening from 7-8pm, fragrance brand Viktor&Rolf will be transforming the ice rink into a Flowerbomb fantasy. Join in as they turn the ice pink, hang sparkling baubles from the Christmas tree and the infuse the air with their new Flowerbomb fragrance.

http://bit.ly/naturalhistorymuseumicerink


4. Hampton Court Palace ice rink, Hampton Court

Situated in the gardens of Henry VIII’s historic home, the Hampton Court Palace outdoor rink offers you the chance to glide across the ice whilst being surrounded by spectacular views of the amazing Tudor palace. This scenic skate is perfect for all skaters from complete beginners to the advanced. Skate aids are available, and just like at Queen’s House you can choose from the penguin or the banana.

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Look at that awesome view and rink size!

Tickets are slightly pricier than the other rinks already mentioned (apart from Somerset House) from £15.00 per adult and £10.50 per child. This will have to be a solo skate for me or with friends as it’s slightly out of reach for us and to be frank, the prices are a little more dear. From the images on their website, I can see that people are wearing the blue clip-on skates… a big turn off for me however that view does look really appealing. There’s also a cafe bar by the rink so you can grab a hot drink and something to eat before or after your time on the ice. 🙂

http://bit.ly/Hamptoncourtpalaceiceskating


5. Winter Wonderland ice rink, Hyde Park

Skating around an outdoor bandstand playing live music? What more could you ask for! This rink looks pretty amazing in the day time and at night, even more special. When I visited this rink with my girl friends, unfortunately it was a very wet evening and we all got caught in the rain. It was only a mist but so much water pooled onto the ice, it made me really nervous with skating on it. However it wasn’t all bad – the wet ice actually made it easier to glide and skate but it was certainly more slippery in some areas of the ice as the rain froze over.

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Credit: Time Out
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The fairy light canopy added a little bit of magic to our open-air skate

There are penguin skate aids at this rink for hire £5 per aid which I bought but ended up not using. There were many families on the ice that couldn’t really skate but didn’t want to put money out to get an aid and were really struggling. I ended up giving my penguin to a young child who skated with his mum and sister who were also inexperienced skaters.

There was a professional photographer on the ice when we skated so be aware that staff will tell you that you can’t take photos on the ice – because they want you to obviously purchase theirs so if you must take a photo like we did, make it snappy and do it discreetly.There was also live music; we had a singer performing with her guitar. Her acoustic renditions of Christmas songs were mellow, festive and added perfect ambience to our wet skating session. We enjoyed our 45 minute skate and of course, my feet got blistered from the clip-on skates which were in really bad condition. They had the worst skates compared to the rinks at Somerset House and the Queen’s House.

Apparently Hyde Park’s rink prides itself as the largest outdoor rink in the UK I can’t tell you for certain. From photos, I thought the Hampton Court rink looks bigger but I won’t know until I go there myself. As soon as I can tell you, I’ll let you guys know. 😉

http://bit.ly/winterwonderlandicerink


Bonus: Tower of London ice rink, Tower Hill

Okay, I know my post title says Top 5 but think of this as your bonus ice rink location because I couldn’t disregard it.

Tower of London is one of the Historic Royal Palaces in London (like Hampton Court Palace) and a very popular attraction for visitors in the UK and overseas. You can skate outside the fortress and admire the beautiful ambience as it’s lit up in the evening.

Prices are similar to Hampton Court; from £15 for adults and from £10.50 for children. For me, this one will be a miss but I’m sure it’ll be a great visit if you’re a History buff. Skate aids can also be hired here (must be booked in advance) but their website doesn’t specify what kind of skate aids are available.

http://bit.ly/toweroflondonicerink


I hope you enjoyed this little round-up posts of my top 5 magical outdoor ice rinks in London. Have you visited any ice skating rinks this year or perhaps you’re looking to go soon before Christmas? Leave me a comment if you have any other recommendations of open-air ice rinks in London too! x

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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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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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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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Festive ideas: 35 Christmassy things to do with the family!

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“Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way…”

It’s that time of year again… c h r i s t m a s !

The only one thing that makes our wet Christmas great is all that quality time we get with the kids.

I’m not talking about just being stuck in the house with the hyperactive chipmunks but actual quality time for bonding and doing things together. My terrible two drive me INSANE nearly every day but somehow, at Christmas time it seems to be the only time where we love being together, crafting and making things.

We put up our Christmas tree yesterday and it looks beautiful. I let the kids put up a few of the decorations and did the lights and glass decorations myself. I managed to salvage some of the beautiful glass decorations we had from last year. A LOT were smashed as Ame decided she wanted to play with them and Little Man wanted to do the same.

I’ve decided that doing some Christmassy crafts together would be the way to go this year as the kids are showing more interest in that sort of stuff. I’ve compiled a list of 35 Christmas things to do with the family in Greenwich and around London… in case you run out of ideas!

35 Christmassy things to do
with the family…

  1. Pick out a Christmas tree together
  2. Make decorations for your tree
  3. Design your own wrapping paper
  4. Make your own wreath
  5. Make a Christmas stocking
  6. Make your own advent calendar
  7. Make something with pom poms… we made pom pom jumpers!
  8. Decorate your own Christmas cards
  9. Enjoy a Christmas story together
  10. Sing Christmas carols
  11. Devour a box of chocolates together
  12. Have a movie night in & snuggle under a cosy blanket like this one
  13. Prepare dinner together
  14. Bake something delicious – try gingerbread men!
  15. Do some family yoga Christmas-style!
  16. Visit Santa’s Grotto
  17. Watch the Nutcracker at the theatre
  18. Watch a nativity play
  19. Go to church
  20. Burn off some energy at the local park
  21. Do the Christmas shopping together
  22. Set a new Christmas tradition and stick to it
  23. Check out the deers at the Deer park in Greenwich Park
  24. Go ice-skating at a magical outdoor rink
  25. Make the best hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows,
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  26. De-clutter the house in time for the new year
  27. Donate unwanted items to charity
  28. Buy a dinner for a person in need
  29. Volunteering with your local community
  30. Read a book together
  31. Dedicate an hour to quiet time
  32. Dance together!
  33. Visit a Christmas market
  34. Enter a charity fun run – entries are still open for the London Santa Run
  35. Last but not least, make memories by taking lots of family selfies!

Days Out: Top 9 Theatre Shows to see with the family this summer

Looking to become a culture vulture this summer with the kids? There’s so much going on in theatres across London from now until September and even until the end of the year.

Here are the top 9 theatre shows that have caught my eye… best of all they are suitable for the whole family – big and small 🙂

1. Alien Loves Underpants at The Belly Theatre

As part of this year’s Underbelly Festival, this adaptation from the popular children’s will leave both parents and children in stitches of laughter and fun, you’ll all be laughing your pants off!

Tickets from £11.50 / find out more

2. Rufus Longbottom & The Space Rabbit at Greenwich Theatre

Rufus Longbottom is a grouchy old man who lives in a care home and despises contact with other people. He loves watching his telly and does nothing else until one day he comes across a big yellow rabbit from outer space. A show filled with marvellous adventures, song, dance and interaction with the audience. I’m a big fan of small productions that are interactive and immersive. You’ll not be disappointed!

Tickets from £8.50 / find out more / other tour dates

3. The Elves and the Shoemaker at Greenwich Theatre

You’ll meet Mr Cobbler and his wife, who are struggling to afford the leather for him to make any shoes to sell. But could their fortune change? A beautiful retelling of a classical children’s fairytale featuring all of the original songs from the story.

Tickets from £5 / find out more

4. Not Now, Bernard at Unicorn Theatre

David McKee’s iconic picture book, “Not now, Bernard” is a story that’s been loved by many children and adults for the last thirty years. The show will be vividly brought to life in this brand new adaptation.

Tickets from £6 / find out more

5. The Tiger Who Came To Tea at Piccadilly Theatre

A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood. Based on the book by Judith Kerr, this classic children’s book comes to life. The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

Tickets from £12 / find out more

6. The Everywhere Bear at Polka Theatre

This captivating and beautiful new story from best-selling author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Rebecca Cobb springs to life with rhyme, original music and delightfully expressive puppets in Polka’s fun and exciting stage adaptation.

Tickets from £9 / find out more

7. Jack and The Beanstalk at Polka Theatre

Expect lots of surprises and beautiful images as Patrick Lynch (from Cbeebies) tells the gripping story of Jack who sells his cow for five magic beans and finds himself in the land above the clouds. It’s a show with something for everyone.

Tickets from £10 / find out more

8. The Jungle Book at Greenwich Theatre

Greenwich Theatre proudly presents this dynamic adaptation of “The Jungle Book”, bringing Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale to the stage with thrilling percussion, vibrant puppetry and Kipling’s unforgettable, larger-than-life characters.

Tickets from £9.75 / find out more

9. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt at Lyric Theatre

Join in this adaptation from Michael Rosen’s fantastic book, “We’re going on a bear hunt” and follow the family’s adventures with their musical dog on a quest to find a bear. As they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure!

Tickets from £17.25 / find out more

So much choice!

I hope these top nine have sparked your interest and you’ll find something great to watch. We’ll also be attending a few more shows so will try to review them as soon as I can!

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Family things to do this May Bank Holiday weekend…

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Yay! Another bank holiday!

Holy moly!
What to do with the kids though?! …don’t worry, I got you! 🙂

Here’s a list of things to get up to this May Bank Holiday Weekend…

Friday

  1. Attend the Festival Launch hosted by GLYPT on Friday evening at 6pm

Saturday

  1. Book a family yoga class with yours truly (Manny Ngo Yoga) on Satuday at 1.30pm
  2. Go on an adventure with Malcolm and the Storydrivers
  3. Listen to author Joseph Coehlo read his latest book, Luna Loves Library Day at West Greenwich Library
  4. Listen to some free live music at The Tramshed Woolwich by Sounds of The World group

Sunday

  1. Check out circus act Project_Vee perform juggling tricks to excite and scare you at Greenwich Park
  2. Prefer to watch a show instead? Head down to The Tramshed Woolwich and watch Magical Moggie at 3pm which is suitable for all ages. Magical Moggie is a multi-sensory production suitable for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families
  3. Get out and about with this free Greenwich Walking Tour but be aware, it’s not your standard walking tour… discover hidden building signs, chiselled graffiti and more
  4. Treat the kids to an Okido make-and-do craft session in Dulwich at the Cooper Beach Cafe. The event starts at 11.45am
  5. Hear how the man in the moon comes to earth to dance the night away after having watched people on earth dancing at the Museum of London

Monday

  1. Enjoy special stories of life in Woolwich with writer in residence, Louise Page throughout the day, from 10am until 4pm. These local stories will then be developed into A Soap from Woolwich
  2. Hop along to Bright Emporium on Monday evening at 7pm if you fancy a fun filled hour of adventure. Cat & Hutch are a duo combining storytelling with drama games
  3. Head down to the Museum of London for a free screening of Early Man and learn to accessorize like a cave man at the free craft activity session
  4. Or head over to the Museum of London Docklands and learn about ancient Roman perfumes and make your own fragrance with the kids to take home
  5. Join in the interactive Transbook exhibition down at Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford; “we set new rules for the reader, rules that let the reader play, take action, feel a story and dive into it.”

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Wishing you all a fabulous bank holiday weekend and happy half-term holidays!

Review: Dinosaurs In The Wild at The O2 Greenwich Peninsula was an amazing experience!

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Dinosaurs in the wild review

At the beginning of the Easter Holiday, LO and I decided to go all out this Easter. We wanted to do something different; we had a mini Easter Egg hunt at home with Daddy P and LO’s cousin Lils and ate lots of delicious chocolates. I had been looking at tickets for Dinosaurs in the Wild at The O2 Peninsula area after seeing all the promo flags for the experience around the area. I checked it out online and it looked very promising but slightly pricey. I found cheaper tickets online via a website called Little Bird. They’re family friendly website with discount codes and offers for hundreds, if not thousands, of different family events in the UK.

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Easter Sunday

On the morning of Easter Sunday, LO and I headed out to Intercontinental at The O2 for a family egg hunt hosted by the hotel. We were allowed access to search the corridors and rooms of the hotel on the ground, first and second floor. We searched everywhere but had no luck until we decided to be brave and head on a detour to a quiet area in the hotel and found an Easter egg nest in the corner of hallway on the second floor. We were so happy! 🙂

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Our chocolate entitled us to a prize – a hot chocolate at the hotel’s ground floor restaurant. I was allowed to have a complimentary hot chocolate (thanks to the Guest Relations Team) as a blogger perk for coming out that morning. 🙂 The Lindt hot chocolate was incredibly rich but very tasty. The chocolate egg was just as tasty – LO tucked into it as we made our way to Dinosaurs in the Wild.

Dinosaurs in the wild experience

I had only taken glances online at what to expect at Dinosaurs in the Wild and all I can say from hindsight is WOW! I really didn’t expect such a realistic, immersive experience. You can read on their website what to expect from the experience but nothing can really prepare you for the experience. It’s incredibly well-thought, totally interactive and super immersive – so much that at times, it feels almost like real-life. 🙂

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We travelled back in time to the late cretaceous period (67 million years ago) in a time machine called the X90 Transfer Pod, designed by the team at Chronotex. It was super-fast and before we knew it, in a matter of seconds our Transfer Pod had converted into a land buggy. The buggy opened its shutters and we were met with a Triceratops knocking against our screen. Our Chronotex guide safely drove us away from the nuisance creature and on a short ride to TimeBase 67. On the way we also saw a couple of Tyrannosaurus Rex, some huge Alamosaurus and other dinosaurs.

Once we arrived at TimeBase 67, another guide showed us around their working lab – we looked at a pumping Alamosaurus heart, played with some dino-poop and checked out other cool dinosaur body parts.

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T Rex claw
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Bloods taken from dinosaurs

After the lab, we entered the autopsy room and witnessed one of the doctors completing an autopsy on a Pachycephalosaurus. It wasn’t a gory sight but LO was a little freaked out with the autopsy and asked “mummy, what is he doing to it?” and looked pretty scared. I explained what an autopsy was but he was very quiet during this part of the experience. This is probably why the experience is recommended for children aged 5+. After this we saw the dinosaur hatchery which was simply amazing. One of the Chronotex team took a Dakotaraptor egg away then brought it back and out came a furry little raptor – it was amazing to see the team interacting with the audience this way. It made it that little more realistic for everyone, including me.

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The Chronotex Hatchery.. triceratops eggs with a hatchling

After we were shown around the different levels at TimeBase 67, we were brought upstairs to the lookout tower where we had a 360-view of the surroundings. It was amazing. We saw Triceratops, Alamosaurus, Dakotaraptors, and two naughty Tyrannosaurus Rex who started causing trouble and a code-red alert was raised. We had to evacuate the lookout and head down underground. The sudden evacuation felt so real, other parents including myself felt a little anxious and unknowing of what was going to happen next. I happily played along but poor LO thought it was the real thing… I didn’t tell him it wasn’t until much later. 🙂 We had to run underground into a bunker and wait for a member of the Chronotex team to look for a back-up shuttle to take us back to the present time.

As we were ushered into the back-up machine, everyone held onto the rails for dear life – LO looked up scared and said to me “mummy I’m scared, I want to go home”… my heart sank a little at his response and had to tell him not to worry and that it’s not real. Although I left it for too long – he didn’t believe me – soon before I knew it, he started crying. Our time machine took us back to 2018 and opened the doors to the exit which was the souvenir shop. LO burst out in more tears and I wasn’t really sure if they were tears of fear, relief or being overwhelmed (maybe it was all three!)… it was a fantastic experience!

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LO at Dinosaurs In The Wild with his Dakotaraptor toy

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Dinosaurs in the wild Review

I just wanted to do it all again! We stopped at the shop to take some photos and I bought LO a Dakotaraptor figurine. The toy didn’t last long, he took it to a barbecue with his nan the next day and some kids at the party broke the legs… £20.00 wasted! I would highly recommend any dino-loving family to go and experience Dinosaurs In The Wild but book in advance for a better deal on the price.

There’s lots of Dinosaurs in the Wild reviews you can check out – if you want a real spoiler of the full experience, there’s a Youtube video you can watch from The Dad Lab:

Watching the video is cool but not cooler than experiencing the real thing. As cliché as that sounds, it’s really true… we’re going back on Father’s Day with Daddy P. 🙂


NB. We received a complimentary adult and child ticket for our Dinosaurs in the wild experience in exchange for this review. All words, opinions and photos are my own and the links in this post are not affiliated. 

The Hunting of the Snark is coming to Greenwich Theatre!

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Family Days Out: The Hunting of the Snark
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:

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Family Days Out: The Hunting of the Snark
Photo credit: Simon Annand

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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Photo credit: Simon Annand

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

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! 😦

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… 🙂 

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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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!”

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”

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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Top Family Shows You Need To See This Christmas!

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There’s only 6 more weekends until Christmas.
(I can’t believe it!)

There is actually so much available you are really spoilt for choice this year. If you are planning to go somewhere local, the Greenwich area has a whole range of festivities on offer from Christmas markets and fayres to meet-and-greet Santa moments.

If you want to do something a bit different, why not take the family to see a play or panto? Here are some of my favourite shows that I think would be great with the whole family and I’ve even found shows that are ideal for little tots.

Red Riding Hood
(20 Nov – 10 Jan 2016)
Venue: Greenwich Theatre

I keep seeing posters for this show at LO’s nursery and it looks fantastic. It’s a pantomime take on the classic tale by Andrew Pollard who’s celebrating 10 years of Panto at the Greenwich Theatre this year. The show is recommended to children of all ages.

Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment
(22 Dec3 Jan 2016)
Venue: The O2

Featuring characters from Frozen, Toy Story, The Little Mermaid and many more. Join thousands of others in experiencing a fantastic show on ice with special effects and even high-speed stunts to thrill and surprise the whole family. I’m sure even the adults will enjoy this show.

And for the little ones…

The Bear
(7 Dec – 3 Jan 2016)
Venue: Albany Theatre

Aimed at the younger crowd (children aged 2+), this wonderful winter story is about a young girl called Tilly who wakes up to find a snowy, white bear in her bedroom. Alongside the story-telling will also be music and puppetry to keep the little ones entertained.

Flyaway Katie
(22 November 2015)
Venue: Albany Theatre

This lovely show is based on the book written by Polly Dunbar who is one of my favourite children’s authors. Flyaway Katie is about a girl who is feeling quite sad and lonely but manages to cheer herself up by putting on brightly coloured clothes then something really magical happens. The play is suitable for children from ages 2+.

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Things To Do With The Family This Bank Holiday Weekend

We have a long weekend ahead of us with it being bank holiday Monday and all (the next bank holiday is 25th May – woop woop!) which means we have more time to go out and relax with family and friends.

Luckily for me, work doesn’t open on bank holidays so I get more time with LO – yay! 🙂 So, I’ve taken a look at a few things that are available for the whole family over the next few days so make sure you go and check them out!


Saturday 2nd May

V&A’s Museum of Childhood

Event: Romp & Roll
Time: 11:00-11:45AM / Price: £3 per child with parent/carer

Led by Adrenalindance, this fun class is for toddlers aged 2-5 to have a fun boogie to start the day. All you need to do is just turn up and sign up on the day. After the dance session, you can visit the rest of the museum with the kids to make a proper day out of the museum trip.


New Cross & Deptford’s Free Film Festival

Event: Frozen Sing-a-long
Time: 2:00PM / Price: FREE

Take advantage of our local film festival which is completely free! Saturday’s show is Frozen’s Sing Along movie held at the Deptford Lounge at 2:00PM. It’s free; arrive for 1:30pm as that’s the time the doors are open so you can get a good spot as there’s only 150 spaces. Every child loves Frozen so I am sure this free event is going to be very busy – make sure you arrive in good time so you don’t miss out on anything. Even though the event is free, you can actually book in advance.


Sunday 3rd May

Science Museum

Event: Up Up and Away
Time: 11:00AM / Price: FREE

Join the Science Museum on a high-flying adventure through the clouds with their super-fun and interactive storytelling that’s suitable for all toddlers and kids under 7 years old.


Uderbelly at Southbank Centre

Event: Comedy Club 4 Kids
Time: 2:30PM / Price: £8-15 (family tickets available)

Fancy a good belly-aching this bank holiday weekend? Why not treat the kids to a good laugh at the Uderbelly festival this Sunday! It’s a comedy show that’s aimed at children aged 6+ filled with grown-up style comedy without any swearing or rude bits (perfect!) You’ll also find many other things you can do whilst at the Uderbelly festival so it would make a great day out for the whole family. The line-up of acts include MC Luke Toulson, Keith Farnan, Noise Next Door and no two gigs are ever performed the same.


Monday 4th May

Science Museum

Event: Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles
Time: 1:30PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM / Price: FREE

Does your little one love bubbles? If the answer is yes, then this is an event not to be missed! This wonderful, interactive show features bubbles of all sizes from big to small going in all sorts of directions and there’s even a chance to step inside their famous human bubble. Bubble-tastic!


Little Venice, London W2

Event: Canalway Cavalcade 2015
Time: 10:00AM to 5:00PM / Price: FREE

A fantastic whole day even that celebrates the wonderful canal boats of Little Venice, London. The Canalway Cavalcade is a distinctive waterways boaters’ gathering that has been taking place at Little Venice since 1983. The event actually starts on Saturday 2nd May and ends on Monday 4th May. Expect to see boat races, Morris dancing, pop-up food stalls with delicious food and drinks. It’s an event not to be missed!


Ongoing Events In/Around Greenwich:

Woolwich Common Fun Fair
When: Now until 16th May
Time: Weekdays 1:00PM to 5:00pm, Weekends 5:00PM to 9:00PM
Price: One-off admission fee of £7.99 per adult or child

Everybody loves a good day at the fun fair so why not take the kids out to the fun fair at Woolwich Common for a bit of fun and adventure. I’m not too sure how they are pricing their tickets. It’s a fixed admission fee like how theme parks charge and you’ll be given a wristband upon entry.

All the rides are free inside but you’ll still need cash for food or them prize-winning games. Make sure you get there early so you can really take advantage of the admission fee (opening time to closing time is 4hrs).


You can also check out the Time Out website for more things to do this bank holiday weekend. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Things To Do This Easter Around London

There’s quite a bit going on this Easter from next week until early April for the kids. Here’s my short list of places that I think would be a cool place to go over the next two weeks. There is fun for children no matter what age they are and the places below are for the whole family to enjoy. Let’s just hope that the weather will be kind to us that week! 🙂

Things To Do This Easter Around LondonNational Maritime, Greenwich

The Maritime museum is always full of wonderful things to do but over Easter they have gone one over by holding Easter egg hunts, special workshops for the kids, arts and crafts activities, and much more. Then afterwards when the whole family is tired, take a short trip into famous Greenwich market to purchase brilliant street food and hand-made gifts.

Click here for the full list of events at the National Maritime

Things To Do This Easter Around LondonDiscover Childrens Centre, Stratford

The Discover centre has a massive indoor and outdoor play area for children from 0-11 years old so it’s the ideal place for families and friends with children of different ages. Indoors, the big play room as an area for fancy dress as well as space to just run around and be free. The outdoor area as an amazing large space for running around as well as equipment like the swings, slides, monkey bars, etc. The Discover Children’s Centre can also be hired for birthday parties and special events.

Click here for more on the Discover Childrens Centre

Things To Do This Easter Around LondonScience Museum, South Kensington

The Science museum is a sure way to introduce your little ones to science in a fun and playful way. The gallery offers two play areas; The Garden which is aimed at children aged 3-6 and the Pattern Pod which is aimed at children aged 5-8. The Garden is offers interactive play so if your children are under 5, this room is probably the better option out of the two to experience.

Click here to see more about the Science Museum

Things To Do This Easter Around LondonTumbling Bay Playground, QE Olympic Park

Queen Elizabeth Park offers a brilliant outdoor playground for older children to have fun and and be interested in nature. Discover life in the rock pools, have fun in the sandpit, and when the kids are low on energy treat them to a delicious meal at the local restaurant.

Click here for more details on the Tumbling Bay Playground