Unfortunately on Mothers Day Mr H is working, so we decided to celebrate it a little early.
So of all the options to choose from, getting pampered, taking a nice hot long bath while Mr H was on babysitting duties, I decided to take baby K to his first museum visit at the V&A Museum of Childhood, followed by dinner at TGI Fridays!
I haven’t been to the Museum of Childhood in I don’t know how long. I definitely remember on my last visit I was able to peruse around the display cabinets, reading the little notes of when the toys were created and how they have changed in the years that have followed. Well visiting with a toddler is a totally different ball game, it’s in fact a lot more fun!
We decided to drive down to Bethnal Green, as we don’t live too far away and this gave little man a chance to have a nap in the car. Parking isn’t too bad but it is pay and display, Bethnal Green underground station is right by the museum, so if you have to use public transport this is really convenient.
Entry into the museum is free, who can complain about that, if you like you can make a donation in to one of the donation boxes located on the floors. There is a Cafe, gift shop and baby changing facilities within the museum, which always makes life a little bit easier, although we didn’t eat there as baby K had lunch beforehand.
The museum is split amongst two floors, with different toys in the different sections.
We started off in the ‘Creativity’ area. This includes a ‘Make Believe’ corner, in which you spin a needle and wherever it lands your child has use their imagination to create what they see using outfits from the costume box. Baby K wasn’t too interested in this as he’s still too small to appreciate dress up play. He was more drawn to the ‘Sensory Pod’ with different colour lights set up in front of large mirrors reflecting all the twinkly colours. There’s also a little map of lights with buttons on the side which the kids can press in order to change the lights colours, as well as a sensory wall.
On the opposite side you have the ‘Moving Toys’ area. Here you have two large rocking horses which the kids can ride, showing no interest in these – I think they were a bit too big for him – our little man was more interested in the cars and tricycles on display!
In the ‘Look See’ section there was a selection of Zoetrope’s for the you to look at, which proved a hit as you can spin them and see the little scene being played out in front of you through little slots. On the second floor we discovered a wooden police car, which proved to be a bit traumatising for baby K when we had to leave it behind, an under 3’s area, a Lego table and a sandpit!
The sandpit is a nice touch as it has been set out like a little beach with beach chairs and Punch and Judy style puppet boxes for you to play in.
Unfortunately we missed the storytelling and crafts session, but to be honest I’m not sure if little man would’ve sat through it as there was way too much to see and play with!
It’s safe to say our first museum visit as a family was a success! Even though baby K is a bit small to understand and play with some of the games on offer, he had a fun day running around and playing with other children, which I’d say was a Mothers Day well spent!
Happy Mothers Day x