(Technically not a weekend adventure as we went on a Wednesday but…)
Our little one goes to nursery for most of the week and recently the nursery did a trip to Godstone Farm for the children and parents. I had heard good things from a friend but it suppassed what I had imagined it would be like and it’s a great family day out! I had though it might be a larger version of Mudchute Farm, with more land and animals, but there was so much more to it than that! There was a huge indoor play barn with a jungle gym and little cafe, a tractor ride, a dinosaur train with models and sound effects around a little lake, a petting area, large outdoor adventure playground and a great variety of animals large and small. (oh, and a shop of course!)
I was particularly impressed with the petting area as the animals were in raised areas at a height the children could reach and of course, with a little boy obsessed with dinosaurs, the dino trail was a particular favourite of ours (I think we went round at least 4 times!) The farm is clearly geared up for lots of visitors and schools groups. There are a whole series of sheds for each pre-booked group/class to have as a base which was great and well thought through – even if ours did seam to be the furthest away! 😉
The only downside for us is that we don’t have a car, which you certainly need to get there, but we can’t wait to go back!
This weekend we headed across the river to the British Museum.
I’d taken the little man to one of their under 5’s little feet sessions about a year ago but we hadn’t ever taken him for a good old fashioned wander!
Given that it was a weekend it wasn’t too rediculously busy but we were glad for the monkey reins backpack as the LM does love to run! 🙂
We just did a few of the galleries and quite quickly embarked on a ‘roar’ hunt. Lots of great roars (and some meows and neighs too) helped us navigate the galleries!
It’s a funny experience letting the LM dictate how we moved around the gallery. There is no point trying to tell him where to go and conform to the ‘usual’ path – exploring via a toddler is random and much more fun. Going round and round the same bit and then charging off in another direction, usually against the flow of traffic!
There are quite a few things not to be touched at touching height which is a bit tricky but we didn’t do too badly!
It’s a great place to take the little one as there is so much to see and so much space to run around. You do have to have sharp eyes (or reigns!) to stop them disappearing into the crowds though and practice the don’t touch a bit but there are soo many things we don’t see day to day that we had lots of oohs and ahhs as we wandered around. The museum cafe in the great hall was a bit busy so we decided to head out and get some food instead and joined in the protest that was heading through the west end. Never too young to participate!