Thursday, 12 August 2010

The Science Museum - Scientifically Proven to be a Winner

This is a good question generally, but actually refers to one of the themes currently being investigated at the Science Museum (I tried to nick their logo, but the website wouldn't let me). In short, this place was bloody amazing. Admittedly, full of school children that I could do without, but then again, it is the holidays, so what did I expect?

As I have now officially started my maternity leave, we've decided to take Baby Martini's nursery days down to only three days a week, which leaves me two days a week to fill. I have discovered that staying at home watching Judge Judy does not count as valuable entertainment for a toddler. (Or adults, if we're really honest, but let's not go there now.)

So, this morning, armed with a picnic and the pushchair, we braved the outside world. Had I done research, I would have known that there is a whole area in the basement dedicated for children to run riot in. As I hadn't, I can't really claim responsibility for this flash on genius - nevertheless, BM was in his element. And, of course, I will later claim I had planned the whole thing.

We had hours of fun playing with the springs, the various water elements, the light and sound displays and the other activities on offer. He was almost too tired to eat his lunch afterwards! And on that note, the facilities are fantastic - buggy parks, areas to picnic in (so you don't have to spend £100 on a tiny hotdog) - you name it, they've thought of it. And - and this is the best bit - it's free. They ask for a £3 donation, but it's not enforced - so you can give as much or as little as you like.

I may be a bit behind the curve here, but I really did not realise that places like this existed. There's no stopping me now. And I've got a sneaking suspicion that BM will be forever grateful that his Jeremy Kyle watching days have become a thing of the past. 


  1. I've taken BG who is now 20 month there twice and she completely love the basement

  2. It really is fab. I think even the Launch Pad would be okay - but for older kids. Seriously, I reckon it's childcare sorted for the next ten years... :o)

  3. Sounds brilliant! Must go. By the way I've tagged you over at my blog! Thought I was following you on Twitter but wonder if Twitter has unfollowed you in error. It does that a lot lately.