Children's Museums in London

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Children's Museums in London

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  • EilSat
    Methuen, MA339 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We brought my nearly two year old grandson to this museum. It is a well laid out museum with old planes and exhibits depicting the history of the RAF. It is educational for children with many interactive exhibits. There is a large plane that visitors can walk through. Recommend at least 2 hours
    Written 15 April 2024
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  • Bizzybee
    25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I looked online before we visited to try and find information about the layout of the museum and what there is to see. I couldn't find much information online so hope this review helps others in a similar situation.

    The museum is aimed at children and split into 3 zones - Imagine, Play and Design. Imagine and Play are on the first level with Design on the top floor.

    Imagine - we started here and walked through an area with some lovely dolls houses. Various toys from different eras were displayed but grouped as children may see them e.g. things that move was one display. That included the Nimbus 2000 from Harry Potter and a Star Wars space ship, along with other toys. Other displays included Christopher Reeves costume, War Horse model and various toys from all eras. My daughter was thrilled to see the original Barbie as depicted in the new movie. There were lots of hands on and interactive features. We visited with three generations and everyone enjoyed this area.

    Play - the two play areas were really aimed at pre-schoolers so we didn't stay long here. There were toys displayed alongside this area alphabetically or by colour. They were interesting. There was a small gaming area which my 11 year old liked, especially the Minecraft game.

    Design - this area was interesting to adults/ older children but only a few toys on display as it was focused more on design elements. There was an interesting video to watch showing different design methods. At the far end there were colouring tables but the paper was pretty full when we were there. Although interesting I felt the Design area was probably of least interest to children expecting to see a museum of toys.

    On a practical note there were two large buggy parks. Toilets were very clean. Lots of benches to eat lunch on but expect a lot of noise! There was a small cafe but the staff member serving me served another person at the same time, which was frustrating and unnecessary as it was quiet at that time.

    We were greeted by friendly staff on arrival. There was no queues when we arrived mid morning in the school holidays but by lunchtime there was a queue to enter.

    It's a nice place to spend 2-3 hours and I'd definitely return.
    Written 26 August 2023
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  • ninettejohnson
    Woodford, UK193 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My husband & I took our granddaughter aged 3 who enjoyed the place. She liked the story telling sessions. The story tellers were entertaining & were able to grab the kid’s attention as well as getting them to actively participate.
    Overall it’s an ideal place with different activities with an outdoor playground which is also good for hide & seek as it has small bushes to hide.
    There are outside picnic tables & chairs which we made use of as it was sunny.
    The cafe has a selection of food & refreshments and the staff throughout were great.
    My only negative comment is the entrance fees which I found expensive as you have to pay for each adult as well as the child. Although we’re from London, we don’t live in Newham where residents apparently get a discount. I find that a little unfair.
    Written 3 March 2023
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  • Master Jonjon
    London, UK344 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    ONE-SENTENCE SUMMARY.
    A review of engineering works on tap water, flood prevention and sewer systems.

    Attraction within 5-min walk:
    Guards Museum
    Jewel Tower
    Pyx Chamber (Westminster Abbey)
    Chapter House (Westminster Abbey)

    WHERE TO START.
    Exhibits not in any particular order—although, you can start with a "hut" at the end of the corridor, which loops on with an intro video. The clip will run through engineering inventions throughout history, from lighthouses to combustion engines and from post war urban design to recent discoveries.

    HIDDEN GEMS.
    Behind the hut is a hidden corner dedicated to Joseph Bazalgette, designer of London's sewer system (opened 1866).

    Fun fact—The system contributed to the end of London's pandemic cholera outbreaks.

    (Interested in this part of history? Travel west for a detailed discussion from the London Museum of Water and Steam.)

    OUT OF SERVICES.
    A VR headset experience is suspended during our WARS outbreak.
    Written 26 June 2020
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  • Love and laughter 😍
    London, UK307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went here on Friday ahead of meeting my friend locally for lunch. The famous big red bus wasn’t there due to covid and some exhibitions were missing but that didn’t detract from the wonderful experience. Warm welcome, temperature check on arrival and the two members of staff couldn’t do enough. You could tell they are passionate about living in Hackney and how it has developed through the ages. They were also very informative about up and coming events and spoke passionately about how the young school children love coming here. Museum is small, just on one level but well worth a visit. I feel the photos don’t do it enough justice!
    Written 29 August 2021
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  • MilenaMilena
    Athens, Greece13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I recently attended a slime workshop at Gootopia at Wandsworth with my kids, and it was an absolute blast! Tev, our host, made the experience incredibly enjoyable. The workshop was not only educational but also loads of fun. The kids were engaged throughout, and we all had a fantastic time experimenting with different slime recipes and techniques. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone looking for a creative and entertaining activity for their children. Thank you, Tev, and the team at Gootopia, for a memorable experience
    Written 2 April 2024
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  • anorman93
    London, UK46 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place is quaint and interesting. Bit expensive to get in but I suppose that's because of where they are so hey ho. But once inside it really takes you back in time and you are bound to see some old favourites as well as lovely Victorian dolls and rocking horses. Building feels strangely creepy adding to the effect.

    Two ladys behind the desk were nice (visited on 15th December at 1200). I used to live in Goodge St years ago so nice to see the area again.

    Gift shop has some interesting bits for sale and looks like it's full of curiosities when you enter.

    Well worth a visit.
    Written 19 December 2022
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  • millypoppymo
    Barnet, UK40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The pod is an amazing space. Very space age with great interactive educational games. My kids are 8 and 6 and they enjoyed this immensely. Afterwards we went to one of the lecture theatres for a talk one the subject we went for - gut feeling. It was a great talk, lots of audience participation and interaction. But at 1hr I felt perhaps trimming it to 45mins or so would have made it even better. Staff there very enthusiastic and friendly. Great experience.
    Written 31 May 2017
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