An educational day trip in London

If you’re visiting London with children during the school holidays, then you’ll probably be wondering where to take them that is both educational and inexpensive.  Whilst trips to local attractions and theme parks can be exciting, the costs soon add up when you take travel, admission prices and refreshments into consideration. Therefore, why not treat your little loves to a day at the museum? Granted, when you tell them where you’re heading, you might be greeted with bored groans, but their reactions will soon change when they realise just how interactive many museums now are. London, in particular has some excellent exhibitions that are housed in local museums that makes for an interesting and memorable family day out.

If you don’t live in London, but are thinking about taking advantage of some of the free museums on offer, then there are a few things you’ll need to think about before heading off. The main thing to remember, in order to visit the city without spending a fortune is to plan well in advance. The more homework you do, the more money you can save, it really is that simple.

Natural History Museum London

The first thing you’ll want to think about is how you will travel to London from your current area. Driving by car is often the most expensive way of getting there, since not only will you have to budget for fuel costs, but also for expensive parking charges, toll charges and even the Severn Water crossing fee if you are coming from Wales. It’s for this reason that many families that travel to London choose to do so by train. It’s a comfortable way to travel that is enjoyable for children and adults alike since there is no need to stress about wrong turnings, nowhere to park or needing to find a service station for the children to use the toilet.  The main London train station is Paddington Station, which is only a short tube journey away from the very heart of the city, meaning it is a popular option for those wishing to visit London’s many tourist attractions.

The next thing to consider is whether you will be staying overnight, and if so you will need to think about which area of London you would best like to stay in. accommodation in Paddington is plentiful, and less expensive than hotels situated in the centre of London city. That’s not to say they would be any less indulgent or comfortable, in fact, the hotels in Paddington are among some of the top places to stay in London. They are also ideally situated for using the tube to get around the city, as Paddington has its own underground station as well as rail station. Children will also enjoy spotting the statue of Paddington bear nearby too, and if they’re behaving exceptionally well, you might want to purchase your very own cuddly version for around £15 and take the magic of Paddington bear home with you.

Once your travel and accommodation plans are in place, then it’s time to start thinking about how you will spend your day. Try to think of something stimulating to do during the morning and early afternoon, such as a museum or art gallery, and then maybe schedule in a park visit for late afternoon (weather permitting, of course) to burn off any excess energy that you or the children may have before heading back to your park grand paddington hotel for a well-deserved rest. One especially popular museum is the Natural History museum on Cromwell road. It’s easily accessible by bus; however, it’s easiest to reach by tube, as there is an underground station just a few minutes’ walk from the museum itself.

Once you arrive at the museum, any bored, glazed over expressions will give way to excited smiles and squeals when they discover the enormous Diplodocus dinosaur skeleton in the museum halls. Amongst dinosaur hunting, your little ones can enjoy a butterfly exhibition that includes insect tasting, although please note that this attraction and some other exhibitions are charged at a reasonable admission rate.

After a morning of interactive learning, (that will no doubt be so much fun that nobody will even realise that they are being educated at the same time,) it will be time for some lunch. If you wanted to have a picnic, there are designated areas, but if not, there is a small café inside the museum, as well as coffee shops and bistros just a short walk away, so it is entirely down to personal preference what or where you should eat.

If, after lunch, you feel that you’ve exhausted the exhibitions and could do with a change of scenery, why not treat the children to a trip to the Princess of Wales memorial park? Again, you can use the underground tube to travel to the park with ease. If you do plan on using the public transport network to get around the city, then it is definitely worth considering getting an Oyster travel card. This can be topped up depending on how much you anticipate travelling, and can be presented to pay for fares across most modes of public transport around London. Using these cards saves you from having to worry about having cash on you to pay for tickets as you hop on and off trains and trams.

Upon arrival to the park, you’ll notice that any travelling was well worth it, just to see the kids’ faces light up when they realise that the adventure playground area is Peter Pan themed, with wigwams, sandpits and lots of ropes and ladders to climb. It’s the perfect way to round off a fun family day out before collapsing into your super comfy hotel bed and getting the best night’s sleep you’ve had in a while.

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