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Little Adventures at the Natural History Museum

Like most of the UK we have been experiencing our fair share of bad weather lately. The forecast for the weekend was atrocious so instead of staying in with two bored children we decided to head out to visit the Natural History Museum. We were lucky and managed to park 2 minutes from the front door so didn’t get too wet.

We hadn’t visited in a while but the children were so excited! Our first stop was the Dinosaurs gallery. The only dinosaur my children knew was Mr Dinosaur from Peppa Pig. In fact Little Sis took her very own Mr Dinosaur with her and carried him around. I thought the children might be scared but they weren’t scared at all, in fact they loved every second.

NHM

They were fascinated by the the 100s of specimen displays, including the 4 moving animatronic dinosaurs. They weren’t even phased by the star attraction of the gallery, the terrifying T.rex.

at the NHM

There was plenty of room for them to run around and the exhibits were the perfect height so they could see everything they wanted to. When they’d had their fill of dinosaurs we sat down and had a tasty snack.

visiting the NHM

Fortified by a yummy Barny bear each it was time to visit the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. This is one exhibition we never miss. We took one child each which made it slightly more manageable. Little Sis was happy to chatter away as we talked about all the different animals. I could hear her older brother. He was very excited when he found out each photograph was taken in a different place in the world and he was constantly asking my husband what the animal was, what was happening and where in the world it was taken.

After we’d viewed the whole exhibition we stopped for lunch. The children hadn’t stopped running around or asking questions and were tired and hungry. There’s a lovely restaurant run by Benugo’s so we had a delicious lunch, Little Sis even helped daddy finish off his meal.

lunch at the NHM

We had a great adventure. The Natural History Museum is a brilliant place for kids, and now we know our two have a passion for the prehistoric, we’ll definitely be back. If you fancy visiting during half term next week then don’t forget to book advance tickets to beat the queues!

28 Comments

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    Kirsty
    February 12, 2014 at 11:07 am

    We have hesitated to go the the Natural History Museum with our little one as I am worried that the T-Rex could be quite frightening but your two looked like they had a fantastic time. Might be time for a re-think here ๐Ÿ™‚

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      jenny
      February 12, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      I was fully expecting to be sitting outside with my 2 year old but she loved it more than her older brother!

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    Mummy of Two
    February 12, 2014 at 11:34 am

    This looks brilliant!

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    hannah clementson
    February 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I really need to go on more adventures with my boys. Looks like you had a great time! x

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    Emily @amummytoo
    February 12, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    The Natural History Museum is just about our favourite place to be! Lovely post x

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    anna m
    February 12, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    It will be time for us to have another visit to the natural history museum soon I think. We haven’t been for quite a while, always seem to go to the science museum instead! It’s a great free day out though, especially as we are not too far away

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    Jo Middleton
    February 12, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    aww what cute photos! The natural history museum is such a great place to take kids of any age.

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    Charly Dove
    February 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Oh how fabulous, sounds like you had a wonderful time. A friend of ours works at the National History Museum, its amazing there and I love the wildlife photographer of the year competition. Brilliant ๐Ÿ™‚

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    model mummy
    February 12, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    So much to see and so much to do! Looks like you had a great time and the kiddies were very busy!
    My 16 month old finally started walking very well a few weeks ago. I can take her there now!

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    Fritha Strickland
    February 12, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    what fun! we love the natural history museum too! x

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    Louisa
    February 12, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    It looks an amazing place to visit. We took our crew to a dinosaur exhibition and they loved it. I’m sure they NHM is even better.

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    Kate Thompson
    February 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    We loved the Natural History Museum – the Science Museum is definitely our favourite though!

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    VaiChin@Rambling Through Parenthood
    February 12, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    The Natural History Museum is just a fabulous place. Even the outside of the building is just stunning.

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    Emma (My Little 3 and Me)
    February 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    What a great day out. Little snacks can really help on busy days like these!

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    Jenni
    February 12, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    I havent been to the natural history museum since I’ve had children, great to see even young ones having a great time exploring. I need to plan a central London trip soon. Where on earth did you find to park!?

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      jenny
      February 12, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      We parked on Prince Consort Road, just by the Royal Albert Hall. We got there at 10am and it was deserted ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sarah Bailey
    February 13, 2014 at 2:14 am

    I used to adore the Natural History museum as a child – I went back a few years ago and somehow even as an adult it still pulled me in and made me want to see it all again. x

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    Lotte
    February 13, 2014 at 2:38 am

    I can’t wait to take Hayden here. I think I should start taking him to more things like this soon, he will be two in April so I’m sure he’ll understand.

    Looks like you guys had a fab time – Whos says we have to stay in when theres bad weather ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lotte
    BericeBaby – London Parenting & Lifestyle Blog

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    kara
    February 13, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Isaac is desperate to go to the National History Museum!

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    Michelle
    February 13, 2014 at 8:52 am

    A great adventure! We love the Natural History Museum!

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    laura redburn
    February 13, 2014 at 9:53 am

    the natural history museum is one of my favourite ever places!

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    Charlotte
    February 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

    We love the NHM! So much dinosaur goodness ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Bek
    February 13, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Looks like you had a great day out! We’d love to go there one day.

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    agatapokutycka
    February 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Love this museum… one of my most fave to visit… every time I do learn something new… amazing!

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    Aunty CaCa
    February 17, 2014 at 8:01 am

    I can imagine E chattering away asking lots of questions!! Looks like a fab day out xx

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    Actually Mummy
    February 17, 2014 at 10:08 am

    We love the Natural History museum. That dinosaur is too realistic though!

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    kateonthinice
    February 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    One of my very favourite places and great to read about your #littleadventures there. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

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