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.
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.
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.
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.
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!