Showing posts with label Southbank. Show all posts
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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

London Adventures with Toddlers.

Trying to find something to entertain four children aged between 1 and 6 isn't always easy and we spent a long time discussing what to do with them all on our day in London last weekend.  We stayed overnight with Urban Villa which is on the outskirts of London and decided in the end to drive in to Central London and visit the SeaLife centre on the Southbank.

London with toddlers, London Sealife centre, themummyadventure.com

London with toddlers, London Sealife centre, themummyadventure.com

I had a little google on our way in as the nearest parking was showing as £41 and found a website called Just Park which showed us a car park about 10 minutes walk away that would cost only £12 for the day so we parked up there.  The walk was fun, going past Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament and then over the bridge and the Aquarium was easy to find.  We had stopped at a petrol station on the way to grab a couple of boxes of Coco Pops as they have a 2 for 1 voucher on them where the adult goes free so we only had to pay for the two children saving us about £44.

London with toddlers, London Sealife centre, themummyadventure.com

London with toddlers, London Sealife centre, themummyadventure.com

I wasn't sure how much the smallest two would enjoy the experience but both of them loved it! There was so much going on and so many different species and areas that they didn't lose concentration until the very end which is amazing for 1 and 3 years old.  Dylan at 6 was fascinated and could read some of the information and Archie couldn't get enough of the stingrays and sharks.

London with toddlers, London Sealife centre, themummyadventure.com

London with toddlers, London Sealife centre, themummyadventure.com

There was a hands on area with the starfish (although Cora was the only one who wanted to touch them) and an interactive area in the Jellyfish exhibit where you could design your own and see them pop up on the big screen which was a big hit.

London with toddlers, London Sealife centre, themummyadventure.com

London with toddlers, London Sealife centre, themummyadventure.com

There was a gift shop in the SeaLife centre but no cafe or anywhere to get a drink, although there is a McDonalds and Pret right outside.  It took us around 2 hours to enjoy the aquarium, although if we had just had Dylan I think we would have been there a little longer.

London with toddlers, London Sealife centre, themummyadventure.com

London with toddlers, London Sealife centre, themummyadventure.com

Afterwards we decided to walk down towards the London Eye as there is a great green area right behind it.  After concentrating for so long, the children were ready to run free and they loved it there.  There was a big playground but because of Archie's broken collarbone we stuck to the grass areas, playing games and kicking around a football.  The area was suprisingly quiet considering how busy the Southbank area is and it was perfect for them to run off their afternoon energy.  

London with toddlers, London Sealife centre, themummyadventure.com

London with toddlers, London Sealife centre, themummyadventure.com

There were also lots of birds and a couple of ducks looking for scraps so the boys donated the leftovers from their lunch and loved watching the birds running around.

London with toddlers, London Sealife centre, themummyadventure.com

London with toddlers, London Sealife centre, themummyadventure.com

If you were looking for other things to do in the area, there is the London Eye and the Shrek experience, both of which look like great fun and I know that the London Eye is definitely toddler friendly.  There was a carousel a bit further down from where we were playing too which we somehow managed to avoid!

London with toddlers, London Sealife centre, themummyadventure.com

London with toddlers, London Sealife centre, themummyadventure.com


There is so much to do in London with toddlers, but I would recommend a trip to the Southbank area and the Aquarium, although always check online for vouchers as there are very often BOGOF ones available.

London with toddlers, London Sealife centre, themummyadventure.com



London with toddlers, London Sealife centre, themummyadventure.com
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