To recreate DDs missed school trip

(146 Posts)
Piratepete1 Thu 12-May-16 17:07:19

DD (5) is due to go on a school trip to London later this month to see a Matisse: drawing with scissors (the cut outs) exhibition. She has really enjoyed the topic and was so excited about going. We are in the Midlands so it was a 2 hour train trip each way. Her much awaited consultants appointment has typically now fallen on the exact date. She can't miss it so will have to miss the trip and is very upset. I am considering a Sunday trip to London to see it with her but DH thinks I'm barmy as it's a costly train trip and a long day. He says to just buy a book of his work but I think it's a completely different experience seeing it at a gallery. I have tried to find if there are any prints of his work displayed in local galleries but it's been fruitless. She particularly likes 'The Snail' confused but I can't find where it is displayed anywhere.

Do you think it's worth the trip?

BusStopBetty Thu 12-May-16 17:11:57

I would if I could. I think it's a lovely thing to do.

silverpenny Thu 12-May-16 17:12:51

Why not? If you buy now you may get a cheaper advance train ticket?

dowhatnow Thu 12-May-16 17:13:25

I would too.

TeenAndTween Thu 12-May-16 17:13:42

If I were taking a 5yo on a trip to London which involved 2hrs travel each way, I'm not sure that I'd pick a Matisse Exhibition to take her too.

But each to their own I suppose.

With our DDs we have done
- London Eye
- Science Museum
- Nat History museum
- Trafalgar Square
- Trip on the Thames
Also
- Covent Garden
- British Museum
- Houses of Parliament
- National Gallery
- Imperial War Museum

SheSparkles Thu 12-May-16 17:14:04

I absolutely would-I'm a great believer in if you can do it, you do it

MakeItRain Thu 12-May-16 17:16:44

Is there any way the appt could be changed? Our hosp was very sympathetic when my dd's appt fell on the same day as a school trip and changed it to another day quite soon after.

sassytheFIRST Thu 12-May-16 17:16:55

If you don't mind stopping loads, I recently travelled from Birmingham to London for £12 - £6 for me and £3 each for 2 children. Bargain!

ineedamoreadultieradult Thu 12-May-16 17:17:26

I would take her if I had the time and the money as it would be a lovely day out for the two of you, however if it will cost more than you can afford to spend on such a trip or be too long a day for her to enjoy properly then maybe just look at some pictures on the internet or something, after all she is only 5.

BitOutOfPractice Thu 12-May-16 17:19:04

Do it!

I am a "do it!" kinda gal and people who so the whole negative naysaying stuff only make me "do it"-er!

lem73 Thu 12-May-16 17:20:19

Do it!

Piratepete1 Thu 12-May-16 17:23:39

I don't suppose anyone knows if there is any gallery we can see some of his work nearer to home? If not then I think I will take her, even if my family think I am mad grin

Pinkheart5915 Thu 12-May-16 17:25:21

That's a lovely thing to do. Totally worth the trip.

JinRamen Thu 12-May-16 17:27:28

There is currently a free family and friends rail ticket offer on floating around somewhere, I have seen it on FB. If you don't have one yet it might be worth getting on to save on the fares?

Napnah Thu 12-May-16 17:28:05

I think if I had a 5 year old who was that keen I would do everything I could to take her. She sounds lovely.

ajandjjmum Thu 12-May-16 17:28:21

You're not mad. DS had endless hospital appointments as a child, that involved travelling from the Midlands to London. We always combined them with something 'fun' so that he didn't just get the negatives.

Funnily enough, he now lives in London, and loves it!

You've got until September which means you could get a super cheap advance train ticket esp if you have a railcard. Mind you by that time she might have forgotten all about it.

Twowrongsdontmakearight Thu 12-May-16 17:33:35

I'd do it too. You'll have a lovely time.

TheDropBear Thu 12-May-16 17:34:04

Another vote for do it! Check megabus prices, they're usually cheaper than the train.

Twowrongsdontmakearight Thu 12-May-16 17:34:34

But also bear in mind consultant appointments do get rearranged so be on standby for school trip too.

Piratepete1 Thu 12-May-16 17:36:08

DD was deaf until a year ago and her consultant only comes down near us every 6 months so it's vital we see him that day unfortunately

LadyMonicaBaddingham Thu 12-May-16 17:36:46

What a lovely, thoughtful Mum you are. That's a wonderful idea; a trip to make real memories...

Spudlet Thu 12-May-16 17:39:07

That's a lovely idea. Many of the museums are free too, so you could make a real day of it.

grannytomine Thu 12-May-16 17:39:36

Day out in London is a great idea, you can do lots of others things and she will have lots of great memories. Where are you in the midlands, there are some cheap train options if you don't go on the fast inter city trains.

blueturtle6 Thu 12-May-16 17:40:25

Do it, she'll have a lovely day, I remember my trips to London from that age, dont recall the journey.

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