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Ijustdontknowwhattodowithmysel Wed 17-Jun-15 20:38:18

We are going to London for a few days and I desperately worried that my one year old will just be stuck in a pushchair or a high chair for days on end. Can anyone help with suggestions of museums or anywhere with a soft play area I can use? Help meeee

PourquoiTuGachesTaVie Wed 17-Jun-15 20:39:37

Grass is probably cleaner than soft play.

arethereanyleftatall Wed 17-Jun-15 20:40:08

I would be perfectly happy if my 1 year old was in a pushchair in London - safe and so much to see. Why can't they crawl around wherever you're staying?

JessiePinkman Wed 17-Jun-15 20:40:10

grin there's parks everywhere. Whereabouts are you going?

littleducks Wed 17-Jun-15 20:40:53

Royal festival hall is carpeted and clean,with sofa and space suitable for crawling (can be packed of these is a large event on though so check your dates )

AliMonkey Wed 17-Jun-15 20:43:48

Science museum basement has "the Garden" (which isn't actually a garden at all) which has sand and water play and things like that. Probably ideal for slightly older children but still worth taking your one year old there.

Wonkyparsnip Wed 17-Jun-15 20:44:15

We had this problem as our 1 year old didn't tolerate being in a pushchair for more than about 30 minutes. Horniman Museum is fab especially the outdoor space. Otherwise we tended to stay near our accommodation and tag team on sightseeing.

Fayrazzled Wed 17-Jun-15 20:50:49

Like someone else has said, there are many lovely parks in London. Also worth a visit with little ones is the Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens (get there early).

Other ideas: www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/family-activities/where-to-take-a-toddler-in-london

Ijustdontknowwhattodowithmysel Wed 17-Jun-15 20:53:42

Ooh these are all fantastic. The baby can crawl where we are but our friends have very expensive ornaments....

Ijustdontknowwhattodowithmysel Wed 17-Jun-15 20:55:24

Jessie we are going all over, the science museum, Greenwich, tower bridge, where would you recommend?

Ijustdontknowwhattodowithmysel Wed 17-Jun-15 20:56:19

OOH! Horniman is really near where we are staying!

Babayaggatheboneylegged Wed 17-Jun-15 20:59:22

Last week I took my two-year-old to the Science Museum 'basement', then it was a 15 min walk to the Princess Diana memorial fountain in Hyde Park which she LOVED. We spent about three hours there! Just remember to take a towel

Babayaggatheboneylegged Wed 17-Jun-15 21:01:38

Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is also fab. Has an under threes play area and a big sandpit

BuildYourOwnSnowman Wed 17-Jun-15 21:02:29

greenwich has a very big park
very big park near science museum (and play area in basement)

i have never had a problem finding places for my kids to crawl in London. You will be fine!

BuildYourOwnSnowman Wed 17-Jun-15 21:03:04

museum of london docklands has a kids area too

Babymamamama Wed 17-Jun-15 21:03:37

If you are near horniman then maybe visit Greenwich park. Royal observatory. Lovely rose gardens and best views over London by general wolf statue then down the hill to the kids playground and maritime museum which has specific childrens area. Cutty sark and walk along the Thames also recommended. Lots of opportunities to crawl on lovely grass on route. Enjoy your trip.

AnMum Wed 17-Jun-15 21:29:02

Transport museum if he's interested in buses, trains etc. Battersea Park Zoo, Fulham Palace Park, play/sensory area in Natural History Museum, standing up on your lap on bus/tube...tons!

Ijustdontknowwhattodowithmysel Wed 17-Jun-15 21:41:11

Ah you're all amazing. Thank you! I have no idea where anything is but these suggestions are helping me plan my time there. Thanks so much

KittyVonCatsington Wed 17-Jun-15 23:18:37

Maritime Museum at the bottom of Greenwich Park has a giant map on a comfy sprung floor that small children sit/crawl on. It's on the first floor and there is a Paul cafe right next to it. Bonus!!

KittyVonCatsington Wed 17-Jun-15 23:19:16

And it's free grin

HumptyDumptyBumpty Wed 17-Jun-15 23:21:00

From Greenwich, you can nip to Deptford, where the Leisure Centre, Wavelengths, has a fab soft play. £2.60

I think there's one at both of the Westfields (East and West) too.

LilyKiwi Thu 18-Jun-15 10:13:13

Kew Gardens, fun indoor kids play area perfect for crawlers (called creepers and crawlers), loads of grass obviously, no dogs or litter and it's very beautiful! There is also a cafe in Kew village called Torellis with little play area and great coffee. I go almost every day and am still not bored of it!

LilyKiwi Thu 18-Jun-15 10:14:13

And adults without children will love it too. There is also an aquarium in two of the hot houses.

PerpetualStudent Thu 18-Jun-15 10:20:23

It's a bit further away from where you're staying but Discover Children's Storytelling Centre in Stratford might be worth a visit - soft play, a garden & storytelling events.

I can vouch for The Horniman too, spent many happy childhood hours there myself!

42andGaffaTape Thu 18-Jun-15 10:21:40

Transport mesuem has a baby area. Tbh the whole place is a play area with a few busses chucked in smile

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