Toddler take over…

Watch out! There’s a toddler take over at the Museum of London, Docklands this weekend (20 & 21 May, 2016). There are loads of great activities to entertain restless little ones, which will be especially welcome if the weekend is as rainy as it is right now.

I love the sound of Rise & Shine yoga for toddlers. There are two sessions at 10.45am and 11.20am on both Saturday and Sunday, although by that time most toddlers will have risen and been shining for a number of hours…

But that’s just one of a whole two days of activities aimed at under fives – from balloon modelling and baby jazz performances, to activity trails and the chance to try ballet.

Take a look at what’s happening here.

20 and 21 May, 10.30-4pm. All events are free and tickets are available on arrival.

Seeing dragons

“Where are we going today?” asks the three-year-old on Easter Monday.

“On an adventure,” I say. This is my stock answer when we are going somewhere I haven’t been before and I don’t want to make promises I can’t keep. That way leads to horrible shouting.

Thankfully, the promise of an adventure was enough to get her out of the house.

I’m glad I didn’t say, “We’re going on an Easter Egg trail,” which was the intention, because I’d have been wrong.

And I never even thought of saying, “We’re going to see dragons”, because that would have been insane. But it is what we ended up doing. That’s the good thing about adventures. You don’t know what’s going to happen – even when you’re just going to Rainham in Essex.

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Spring manifesto

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From http://www.icteachers.co.uk

Spring is such a tease. For a few glorious hours on Saturday afternoon, she made an all too fleeting appearance. Suddenly the sun was transformed – no longer a pale, distant circle in a frosty sky, but instead a wonderful bright orb sending us rays of light that actually warmed the skin. Little birds flitted in the trees. Cheering birdsong filled the air. And then today it was all gone. The sky was heavy and grey and the warmth was gone.

But the promise of Spring has made me turn my thoughts to all the things I would like to do with my toddler once the Winter is behind us. And so here are the beginnings of a Spring manifesto.

This Spring I would like to introduce my toddler to some of the sights of London, venturing beyond the little corner that we know and love to the global city beyond. My next post will pick out the visits that we plan to make.

The post after will be about making the most of the outdoors – visiting favourite haunts and searching for new ones.

And the ultimate aim? To have fun, of course. Because which self-respecting toddler doesn’t live every moment to the full.

Here’s to Spring.

Cock-a-doodle-do!

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Photo from the Museum of Childhood

I’m going to have to keep this one quick, because my evening has been taken away from me by a baby who won’t stop feeding.

If the cold weather keeps up, a good place to head tomorrow is the Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, where they’re celebrating Chinese New Year.

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Messing about on the river

I’ve lived in London for a long, long time but, for some reason, I’ve never been on the Thames Clipper

… until today.

I thought it would be a fun way to travel for a toddler (as well as her parents and little sister). And it was. If, by any chance, you’re as uninitiated as me into one of the more exciting forms of public transport, here’s what I learned today.

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Why are pirates scary?

(Because they arrrrrrr)

Over the summer, there are some really lovely toddler-friendly events – many of them free – taking place at local museums, including a pirate themed show at the Museum of London, Docklands.

Here are five activities you might like to try with your toddler…

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Paddling and splashing!

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The paddling pool at West Ham Park.

At last… At long last… The chance to complain about being too hot, instead of it being too rainy or too cold or too something else. This weekend has been all about being outdoors in the park and the paddling pool (as well as doing battle with sun cream and hats and unwilling toddlers).

Here are two parks I’ve posted about before, but without previously having tried out their very fine paddling pools.

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