We’re always on the look out for ideas of fun, family day trips we can take our toddler on and recently were inspired one Saturday morning to leave the housework behind and venture out.
In my heavily pregnant state the number of such opportunities is shrinking as quickly as my wardrobe selection, so we decided to seize the day and off to London we went.
Aquariums generally are ideal for toddlers and small children as they offer a multi-sensory experience and a wide range of weird and wonderful creatures for them to see. Plus there is a fair bit of walking involved, so nap time later is sorted. Tick!
Our little one was transfixed from the moment we we entered the watery world of London Aquarium. From walking over the top of the shark tank as you enter (I think mummy was the most scared of this) to taking the lift down to the first level, any early morning grumbles quickly disappeared and we were promptly being dragged from display to display.
We saw jellyfish, stingrays, turtles, sharks, crabs and penguins – not bad for a Saturday morning in London. Our favourite stopping point was the main display tank which was full of sharks, rays and other species of fish just going about their daily lives. There were also a few kids activities around this section i.e. face painting and colouring so I’m sure this would be great for older kids.
For a couple of ex- London city workers, a trip back to the big smoke was right up our street. Located on the South Bank, we were pleased to be back in the hub again and took the opportunity to enjoy a stroll along the river and visit a food market.
We were even able to have lunch at one of our favourite restaurants, with our toddler sleeping for most of it, score!
One tip I would give to anyone thinking of heading to London Aquarium is to look out for any price offers. There is usually some kind of online or cereal box offer going on which can give you a two for one on adult tickets. With adult tickets costing nearly £25 each, this is definitely worth looking into!
Have you tried out London Aquarium? Do you have a tip for a fun family day out? I’d love to hear from you.