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Toddler to granny. . . .toys for everyone!
V&A Museum of Childhood (London)
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V&A Museum of Childhood (London)
Advantages: Free, toys from everyones childhood, very child friendly, great staff
Disadvantages: Cafe bit pricey and busy
V&A Museum of Childhood is an exciting museum that will entertain and hold the interest of young and old. The museum is found a 5minute walk from the Bethnal Green underground (there is no lift at this station). Many buses stop close by to the museum. We decided to drive there is not a car park for the public at the museum so you need to find a space down a side street which we did easily but you do need to pay to park. If you are disabled phone the museum as thy can organise a space to park at the museum. Please be aware that this is not near the main V&A museum. We put the museum into the SAT NAV & it took us to the main museum so we have a stressful drive through London.
The childhood museum is free which is a lovely find in London. When entering the museum there is a huge lobby where you can find the stairs and lifts. In the museum it is a hub of noise the feeling of fun and excitement oozes in here. By the entrance there is a gift shop area and then a large cafe area. Upstairs is where you will find the exhibitions. There is a lift to this floor at the front of the building. In the lobby there is a buggy park.
Do you remember The Master of the Universe? Care bears? Action Man? Then you will love it! There are so many glass cabinets full of toys from the past to present. The toys are presented at different levels in the cases so little ones have always got something to look at. The toys are clustered in groups so in one area there are puppets from Muffin the Mule to Sooty. There are teddy bears ranging from Steiff to care bears. Dools houses, action figures such as Action man, Power Rangers from 1994, He-man, star wars I could go on and on. The part I loved was the dolls houses. I remember mine as. Child that my dad made& my mum made all the furniture for.
There are lots of hands on activities for little ones to do. In the rocking horse& ride on toy section there is a rocking horse that they can try. Reminded me of the ride on donkey I had for years. There was a wooden train set that my son sat playing with for a long time. There were bricks which lots of children were building towers with. This is a lovely way to introduce your child to the world of museums.
As you would expect this museum is very child friendly. Downstairs there is a quiet room which can be used for prayer but there are seats in there if a mum wants to breastfeed in privacy although they welcome breastfeeding in the museum. The toilets were very clean which I thought was a miracle considering the amount of children!
The museum cafe offers a range of food from soup to cake. It is quite pricey but they have different offers depending upon the day. It is very busy in the cafe so can be hard to find a seat. They have facilities for bottle warming. We sat in the lovely gardens to have our flask of soup. If it is raining ask at the desk and staff can sometimes offer you a space to sit in a room. They are very friendly and helpful so worth asking if you have any enquiries.
The gift shop had some lovely toys and books that I had not seen elsewhere. There were some small pieces up to quite pricey toys. Some things did seem quite over priced but then the museum is free to get in.
Before visiting the museum check there website as they have some exhibitions that change. There are also a lot of events throughout the year. They also offer regular hands on activities for little ones. They open at 10am and close at 5.45pm. We spent two hours in there. If there was an activity/event going on it would have been a longer visit. Great for a wet morning if you live close by.
A great trip down memory lane for hubby and I. A kids paradise!
Summary: An exciting range of toys from Punch&Judy to barbie. Granny will have as much fun as any of the kids
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