We caught the train to Liverpool Street and the No. 8 bus from Bishopsgate to Bethnal Green. Now that MJ is 5 he can no longer travel for free and I did question whether it was worth making the trip when I was purchasing our ticket. Knowing I had a packed lunch in my bag and the entry to the museum is free we bought our ticket and boarded the train.
This photo was not taken today...today the weather was grey and wet!
After a quick coffee and snack (actually we ate most of our lunch!) we got down to some serious play.
We took part in the special activities based on the story 'The Nutcracker'. Listening to the story being told and making our own Nutcracker!
We easily spent 5 fun filled hrs playing...I think a record stay for us at a museum.
Tonight before bedtime we listened again to the story of the 'Nutcracker' and to Tchaikovsky's, 'Nutcracker Suite' which interestingly MJ recognised from our Children's Classics CD.
Tomorrow, I hope we have time and energy to make some puppets and MJ has already said he will build the theatre!
Finally a few tips if you decide to visit...
:: Buggies can be left in the foyer (we left coats too)...it will be one of many.
:: If you have a packed lunch you can take it downstairs in the Clore Room, where there is also drinking water available.
:: Check out 'what's on' when you arrive and ask if there are activities suited to the age of your child. We followed the 'Retro trail' and there are Montessori back packs available.
:: The cafe food looks lovely...I had a tasty Latte for £2.35
:: For sunny days, there is a green park next door if the kids need anymore of a run around!