2022 Edition – A Mum’s Guide to Autism-Friendly Activities in London

Many of the big London museums have special sessions for children/families with SEND. The sessions tend to be outside of the usual opening hours, so very early or twilight, and offer a more relaxed experience. no crowds siblings and families welcome/encouraged helpful/ trained staff often lighting and sound levels are adjusted quiet areas and breakout…

Outdoor Adventures: Natural Play Trail at Box Hill, Surrey

Box Hill is a National Trust hill in Surrey with amazing views across the North Downs. Super popular with cyclists and walkers, it’s also a firm fave with families who gather to picnic, play, walk and climb trees. Unlike some of the other hills in the area, you can drive and park at the top,…

Our Autumn Bucket List

I am feeling well and truly in the swing of things now! Must be the chill in the air and the crunch underfoot! As Halloween is likely to be a bit different this year, we have booked a weekend away at the end of half-term to celebrate in style. Sure… it will just be four…

Days Out With the Kids: Wakehurst, Sussex

We have been Kew members for a few years now and Kew Gardens is a firm favourite in our family. I recently discovered that we could visit Wakehurst in Sussex for free (as it’s part of Kew) so, on a wet, windy Sunday, we pulled on our wellies and drove down from London. Wakehurst is…

‘Edutainment’. Little Londoners Love Learning

The 24th January is International Day of Education– who knew? Education is key. Education is a key. It opens doors, creates opportunities, promotes social mobility.  But, sometimes, learning needs to be like the vegetables in a bolognaise sauce: hidden!  With a little bit of planning and a few resources, fun, family days out can be filled with awesome…

Summer in the City. Family Days Out for FREE or less than £5

It’s that time of year again. The kids have broken up for the summer and the activity planning is in full swing! We are away for three weeks of the summer break but, rest assured, what’s left of the summer holiday will be spent exploring the best that London has to offer for families and…

The NEW Children’s Garden at Kew

New for 2019 is the much-anticipated Children’s Garden at Kew. It has been some time in the making but is definitely worth the wait. Be warned, in these early days, the number of families visiting the garden is huge and that’s exactly what you’ll do…wait! We visited today. We got there at 9:45 (it opens…

Magic Gardens. The importance of outdoor play.

As keen visitors queued to see the ‘Back to Nature Garden’, co-designed by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a very welcome spotlight shone on the importance of outdoor play for children. Like most, my 4 and 6 year olds are growing up in a world of extreme technology –…

National Trust or English Heritage Membership?

Okay, so maybe it shouldn’t be a ‘versus’ question but, if you’re planning to buy an annual membership for the National Trust or English Heritage and want to get your money’s worth, the question is: which should I choose? We have had both NT and EH membership for a few years now and I can…

Family Fun at Kew Gardens

I am a Kew Gardens member. I don’t remember why. I think I went one day and realised that family membership wasn’t much more expensive than the gate price, so I signed up! As with all these things, I figure that if we visit one more time we’re getting our money’s worth – if not,…

Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

We visited CMWDP when staying in Woolacombe and Ilfracombe as my son was doing dinosaurs for his school topic and thought it would be entertaining and educational. The park is interesting for younger kids but make sure you make a day of it . We arrived at 2pm which was too late as it closes…

The Magic of Merlin Passes. Legoland, Windsor

I recently ‘invested’ in Merlin Annual Passes. I’d thought about it before but never quite got round to it. Then I discovered that, rather than forking out upfront, you can pay monthly and spread the cost across the year. Seemed like a no-brainer, so I signed up. The standard pass, unless your life is unfettered…

Make your own Easter egg hunt…and other Easter activities.

If you’ve read my other Easter blog, you’ll know that we’re having a family gathering on Good Friday – our annual shindig with the traditional fish and chips, hot cross buns and too many chocolate Easter eggs! I’m in charge of entertainment – not because I am particularly good at it, because I’m the only…

Our Ethical Easter Eggstravaganza!

I have a big family. It’s huge. We are now on the fourth generation so there are lots of kids. Loads. This familial fact, coupled with my (ongoing) attempts to be more ethical gave me the eggstraordinary (but unpopular) idea of banning Easter eggs this year! I can’t stand the idea that my kids will…

October Half-Term: Halloween in London

The sudden realisation that October half-term is only two-weeks away hit me like ton of conkers! We were planning to go away (and still might) but the Autumn term has been relentless and we haven’t booked anything. This sent the organised (note: controlling) side of me into overdrive and, should we decide to have a…