Museum of London Docklands
Great wet weather option
Easy with buggy
Step free at West India Quay / East London
Capital tots thoughts:
Frequently voted the best museum for under 5s, the Museum of London Docklands is
great for toddlers and younger kids. Its Mudlarks Gallery encourages children to
explore the life of London using touch, sound and smell. They seem to have covered
everything, waterplay, soft play, lifting things, pressing buttons, pulling levers,
building things – in short it is brilliant. The Museum limits the number of children
in the Gallery at any one time so it never feels over crowded. They also run Messy
Mondays on the first Monday of every month and Musical Mondays on the third Monday
of every month. These sessions need to be booked in advance but are well worth attending
although the last time my 18 month old went, he spent more time playing with the
sink and the door than taking notice of the activity -
NOTE: It is not very well signposted from the Riverboat and involves crossing some busy roads. If this concerns you, it is a 2 minute easy walk from the DLR station West India Quay.
There is a café next to the Mudlarks gallery which is pretty decent with good hot
chocolate and is totally baby-
Make a day of it by:
Getting the Riverboat either to or from the Gallery and then getting the Docklands Light Railway home. Hop across the river to Greenwich Park and see the Cutty Sark and National Maritime Museum which are just 10 minutes on the Riverboat or DLR from MoLD. Or get the DLR to Stratford and go to the Discover Story Centre.
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