– Fantastic free fun at the Science Museum (SW7)
Mummy’s idea of successful experimentation is mixing medleys of marrows, mushrooms and mushy peas. I prefer my experiments to be a little more scientific in nature.
That’s why I head to the Science Museum where test tubes – and tots – gurgle in delight.
For the under 5 set, the water table on the lower ground is a must. Don your lab coat (waterproof pinafores are standard issue and provided by the Museum) to join your peers; all scientists and lab experts work tirelessly side by side. The work is intense but highly rewarding.
There is also a play area where you can mountaineer (well, climb) or test your construction abilities (with soft blocks) – but remember this is science and you’ll need to keep a record of your empiric conclusions.
If you’re the sort who likes playing with electricity then head straight for The Secret Life of the Home. While Mummy is absorbed by the exhibition, you’ll have a chance to push buttons and pull levers beyond your wildest dreams.
All in all, this is not so much an experiment as tried and tested fun.
What Moi says:
With all this watery fun far from my home, I’d be a mad scientist to stay away.
Read our Vital Stats on the Science Museum . Be warned though; it can get very busy especially during half term and on weekends.
– Our litmus test of how child-friendly a museum is
Address – Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD (Main Entrance)
Website – Click here.
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours – Open Monday – Sunday from 10:00-18:00.Closed from 24 to 26 December.
Cost of Admission – Entry is free. (There is additional charge for the IMAX and the simulators.)
Nearest Underground –South Kensington on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines. A pedestrian subway runs directly from the ticket barrier at South Kensington station to the Main Entrance of the Museum.
Bus Routes – Bus routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 and C1 stop outside South Kensington Underground Station, from where it is a five minute walk north to the Museum’s Main Entrance.
Parking – Parking is extremely limited.
Wheelchair & Buggy Access – Good wheelchair access and lifts to all floors make it easy to get around the Museum with a buggy.
Pit Stop – There are a number of options including the Revolution Café (self-service) and Deep Blue, a family restaurant with activity boxes provided for younger children to enjoy. In addition, eating and drinking is permitted in any uncarpeted area of the museum and there is a picnic area on the first floor.