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The Fantastic World of Dr Seuss

Discover Children’s Story Centre currently has a Dr Seuss Exhibition and it’s as amazing as it sounds!

The exhibition experience and the storytelling session are included in the ticket price but you do need to book a space.

We spaced our day out by visiting the exhibition first, we were read the first few pages of The Cat in the Hat and then encouraged to explore the space. There were dressing up opportunities to be Thing 1 and Thing 2. A Truffula forest with various The Lorax books strewn around for group or individual reading. Games area from Oh! The Places You’ll Go! and complimentary worksheets. Our favourite book is Green Eggs and Ham, we weren’t let down with a tea set role play area and plenty of book copies to read.

After lunch from the cafe, we explored Story World which really helps capture a child’s imagination. Our day ended with the interactive Scrambled Eggs Super! storytelling session, we sang songs, hunted for various birds and their eggs and at the end had a dance to ‘How Do You Like Your Eggs In The Morning’ by Dean Martin, although aimed at 0-3 year olds this experience was thoroughly enjoy by the accompanying 4 year olds.

Highly recommended experience for all, The Fantastic World of Dr Seuss is on at Discover Children’s Story Centre until 3rd September 2017.

Activity Ideas London Parenthood

Theatre Trips

Living in London it’s nigh on impossible to avoid a trip to the theatre. We are a theatre loving family, I saw 2016 out with a matinee performance of The Bodyguard with my sister and saw 2017 in with a family friendly theatre experience with the boys.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other stories, was everything it promised to be and more. No more than 45 minutes total, perfect for little ones, visually amazing with colourful puppets and bubble machines, filling children and adults a like with awe. Audience participation was actively encouraged and B in particular enjoyed yelling out “…and he was still hungry!” . 

Interested in a family-friendly theatre trip? Here are my suggestions:

The Unicorn Theatre was founded with the philosophy that ‘the best of theatre for children should be judged on the same high standards of writing, directing, acting and design as the best of adult theatre’ and offer experiences suitable for all ages.

A few of Julia Donaldson’s well loved stories have been adapted to theatre, visit: The Gruffalo website for more information.

In The Night Garden Live, returns again this year, however be aware of the extra costs that can soon pile up though if you opt for the gift bag or meeting a character experience.


Christmas London

Which Santa’s Grotto?

I wish I could tell you which Grotto to visit but there are so many fantastic Father Christmas’ out there, I couldn’t possibly decide. Instead, I will give an overview of 3 of the best Santa Grottos in and around London, that we have visited over the last 2 years.

1. Harrods

We did the Harrods Afternoon Tea Experience last year, there were a few games to play and stations for photo opportunities as we made our way to Father Christmas. I use to go every year as a child, for me the magic just wasn’t there. It was very stressful experience having to book a slot in the first place and I felt that we were rushed through the grotto without really being able to enjoy it. The Afternoon Tea Experience was enjoyable and I would have gone back again this year, but it wasn’t an available option on the booking system.


2. Royal Albert Hall

We were greeted with mince pies and hot drinks. The children were provided with various activities as they waited to be called to see Father Christmas who’s grotto was dwarfed by a Christmas tree, complete with falling ‘snow’ – a magical experience for all. The experience ended with a tour of the Royal Albert Hall.


3. Ruxley Manor Garden Centre

Despite the 45min delay, there was plenty to do. We had snowball bowling games in the first room, before being ushered through to Mother Christmas’ kitchen to make magical reindeer food and sing a song, then onto the next room to write letters and make Christmas Tree decorations. Finally we saw the big man himself, who gave each child a present using Elf Magic (a Paw Patrol bag for Wynter and a reindeer stuffy for Bodhi).