Shanice and Jayde from the Busy Baby, Happy Baby blog run down their top things to do with small babies in London.
Since we’re called Busy Baby Happy Baby, we thought we’d give you our 5 favourite places to take the girls.
Our favourite places to take our babies in London are…
1. Mudlarks Gallery at the Museum of London Docklands
An interactive learning space for children under 8.
The gallery incorporates stories told within the wider museum in a hands-on, proactive environment.
There is a soft play for the young children and as you explore the gallery there are various equipment to play with such as a diver’s helmets, a water-play table (aprons included), giant building blocks and a ship balancing roleplay.
It is free to attend but you do need to book a ticket in advance.
Find out more: Visit the Museum of London Docklands website here
2. The Discover Story Centre in Stratford
Discover is a purpose-built Story World and Story Garden, designed to inspire children’s curiosity and imagination.
This is exactly what it does, there is a lot to do, and loads of space for children to roam, explore the boats, rockets, play on the slide, do some arts and crafts or wind down in the book corner.
There are seasonal exhibitions based on favourite authors, and storytelling events told by energetic story builders throughout the year.
We highly recommend booking one or two before visiting.
Find out more: Visit the Discover website here
3. Baby Cinema
This one is for the parents. Who would have ever thought you’d be able to go to the cinema without the need for a babysitter?
There are various cinemas across the UK that hold weekly baby screenings. If your baby is under 12 months, then you can take them with you to watch a film.
The sound is reduced, the lighting is dim and your baby gets their own seat.
Please note there will not be a quiet moment during the duration of the film.
4. The Bee’s Knees at Battersea Arts Club
A magical Teletubby-esque play space like we’ve never seen it before.
It’s an indoor garden consisting of artificial hills (great for climbing), a rainbow bridge and a cosy cave.
Toys and books are in abundance to keep the little ones busy too.
The café across the foyer serves scrumptious food and weekly baby/toddler sensory and music classes are held here too — we advise booking in advance.
Find out more: Visit the Battersea Arts Centre website here
5. Little Highness Play Cafe in Highbury
The idea of a play café is ingenious — a café serving delicious homemade food with a soft play area to entertain your child in the meantime.
The café is a clean, attractive space with tasteful theme. It’s small, but there are plenty of toys and books to keep your child occupied.
They also serve all day breakfast which is always a bonus.
Find out more: Visit their Facebook page here
Follow Jayde and Shanice’s adventures at their blog, Busy Baby, Happy Baby.
More advice on things to do with your baby from young mums
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