Science Museum

We have visited the London Science Museum on a few occasions with our children and it never fails to excite them.  It’s a fantastic day out for all ages and our two are engrossed from the minute we walk in and they do not want to leave.

Science Museum Steam Engine

Their favourite floor is the basement where there is an assortment of interactive activities.  There are a huge amount of large building blocks like Lego where the children can use their imagination to build anything from a garden wall to a space rocket.  Next to the building area is a climbing frame but with buckets on ropes where the children can pull up the numerous amount of small beans bags, run to the other side and post them down the shoots to the eagerly waiting children to out in their wheelbarrows and take to the other side.  Our son would play on this all day given the chance.  A huge water system attracts a lot of the children and fear not there is protective clothing for them to wear.  This is a very popular activity. There are many different areas which attract all ages.

Science Museum Transportation

Another favourite area of ours is the Space section.  The whole area is bursting with information and there’s nothing quite like putting on astronaut gloves and trying to put a bolt on a screw.

Science Museum Rocket

Science Museum

During our recent visit we explored a floor we have not been to before where there’s a large area of interactive games for the children. Their favourite part of this floor was being able to create a symmetrical design which projects on to the wall and we could have stayed just in this section all day.

There is a lovely café at the Science Museum which serves great coffee and of course cake and in the basement there’s a huge picnic area where you can eat your lunch if you choose to take your own.

For more information visit http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

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Milestones

Milestones is a perfect historic day out for all the family whatever the age.

Milestones Overhead

Today we decided to go back in time and wander around the historic streets of Milestones museum. We walked from street to street on cobbles whilst walking over tramlines and seeing bikes, horses and carriages.

We visited the vintage penny arcade first where the children eagerly emptied our pockets for change to change into old penny coins, then they were away.

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There are numerous different old machines where you can spend your penny’s, from a Sooty show to the grand national.  Some of our favourites were the puppet shows, grab a sweet machines and some of the children’s ride on machines.

We then went to the post office where the children can get very involved in role playing. There is a large vehicle display from classic cars and motorbikes, lorries and a Romany caravan to a huge fire engine and Victorian trams, all of which are from the 1930’s and 1940’s and have been beautifully restored.

Milestones Fire Engine

Milestones Bus

There are some very well thought out room sets from the 1930’s to the 1970’s which we all found very interesting to see how people used to live.

Milestones 1930's

Milestones 1940's

Milestones 1970's

Just found the corner from these room sets is an air raid shelter.

Milestones Air raid shelter

Although our children did not really understand what it was, I felt quite emotional about what people went through during the 1st and 2nd world wars.

The children then jumped aboard the beautifully restored Leyland 1930’s bus where our son pretended to be the conductor whilst our daughter decided to “drive” the bus.  Again this bus was spotless and nothing like our buses today.  This bus would have been used a lot in World War 2 as petrol was rationed and people relied on buses to get to and from work.

Over the road from the bus is a bicycle shop where on display were some elegant Penny Farthing bikes from the 1870’s and even our 3 year old agreed that these would have taken some practice to get used to riding them.

Milestones Bicycles

Next to the bicycle shop is a 1940’s sweet shop, where we were all excited to visit.  Back in the 2nd World War where sweets were heavily rationed, only a few sweets could be bought each week.

Milestones Sweet Shop Outside

So we entered the shop with our old penny and our ration coupon where it was ticked off and then we could choose our sweets.

Milestones Ration Book

Milestones Sweet Shop Inside

The lady behind the counter dutifully weighed them out and they were placed in a paper bag for our enjoyment.

There are a variety of shops from a saddlers to a fruit and vegetable stall where we nearly mistook the pretend food for real whilst we weighed it out in role play activities.

Milestones Fruit and Veg 1

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Among the streets is a pub. This can’t be a working pub I told myself – I was very wrong.

Milestones Pub

The Baverstock Arms is a small traditional pub in Jubilee Street and there seemed to be a very friendly atmosphere inside. The pub serves Gales Ales, soft drinks and teas and coffees at certain times throughout the day.

I wasn’t too sure about dressing up the children in Victorian clothes but we all had great fun and it just added to the entertainment of the day.

There is an impressive area which demonstrates the working force behind a steam engine.  You can clearly see The Smoke Box And Boiler, The Rear Axle and The Cylinder and Motion Works in full flow.  We stood for a while just watching these incredible machines.

We entered another area where our last mission (my husbands!) was to build the Milestones version of a Viaduct Bridge and there are foam bricks identical in shape to those of a Viaduct.

Milestones Viaduct Before

Building such a bridge is rather hard on your own but we joined forces with another family and soon we had built the perfect bridge although the children made sure it didn’t stay standing for long.

Milestones Viaduct After

Nowhere is complete without a coffee, lunch and cake and the retro café here compliments the whole atmosphere so very well.  There are plenty of toilets which are immaculate and there are lifts as an alternative to stairs.  The parking is plentiful and free.

For more information visit http://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/milestones-museum

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Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins

Makes 12 Banana Muffins

280g (10oz) Plain Flour

110g (4oz) Demerara Brown Sugar

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda

¼ Teaspoon Salt

3 Large well-ripened Bananas roughly 450g when peeled and mashed

1 Egg

90ml (3 fl oz) Skimmed Milk

85g (3oz) Melted Butter

85g (3oz) Sultanas or Plain Chocolate Chips (Optional)

  1. Line the muffin tins with muffin cases
  2. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5/6, 375-400 F, 190-200C for a conventional oven.
  3. Sift the following dry ingredients into a large bowl and stir: flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
  4. Melt the butter in a saucepan.
  5. Lightly whisk the egg with a fork in a separate bowl from the dry ingredients, add the milk, mashed banana, sugar, butter and finally sultanas, stir well.
  6. Add all the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir together, but do not over stir, just until you cannot see any dry ingredients.
  7. Put the mixture in the Muffin cases filling them to ¾ full.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Place a metal skewer in the middle of one and if it comes out clean they are baked, if not place back in the oven for a few more minutes.
  9. These muffins freeze very well. Once cold place in a sealed container and place in freezer, they only take about an hour to defrost.

As demonstrated by my 3 year old son

Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins

 

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Arundel Castle

As we approached Arundel town, the views of Arundel Castle are breathtaking. Situated on a hill, the castle can been seen for miles.

When we arrived, we parked in a pay and display car park very close to the castle.  We were pleasantly surprised that under 5’s are free.  First of all we visited the restaurant for delicious coffee and hot chocolate before walking around this medieval castle.

Arundel Castle

We made our way up to the top of the castle and enjoyed the views which went on for miles.  The stairs are very steep but we managed with our two and three year old.

Arundel Castle

At 12 noon the rooms are open so we looked all around.

Arundel Castle

The bedrooms are fantastic and there is some amazing history there.  Our little boy loved the suits of armour and the swords which have been decoratively placed.  The grounds are beautiful and are very well kept.

Arundel Castle

We took a picnic as it was a beautiful day and warm in the sun.  The rose gardens are pretty and the children enjoyed watching the fountains within the grounds.

Arundel Castle

There is a vegetable garden and the produce is still used for cooking within the castle.  We found this very interesting and the children enjoyed seeing all the different fruits and vegetables being grown.

Arundel Castle

All the staff were very knowledgeable and friendly towards us all.  There are fantastic facilities throughout the castle and we could have spent a couple of days looking around.  With over a 1,000 years of history there, we found it so appealing that another visit will definitely be worthwhile.

For more information visit http://www.arundelcastle.org/

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Orchard Toys Tummy Ache Game

Tummy Ache Game

The Orchard Toys Tummy Ache game has to be one of our children’s favourite. I lose count how many times we play it every week. The simple idea of the game is the winner has a full plate of healthy food without receiving any of the unhealthy tummy ache food.

This Tummy Ache game is great fun whilst it is linked in with The Early Learning Goals in Personal, Social and Emotional Development and communication, Language and Literacy. We have found that it improves their knowledge of food, the ability to sit still and concentrate and also to take it in turns.

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