It has been such a long time since I have taken the kids anywhere (the last time was Fineshade Wood at the beginning of January). It has been freezing outside for the last month! Instead we have been relaxing at home in the warm. I was looking forward to this half term to be able to get out and do things with the kids.
However, Half term has started slowly due to the kids having chicken pox and sickness bugs. They are all better now though! Thankfully.
Today is Valentines Day – and I was planning to take the kids into London to surprise my husband for lunch. It was all mapped out, and then he told me yesterday that he needed to work from home. So the plan changed (as it usually does) and I thought it would be best if I took the kids out the house so he could work at home in peace. So we went to London anyway, just me and the kids.
George and Oliver both have Ancient Greece as a topic during this next term at school, so I took them to the British Museum.
Although I would love to have followed the audio tour and learnt SOMETHING about at least one of the artefacts, this isn’t going to be a post about what the British Museum has to offer, because I still couldn’t tell you – I was too busy thinking for everyone, keeping them away from exhibits and navigating our way through the crowds. I also realised that I took about 5 photos all day because I was concentrating so hard on keeping the kids safe! But if you want to read a casual, chit-chatty, blog post about how I survived London today then please read on…
The British Museum is a 15-20 minute walk from Euston Station, which was close enough to not need to use the Underground. I felt like the tube was a little much with children, bags, coats, pushchairs etc so the walk was perfect.
The British Museum is free to visit. When we arrived, we walked through the Egyptian rooms to get to Ancient Greece.
They had a section of the Parthenon on display, and on the walls they had other sections of stone carvings of centaurs. I had to tell one of the children that centaurs were not real creatures from Greek history, and we talked about why we thought the Greeks created myths.
The kids were happy to just walk around and browse the exhibits until lunch time.
After our break for lunch, I offered to take them to see any landmarks they were interested in. They decided that London smells (literally smells – but I couldn’t smell anything) so they didn’t want to walk outside without holding their noses. We did a little bit of shopping on our way back to the train station.
Even though I feel like we didn’t do very much, the kids enjoyed the day and I think they will remember the day that Mum took them into London on her own.