With our holiday plans to Spain scuppered by Covid, we opted to have a staycation. As it was all a bit last minute, we opted to stay in London. Plans were to find a location that had activities for kids, so after some frantic Googling, we chose Kensington as the Holiday Inn had a pool. It was also close to Holland Park, and the Natural History Museum (NHM) and Science Museum. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, the NHM was fully booked until September, so we visited the Science Museum instead.
Date Visited: Sunday, 23rd August 2020
Location: Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD
Getting There: Short walk from South Kensington underground, or serviced by a myriad of bus routes. We took a leisurely stroll from Kensington High Street to burn off the lunch, which is about a 20-25 minute walk.
Cost: Free, but donations welcomed. Due to Covid, you need to book in advance.
We had previously taken Cara to the Science Museum a couple of time when she was slightly younger. Unfortunately on this occasion, the interactive Pattern Pod gallery for kids was closed on our visit, which Cara enjoyed on our last visit. We continued on and explored the other exhibits. Cara enjoyed the space area, and pressing buttons in the medicine and well-being gallery. It was good and educational to read about the history of some diseases and its treatment, especially in the current environment. Cara and I tried to control the spread of a disease (unsuccessfully).
Taking the lift up, we visited the Flight exhibit with loads of engines, full size planes and a cross-section of a 747 plane. Great for aeronautical fans! After walking around for 90 minutes or so, Cara became a little tired and bored. I think in another year or so, it’ll be a bit more exciting for her. It also didn’t help that we had to wear masks around, so they feel quite restrictive after a while.
We will be back again and continue to visit the Science Museum, especially as Cara grows up, to take in more knowledge and press some more buttons.
More details: https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/
Burn Time: 4 out of 5 – you could spend the entire day and more inside, reading and learning about all the different topics. However, with a 5 year old, it makes it a little more difficult as they need to be kept engaged.
Value: 5 out of 5 – free, so can’t get any better value than that! Excludes any donation, dining in or gift shop purchases.
Overall: 5 out of 5 – lovely time spent together at the Science Museum, educational and fun. Might be more suited to the slightly older child, about 7+ years of age, but still loads of things to read, see and do.
Have you visited the Science Museum recently? What was your favourite exhibit? Let us know in the comments below!