Festive Fun At The London Transport Museum

The London Transport Museum is always top of the list of the places my youngest two want to visit. The museum gives the children the chance to explore the history of the London transport system in a fun and hands-on way and is the only museum I have ever visited that I have to literally drag them out of kicking and screaming!

This weekend we had a very early start to experience their festive fun event before it opened to the public.

We walked into the museum and were hit with the sound of Christmas tunes that lead us to the beautiful Santa’s grotto tucked behind a huge London bus.

Snow covered branches were delicately drapped with pretty fairy lights and the little snow covered path lead you into the scandinavian inspired grotto full of sheepskin throws, cosy cushions and plenty of toys play with.

Inside the grotto we enjoyed a story time session with one of Santa’s super friendly elves whilst outside there was a crafting session taking place where we tried our hand at making some origami tree decorations they weren’t as easy as they looked!

After doing a little exploring of the museum and learning some interesting facts about bus tickets from the very knowledgeable staff we had worked up a bit of an appetite and made our way to have a scrumptious hot chocolate and some absolutey delicious waffles they I was extremely impressed with.

It was time to get our craft on again, this time by creating a candle light holder that Frankie really went to town with the decor on!

The highlight of the morning though was just about to happen when Santa made his way into the museum to greet the children.

He had a good chat with each and every child and asked my terrors if they thought they were on the ‘good list’. I admired the confidence in their answers but a few sideways looks were thrown my way in fear of me interrupting!

After all the christmassy excitement we spent a good while enjoying the museum and as usual had a pretty hard time getting the boys to leave, especially as we passed through the gift shop that was hugely tempting…even for me.

From beautiful train sets to london buses in many different guises to pretty snow globes and the most amazing tree decorations there is something for everyone and is a far cry from your usual museum gift shop.

The whole morning was the perfect mix of festive cheer, good food and automotive fun. I loved that it wasn’t your usual structured visit to Santa and instead he was wandering around and the children were free to go and say hi whenenver they were ready.

If you are still looking for somewhere for a Santa visit this year then this comes highly recommended from us.

*We were asked along to this event for the purpose of this review and they are all my own, honest opinions.

Monkey On A Plane Launch With Emirates 

Ever since the Emirates airline went up all those years ago I have promised myself a trip on them.

Time passes quickly and as with so many things in London, I push them to the back of the list due to my complacency of being lucky enough to live here.

With this in mind when I was asked along to the Emirates Aviation Experience for the launch of their exciting new book I was excited by the book launch and the chance to experience the airline in equal measures.

After a quick ride we arrived at North  Greenwich and made the short walk to the Aviation Experience where we were going to hear all about the fantastic new book launch of Monkey On The Plane.

Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre the dynamic duo behind this book have cleverly taken the ideas of a four year competition winner who’s brilliant ideas were picked to be turned into a real life  book that is perfect to spark the love of travel in any child.

The children got themselves super cosy on a selection of beanbags and listened intently to the adventures of Enrico the the monkey who was fed up with his boring life in the forest and was ready to take of on all kinds of exciting adventures.

Sarah and Philip kept the children engaged throughout with their brilliant storytelling and interactive activities that allowed them to try their hand at their own illustrations.

They were then able to get their own books signed by the authors whilst sitting inside a super cool replica A380.

The Aviation Experience is the perfect place to experience the trill of flying whist on terra firma.

As well as being able to sit onboard a plane the can climb inside the cockpit and try their hand at being a pilot, get up close to the Rolls-Royce engine, take in all the information in the interactive displays or climb on board on of the simulators that get you as close to flying a plane as possible.


Next up we were ready to take to the sky onboard the airline.

I have to say that although I really wanted to experience this I’m not the best with heights!

Sweating palms and shouting at the children to sit still and not even dare to stand up we slowly climbed to the top and made our way across the river.


Once I hit the top my nerves settled and I was able to enjoy the trip and point out all the famous landmarks to the children with the help of the onboard guide.

With thoughts of travel firmly in the little ones heads our journey home was spend reading their books and planning all the places they would like to visit themselves.

If you have a trip abroad planned soon or you just want your little one to have a little more knowledge of the wonderful world of travel then Monkey On The Plane is available to download ‘here’ .

I would love to know what you think.

Free Travel For 5-10’s With Oyster Photocard



I love to get out and about with my lot over the holidays and although letting them experience different things is wonderful they can come with a hefty price tag! 
I try my best to save money where I can so when I found out the children aged 5-10 can get free travel on the bus, tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services I was really pleased.

You simply need to fill out the online form and pay an initial £10 for the card which arrived for us in less than a week.

With a number of trips into London planned for us over the next few weeks this is going to be a real money saver and I’m sure it will be a bonus to many of you too.

Road Testing The UME One Pushchair

After five children and around eight pushchairs I would say I am a bit of buggy connoisseur.

I love the excitement of going into the store and picking out a sparkly new pram to transport your precious new cargo around in. 

The problem I always find is the big bulky prams are wonderful for your newborn but what you really need is something light weight and easy to put up and down when you are out and about.

When I was asked to try out the UME One pushchair I jumped at the chance as it was it seemed just perfect for number five.

This light weight buggy weighs a mere 6.5kg and is super easy to put down with its one hand fold mechanism.

  
There is a shoulder strap which is something I’ve never seen on a buggy before which makes it even easier to carry.

There is a more than spacious shopping basket and an additional zip pocket on the hood which is great for safely storing things you need easily to hand.

  
The extra large canopy is perfect for sun protection and coverage for a sleeping baby and the little spy hole in the top is perfect for keeping an eye on your precious cargo.

  
One of my favorite extras is the cup holder which always comes in handy for our much needed coffees!

The multi position recline allows for a comfortable sleep whist on your travels.

I always feel the best way to really get the feel for a buggy is to road test it – and what better way than a trip to Brighton.

  
Number four was more than happy to try it out and the Houdini in him couldn’t even try to escape due to the clever covering over the buckle.

  
The steering was a lot smoother than I expected for a stroller and it even made it through the dreaded pebbly beach challange!

  
I would highly recommend this if you are looking for a light weight, comfortable, stylish buggy as this has ticked all my boxes.

I was given this pushchair for the purpose of this review and they are all my own honest opinions.