London Transport Museum Depot with kids

Here’s a mind boggling fact for you – almost every museum has more in its collections than it can ever put on display. Usually the places they are stored aren’t open to the public, being working spaces not set up for visitors. The London Transport Museum Depot in Acton is different, designed to open a few weekends a year. It’s…

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Victoria and Albert: Our lives in watercolour at the Laing Art Gallery

If you saw this image in your social media feeds, you’d do a double take. The birthday table is positively groaning under the weight of all these gifts. This fine selection of watercolours, ceramics and paintings are clearly meant for an art-lover. Garlands of greenery decorate the walls, there’s fresh flowers on every surface and their initials are even spelt…

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Museum Mum picks: July 2019

Looking for things to do with kids in London in July 2019? There’s always so many great events happening in London that sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. So, each month I’ll choose a few of the upcoming family events that I’m most excited about. That way you can spend less time planning family days out and more…

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Art Night 2019: a sneak peek

‘Whoever saves a life, saves the whole world’. I’m watching Marina Abramović, or her avatar at least, slowly submerge in a tank of water – and I’m powerless to help her. Abramović’s first virtual reality work, Rising (2018) aims to bring home the life-threatening urgency of the climate crisis. I sit next to virtual polar ice caps as they melt,…

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Carters Steam Fair with kids

Which would you choose – a house or a dilapidated 80 year old fairground ride? That was the question John Carter posed to his wife Anna in 1977. Driven by her sense of adventure, Anna plumped for the Victorian gallopers – and so the family’s foray into funfairs began. Over forty years on, the Carters run the largest travelling steam…

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