Our favourite Family Museums in the South of England
As the weather has turned decidedly chilly this week you may well be looking for some indoor ideas to do with your little ones and the family. We have visited some great museums in London and the South of England geared up for kids and families and here are some of our favourites.
1) Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey
This is a museum we only visited for the first time recently, which is shocking considering it is less than 30 minutes away from us. Housed on the old Brooklands race track, it is home to the London Bus Museum, a great collection of aircraft including Concorde, racing cars and lots more. It is very hands on and children can go on buses, pretend to fly a plane, and the Concorde experience is fab for slightly older children. They also have a great cafe with soft play area in too. A new initiative for them for 2016 is a monthly toddler morning so do check it out. Although most exhibits are indoors, they are in large hangers so do wrap up warm on a cold day. Brooklands Museum
2) Discover Children’s Story Centre, Stratford, London
Anyone who has attended any of my adventure sessions knows I love children’s stories. This place is dedicated to them. You can explore a secret cave, make a spoon puppet, have a tea party, find the giant’s legs, slide down a magic tower, dance on noisy polka dots and dress up in a weird and wonderful costume and when the weather is OK they have a great outdoor play area too. Currently there is a Michael Rosen exhibition on too (We’re going on a bear hunt!) so definitely a great time to visit. Discover Story Centre
3) Aldershot Military Museum, Aldershot, Hampshire
This small museum is great for families. It is so hands on with trails, exhibits you can climb on or climb through, feely boxes etc. The staff are really friendly and it can keep the family entertained for a couple of hours. Aldershot Military Museum
Dressing up at Aldershot Military museum
4) Milestones Museum, Basingstoke, Hampshire
This is a “Living” museum where you can go back in time so she what life was like from Victorian times through the 20th Century. There is an old fashioned sweetshop to buy sweets, a play post office and lots of other interactive exhibits, dressing up etc. In February each year they have a Lego event too.
5) Museum of London
This Museum in the old London Wall charts the history of London in manageable zones for little ones. There are various trails presented in backpacks for children to try and they also have lots of weekend events, holiday events and events for under 5’s during the week. One of favourites to visit when in London. Museum of London
6) WWF Living Planet Centre, Woking, Surrey
This is a great interactive exhibit that teaches children about the wonders of the natural world and how they‘re working to protect them. There is a great treasure hunt and they run craft activities during school holidays. Living Planet Centre
7) Lightbox Gallery, Woking, Surrey
Right next door to The Living Planet Centre is the Lightbox Gallery. This is an art gallery which has exhibits very appealing to children and until 17 January they have a Quentin Blake exhibition on. They also run lots of creative sessions for Under 5’s during the week and holiday workshops too. Lightbox Gallery
8) Winchester Science Centre, Winchester, Hampshire
This truly interactive centre brings science to life with plenty of exhibits to try out, a planetarium showing a range of age appropriate shows and currently a special Tim Peake/Space exhibition. They also supply toddler steps to help little ones reach the exhibits too. Winchester Science Centre
There are so many more museums in the South that I’m sure are great too so do comment below if your favourite is not featured above. I hope you enjoy trying some of them.