V&A: Childhood Museum

This was the Malik family’s second visit to the museum this year. The first time we came for the ‘Great cloth diaper change’ and this time the main reason for the visit was to drop off some milk for a mummy in need. (Find out more about that here!)


Both times MiniMalik had LOTS of fun in the sandpit (despite barely touching his sandpit at home!) and generally running around trying to find all his favourite toys in the different displays.

MicroMalik was big enough to join in a little this time, he sat in the corner of the lights for ages just watching them change!

We indulged in the cafe, which is a little more expensive than we usually go for, but still quite reasonable. MiniMalik had a fish finger sandwich and I had pumpkin soup, both of which were lovely. There is a picnic area downstairs, so next time that’s what i’ll be doing!

I had dressed MiniMalik in a yellow t-shirt, which usually makes him highly visible … not so much in amongst the crowds of school children wearing yellow tabards!


Folkestone: Tunnel slides by the sea!

I decided that we should make use of the beautiful weather and head out beach wards, so on a recommendation to me by my local mum’s Facebook group, we went to Lower leas coastal park because her daughter raved about the slides for weeks!

Car parking was good, great access to the play park from there.

The playground was really good, caters from babies right up to pre-teens, with slides, sand, climbing walls, a pirate ship, those little diggers that you sit on and move the sand around (Mr Malik liked those! And he went down the slides several times!)

The seaside was lovely too, mostly pebble with patches of sand. Mini Malik put on his swim suit and went straight into the sea! We brought our beach tent, but didn’t put it up as there was no wind at all. There was a little sandpit further up the beach, perfect for building sand castles.

The little cafe was lovely too, with chips (Pretty cheap!), ice cream (Not so cheap) and the usual seaside delicacies.

If you are desperate for a decent play area, with a dip in the sea as an added bonus, then this is the place for you! Also, if you’re holidaying in the area, then pop it onto your to-do-list.

Mini Malik also raved about the ‘Tunnel Slides’ for weeks!

For a kit list, see my previous seaside post – here

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Coram’s fields: Perfect for a picnic

It was predicted to be hot and sunny today, so we headed out, two mobile mamas, to Coram’s fields on the basis that they had a paddling pool!

It was a whole hour and a half after arriving that we realised the pool wasn’t operational, because we were far too busy having fun!

Beans and Mini Malik were ravenous upon arrival, so we picnicked first, and then made our way round the various play areas and to see the animals.

Coram's field'sThe play areas were great, they cater for a wide range of different ages and abilities with a great slide and zip wire!

Be warned – Its very popular with school groups as it does provide activities specifically for them, so you will have to play around them.

The security is good, as there is one gate for getting in and out. Adults are not allowed in without a child, but there was no one enforcing this when we were there.

The ‘city farm’ is not much more than a handful of chickens, some birds, rabbits and a sheep.

The toilets were great and there is a little shop selling drinks and food onsite.

They have a lot of events on, so its worth checking their website in advance and planning a few future events in your diary for the future, as well as a good place for ‘I NEED TO TAKE THE CHILDREN OUT’ days!

Beans and Mini MalikTo be honest, it was a lot smaller than I thought it would be, but this didn’t stop our two playing for over 3 hours!


Micro Malik really enjoyed a taste of my apple

Mini Malik loved playing in the sand

Mrs Malik enjoyed having a leisurely picnic chatting to Beaniemum

Beans loved playing with a new friend

Beaniemum had fun chatting to Bean’s friend’s Mowhawked dad!


Kit List;

Picnic blanket & picnic – It’s an ideal place to sit and eat and chat while the children play safely.

Swim kit and towel for water play (Check ahead!)

Bucket and spade for sand play



Count of the day; 5 Fabulous hairstyles

Westcliff-on-sea: A sunny trip to the seaside

Beautiful weather for a bank holiday Monday definitely warranted a trip to the seaside!


Knowing that we’ll be living in different locations around the UK every 5-7 years, and that next time it might be a 4 hour drive to the sea, it was a necessity.


We decided that we would drive out towards Leigh-on-sea and stop where we found a nice spot. Leigh-on-sea itself was mostly wet sand with a few yachts scattered across, so we kept driving along the coast to westcliff-on-sea which is a traditional seaside town with tiny shops selling candyfloss, doughnuts and chips, a mini-theme park, deck chairs for hire (£3) … the usual.

It’s classed as a sandy beach, but its more like 60% sand, 40% pebble, not great for sandcastle enthusiasts, but good enough to build a basic sand-boat and a castle complete with escape tunnel!

It boasts a ‘playpark’ (One slide and a pulley to carry sand to the top) and a ‘paddling pool’ (A concrete ridge to hold some of the tide back, enough for about 10 kids to splash around in).

The car parking was immense, over 1000 spaces along the sea front for £1 an hour, can’t argue with that!

Absolutely no litter to be seen, everything was very well maintained.

We didn’t make it as far as the pier, both Mrs and Mini Malik were getting tired, but the train running along the long length looked like fun, and possibly worth a second visit!

Very pram/toddler friendly as there is a wide path running alongside the beach, so easy to get to the car and back with tired feet. Plenty of places to purchase overpriced ice cream (I saved my calories for the day especially for it) and public toilets (we didn’t visit).


We had set up our tent on the sand next to the yachting pier, with two more tents next to us belonging to a large group from Burma/Phillipines (I really should have asked them!) when we realised that the place that we had previously set up was now under water. A while later the tent nearest the water moved inland … then moved inland again, at which point the second tent moved inland also. We sat tight and thought ‘It cant come up much further, right?’ 10 minutes later we moved inland … we each moved our tents further and further up the beach until we realised that if we needed to move our tent again there would have been nowhere to put it, as the beach was beginning to resemble a tin of sardines! So we packed up (and just in time!) and trundled back to the car to dump our things. On the way back to buy ice cream we realised that where our tent was 10 mins ago was now under a foot of water!

Opposite the pier entrance was a viewing platform with a lift, which I demanded we go up. Worth a quick visit for a photo opportunity as the views were lovely.


Micro Malik enjoyed a long nap and a long peaceful breastfeed in his own personal tent away from all that nasty sand, and was carried in a FWCC out of the wind.

Mini Malik really enjoyed the company of other children to build sandcastles with and his strawberry mini milk.

Mrs Malik enjoyed some quality time playing with Mini Malik (and building him a boat!) and some cuddle time breastfeeding Micro Malik listening to the sound of the waves.

Mr Malik enjoyed his cuddle time with Micro Malik, and teaching Mini Malik how to build a sand tunnel.


Kit list;

The beach tent (A must! We desperately needed shade for Micro Malik and the relief from the wind was very welcome)

Picnic blanket

Towels, sandals/beach shoes, suncream, sun hats, swim stuff, dry clothes

Buckets and spades – enough for everyone

Snacks and drinks


Spare change for parking and ice cream

The Girasol wrap (I wanted to bring a shortie to do a ruck for the hot weather, but I was glad of the extra length to keep the wind off him)


Count of the day: 38 cars with the roof down