The British Library: Storytelling at its best

This was a special half term excursion for us, as they had a special storytelling event with craft. It had a Peter Pan theme which was perfect for us, as MiniMalik LOVES Peter Pan.

So off we trundled to see Peter Pan, not in costume as I struggled to whip something up in that short a time (pajamas had not occurred to me, despite how obvious!), and followed various costumed children in the walk from the underground station to the library.

On arrival we immediately went to listen the story telling, the story of Peter Pan  told by a magnificent story teller (Kevin Graal), all the children were completely captivated. After the story was finished, some of the children stayed upstairs to add to the crocodile and do other Peter Pan related crafts, but we followed the story teller downstairs.

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In a room downstairs the story continued with some riddles and participation, again all children were completely captivated!

The thing that impressed me the most was that the staff admitted that they were expecting perhaps 20 children, not the 60 or so, but they responded quickly and found a room and more activities for the children to do, without us parents noticing that it wasnt planned!

We didn’t get to see much of the rest of the library, although the toilets were great!

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Princess Diana Memorial Playground & Fountain: A visit to Neverland

To celebrate the last day of half term, and the glorious sunshine, micro, mini and I headed off to Neverland … Or that’s what I told mini malik!

When we arrived at the gates and we were buzzed through to the playarea (The security is AMAZING!), the look on mini malik’s face was of pure delight as he realised he could be Captain hook on a real boat (He had pretended to be Captain Hook for the entire journey and several days before hand)!

Nature area, Princess Diana memorial playground

The princess Diana memorial playground must be the ultimate playgroud. With a play ship complete with climbable rigging, wheel and galley set in a giant sandpit, an area with tepees, musical sensory garden, raised walkway with slides, water play, toddlers section, forest areas and more that we didn’t explore!Princess Diana memorial playground

You WILL be on your feet chasing your children around, so wear some comfy shoes. A lot of parents were trying to follow older children whilst carrying younger ones and pushing a pram … that’s no fun. I wore Micro Malik and had our belongings in a granny trolley so I could easily follow Mini Malik around. If you must take a pram, then bring a rucksack for precious belongings and abandon your pram in a quiet corner (Not with children in it!), or use a bike lock to secure it.

The toilets are within the compound, but the refreshments aren’t. There is a kiosk just outside selling ice cream, food, drinks etc with a good number of picnic benches.

There is a fair amount of grass for picnicking, but nowhere near enough seating. So if you struggle with being on your feet for a long time, I’d bring a little camping stool.

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Princess Diana memorial playground

It’s a bit of a trek to the fountain, about 15/20 mins walk at the pace of a 3 year old. Mini Malik moaned all the way that the batteries had fallen out of his tummy … You just follow the ‘princess Diana trail’ markings in the pavement and it takes you straight there.
However it was worth dragging him there when he realised what he was allowed to play in! I had remembered to bring his swimming shorts, so got him changed and set him loose. Micro Malik and I set up under a shady tree and had some nappy free time whilst Mini did laps of the fountain.

If the teeny ones want to splash around too, then the pool at the bottom is ideal!

Its also right by the river where they do pedal boats and a ‘solar cruise’ and has its own car park.

There was a little kiosk selling drinks and food, I didn’t look for toilets but I have a feeling there were probably some close by!

Count of the day: 3 children in pirate costumes

Kit list

Picnic blanket & food

Drinks

Bucket and spade

Towel and swim gear

Money for tea/coffee and ice cream

A book/knitting

Comfy shoes

Waterproof suncream