Ahoy there! Ready for a London Adventure?

Written by MiriamSpall on Monday, April 6, 2015 - 18:37

If your young children are fascinating by pirates the Greenwich Museums are the perfect AHOY experience for your family. The Greenwich Maritime museum, the world biggest of its kind, opened their fantastic AHOY! New children's gallery for 0-7s on March 22nd. Polar exploration, pirates and a host of other maritime themes are brought to life in this playful and immersive gallery.

With great family facilities which include a buggy parking area, a 8m mast of SS Rawalpindi by the entrance, an All Hands Children's Gallery (6-12s) and Explore and play on the huge world atlas this is without a doubt the paradise for want to be pirates.  Just next door, Cutty Sark,  offers a fantastic range of activities for young children, this ship has been raised over three metres allowing visitors the jaw-dropping experience of walking underneath a 19th-century sailing ship, the last surviving tea clipper and fastest and greatest ship of her time.

Get your kids to become captain apprentices by downloading their app. Cutty Sark in Greenwich-Suffolk Kids[/caption] Under-5s get free entry to Cutty Sark, Flamsteed House and the Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory, and to the special exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum. Check their What's On page to see events for families at all of Greenwich Museums.

From Suffolk take the train to London and take advantage of their 2 for 1 offers when you purchase a return adult tickets, which includes a River Cruise and let your Ahoy London Adventure commence.

Hop on and off River Cruise:

This makes for a fantastic start to the day,  start your adventure by sea by cruising on the river Thames towards Greenwich.  Cruises depart from Westminster, London Eye, Tower and Greenwich piers every 30 minutes. Enjoy London's main Landmarks like Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the House of Parliament, refreshments are served on board. 

There is a 30m ride from Tower Pier to Greenwich, short enough for the kids to enjoy the ride and for us grown ups to enjoy the sights. Going to Greenwich museums can take the whole day, but if you have enough time this cruise is fantastic to take you to other London destinations throughout the day.

Greenwich Maritime Museum

We arrived at Greenwich Pier and made our way to the Greenwich Maritime Museum which was a short walking distance from the pier. This is a FREE museum, I was quite impressed how child friendly it was, there were a few activities organized for children; a girl pirate performing a few times during the day, the AHOY kids centre is fantastic for toddlers and children and the "Make a Sea monster" Craft activities on offer were very popular.  There were loads of toddlers and children running around the gigantic map of the world on the floor and  to top it up, you can borrow a tablet device to play an interactive "Great Explorer" game:

The Great Explorer is a magical new interactive game for families. Take one of our tablet devices, name your ship and set sail across the Great Map to explore distant lands and discover treasures from around the world. Where will you visit and what will you find?

I'd recommend to go to Greenwich for the day, Greenwich have created the perfect formula to become a brilliant family friendly destination, including museums; plenty of activities young visitors can choose from,  loads of space for them to run around and explore, interactive activities, a pirate & sea theme playing centre, and a restaurant and picnic area. Not to mention the endless learning possibilities.  Their little minds won't know what has hit them. If you have an active young child, you'll appreciate what these museums have to offer. Have a fantastic AHOY adventure!

*REMEMBER*

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MiriamSpall
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