Thursday, 18 August 2011

Natural History Museum

Today's trip was a revisit to the NHM in Central London.
 ~ Creepy Crawlies still a favourite ~
 ~ as was anything DS could touch/press/interact with ~
 ~ checking out the Caribou ~
 ~ and the awesome blue whale ~
 ~ visit to the butterfly exhibition: note slightly steamed up camera lens ~ 
~ caught short ~
What we spent:
Tube fare from home to museum ~ £2.50 each way.
Entrance fee: free to enter the museum, but £7.00 for the 2 of us to see the butterflies.
Tea & cake mid-morning: £7.40 (the most expensive yet!)  That's a pot of tea for me (no single cup or mug option available), slice of {mediocre} Bakewell tart and a cranberry cookie {very nice}. 
Postcards: £2.00
What I learnt:
Three days of activities in a row is too much for a 4-year-old.  Because he was tired, his behaviour fell short of the expected standard a few times this morning and no-one wants to be in a packed museum with a small person having a tantrum, do they? 
Tomorrow's adventures will be much closer to home.

8 comments:

Tracy said...

3 busy days is sometimes too much for 13 year olds too! Looks like a fun day though.

Lizzie said...

Oh yes, the Natural History Museum is fab. We have been there several times. Their snacks are phenomenally expensive though - you're quite right!
Glad you had a good time (though I think you're a bit rotten to publish a photo of DS being caught-short and having to resort to Emergency Measures - one day he will see this and add it to The List!).

I took my J. to the NHM when he was 3 and a half. We had just returned from spending a month in Washington DC, with DH, who was there for his job. We were staying at Fairfax, VA, which is just at the end of the metro line into the city. We could take the metro for a $5 all-day off peak ticket (after 930am). That would take us anywhere on the metro and DS travelled free, being under school age.
The Natural History Museum in Washington is owned by the Smithsonian Institute and admission was therefore totally free (as was the zoo - yippee!).
Lunch could be bought in their excellent cafeteria - spaghetti and tomato sauce, a drink of squash, bread and coffee - all for $5.
We could wander about all day and catch the metro home whenever we wanted.
All for $10.
We came home (to Reading) and I took DH up to London on the train. We went to the Natural History Museum there. It cost £7 for me to go in and £2 for DH (or something similar - anyway it cost £9 for us both). No free entry at that time!
It cost another £7 for two drinks and a piece of cake to share.
We spent £4 on a souvenir in the shop (dinosaurs!).
Including the rail fare, entrance fees and snacks (but not the souvenir), the day out cost the best part of £50. A far cry from the $10 in USA.
The words Thoroughly and Disgusted were used liberally when describing my feelings about that trip!
At least you can now go in for nothing again (I don't object to making a donation, but I dont' think anyone should have to pay for museum entry). The snacks are still daylight robbery though!

So glad you're having a lovely time visiting all your local attractions. We hope to have another trip to London some time soon - either the Autumn or Spring Term half-term holidays I think.

alexa said...

Hope it's a quieter day tomorrow with more head space and relaxing, drifting time for you both. But you did a great job in helping him explore!

Alison said...

You HAVE had a busy few days! Hope tomorrow is fun too
Alison xx

debs14 said...

It's so much easier to deal with a little boy who is 'caught short' than it is a girl - you can always find a convenient tree!
Sounds like you are filling the summer holidays with lots of fun things, but guess a quiet day at home will be just perfect today to recharge his batteries!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

That museum looks like fun. I find my boys are often caught short. I think they just like doing it outside

♥♥ Liz ♥♥ said...

Looks like another fun day. I can't believe you took a photo of your son widdling up a tree!! Wait till he sees that when he's older!! x

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