Although we had a rather challenging Christmas last year, and spent the holidays trying to encourage our 5yo daughter to become less defiant (you can read about part one here, and part two here), we still managed to have some fab days out and make some lasting memories among the meltdowns. During the day on New Years Eve we took a trip into London to visit the V&A Museum.
It might seem an odd choice for such young little ones, but when our toddler was born my dear friend Charlotte bought us a beautiful book where the main character shares my daughters name and the story is based in The V&A. My girls have loved reading this book for almost three years now, and 5yo has asked a few times if we can go. We’ve been regulars of the Natural History and Science Museum since she was one but had never been to the V&A as a family before now.
It’s a fab space, full of eclectic collections of wonderfulness. They have a pop up theatre too, and we were lucky enough to be treated to a performance of the Nutcracker which the kids absolutely adored. We did an interactive adventure trail, which kept us entertained for about half an hour as we sought out various animals on our map.
There’s also a water feature in their newly refurbished gardens that I believe is turned into a paddling pool during the summer, so we shall definitely be going back again when the weather properly cheers up. All in all it was a lovely day out, and a great way to end the year.