Nestled in a corner of the bustling Covent Garden Piazza in London is the London Transport Museum – a perfect indoor outing for toddlers and their older siblings. Of course the boys will enjoy it more than the girls (not that I’m anti gender neutrality, but just saying), but then trains and buses can get most toddlers excited!
Even though it is a museum, it’s not the boring kind which makes your three-year-old whine through the three levels. The LTM has it all: history, education, entertainment and more.
A slice of history
The museum explores London’s transport system over the last two centuries, showing how transport was indeed the backbone of the growth of modern London. So you’ll find Victorian horse-drawn buses and the first version of the motorbus, horse and electric trams, the quintessential London black cab, and steam trains and locomotives that ran from the countryside into the heart of the city. Lots of never-before-seen vehicles to keep your toddler engaged.
Photographs and posters also show the various phases of London’s public transport from the 1860s to the present day.
A leap into the future
Besides the now-antique trains and buses, the museum also showcases present-day transport and concepts for the future, including a simulation tube that will keep your little one in the driver’s seat. Literally! .
Edutainment and more
There are a number of ongoing child-centric exhibitions and leaning programs (see website for more details) that make education fun for your little explorers. Simulation trains, a chance to pretend-drive a real bus and lots of more activities make it a whine-free outing.
A Family Play Zone area (complete with a big red bus) gives your toddler a space to run/jump around, while you can relax with a cup of tea.
Little Man playing the part
And the best part? Kids go free plus all adult tickets allow unlimited entry for a whole year! Which means it doesn’t have to be just a one-time affair. So if the weather forces you to be indoors, there’s no better place to be. You will be the Star Mum in your toddler’s eyes!
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