The Natural History Museum.

Visiting the Natural History Museum in London felt like a really difficult thing for me to do for a long time. Anxiety made the journey, the huge buildings and the often deep crowds, impossible to face.

With all the progress I’ve made, I really wanted to give it a go, Leya is 5 now and has various subjects at school that my husband and I both agreed, would be well supported by a trip to the museum.

It was busy. We decided to visit on a Sunday, for some reason thinking it would be quieter. It appears that everyone else had the same mistaken belief too!

However, from the moment we walked through the main entrance and I saw Leyas face light up at the sight of the various skeletons on display, I knew that the trip was going to be worth it.

We arrived at midday, so by the time we’d had a look around the first room,  and taken a few photos, the girls were starving. The T-Rex grill in the green zone seemed like the best option. It was a good choice. They had delicious burgers and pizzas for the kids and the childrens strawberry milkshakes were actually a child appropriate size, which is unusual for most restaurants. I had a chicken Caesar salad, which was huge, and as good as any I’ve ever had.

After lunch, we continued around the museum. The girls loved the bird room, and were amazed by all the different species.

Seeing the fossils up on the walls was fascinating, and I felt a wave of nostalgia from my own visits to the museum as a child. We visited the room about the planets in our solar system, and the girls loved the interactive learning tools, which basically meant that they got to press lots of buttons.

The earthquake simulator was fun, and surprisingly it didn’t frighten the girls. They were intrigued.

I think the proudest moment of my day was Aria sitting down in front of the huge statue of Charles Darwin and staring up at him in awe. I’m so excited for the girls to learn more about the world we live in, and I feel there will be many more trips to the museum in the years to come.

Our day ended with a detour on our walk back to the car park, with a trip to The Hummingbird Bakery, so I could educate the girls in the delicious art form that is cake!

Red Velvet is my usual go to, but I fancied a change and I can highly recommend a slice of the lemon and raspberry ripple cake – yummy.

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