Meeting the Animals at Tring Museum

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

After an early wake-up call from Little Miss A one morning recently, by 9am I was ready to get out of the house!

I decided to take her to the Natural History Museum at Tring as we haven't been for a while. I thought it would be fun to see how many animals she can now name herself as her vocabulary is growing all the time.

We first visited this museum in May 2013 when Little Miss A was just 2 months old. We were with some of Mr MoaB's family and I must admit I personally didn't have the best experience that time although the family did. It was a wet day in half term when we visited and therefore was incredibly busy. It's pretty difficult to get a pram around and unfortunately I didn't have a sling with me. I spent most of the time in the cafe downstairs trying to breastfeed Little Miss A whilst the family looked around. There is only one lift in the Museum so on a busy day, it can take a long time to get between floors if you have got a pram or pushchair. It's so much better now that Little Miss A can walk around by herself!

Our second visit was in November 2014 with Mr MoaB and his Mum. This time around the Museum was really quiet as it was during term time. We had a really good time and it was so nice to be able to just let Little Miss A wander around the cabinets as there were very few people around.

We often call Little Miss A 'Dora The Explorer' and she definitely looked like an intrepid explorer in this hat! And of course, Mummy had to wear it too!

The visit today was just Little Miss A and I. We did have trouble parking. Unfortunately the new car park they've created was closed due to the conditions (not really great that you can only use it in good weather, given the British weather!). We got there just as two coaches full of school children arrived so it was initially quite noisy in the Museum but the kids soon spread out over the different floors so it didn't feel over-run as we made our way around!

Here's Little Miss A deep in conversation with the Monkeys!

It really is great to have this Museum so closeby. And like so many of the London Museums, it's free to enter. You can make a donation or buy the Museum Guide, but it's not compulsory.

The Museum organises various family activities throughout the year so it's worth keeping an eye on their website and Twitter account for details.

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