Something that the kids will enjoy WITH entertainment for parents too... the National Maritime Museum AHOY 'children's gallery' is an boat-themed attraction for children aged 0 - 7.
We love it because... Soft play centres can be pretty hideous, and they're definitely not much fun for parents. This is an educational take on the traditional soft play concept - kids are free to crawl, roam and explore in a separate area within the museum. There's less crazed madness, and more interactive games, and (we hope) they might be learning something too.
We spotted... The different areas within the 'AHOY' gallery are set up for kids of different ages. So the babies and toddlers can enjoy rock pools, buying ice-creams at the beach hut, playing in the rowing boats and watching water bubbles. As the gallery continues, the games get more advanced. Older kids (up to 7 years old) can get involved with stoking a boat's engine with coal, weighing and selling fish at a market, and experiencing the inside of a ship's passenger quarters. The area is very interactive - kids can pretty much climb or grab everything in there, and the set-up is realistic, so it's a great way for them to start exploring museums.
When to go... The play area has different opening hours reflecting times of school trips, so check the website before you go.
Top tip... It's free! You're invited make a donation to The Maritime Museum, however, it's still great value. There's also all the benefits of being inside a museum - lovely cafes, interesting stuff for grown-ups, baby change facilities, a buggy park, and best of all, the beautiful Greenwich Park outside to explore for the rest of the day.