We're all for a little culture, but it's hard to drag little ones around art galleries and museums when they just want to run around and explore. We tested out the Mini Masterpieces session at Dulwich Picture Gallery - an educational trip designed exclusively for babies and toddlers.
We love it because... It's split into two parts - firstly a trip around the gallery where babies can crawl/sit/toddle and then a messy play session in their activity room. The team give you a workbook to read (or for babies, eat) and go through with your little one, with suggestions for activities in the gallery like spotting farm animals or looking at the amazing architecture and windows. The messy play gets them more involved, with paint, coloured pens and a few toys (all safe to eat, of course!)
We spotted... Their fun cardboard playhouse, decorated in the style of an art gallery, gives babies the chance to crawl around and play peekaboo with all the other children. It's a great way to introduce them to the gallery environment without worrying they'll make too much noise or disrupt other visitors (they did, but since it was a special toddler session, they couldn't really complain!)
When to go... The sessions run on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, but you need to book tickets in advance and they get booked up very early.