From Easter farm to tropical garden

Last weekend we found ourselves with no pre-arranged plans or playdates, so we did some inpromptu trips with the kids based on the weather forecast!

Saturday looked dry and sunny, so we took the children on an Easter trip to Godstone Farm in Surrey. A top favourite of Alex’s, and one of the nearest places for us to start feeling like we’re out in the country, we all enjoyed our day.  There were lots of animals to pet, including some tiny chicks and rabbits (any bunny fans, I assure you, Sophie wasn’t about to hit the rabbit pictured below!):
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A new addition to the farm is a dinosaur trail which was clearly the highlight of Alex’s day!  He dragged us there first to seek out a T-rex.  The trail was really well done, with great sound effects, plenty of large dinosaurs and even an opportunity to dig for dino bones in some sand!
dinoWe hadn’t spotted the den building area before, but we had a fun game of hide and seek there for a while!
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Eventually, after we’d exhausted the tractor rides, soft play, picnic lunch, den building, dinosaurs and animal handling area, we got to see some actual farm animals!  Everyone particularly liked the pigs and their huge broods of piglets!
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Isn’t Sophie growing up?!

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We made one final stop in the huge adventure playground before heading home – everyone enjoyed an ice cream and Matt encouraged Sophie to play on some entirely age inappropriate play equipment!  She did love the very long slide (until she bumped her forehead sliding off the bottom of it – whooops!)

playground

Sunday was much gloomier, so I consulted my London for Kids guide and headed to the Barbican to explore the tropical conservatory!  It’s a real gem in the middle of all the concrete.  The children loved peering into the carp ponds and exploring the network of paths around the plants.  Alex even managed to find the elusive turtles basking in their little pool!

barbican

We even managed to get some pictures of us all looking at the camera together – here’s me and my babies!
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Once we’d exhausted the conservatory, we stopped for lunch in the Barbican restaurant and had fun looking at the massive fountains and water features on their terrace (which alarmingly had no barrier – so I spent some time trying to persuade the children jumping/falling in!).

With the weather getting worse, we dashed into the brilliant Museum of London for a quick play.  Here are my cheeky pair investigating the fancy dress!

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