I had a couple of hours spare whilst in London and needed somewhere to take two children aged 3 and 4. After a quick look online we headed for the Science Museum.
The Museum is huge and better still free! We headed straight down to the basement and parked up the pushchair.
In the basement is a special interactive area for 3-6 year olds called The Garden.
The Garden has areas to explore including water (a firm favourite for my kids), construction, light and sound. It is so much fun that the kids don’t notice they are learning! And don’t worry aprons are provided to stop them getting too wet!
Parents or carers stay with children at all times although there are also museum staff on hand to make the experience more fun and answer questions.
We had great fun in The Garden and then, after a quick picnic we went to watch a brilliant bubble show (also in the basement).
We did manage a quick look at some of the rest of the museum before we had to leave and also found we really liked the interactive gallery for older children.
I would definitely recommend a visit to The Science Museum with children of any age and the best part is its free!
Taking a child with an ASD to The Science Museum?
The Science Museum has Early Birds, a time where families with members who have an ASD can go to the museum before the general public arrive, so it is quieter and less busy. This is available on certain dates from 8.30am.
The Museum can be contacted about these sessions by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Garden is a very hands on and sensory area where you are allowed to play, discover and have fun!
The Science Museum is very big so be sure to closely supervise children that may be prone to wandering.
The Science Museum website is http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk and it is open every day between 10am and 6p (last entry 17.15) Admission is free and the museum is wheelchair and pushchair friendly.