Buckingham Palace- Changing of the Guards
The changing of the guards happens everyday in the Spring and Summer at 11:30 am sharp. In order to really see whole event, one must get there very early. We got to the street right at 11:30 and it was very crowded. We saw just the end of the guards walking up to the palace.
We overheard a tour guide telling another group of people to stick around because the guards will march back towards this way at the end. He mentioned that it’s also usually less crowded by then. So we decided to wait and found a good spot on the sidewalk where we would be able to see them coming down the street.
It was a little bit of a wait, but it was really neat seeing the guards march down the street while playing music (the bagpipes were our favorite).
This playground has elements of Peter Pan to it with it’s pirate ship and teepees and also has a fun musical area and several playgrounds. It was a great place for both our girls to play and had plenty of activities for older children as well.
The playground is gated and only allows a certain number of children to come in at a time. This creates a bit of a line/queue, but for us at least, it was not a long wait at all.
It was a great break in the middle of the day and allowed both our girls to run around a bit before going into the museums in the evening.
|Trying on astronaut gloves.|
After the kids played for awhile, we headed down to the Science Museum. We didn’t have too much time left before it and the Natural History Museum closed at 6pm, so we only saw one exhibit – Exploring Space. Our toddler wants to be an astronaut when she grows up, so she was pretty excited. We got to see a piece of the moon and try on astronaut gloves. There was also a ton of information about astronauts in general and replicas of different spacecrafts.
Natural History Museum
After our quick visit at the Science Museum, we ran over to the Natural History Museum. Luckily both museums are next to each other. We mostly just saw the dinosaur bones here. It was really neat and I wish we would have had more time to walk around.
We had hoped to also visit the Victoria and Albert Museum (their website had mentioned a toy display that looked pretty neat), but we ran out of time.
Our second day was full of activities and went very well. I was very pleased with how kid friendly everything was! The girls were tired, but both had a fun time at each of our destinations. Overall, definitely a success.
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