If you’re looking for the perfect toddler day out, you could be in the right place. The London’s Transport Museum is a must for any child that loves trains and buses. In the past year we have visited the Covent Garden museum 4 times! At first I was concerned as to how my then 2 year old would appreciate a museum but it has many interactive stations that will keep your toddler entertained for hours.
The museum is laid out in such a way that it flows from bus to bus, train to cab, very freely. The design of the site allows your toddler to run at top speed to the next attraction without fear of destruction and in such a way that you do not lose sight of them easily.
On the ground floor there is a designated area for trains including a pioneer tube train and information about the worlds first underground. Your little one can enjoy driving the tube train in the simulator or if he is more interested in the selection of buses from throughout history he can put on his drivers hat as he steers the 139 to Covent Garden.
There is also a play area on the ground floor where my little one in particular likes to play ‘cafe owner’ as he serves me hotdogs in the play kitchen! This in particular is a nice space to sit and watch your child interact with other children visiting the museum.
Next Level Fun
On next level you will find 19th century London and Victorian transport. The older child can soak up all the historical information to hand but for a toddler just seeing the life size horses is a delight.
One of my child’s favourite areas is definitely the All Aboard play zone specifically for under 6 years. Here you will find a lost property office with musical instruments and other such things you may come across on a bus or train. Next to the office there is a train that needs continued maintenance. The tools are provided!
It is worth noting that if you are taking an older child there is also a stamp activity card that they are given on arrival. Giving them a path throughout the museum and introducing a fun way of learning as they collect their stamps at each station.
Will it Break the Bank?
Is it affordable? The cost of the transport museum is affordable if you live close to London and can make use of it. Children go free and an adult annual pass is £17.50. (concessions £15). Although it is not advertised on the website, I have been told that you can purchase a day ticket for £10. So if you do not live close to London entry for a family of 2 adults and 2 children would be £20, which depending on finances, may also be quite affordable for some. It is also worth checking out offers such as this: https://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/london-transport-museum.
Another attraction if you are on a limited budget is the area on the ground floor for families to sit and eat packed lunches, another way of saving money if you don’t want to buy food from the very overpriced cafe.
Transport: The nearest station to the Transport Museum is Covent Garden. However if you have a pushchair then Tottenham Court Road has step free access and is about a 10 minute walk.
Toddler Day Out Verdict
Definitely worth the trip and if you do buy that annual pass it will be one of those places that you can just go to on a whim knowing that it’s paid for and that your child is going to have a great time!