So why should a toddler visit the National Army Museum in London? I’m going to immediately spoil the surprise. We had an absolutely fantastic time at the National Army Museum. I think that it is perfect for a toddler. This is why…
Why Should a Toddler Visit the National Army Museum in London?
First, there is an army-themed play area, called the Play Base, for 0-8 year olds. The whole museum has recently been refurbished, so it is spotless and well equiped. Features include an assault course, cookhouse and quartermaster store. The fully equipped kitchen in the cookhouse proved to be a big hit. There is even a baby area with soft toys, to keep the tiniest ones seperate from the ones running around. This is the only section of the museum which isn’t free. But it is only £4.50 for an hour (as at June 2017) – book your time slot online. Or just take a chance and turn up on the day. It was not busy when I visited on a weekday morning. This is by far the best indoor / soft play type place I have been to.
Secondly, the rest of the museum is pretty toddler-friendly too. The five galleries all have interactive exhibits and lots of space to toddle around. And it is all free to enter. The absolute best aspect from our point of view was that it was really quiet. Considerably quieter than other more popular London museums. Which for me always makes for a much more pleasant experience.
Thirdly, the restaurant is great. We stopped by for lunch – I had a lovely salad with quiche, the toddler a sandwich. And we shared one of a large range of delicious looking home-made cakes. And it is not too expensive for it’s posh Chelsea location. Worth dropping by even just for a coffee. There are of course toddler-friendly facilities, such as high chairs and changing rooms.