Purchasing (yet another!) annual pass has meant that we are now much more regular visitors toKewGardensthan ever before. With various friends living in westLondonand a direct link from North London toKewon the the rather brilliant overground line it is not a big hassle to get there. Another day of just me and my babies during the summer prompted the need for a bit of an ‘adventure’. This provokes great excitement, picnics need made and plans formed as we chat about what this adventure will entail. Having visited a few times now the hot spot is always the kids area. Climbers and Creepers is an indoor delight for probably ages 8 and under … from climbing into the stems of a lily to trapping model flies in a Venus Fly Trap it takes you through many facets of life as a plant or insect in a soft play kind of styley. Outside of this is the slightly more grown up adventure park complete with death slide (is there a less scary name for one of these zip wire things?!) and climbing frames.
Inevitably most of our day trip was spent in and around this neck ofKew’s woods but I did manage to persuade the kids to take a wander to a small eco-festival that took place close by. We managed to time it to watch a cute 20 minute musical about the life of a bumble bee … telling the story of their importance in the world in a way that Ava certainly remembered. M&S also hosted a tent promoting their eco credentials – dishing out organic cotton bags galore that the kids could decorate in their marquee – one of which, rather appropriately I thought now holds our recycling before it reaches the bin. Oh, and a quick tip for anyone thinking of heading to Kew – make a beeline for the lovely Shoe Station shop – as the names suggests it’s in the parade of shops right next to the train station – with a choice selection of kid’s shoes (all under one roof, now that is a novelty) and good toys/birthday gifts as well. Always a joy to manage to achieve more than one thing (easily) when you make a trip somewhere.