Over Half-Term, we were lucky to be sponsored by the Royal Air Force Museum London to write their Half-Term itinerary events. But we took it up a step further and actually went to experience the real deal!
Upon arrival, we could see that there were a lot of maintenance work on site. We went by car and it took us only about 40 minutes to get there. Though upon arrival we were told that the car park was full. This meant that we had to find a car parking space on the next road parallel to the museum. Luckily the on road parking was free. Plus the rain has stopped that morning but the cold wind was still strong and it made the walking to the museum with little kids just a little inconvenience.
Never-the-less, we were determine not to let that ruin our day. We meet up with one of our London friends that we haven’t quite got a chance to catch up in donkey’s years! She also has a son that was born just two days before Ethan at the same hospital! When they were younger, people used to think they were twins! lol!
Anyhow, back to the museum – the entrance was free for all. We LOVE free! We enter a big area of airplanes showcase – to be honest I don’t have a clue what I’m looking at most of the time. I just like looking at them and so do the kids. It was nearly lunch time and the kids were rather excited and the place was packed as hence it was Half-Term. We turned to the left room instead of going on right at the first Y-junction, thinking that there might be a cafe there. Instead it turned out to be a massive interactive playroom. The kids loved it there. They love interacting and actually experiencing learning about aviation.
Like discovering the gravitational field force between layers of the sky.
Evelyn pretend play in a real helicopter.
Ethan had a go at flying an aeroplane.
This interactive room also consist of large benches where you can bring your own packed-lunch and have them there while your kids runs around in the interactive room. A total mayhem and made total sense – if you had bought your own packed-lunch which I did not thought of. Lesson learned – next time.
After a while we decided it was time to diverge to the cafe – which was only minutes away on the right turn at the Y-junction. The cafe area was surrounded with rescue flyers, which I love. I think it must be their bright colours.
The cafe itself was extremely busy at Half-Term but the queue was managed well. Price wise, it was as you would expect in a normal nice London cafe. As you can gathered, seating was hard to find during half-term week, but luckily with a little waiting we did managed to find a table for all of us.
My friend also has her 11 months old with her and she thought that it would be more convenient if there was at least two one baby changing room. There queue for it was rather long.
After everyone’s appetite has been fulfilled, we were ready to explore again. We went through the next room and in an instance we were all in awe – glaring to the real life Stealth Bomber. It was huge and had practically filled the room! (Note – I had to asked my OH about the name of this plane while I was writing this post. lol!)
The room gave us a rather chilling atmosphere and displayed posters of the wars, with Hiroshima bomb images as such.
There was also a small section with different types of Military forces in operations from different countries – from GB, USA, Nazi, and Japanese – wearing their own uniforms and gearing up for war in their own territory. Can you guess which Military Air Force does the below photo belong to?
It was getting a bit late and a little break was well deserved. The boys went off to do their 4D Aviation experience, (£5 each for 5 minutes per person – a little pricy perhaps?), whilst I was chilling with my friend and her baby at the cafe. Yes, we were a little surprised that it didn’t last longer than that!
Evelyn wanted so much to go on the plane. She wanted to fly to Thailand! Emm… not quite but we did find one for her size.
Before we exit the RAF, there was a model plane that the kids can go up and take a little photo with. I must say it was a little chaotic trying to manage other visitors’ kids with the non-existence queuing system. You can see this photo here on our Instagram.
All-in-all, if we were to go back again – then it will not be during holiday times for sure, but the kids have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Ethan tells me later that the best part he liked about this visit was experiencing the 4D Aviation Experience with his best friend.
Here’s a little vlog to sum up our day…
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Via Public Transport
The easiest way to get there is by public transport via underground Northern line (Black). The closest station to the RAF Museum is Colindale, which is on the north bound.
The key locations where you can get direct transportation from are:
South Kensington Station – which only takes 43 minutes;
Charing Cross Station – 35 minutes; &
King Cross St. Pancras Station – 30 minutes.
Via Car – A car parking charge is payable. – Currently, it is being re-done.
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