An Afternoon with Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum

Here’s a photo of Little T in the tube.  It was one of the few rides that wasn’t packed, so she had the chance to sit down.

There was a long queue waiting for us when we reached the museum in the afternoon.  It was the half-term break after all.

And as we went in, we were greeted by this rather amazing tunnel, and as you can see from the photo above, little T was mesmerized and walked towards it as if hypnotised.

As the escalator went through the tunnel, it really felt like we were stepping inside a mysterious world.  (Upsound: twilight zone theme).

Inside, it was packed with families and tourists, making it feel a little bit like a sauna.

“Look mummy, I can touch the world!”

The little one likes to pose.

Monkeying around …

And of course, a trip to a museum wouldn’t be complete without a visit and a spend in the gift-shop.  Thank goodness her grandparents gave her pocket pocketmoney!

Aside from the snapper (photo above), she chose another dinosaur she named “Stan” and bought two dinosaur books too.  Little T shares her meal with her new friend.

After a leisurely meal at the museum’s restaurant, we decided to brave the crowd again.  Thankfully by the time we got out, the queue to the dinosaur exhibit wasn’t as much as when we first came in.  But it was still a bit of a wait.  This time little T was showing signs of exhaustion.  That should have been our cue to head home, but we decided to see the exhibit instead.

Inside it was even warmer and since it was dark, I felt a little bit claustrophobic especially once we climbed the stairs up to the gallery which looked like an underground tunnel.  By then little T was an inch close to a melt-down, by some miracle, we managed to avoid that.  In the end though, while she absolutely loved it (for a few minutes, that is), at three, it’s just a little bit too much for her.  Perhaps, best to stick with books or avoid the maddening half-break crowd!

Little T fell asleep in her Dada’s arms and also stayed asleep in the very crowded and warm underground tube and finally woke up while we were waiting for our train in King’s Cross station, back to her grandparents in Woburn Sands.  What an exhausting day for a little country mouse!

And of course, Stan had his own special seat on the train.

As for little T, she was too busy waving and watching the other trains go by.

If your little one is into dinosaurs, this is their chance to see them life-like, as long as you avoid the holiday crowd, you’ll be absolutely fine.

So I guess it isn’t surprising what our word for this week is ….

Yep, it’s all about dinosaurs folks!  Little T still loves them (as mentioned in past posts).  Stan, the new dinosaur has made new friends with little T’s group of dinos.
I’ve linked-this post up with The Reading Residence’s
And also with #FamilyFridayFun
Have a lovely weekend guys!


  1. thereadingresidence

    Looks like so much fun! I do like her gift shop choices, and love her posing shots! I’m sure my kids would love it there, too, and that tunnel at the start looks brilliant. Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  2. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    She is so beautiful! And LOVE her shoes!! She was rocking those boots! What a great adventure to have! 🙂 Now I need an adventure. Mr T has been so sullen this week, I need something to shake him out of it!

    • Hahaha. Thanks Kate. She also has the messiest hair! I try to put clips on her hair etc… She somehow always manages to lose them! … As for Mr. T, how about a mother & son date to cheer him up? 😉

      • Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

        I tried to take him for donuts this morning. It’s National Donut Day, after all, and he declined! DECLINED!!!

        • Oh no! I hope it’s nothing serious. After all, no one says no to doughnuts, especially if it has custard in them. I know, I’ve been influenced too much by my British husband. Hope Mr. T feels better soon 🙂

  3. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    We love the Natural History Museum, it can be quite overwhelming though! Glad you had such a good time, lovely photos of T enjoying her visit 🙂 #WotW

    • I agree. I think little T was overwhelmed too. Will try to visit again and this time minus the holiday crowd 🙂

  4. What a cutie =] sounds like you had an awesome time. Great photos #WotW

  5. Denise (mum on a mission for a better life)

    What a great educational day out – love all the photo’s 🙂 Your little one did well to last that long, I hate it when I am cramped in with too many people and it’s really hot! #FamilyFriday

    • Thanks! Me to. It really felt a little bit claustrophobic in the dinosaur exhibit. So best to go there without the crowd.

  6. DannyUK (@DannyUK)

    I love this place, especially the dinosaurs. Whenever I try and take the kids though, they aren’t interested! Thanks for linking up to #FamilyFriday!

    • Me too. Love the old building! My daughter was really interested at first, but of course, that didn’t last long 😉

  7. TwinsplusTwo

    Excellent! I am taking youngest son to GOSH for a boring hospital appt first thing Friday, then we are headed for the Natural History Museum. He’s never been before so I will show him your post! Glad you had a lovely day, your little girl is SO cute! #FamilyFriday

    • Oooh, I’m sure he’ll love it too, especially since it won’t be as crowded (I hope) 🙂

    • We did, thanks! In spite the long queue, it was still worth it 🙂

  8. sophieblovett

    Looks like a brilliant day out! Stan is awesome. We went to the National History Museum last time we were up in London but it was sooooo busy we didn’t get anywhere near the dinosaurs… Arthur loved the stuffed birds, but I found them a bit creepy! Definitely a fab place to explore 🙂

    • We only managed to get to the dinosaur exhibit because it was nearing the closing time, therefore queu wasn’t as bad as when we first arrived! 🙂 I’d like to visit again without the crowd though.

  9. Loving the Natural history museum, but like you mentioned the queues are endless sometimes! Looks like she had a lot of fun!

    • She did, especially when she first came in. Then she got tired …

  10. Mummy to boyz

    Oh my the crowds! We escaped them by going back later in the day – it looks like you had a great day though

    • You guys were smart to do that! We had no choice but to brave the crowd since it was just a day-trip to London and back to Woburn sands (in-laws) where we were staying for a visit 🙂

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