5 tips for visiting the Van Gogh museum, Amsterdam with kids

Whether you’re interested in old masters, modern art or something in between, Amsterdam has some incredible art galleries with the three big names around Museumplein.

And if you’ve ruled out visiting them because you have kids, think again. You might not get hours to gaze at the artworks, but Amsterdam has made its culture as friendly as possible for kids.

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Not possible with a todder, you say? Our recent visit to Amsterdam says otherwise… So here’s my top tips for visiting the Van Gogh museum with kids. Continue reading

Family day out: Stourhead National Trust, Wiltshire

Sometimes it feels like there isn’t enough time in the world. And Stourhead in Wiltshire certainly deserves more than being a quick stop-off between London and Devon.

But as it was perfectly placed to break up our journey, with a helpful café for lunch, gorgeous grounds to stretch our legs and more than enough to occupy us for a few hours, I’d chosen the National Trust property as our half-way point.

stourhead-wiltshire-house-viewIt’s not hard to beat a motorway service station, but we’d had quite a bit of success breaking another long car journey with a different National Trust property, Packwood House last year. So I was decided to make the most of my shiny new membership card on our last-minute weekend away to Brixham too. Continue reading

Travels with a child – three years on

I would like to report a theft. Someone has apparently stolen time from me. There is frankly no other reasonable explanation as to how my little girl is suddenly three.

Yes, the 3rd birthday has come and gone, and Minnie is now very much a little girl. I shall have to break the habit of calling her a toddler on here…

IMG_5220So how far have we come since last year? For starters, she looks SO little in those photos – now she’s chatting even more (I hadn’t realised that was possible), is strengthening her iron will, is hilariously funny, and has a lot more to say about our travels. Especially the quantities of ice cream that should be included.

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Charlie and Lola exhibition at Mottisfont, Hampshire

I have this little daughter, Minnie. She’s small and very funny*. Which is possibly why she’s become a big fan of Charlie and Lola over the past few months.

And with rather wonderful timing, the first retrospective of Lauren Child’s work is opening at National Trust property Mottisfont in Hampshire this weekend, just as we’re celebrating Minnie’s third birthday.

My daughter with pictures of Charlie and Lola at the Lauren Child exhibition at Mottisfont, Hampshire

So what better birthday treat than being invited down for the preview and getting to meet Lauren herself to find out a bit more about her inspirations and what actually goes into the illustrations. And it’s far more than just a Charlie and Lola exhibition, with displays from her other books including Clarice Bean, That Pesky Rat, Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent and the Storybook Wolves, among others. Continue reading

10 things to do in Malta with kids

Think of a Mediterranean destination with some of Europe’s best diving, a fascinating history that can be traced back to before the pyramids, picturesque cities, plus sunshine, beaches, gorgeous fishing villages and a mini film industry.

It’s somewhere I’ve travelled to twice and love – and somewhere I think is enormously underrated. It’s Malta.

malta-marsaxlokk-fishing-harbour-boatsJust over three hours away, it’s also perfect for family holidays, with great packages from sites like Expedia. So here are my tips on visiting Malta with kids. Continue reading