Unique playground equipment provides some fun challenges for bigger kids. Children under 3 may be frustrated if they can't climb to access the slides. Footing is wood chips. No convenient restrooms, but you could use the pool restrooms in a pinch, if the pool is open. There is a large shaded shelter with 12 picnic tables, plus more tables in the sun and several charcoal grills.
I took my little kids to all 3 outdoor public pools so I could compare them. Parkview does NOT have any slides for little kids, a major disappointment for my 46" son. There are two slides for swimmers 48" and up. The splashers and fountains are a little overwhelming. It's easy for hesitant kids to avoid them, but then there are no other attractions in the zero entry area. My k... More
I took my little kids to all 3 outdoor public pools so I could compare them. Jimmy Hilton has one slide in the zero entry area (best for ages 3-6). There are also slides for swimmers 48" and up. The splashers and fountains are fun, but not overwhelming or difficult for hesitant kids to avoid. The zero entry area slopes gradually into deeper water, which makes it a little difficult to... More
I took my little kids to all 3 outdoor public pools so I could compare them. Of the three, Horace Mann is our favorite facility. They have a tiny tot slide (best for ages 18m - 4, stairs are on land, slide spills into extremely shallow zero-entry area). Then there is a preschool slide (best for ages 3-6, stairs are on a splashy platform, slide spills into about 6" of water with a soft... More
The play area at the mall is nice for children 5 and under. Lots of parent seating, enough climb-ons for young children to feel engaged, and a single exit point -- so if you keep an eye on that one exit you don't need to worry about escapees. Plus there is a Starbucks in the mall, so if your vision for a perfect morning involves kids playing independently while you drink a coffee, this is w... More
Fun for every age, especially kids 3 and up (38" and taller, 30 lb and heavier). My kids has a BLAST. Well-staffed, both in terms of number of employees and also friendliness and helpfulness toward our family. If you do not do this in your Breck trip, you are missing out! We started our visit with an Alpine Slide injury and treatment at the first aid facility, but after that we were back ... More
This is an office space that has been converted into a play space. Almost all of the exhibits are in the same large open area, but divided to help you contain/direct/monitor your kids. My kids especially loved the medical play area, and the rescue helicopter, but they spent a little time with the construction area, kinetic sand, and other exhibits. Expect to spend about 90 minutes here, per... More
We just returned home from our 10-day trip to England! We stayed in London, and did a few day trips to Bath, Stonehenge, Windsor, and Watford. We traveled with our kids (5&2). This was their first international vacation, and it was amazing! Thoughts, upon our return: - England's amenities weren't as "child friendly" as the US, but the people were much friendlier to our c... More
My kids enjoyed the Tower, especially the armor and weapons on display in the White Tower! I don't feel the price was worth the experience, but I'm torn because I also feel it's a "must do," to view the Crown Jewels and get a feel of major historical events that happened here. I think if you timed your visit to coincide with their scheduled family events, it would be a bet... More
My kids aren't old enough for HP yet (I'll probably start reading it to the oldest in 5 years or so), but I'm a fan, so this tour was really fun! They control the # of people admitted per day to ensure it's never too crowded, there are lots of interactive and photo ops throughout. My son really loved the wand choreography especially, and my daughter liked riding on a broomstic... More
This was our favorite English museum so far! We started right at opening time (10a) and went straight to the Learning Centre to pick up an adventure backpack. The backpack had a booklet, map, and little mini bags, each one with objects and activities for the kids. We blew through 2 hours SO fast. Adults were able to take turns perusing the exhibits while the other adult walked the kids through ... More
My husband and I saw Harry Potter & The Cursed Child. Unsurprisingly, most of the attendees were adults (ages 30+) with a handful of children (ages 10+). Like the later HP books, it has some scary elements, plus a very long run time (about 5 hours for the two-part show, which we decided to see all in one day). I'm a HP fan, and also a theater fan. Putting the two together should'v... More
So obviously the Churchill War Rooms aren't a major tourist destination for preschoolers, but this was a very important stop for my husband. He was like a kid in a candy shop here, seriously. The kids did well, but couldn't last as long as dad, and there was no kid version of the audio tour. We were able to send the kids off early with heir grandparents while my husband and I stayed beh... More
My kids needed a fairy story to get interested in Stonehenge. For my son, I told him a legend that the burial mounds were underground fairy houses, and the Stonehenge formations made "windows into a magic world," so as we walked around we looked through each magic window trying to spy magical creatures. When you visit, be prepared for WIND! It wasn't that cold when we visited, bu... More
This was a neat little stop -- it has been a pub since the 1300s, I think? Very medieval looking, but a modern enough dining experience. We were offered a limited menu (due to the size of our tour group), but the food was good classic pub food. The seating was comfortable--our kids used it as a chance to zone out and play on their iPads while the adults are and chatted.
The Roman Baths were interesting to all of us, but the audio tour for kids wasn't as engaging as other audio tours we've encountered at other English tourist sites (e.g. Westminster Abbey and St Paul's). Drinking a cup of the "bath water" at the end of the tour was the highlight for my little guy, silly as that sounds. The most interesting tidbit from the tour (in my opi... More
Toured Windsor with our kids this morning. The State Rooms were closed to tours since the Queen was hosting a charitable event, so our tour of the castle was very brief (just the doll house and China collection), and the chapel was, honestly, like any other chapel with tombs and memorials to deceased royalty. The tiny glimpse we got into the state rooms tells me that THAT would've been fasc... More
We made a beeline for the ancient Egyptian collection, specifically the mummies. They did not disappoint! My son has been fascinated by ancient Egypt ever since the Magic Tree House book that takes place there. I highly recommend going straight to the exhibits that interest your child. Wandering from gallery to gallery would've exhausted us all. Instead we picked a few highlights, then ca... More
Prepare to wait in line outside! The food was awesome. I had the Eggs Royale, kids shared Pancakes w/ Berries, husband had chicken & waffles. The wait was long, but once seated we had a nice meal and left feeling restored and ready for a British Museum adventure.
We walked through Hyde Park on our way to the Princess Diana Memorial Playground. Idyllic, beyond belief. Swans on the lake, pelicans fishing along the shore, beds overflowing with flowers, remote control sailboats on Round Lake, paths through green spaces with plenty of places to sit. Everyone and their dog was there (literally -- SO many dogs!) This would be the perfect place for a leisurely... More
After seeing Wellington's tomb my son was interested to learn a little more about Wellington, and why he was so special to England's history. The arch and nearby statue were conveniently on our path, so we took a few minutes to admire it and explain his role as a military leader. There was also a memorial to WWI soldiers nearby, which included a sculpture of some sort of missile launche... More
I wish I had found an article explaining the symbolism before we visited the memorial. I have a feeling it's fascinating, as Victorians were ALL about the symbolism, and the memorial is extremely detailed. The love for Victoria is evident throughout London--everywhere you go there are paintings, memorials, and Tube lines named in her honor.
The queen is in residence, so we weren't able to tour inside, but we were able to see the famous guards and take a picture by the famous gates. It's large and beautiful, but not as ostentatious as you'd expect for a monarch's residence. My son's TV shows have recently mentioned the queen of England (and some London tourist sites) so he liked the opportunity to see "the queen's castle."
My husband is fascinated by the British government and monarchy, so this was a must-see for our family. They have a 20-stop audio tour that walks you through the entire facility, which is majestic and sprawling. My 5yo LOVED the kids version, and tapped us a few times to pause our audio so he could tell us tidbits from his audio, like "did you know a guy stored gun powder RIGHT UNDER THIS ... More
My 5yo surprised us all with his interest in St Paul's Cathedral and the audio tour. At each station, he would ask us to play the appropriate track for him and listen intently. It was a little macabre for a 5yo, but he paid attention and was engaged. The 2yo and I spent a lot of time laying on the floor and talking about the ceiling, finding all the angel statues around the cathedral, and l... More
Sprawling playground, divided into themed play areas. A pirate ship in a sandy area, a wood playset in a woodchip area, interactive music/gross motor play in another area...it just kept going and going! Yet it's all within a secure fence that prevents kids from escaping, and it's monitored by CCTV to deter unsavory characters. This is a MUST DO for any young family visiting London!
We attended the 9am Sunday mass. No music so the mass flew by, and this was by far the most efficient Eucharist I have EVER witnessed! We sat in the front row (our usual spot) and it was overwhelmingly beautiful; and yet the mass was so simple and lovely and sincere. The kids were angels (probably because the mass was so fast!) "BIG church!" was my daughter's comment. 😂
Our kids did well at Westminster Abbey, but it wasn't our #1 favorite destination with the kids on this trip. My 5yo enjoyed the kids version of the audio tour, my 2yo just hung out in the Beco and gazed at the scenery. The Abbey staff were lovely, interacting directly with the kids and allowing our family to step past a roped-off section where the choir sits, explaining to the kids what ... More
Took the kids here right at the 5:00 opening time. Room to park the stroller, no one else in the bar. Surprisingly peaceful family dinner! The kids shared a gourmet hot dog, we each had an amazing stone baked pizza and a beer. A very chill end to a very big day.