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“A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2016.”

One major advantage of not driving is that we have to get the bus way more than we otherwise would. And Arthur loves it!

He had been fast asleep not long before this photo was taken, curled up on my lap on the top deck of another bus, when the driver asked us all to change to the one behind. Cue major grumps for a few minutes, until all was forgotten when he spotted a Star Wars game machine in the arcades.

I like that it’s not easy to get places – that we have to slow down and remember that the journey is just as important as the destination. Still, the inevitability of learning to drive is creeping up on me with increased urgency as Arthur gets older.

So I’m going to savour moments like this while I can.

Possibly the best toddler museum in the world

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Other than our discovery of the playground at Coram’s Fields, the hands down highlight of last week’s trip to London for Arthur had to be the London Transport Museum. As a self-confessed transport geek I’ve always loved it myself – and it turns out that for a toddler it is pretty much heaven.

He’d already been overwhelmed with the excitement of being surrounded by buses and taxis and trains as we made our way around the city, and as soon as he saw the vehicles inside the museum he was off.

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He was particularly drawn to this vintage car, desperate to be allowed to climb up over the luggage and sit inside.

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Fortunately there was plenty else to distract him. He loved the scrolling lights inside one of the side exhibition spaces – they made him jump at first, but he was soon fascinated by the words and images all around him.

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He was very taken by the miniature tube trains too – I think he spent about ten minutes pressing the buttons so he could watch them travel along their little tracks and back again, roping in any passing kids he could to join in too.

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I think I was a bit more excited than him by the full size tube train simulation, but he was intrigued by the tunnel rushing by.

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He found it much easier to get hands on with the driving in the All Aboard area, bouncing between the riverboat, train and bus like a pro.

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Once he’d warmed up a bit he was ready to tackle his favourite ride of all: a full size London bus.

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We had a fantastic afternoon, the only downside of which was that he then spent the rest of the week trying to get into the driver’s seat of the buses we travelled on. We’ll be heading back for sure next time we’re in the city, and in the meantime there is a little wooden tube train on his train tracks to remind him of his trip to London Town.

 

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