We seem to have created a family tradition of heading to London during February half term. We try to get away for at least a night each half term and London seems to be the place we head to at Feb. I think it is because there is always something going on and we can do indoor and outdoor things. We realised we had just a few weeks left on our Merlin passes (which we are not renewing) and therefore decided to head to London to finish off the Merlin activities and we prioritised The Shrek Adventure!
We booked ourselves into a couple of rooms at the premier inn in Ealing Broadway. We usually drive to here, park up and then train into central London which for us is the best value way of a trip to London for five of us. We need two rooms for the five of us and find that a premier inn does the job well.
Our day was well planned and we headed to the Natural History Museum first thing only for Erin to announce that ‘she doesn’t really like dinosaurs and isn’t especially interested’ The cheeky little monkey – however she did enjoy the ‘How the body works zones’ The museum was already busy and we queued for thirty minutes just to get in. We stayed for about an hour before heading to the Shrek Adventure!
A Review of The Shrek Adventure
The Shrek Adventure is part of Merlin Entertainments and is located on the side of the Thames, along with the London Eye, Dungeon and Sealife Centre. We had pre booked a time slot which was essential as when we got there it was fully booked for the day. Again we queued and we got a little bored waiting to get into the interactive show despite having a time slot. The waiting was for a photo opportunity and we would have preferred to by pass it as we never buy the photo’s at these events. However once we were into the actual Shrek Adventure we were captivated and playing the game. Initially there is a 4D bus ride, it was very good and felt very real. The children were immediately transported to A Far Away Land and as the adventure unfolded they really enjoyed it. It can be hard to find entertaining places for all three when they are 16, 11 and 6 but this did it. Erin was a little apprehensive but soon forgot to be afraid and really got involved. She enjoyed the continuity of the story and followed the different characters through the adventure. At the end there is a photo opportunity with Shrek and I was really pleased that you could take your own photo’s at this point and there was a cast member taking family photos with your own camera if wanted. The experience lasted about an hour and Erin wanted to do it again after we had finished!
After the Shrek Adventure we decided to take a river trip on the Thames Clippers as they kindly gave us weekend passes. Many use the clipper as a work commute now and the links between the O2 have been strengthened by the clipper. The roamer tickets that allow unlimited travel means that it is also a great way to see many of the sights that sit along the banks of the Thames. We enjoyed having a good look at Tower Bridge from a different vantage point. Likewise I loved this skyline shot I snapped with just my iPhone.
After a long day with lots of walking we headed back to Ealing and went out for a meal before all being in bed by 9.30 pm! Erin summed up the day and our visit to the capital with this drawing she did.