Most of our regular playgroups and activities aren't on, due to the half term. But in their place springs up a host of special events laid on by the city's most famous attractions.
First up today was the National Gallery. The Boy and I arrived (at the education centre entrance) early for a "talk and play" session for 0-5 year olds.
We were taken to Room 29 by a lady dressed as a 17th century milk maid. She took the gaggle of toddlers to a special rug laid out in front of Rueben's "Het Steen" landscape. A huge painting that provided a great backdrop to renditions of "Horsey, Horsey" and "Old MacDonald".
After talking about the characters and animals to be found in the painting, we were all led back through the Gallery to a stay-and-play room - set out with lots of craft materials (based loosely on the painting) and toys. We enjoyed playing here for a good twenty minutes, before The Boy's all-consuming desire for his packet of PomBears became just too much to handle.
We did manage to create a little pre Fathers Day picture for daddy, however:
All in all, I would thoroughly recommend the National Gallery's programme of events for 0-5 year olds. They hold activities on Sundays, as well as during school holidays. They also run special events for older children and young people.
(Entrance to this event was free of charge to all, on a first-come,first-served basis.)
I'm linking this up to Let Kids Be Kids over at: http://letkidsbekids.co.uk/let-kids-be-kids-linky/let-kids-kids-linky-27514