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10 reasons to visit the Investigate centre- Natural History Museum

September 24, 2017Rabbit Ideas

Over the past few years, we have tried out different museums, attractions and visitor centres for things to do with toddlers, pre-schoolers and now primary-aged children, many of which are really, really good.

But one place stands out as the BEST one- and we always come back, every year.

The Investigate centre in the basement of the Natural History Museum.

Yes, the whole of the museum is amazing, but this area in the basement is a bit of a hidden gem- a fab place to sneak down to when it starts getting busy upstairs and little ones just need a bit if space and a breather. It is also where they can start to process some of the sights they have seen in the galleries above, through hands-on activities.

Skeleton puzzle
Vertical magnetic skeleton puzzle.

So, here are 10 reasons to visit the Investigate centre:

1-Accessible: easy to get to, pushchair friendly.

2-Excellent facilities:  toilets/baby change, packed lunch area, etc.

3-Universally interesting & engaging: toddlers right up to primary age and beyond enjoy this space.

4-Offers a chance to experience something unique: we cannot have this experience close to where we live.

Using a digital microscope to investiage specimens.

5-Hands on and interactive.

6-Links in with various elements of the national curriculum, Early Years framework and what they will be learning throughout the year at nursery, pre-school, school or in a home-school setting.

7-Uncluttered: there is space to process, ponder and reflect.

Magnifying glass
Magnifying glasses help the children to investigate further.

8-The potential is in their imagination: it encourages deep thinking, questioning and experimentation to learn more. Everything a learning environment should be.

9-Upstairs, there are dinosaurs.

10-It is FREE.

There are not many places we visit time and time again. Every time we are in London we always visit The Investigate Centre- it is a brilliant, free day out for the kids and gives us loads of inspiration to unpack further when we are back home.

Have you ever been to the Natural History Museum- did you know about the Investigate Zone?

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Comments (8)

  • thetacticalmummy

    September 26, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    I have been dying to take the Pickle here but have been holding off until he is older. Looking at this though I think he will love it even at his age. Thanks for sharing and linking up with #TacticalTuesdays xxx

    1. rabbitideas

      September 26, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks for the comment- it is such a great place- and FREE! We go whenever we visit London. 🙂

  • Sarah mud cakes and wine

    September 26, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    We are thinking about doing the natural history and now we have made our minds up we will be going #tacticaltuesdays

    1. rabbitideas

      September 27, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Yes! It is awesome upstairs but check out the basement, too! 🙂

  • Hayley @Mission: Mindfulness

    October 2, 2017 at 10:09 am

    We have visited the Natural History Museum a couple of times but have never been to the investigate centre. Sounds like a great place and you have spurred me on to return to the museum and find it – maybe even over halfterm (if I can face the crowds at South Ken). Thanks for the ‘heads up’. #thesatsesh xx

    1. rabbitideas

      October 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      It is usually a lot quieter down there than upstairs- we go in the summer holidays and always have a great time. 🙂

  • The Pramshed

    October 3, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    I had no idea that this was here, but you might have given away a bit of a secret here. It looks and sounds great. So next time we want to escape the madness around the dinosaurs we will investigate the Investigate Centre. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    1. rabbitideas

      October 3, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      Yes- a hidden gem! Thank you for reading

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