Monday, 29 October 2012

Half Term with York National Railway Museum


York, National Railyway Museum, half term activity















On Saturday we were invited to visit York's National Railway Museum for their Fun with Paddington Bear's half term event (from 27th October to 4th November 2012). They extended their opening time from 9:30am to 6pm, and we had a great and satisfying family day out.


York, National Railyway Museum, half term activity
A train running around the plates of Paddington Bear cookies

York, National Railyway Museum, half term activity












We arrived at 12:30pm, just in time for our Paddington Bear picnic with fellow bloggers and their family who were also invited to the event. I met my blogger friend Kate from The Five Fs (Family, Football, Food, Fitness and Fun) there too! We had Paddington Bear cookies, Paddington Bear's favourite snack Marmalade sandwich (although not quite our cup of tea!) and a scrumptious Marmalade Sandwich Cake made just for the Fun with Paddington Bear event. Their sandwiches were fantastic too, and I believe that all the food can be bought from their restaurants and cafe.


York, National Railyway Museum, half term activity

York, National Railyway Museum, half term activity

York, National Railyway Museum, half term activity




















After lunch, we slowly made our way from the Great Hall to Station Hall that used to be a real station with platforms. Most of the Fun with Paddington Bear activities are located here. We started spotting Paddington Bear and his friends hiding inside the hall, each holding on a letter. Find all 9 of them and you can put the letters together to make a secret word that is dear to Paddington Bear!

We also spotted Paddington Bear himself appearing in the hall meeting and greeting his fans. He was very nice and friendly and even gave Abby a big hug! We were told that he likes to keep a spare Marmalade sandwich under his hat for snack!


York, National Railyway Museum, half term activity

York, National Railyway Museum, half term activity












We got a bit distracted from the Station Hall's activities when we spotted the way to the Steam Train Ride. Really cool but O. M. G. it was freezing cold!

After that Abby ran straight for the little playground nearby. We thought of taking the Mini Railway but decided to do it next time. Looking at the mini railway I had the illusion that there were more adults sitting in the train than children!


York, National Railyway Museum, half term activity














York, National Railyway Museum, half term activity









York, National Railyway Museum, half term activity










We then went back to the Station Hall and Abby wanged a welly! She and Clay also got their badges made. There is a board next to the Wang a Welly and Make a Medal activity where children can write a label if they had fun with Paddington Bear.


York, National Railyway Museum, half term activity

York, National Railyway Museum, half term activity




















Abby also dressed herself up like Paddington Bear and took some pictures with the luggagaes and inside the train cart.

By then we were all very tired so we sat down at platform 6 for a rest, when we heard the announcement for Paddington Bear storytelling right where we were! Hubby took Abby inside the cart to listen to the story but because of the lack of oxygen and they were both tired, they were half dozing throughout! It would probably be better if they kept the exit clear of people and dim the spotlights during the story telling.


York, National Railyway Museum, half term activity

York, National Railyway Museum, half term activity















We went back to the Great Hall for a cup of coffee and found Paddington Bear hiding between the butter and jams. We also spotted another Paddington Bear on the top of the cafe, but I do wonder whether this is a Halloween Paddington Bear as his eyes were orange!

They were selling the Marmalade Sandwich Cake at the cafe for £2.50, which was quite worth it as they are very filling!

We had a look around the Great Hall, fascinated by all the train they kept there especially the Japanese Shinkanshen, while being baffled with the need for a giant train in China. The description said that they build it 'Just because they can'.

We ended the day with hubby taking Abby on the simulator for a space ride and then running around the hall looking for a pound coin to make Abby's pressed penny.

Overall we had a great family day out and two fantastically tired children. What more could we ask for? If you are going to be up North, you should give them a visit during this half term. The entry is free and only a few of their rides require you to pay between £1 to £3.


Disclosure: We were invited to attend the event at the museum's expenses; all opinions are honest and my own