Our lovely friend @sciencemama has given us the review below as our first guest contributor. Please see link at the bottom to the full review on her blog, which is well worth a read.
“Can we go to the playground?” I have to admit that my heart sinks a bit when I hear this request. After three years of trying to maintain a convincingly enthusiastic “wheeeeee!” whilst pushing a swing for what feels like an eternity, I think I have hit park saturation point.
The new Children’s Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is the perfect antidote to playground boredom. This thoughtfully designed space is the size of 40 tennis courts, and is built amongst 100+ mature trees. It’s divided into four areas based on the elements: the fantastic Water Garden with paddling pool and pumps, tunnel slides and a hut village in the Earth Garden, trampolines and hammocks are scattered across the Air Garden and the Sun Garden is perfect for picnics. For older kids there’s an ambitious log scramble leading to a 5 metre tall tower.
Top tip: enthusiastic splashers may require a swim nappy and change of clothes! Sand and water toys would add even more fun for little people.
It’s expensive. £16.50 for adults, £4.50 for kids ages 4-16 (under-4s go free). It’s best to book in advance to avoid missing out.
Kew Gardens is fully accessible with a buggy.
The White Peaks building next door has food, ice cream and basic baby change facilities.
Feeding Friendly ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
No dedicated feeding area but there’s plenty of seating and quiet corners for privacy.
General vibes ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is a very family friendly attraction and the booking system prevents overcrowding.