Review: National Army Museum kids' zone

If you can get in, you will have a really great morning..

September 01, 2011 09:07 | Arts and Culture | By Laura Vogel
National Army Museum Chelsea Kids Zone

As a devotee of the Kids' Zone, I was sceptical when I learnt that The National Army Museum (NAM) was redoing the space and charging admission. The old space was clean, fun, interesting and generally pleasant to spend time in. OK, so you were never certain if your kids were screaming for help inside the climbing frame unless you were actually in there with them while your baby was left to fend for themselves in the middle of the room, but otherwise it was a great time out for the perfect price: free.

Things are changing around London museums, but this change is genuinely worth the £2.50 per child the NAM is now charging for children over 1 year to enter the play zone. If you plan to go regularly, you can buy a season pass for £30 (the current pass is good until April) and put up to three adults on it and take up to three children with you.  
 
They have introduced new session times but have kept the number of tickets allotted to twenty. Instead of the first session being extremely long and the others a bit shorter, all the sessions are one hour long with a twenty minute break between sessions. You can obtain tickets for upcoming sessions when you enter the desk; if you find out the 10am session is filled, you can get a ticket for the 11:20am or a later slot and go off down King's Road for a while.  
 
This has been a blessing and a curse.
 
As a member, you are free to queue up at 9:15 and take three tickets for morning and additional afternoon sessions, even purchase some more tickets for friends. On a rainy day all the sessions can sell out very quickly.  I suspect they will be making some changes to this in the near future.
 
As it stands, the session times are as follows: 10:10 – 11:10; 11:20 – 12:20; 12:30 - 1:30; 1:45 - 2:45; 3:00 - 4:00; 4:15 – 5:15.
 
Once you enter the new play area, you will understand what all the fuss is about.
 
The new Play Zone has been lavishly redesigned and brilliantly reconfigured.  The space is larger, big enough for children to run around in, with an even bigger climbing frame than before. You can easily see into the climbing area and find out which child is tormenting and which child is crying, or see if a little one needs help getting around.   The kitchen is larger with room for loads of children to play, instead of just a few. There are new, clean costumes to dress in; large sheets with toggles so you and the children can make tents under the climbing frames; an art and reading area; a new train and transport table and a twirly slide.  
 
The best part of all, there is a section filled with soft climbing blocks for babies to pull themselves up on and fall down without getting hurt.
 
There are no loos in the new Kids Zone, but there is one just across from the cafe that is wheelchair/pushchair accessible with a changing table.
 
The space is available for hire for birthday parties, complete with catering. 
 
If you can get in, you will have a really great morning. Afterwards, pop out and enjoy naptime on the King's Road... 
 
For further information visit the National Army Museum.
 

Tags: National Army Museum, Children, Kids Zone, Museum


Comments

More Stories

  1. Christmas Chelsea

    Christmas in Chelsea

    From sample sales to Santa's grotto, Chelsea is one of the best and brightest places to be during the winter months. While snow may not be falling just yet, there's plenty of festive fun to be had already! Here's our...
  2. Kings Road Christmas

    Black Friday on the King’s Road

    Once an all-American tradition, this year the flash sales and unrivalled discounts of Black Friday are yours for the taking! Making Boxing Day madness a thing of the past, here’s our edit of some of tomorrow’s must-visit stores.Peter JonesHosting a...
  3. Ancienne Ambiance

    Ancienne Ambiance comes to Chelsea

    Celebrating 10 years in business, Ancienne Ambiance are taking the exciting leap from web to walk in this season. From the comfort of their new Chelsea-based boutique, customers will be taken on a sensual journey through the exquisite scents of...
  4. Temperley London

    Temperley London Takes On Winter

    Temperley London - a fashion power house, a firm favourite with the Duchess of Cambridge and now the latest pop-up shop on the King's Road.Stocking a special edit of the label's Fall and Winter 2014 offerings, the store will host...
  5. British Red Cross Kensington

    Santa Comes to Kensington

    Perfect for starting the festive season off in style, the British Red Cross will be transforming Kensington Town Hall into a winter wonderland! Held on the 26th November, whether it’s your baby’s first Christmas or a much-loved family tradition, a...
  6. Ingenue

    Harvest - Party dress edit

    This party season, those in the-know will be heading to Harvest on the Kings Road. Boasting an unrivalled selection of cocktail dresses and ball gowns for over 20 years, this established Chelsea boutique has both a sought-after collection and a...
  7. University of London Symphony Orchestra

    The Orchestra comes to Kensington

    Kicking off for a new season, The University of London Symphony Orchestra is hosting an exciting programme of Shostakovich, Adams and Bernstein on 23rd November at St. Stephen’s Church in Kensington.Home to one of the leading student orchestras in the...
  8. Smart Turnout

    The Best of British Comes to Chelsea

    This month, British brand Smart Turnout launches their pop-up store on the King’s Road. The London-based menswear and accessories label, was founded by Philip Turner in 1999 following his departure from the British Army. In British horse racing each rider...
  9. Mama Browns

    Mama Brown's returns to Chelsea

    Looking for Christmas gift inspiration? Look no further than Mama Brown’s! Based on the Kings Road, London’s largest pop up store is back, bigger and better than ever from November the 25th.Reinventing an old Victorian postal warehouse, guests will be...
  10. Shilo Engelbrecht

    Anthropologie does art

    It's no secret that Anthropologie are experts when it comes to fashion and homeware design, but did you know their creative talents expand to the world of curation?Described as a platform for artists, designers and brands who inspire the label...
  11. Frock Me

    Frock Me! Vintage fashion fair

    A staple on the vintage scene, Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Fair has been the ultimate destination for retro finds since the 1990's. Favoured with models, fashion editors and retro enthusiasts alike, the fair has been attended by everyone from Kate...
  12. Scandinavian Fashion

    Scandi style comes to Chelsea

    Londoners have a lot to thank Scandinavia for: the invention of the zip, flat pack furniture and, of course, the fashion. The byword for minimalist cool, Nordic design is celebrated for its clean-cut lines and sophisticated simplicity. This month, online...
  13. Anthropologie

    Transitional trends on King’s Road

    The arrival of Autumn is all about starting afresh. It's back to work, back to school and time to upgrade your wardrobe for the new season ahead. But what are the trends and how can you make them work for...
  14. Luxury watch

    Time for luxury

    What moves people to spend the money on a luxurious designer watch? If you currently own a nice watch, I mean a really honest-to-goodness nice watch, you already know the answer to that. If you are one of the folks...
  15. Chelsea Book Fair

    Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair returns

    Held at the beautiful Chelsea Old Town Hall, the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair is the go-to destination for literary enthusiasts and antique dealers alike. A firm fixture in the King's Road shopping calendar, this 24-year-old event is a unique opportunity...
  16. Home projector

    Enjoy a home projector

    Home projectors do not play the grainy, flickering images you might remember from years ago. Projectors display high-definition images that can make your home theater unique. Everyone will want to come to your home.MoviesHome projectors can display your favorite movies...
  17. Child online

    Protect your child online

    The internet is a fantastic resource for children, allowing them to complete research, learn new skills and interact with friends. However, the internet also offers the perfect anonymity for predators. Familiarising yourself with online grooming and the dangers it poses...
  18. Reebok Fithub

    Reebok brings FitHub to Chelsea

    Reebok arrive in Chelsea on Saturday 7th June, ready to empower people to live a fit and healthy lifestyle with its first ever FitHub. The Reebok FitHub stores aim to bring the community together via a different, challenging and rewarding...