At Pre-schools end of term Summer Fayre Moo decided he needed to have his own raffle tickets. I knew he was eyeing up one of the many days out vouchers although he wouldn't let on which! When they called his name he ran with utter glee collecting a family pass to The Tank Museum and smiling from ear to ear. We decided as the majority of the collection is indoors to wait for a rainy day to visit. Lucky for us this summer has been awash with rainy days so we didn't have to wait to long to visit.
It's been a while since we last visited and I was pleasantly surprised by all the new displays and exhibits. When we arrived we were escorted into a car park and I immediately felt a sense of doom as to how many cars were already there at 10:30am. However there is so much space inside and so much to see do that you never felt like it was busy at all.
We all loved the War Horse exhibition (well expect when we lifted the flap and had to smell what the horses stable smelt like! Eww!!) it was so interesting to see what the horses went through and how few survived the conditions. Olive is a massive horse lover and would have liked to take home one of the metal horses (in the style of the west end show war horse) home for the garden!
There are lots of areas to engage younger children in – dressing up, quizzes, photo props, tanks they can climb and sit in and the new play area is so good! The girls loved climbing the sand bags and running around inside the make shift trench, plus there is some colouring and dressing up here too I got a much needed break (and even a chance to check my emails!) we lost Charlie at this point to the computer games.
Charlie loves history and like most little boys enjoys nothing more than building forts from jenga for his box of soldiers. He asked an AWFUL lot of questions and I began to wish that Daddy Moo were there accompanying me!
We learnt all about the Sherman Tank Fury and the role that that The Tank Museum had in the Hollywood Film “Fury” which stars Brad Pitt! Sadly the film is a 15, Charlie is really keen to watch it. It's amazing to think that 25 volunteers with a love of tanks helped make a Hollywood film!
The WW1 section is mostly dim lit and noisy as you walk around the trenches, it's great to see the difference between the German and British. Olive did get a bit worried here and there were quite a few toddlers making noises that they wanted to move on!
I liked The Tank Museum because its fun for the kids like the dressing up and play areas its interesting to look at parts of tanks. Megan aged 7
Before we knew it we'd been there for 4 hours! It really hadn't felt like it. I can't wait to visit again!
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