It’s half term already. How is that even possible? Parents everywhere are looking for things to do and places to go so I thought it the perfect time to share with you my latest ‘Places To Go In Stratford on Avon and The Cotswolds‘. Today we went to the British Motor Museum.
We were invited along, as this week (18th – 26th February) they are hosting Brick Week. It’s a week of Lego Brick Building Challenges. Perfect for the kids and a perfect trip out to help keep them entertained during half term.
There are several activities to take part in and we did them all!
Help build a life size Mini out of LEGO bricks
Visitors are able to complete their own brick section (4 bricks by 4 bricks) which they then hand over to the professional model builders to assemble into the LEGO brick Mini model.
I can’t wait to see the end result of this. The idea is, by the end of the half term holiday, the life size mini will be complete. The museum are taking the names of every child that has helped too – a lovely little touch!
25 Brick Challenge
The challenge is to build a British Motor Car with 25 LEGO® bricks and four wheels.
Little Man was asked to pick a box containing 25 bricks and his challenge was to build a car – with a little help from Daddy he managed it and I think you’ll agree he looks pretty pleased with the end result!
Mini Figure Museum trail
Search the Museum to match the Mini Figure to their cars.
This was a lovely little way to explore the museum and find the answers on the worksheet. Little Man had great fun running around looking for all of the mini Lego figures. These kids will do anything to get a sticker at the end of it!
Under 5s fun with foam bricks
Three sets of large soft bricks in a dedicated area for the under 5’s. Your challenge is to build a car out of the bricks.
The Under 5s section is a nice little area to play with the foam bricks and have a play with some cars on a nice track.
What’s On Display?
The British Motor Museum has the largest collection of historic British cars in the world. They also have an archive containing more than one million objects, from film and photos, to technical records and publicity material. All of this put together tells the entire story of the British motor car. It was really fascinating!
Whilst Daddy and Little Man were running around finding all the mini Lego figures, I had a mooch around to capture some of them gems that are on display for you to view. There are SO many, it was impossible to take photos of them all.
My personal favourite was the DeLorean from Back To The Future.
At lunchtime, we decided to pay the cafe a visit to get a bite to eat. It’s a great cafe with a large collection of foods to choose from. For the children, there is hot and cold foods and they are really reasonably priced – which always helps on a family day out. There are meal deals available and both hot and cold deals are priced at £4.50 and include a drink. There was also a great cooked breakfast menu available and you could pretty much have any combination you wanted. For the three of us to have food and a drink it cost just under £17 – which I don’t think is bad at all. I also need to mention the fantastic amount of cakes there were available!
After we had finished with lunch we took a walk over to the Collections Centre – not so much a museum but a store for all of the extra cars not on display in the main museum. You could spend such a long time looking around these!
By this point, our Little Man was getting a little agitated – you know how kids get?! They’ve done what they want to do and want to get on to the next thing! Thankfully a staff member stepped in and offered him a sit in the Shaun The Sheep Land Rover! It raised a small smile, for a short while!
We eventually gave in to Little Man’s pleas to go to the playground and my two big kids had a little fun together outside – although it was pretty cold and so we didn’t stop too long! That went down well, as you can imagine!!
We had a really lovely morning at the British Motor Museum and if you are in the area this week I would really recommend getting down there and getting involved in Brick Week. As I said, I can’t wait to see the end result of the life size Mini made from Lego!
You can find out all the information you need by visiting the British Motor Museum website. You can also discover more places to go in and around Stratford Upon Avon by visiting the Shakespeare’s England website.
Have you been to a motor museum before? Or perhaps you’ve been to this one? Let me know in the comments below.
Many thanks to the British Motor Museum and Shakespeare’s England for inviting us – we had a wonderful morning.
*We were gifted entrance to the British Motor Museum in return for an honest review.
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