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It’s still a few long weeks until the schools go back (assuming they do go back, aargh!!) and parents are running low on ideas. There’s only so many times you can inflate a paddling pool and sneak way to try and get some work done before you get found out. So everyone’s on the look out for anything (anything!) new to do with children. Step forward the London Transport Museum…

The museum’s huge Acton depot is normally shut to the public, but for the first time this August the museum will be open for ten days straight, and it couldn’t come soon enough.

The West London depot contains most of the Transport Museum’s 320,000 artefacts charting the history of the capital’s transport system. And the family-orientated summer season at the depot has been designed to give visitors the chance to delve into this history. Which beats a Zoom lesson on the Tudors…

From a yellow Victorian horse drawn ‘garden seat’ to an iconic Art Deco tube train, there’s no shortage of entertainment to enjoy, and what could be more covid-safe than a massive depot?

The West London depot contains most of the Transport Museum's 320,000 artefacts charting the history of the capital's transport system...

Unleash your inner train and transport geek, all under the guise of parenting, and learn all about London’s often pioneering history of transport. Unfortunately the depot pricing is a little different to the Covent Garden museum’s (unclear why), so rather than the kids-go-free policy at the main museum you’ll have to fork out £7.50 per child, though adult tickets are slightly cheaper than Central London at £15 each. Which is an eye-watering £45 for a family of four. But think of all the train stuff you can enjoy…

The perfect way to earn Godparent or aunt/uncle brownie points, the depot will be open between Wednesday 19th August and Sunday 23rd August and again between Wednesday 26th August and Sunday 30th August.

www.ltmuseum.co.uk