I can’t believe that I haven’t written a post about Cardiff Museum before! We absolutely LOVE this place and pop in whenever we can.
Situated in the middle of Cardiff with it’s own car park or plenty of parking around it, the National Museum of Wales is super easy to get to with kids and a great place to pop in for an hour if you are shopping in Cardiff.
On Thursday I was doing just that – shopping in Cardiff and Jelly Baby wanted to see the dinosaurs. So in we popped. It was just a short visit this time as she is so young but she still had a great time. There is a great exhibit all about the evolution of Wales, from the big bang to the present day. Kids are made really welcome here, there is plenty for them to look at and touch and it is really pushchair friendly. There is the obligatory dinosaur exhibit which is popular!!
When we went last time I took both children and Bean was absolutely fascinated. We learn something new every time – that time it was how metals are formed in the ground, before it was earthquakes and volcanos. There is so much to take in that their young minds cannot process it all at once, but they pick up enough at every visit to expand their knowledge significantly, whilst still having fun.
There are other exhibits, including Natural History and of course Art, ranging from the old to the modern, and some of the modern Art seriously got Bean thinking!!
There is usually also an exhibition especially for the children. We have been to a Charlie and Lola one, a Anthony Brown one and this time there was one about Welsh Animation which includes Rastamouse, Fireman Sam and SuperTed.
There is a lovely gift shop and coffee shop and this time we tried the restaurant downstairs for the first time. I must say – what a hidden gem. It was busy enough but much quieter than most Cardiff restaurants on a weekday lunchtime. They serve absolutely stunning homemade welsh food – which is quite pricey but worth it for the quality. Jelly Baby had welsh macaroni cheese which was the best macaroni cheese that I have ever tasted and I had a mozarella tomato and pesto panini with a salad which was equally tasty. They also do jacket potatoes, homemade soups, other main meals, a range of kids meals including lunch boxes and some tasty looking cakes!
Best of all is that there is a fab children’s play area down there with small tables and chairs, books, puzzles and colouring. Jelly Baby had it all to herself and didn’t want to leave!
I would highly recommend trying it out next time you are in Cardiff!