We love to paint a beautiful weekend by filling it with adventures whether they be simple or extravagant in nature. We are keen animal lovers and although we have no pets yet we love nothing more than a day at the zoo or farm. Living in London has many things in plentiful amounts but zoos and farms is one particular area where you have slightly less choice. However, Battersea Park Zoo is a wonderful alternative to London Zoo and still relatively centrally located, just a stones throw away and short walk from Chelsea over Battersea Bridge which pleases the eyes and soul with the most encapsulating views if you choose to wander across. We couldn't resist the tempting views and decided to exit our uber ride a little early to enjoy a slow paced walk to savour the views over the bridge finding our way into the leafy hidden park. You will find the zoo tucked away just beyond the entrance nearest to Battersea Bridge. The zoo is a haven for families, designed with toddlers and younger children in mind. There are smaller animals, scheduled feeding times which can be watched and enjoyed by the whole family, small play areas dotted around and above all, it offers interactive moments which will very happily play on your mind for all the right reasons.
Take a Picnic
In my opinion, summer is made for picnics and let's seize every opportunity to have one. Make use of the beautiful Battersea Park in which the zoo is set in. It's beyond gorgeous. Take some time to soak up the summer sun, I certainly did. It felt so good to enjoy a punnet of dark red cherries and watch various people pass by. I'm actually a keen people watcher, honestly, I could sit somewhere for hours completely occupied. What better way to break up the day than to sit out on the lawns, set up a picnic and let the children run free and refuel. Not to mention the great opportunity to take a moment for yourself and watch the world go by. I literally enjoy making a meal out of a picnic, any opportunity to put my creativity to work. Styling our picnics by choosing pretty napkins, throwaway trays, summery melamine cups and lovely blankets certainly makes the whole affair even more enjoyable, for me, at least. Thankfully the girls always adore all the little details.
Fabulous Play Areas
What makes Battersea Park Zoo that much more suitable for toddlers and younger children are the endless play areas. There are many places to make a pitstop, the play areas are scattered around the zoo waiting to be explored by little people. Just so ideal to keep them busy and avoid moments of boredom. I'm not quite sure what was more interesting for the Gabriella and Lucia, the animals or the amazing play areas. There were tunnels and Lucia became obsessed with, wooden tree houses that had them running in and sliding out.
website - www.batterseaparkzoo.co.uk