Friday, 11 June 2010

Elephant Parade London : a great day out with the kids!

It was a gloriously sunny day at half term and I suggested to the kids that we went on an elephant hunt, as you do.  We looked up www.elephantparadelondon.org and printed a map.  Then packed a picnic and set off to Green Park to find our Happy Herd.  It was so magical.  250 life-size elephant statues are on display all around London.  Each has been decorated by a different artist.  This is all to raise awareness to the plight of the Asian elephant.

Children were climbing on the statues and really enjoying the art.  We ticked off the elephants we found on our sheet.  57 in total on our day out.  We started in Green park which is lovely if you have young children as there are loads of elephants there and they can run around freely.  We then walked past Buckingham Palace, down through St James Park to Trafalgar Square.  Then we went through Covent Garden where we found the "roaming" Cloudia.  We finished by walking through Aldwych, over Waterloo Bridge and along the Southbank then home.

A really fun day with a purpose.  We plan to have another expedition to find more elephants near Sloane Square, Knightsbridge, Hyde Park and Mayfair - this time we'll take dad along as he feels he missed out.  Go soon as the elephants all go on display at Royal Hospital Chelsea on the25th, 26th and 28th June.  Free entry, and then they will be auctioned off. 



Review and photos by Becky, South London mum of two.

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  1. We've done the Elephant Parade as well and it was fun. My boys loved the colours and patterns on all the elephants we found. Though we didn't print a map though. We just wandered aimlessly around Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Covent Garden. That's about all three toddlers could handle :)

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