For the Weekend: Near and Far

It’s a long weekend here in the United Kingdom in honour of the May Day holiday.  If you are staying in London, here are 2 options to amuse the family, one closer to home than the other.

The Sony World Photography Awards are a prestigious world photography award.  Photographers of winners and finalists are on show  at Somerset House until the May 12th.  If you have younger children, however, cultural excursions might be expecting too much from them.  My friend Beata took her two children (2 and 3 years old, respectively) last week to see Peppa Pig World.

My two options are in quite the broad range, no?  From the sublime to the ridiculous.  That’s family life for you in a nutshell.

Sony World Photography Awards 2013

My friend and I took our children to see these awards last weekend.  Our children were entranced by the various photographs .  Admittedly, the show was crowded and a little seating area where the photographs were on rotation on a Sony TV helped with the shortest viewers’ enjoyment.  Our cultural jaunt was capped off with a play in the Somerset House fountains and a walk across Waterloo Bridge.

The winner of the prestigious L’Iris d’Or was Norwegian photographer Andrea Gsetvang whose series titled “One Day in History” captured portraits of survivors of the July 2011 massacre on the island of Utoeya.  These particular photographs and their significance went complete over the heads of our young children.  They were more interested in the photographs of landscapes, architecture and animals.

Peppa Pig World

Mercifully, my children have outgrown Peppa Pig.  If you have under-fives however, Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park in the New Forest in Hampshire is bound to be a hit.  My friend, Beata, who owns, Fitness VIP, a personal training studio in Primrose Hill, took her two young children and one of their friends to Peppa Pig World this past week.  I expect being a personal trainer helped her with the patience and endurance required for this trip.  Needless to say the children enjoyed themselves immensely.  One of the children said it was even better than Disneyland.  That’s probably going to far, I expect.

Beata reports that she enjoyed the day as well, even though the park is geared for those under 5 years old.  The park is clean and safe with a playground area and picnicking spots.   There is also a little zoo and non-Peppa rides for older children.  It took her about 2 hours to drive from Primrose Hill to the park which is probably enough time for them to practice their pig snorts.  Just like her fitness studio, you could spot the occasional celebrity (except that in Pig World, they were pink, round and snorted a lot).

Whatever you get up to, enjoy your long weekend!  I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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