Dave was away last weekend so the kids decided they wanted a bit of an adventure. Nothing says adventure more to them at the moment than a ride on the Magic Train. The Magic Train as we all know is the DLR. They LOVE being able to sit right at the front of the train and wonder how the train is going all by itself.
We got off at Canary Warf, with the idea of being somewhere fairly quiet during the weekend, and to see some of the Winter Lights exhibition. Um, it wasn’t very quiet! I naively thought that without all the workers there it wouldn’t be very populated at all, but the shopping centre was packed, as was Jubilee Gardens and Reuters Square. There were pockets space though and in places felt like an urban playground. There is so much to explore, and so much of it away from roads and on little footpaths or underground tunnels.
We caught a couple of pieces from Winter Lights. Most notably Tom Wilkinson’s Light Sphere I, a ball of light that really caught the kids attention.
But it was Aura that really caught everyone’s imagination. Anything that’s interactive is immediately more accessible to children and to have a light bulb that you can control to make sounds and lights left them in wonder.
We also had a look at some of the works in Jubilee Gardens too.
Absolute highlight on this very cold evening was the roof garden at the top of the Crossrail station. The whole building has been designed by Norman Foster, which you can tell once you spot the lattice-shaped ceiling.
It’s a beautiful public space and I really want to come back in daylight hours to take it all in. There are plenty of places to sit and there are loos (so important to know when you have kids!) and I think this is the best place to have a picnic. The roof is only partially covered though, to allow rain onto the plants, so it’s bloody freezing at the moment, but I think it will be glorious in the summer.
And then, it was back onto the DLR for our journey home, which pleased Art and Betsy no end.