This weekend we spent a family day out at The O2. Previously, I have only visited the venue to attend concerts and shows. I had no idea just how much they have for families to do so when O2 invited us along, we jumped at the chance.
We drove to The O2 and parked in North Greenwich Station car park. It was £12.50 for the day, which seemed a lot, but it still quite a bit cheaper than other car parks and super close to the entrance. Upon entering The O2, our changing bag had to be put through the scanner but this was really quick and nothing to worry about. The security staff are incredibly vigilant and there are lots of O2 staff around if you need help with anything too.
Our first stop was trampolining at Oxygen. We were there at 10am on a Saturday morning for Little O sessions – trampolining for under 5s. Older siblings are welcome but it was mostly tiny ones inside! I did notice a sign that said under 3s were not permitted at any other time so just take note in case you were planning a visit. There’s a timetable on the website, showing daily Little O sessions but times vary so make sure you have a look.
Oxygen was a big hit with Erin. She absolutely loves jumping around and enjoyed throwing the soft play balls around! Oh and the Disney soundtrack was perfect for the scenario too. Rory wasn’t too keen on the trampolines, and was also disappointed that foam pit was roped off, but spent some time in the soft play and loved it. For older (or braver!) children there were a couple of bigger slides, a dodge ball court and an airbag, which looked like loads of fun! It was really warm inside so do wear light clothing – we rounded off the jumping with a unicorn slush for our sweaty children.
Although we were instructed to watch a safety video before going onto the trampolines, the videos didn’t seem to be working and there were no staff around so we carried on through, as we’ve been to similar places before. We were also not asked to sign a waiver at any point, which seems very unusual. But these didn’t affect our enjoyment and experience!
Overall, the kids had a brilliant time at Oxygen and it certainly has the potential to be a perfect family activity.
MBNA Thames Clipper
Next, we took a trip on the Thames Clipper. The pier is just a short walk from the O2 and I’m so glad we went as it was great! Erin and Rory LOVED going on a boat for the first time and it was such an easy family activity. The boats have plenty of space for buggies, with changing facilities onboard, and even an onboard cafe.
We managed to get seats right at the front of the boat, so the kids had a brilliant view of London as we set off. I was surprised at just how fast the Thames Clipper went!! I’d definitely recommend a ride on there, with or without children – it’s such a brilliant way to travel across London!
Lunch for us was at Scarlet Rasoi, an Indian street food experience. The food was DELICIOUS and they even do an express menu so it’s perfect if you need a quick meal before heading off to watch a show.
However, I would perhaps keep this for an adults only meal as we found it quite tricky to visit with two under 5s. The lack of highchairs and zero kids’ menu meant a lot of taking it in turns to hold the baby while the other one ate. Luckily the chef kindly cooked up some plain chips for the children to share but this wasn’t ideal, so we had to wolf our food down and make a quick exit to release the bambino and find other food for them to eat!
The penultimate stop of our dream family day out at The O2 was for ice cream (delicious) and bowling (busy) at Hollywood Bowl. While we were waiting for our lane, we were offered a free go of the Mariokart VR experience, based in the arcades, which was so much fun. Afterwards, we quickly learned that Rory is just too little for bowling but Erin loved it! The bowling alley is brilliant though, with drinks service, big sofas and plenty of space. It’s definitely worth booking in advance though as there people getting turned away as we arrived.
Just before we left for home, we did a quick, whistle stop tour of the Sky Studios. We bypassed the football zone, where you can don a football shirt and have a go at being a pundit but the newsreader section did look fun! Erin and Rory were quick to enjoy the top floor though, with free face painting and tablets set up for kids to have a play on. There were drawing tables and VR headsets to have a go on too, so definitely worth a visit if you’ve got half an hour or so to kill! The whole thing is free too!
Overall, we had a brilliant day at The O2 and I’m truly amazed by what a brilliant family day out it is. We definitely need to go back to sample a few more of the restaurants, visit the cinema, do a bit of shopping at the ICON outlet and we’re also reallllllly keen to go Up at The O2 – it looks like so much fun, so watch this space!
(Our family day out was gifted to us by The O2, but this review was not part of the campaign. All views, as always, are my own.)