Ever barrelled your way onto the front carriage of a DLR train, so you can pretend to drive it? The much-sought-after seat is always available at Museum of London Docklands — so long as you're 8 years old or younger.
The Mudlarks gallery is the museum's dedicated space for children. The pretend DLR train is just one of the joys to be found in this free play space, which explores stories from elsewhere in the museum in a more hands-on way.
Our two-year-old made a beeline for the toy boats. The display is meant to teach kids about water flow and buoyancy, but really it's a great excuse to splash water around. Aprons are provided, but bring a change of clothes for junior, just in case.
Nautical interactives are everywhere. Use a model crane to load a container ship in the toy docks, clamber over the aquatic-themed soft play, or peer through a diving helmet. Our toddler particularly enjoyed the giant building blocks and wheelbarrows — a career in the construction industry clearly awaits.
Mudlarks gallery is open 10am-5.30pm on school holidays, or 2pm-5.30pm during term time. Entry is free, but you need to reserve a ticket from the front desk, or online. Museum of London Docklands is easily accessed from Canary Wharf tube (Jubilee line) or West India Quay DLR.
Try also: the Ahoy! gallery at nearby National Maritime Museum, a similar nautical play space.