You may enjoy this post if you’re a bus/train enthusiast. On this grey Monday morning, the boy woke up saying he wants to go on a train and a plane. Hmmmm. We were at my parents’ house, after my siblings’ birthday weekend (from which I was still recovering 😉 ), so I said, hey, howabout a bus ride to Uxbridge instead. Off he went to get his shoes. Well, it turned out to be the longest journey of my life. Here’s what we did…
1) U4 bus to Uxbridge
He was so excited to go on the ‘BIG’ red bus (it’s a double decker), sitting on the upper deck he announced everytime he saw another bus, police car, ambulance – seriously exciting stuff.
2) Looked at Taxis
At Uxbridge, I showed him the taxi rank – “Ooh lots of taxis”
4) Got on a tube at Uxbridge Station
Yep, I wasn’t planning to go anywhere, but the boy had a meltdown, he REALLY wanted to go on a train. Hey, I had nothing really planned for the day, so I topped up my oyster card, got a tube map and we got on a train! We saw this cool vintage piece of equipment on the platform.
5)Piccadilly Line Journey
The boy chose to go on the ‘blue’ train, so we it was to be a Piccadilly line journey. I was thinking we could stop at Hammersmith for lunch, as maybe South Kensington for a museum. Anyhoo, he was so excited looking out of the window. At about Alperton, he climbed on my lap and fell asleep. When he sleeps, he sweats, so I had a huge wet patch on my top – great!
6) District line to Ealing Broadway
I woke him at South Kensington. But he didn’t want to go outside! ‘Go back on a train!’ – Hmmm. I thought, howabout we get on a District line back to Ealing Broadway, at least that would be on the right way back to my parents. So off we went, another train journey!
8) Visit Walpole Park
At Ealing, it was time to have some lunch, so we bought sandwiches and snacks from the new Morrisons and headed down to Walpole Park, where there’s a duck pond and a sandpit playground. It’s all new and refurbished, so worth a visit if you’re ever in the area.
9)607 bus to Uxbridge
After lunch and a play in the park, we got on a 607 bus back to my parents. We sat on the top deck and he was commentating throughout the whole journey again “1 big red bus, 2 big red buses, green garbage truck, 3 big red buses….” Here’s the bus going past where my husband and I got married – ahhh.
10) Get back home and have a cuppa
11am – 4pm. This was a real toddler adventure. Tyler needed a lie down and I needed a cuppa after that!
If your toddler is bored, you live near a tube station and have nothing else to do, this is an easy way to entertain said toddler. Any off-peak journey between zone 2 and 6 (not going though Zone 1) is just £1.50. But note the journey must be under 100 minutes, otherwise you’ll get charged double (as happened to us, but they kindly refunded me when I called the Oyster helpline – explaining that I was sitting with a train-mad toddler watching trains on the platform, which is why the journey took so long!)