Family fun at The O2

We have visited The O2 on a few occasions with the children but never to spend any real time there as such, just to go to events or to make use of the car parks and easy access across the river to central London. 
We have seen ITNG here twice now and then visited one of the many restaurants for lunch or dinner.  Only at Christmas did we last visit to see Disney On Ice as a surprise for the children and when we head off to the SeaLife Aquarium or to the London Eye we tend to drive to The O2 which is only a 40 minute drive from us, park up and jump on the boat over to the attractions – it makes such a nice day out and the kids love seeing all the sights and then of course once we have spent an entire day in London they are tired so can relax in the car home and fall asleep rather than tackling the tubes.
During half term we were invited to attend a special day out at the Sky Studios as guests of The O2, we entered an hour before it opened to the public so the children could explore all the fun inside – upon heading up to the top floor we were greeted by a large interactive cartoon wall where the children could let off steam and quite frankly the staff seemed to be having just as much fun as the kids.

You have to push on the interactive wall which then creates paint splodges and once the characters appear it’s your job to then catch them by pressing on the wall where they are situated.  Emmy didn’t want to leave this area even when we took Harry off to explore elsewhere, she happily stayed put playing which is rather unusual for her.

There are also iPads around the room for the children to play on and watch their favourite TV shows via the Sky Kids app. The Sky Kids app is available for all Sky customers and can be used when at home or out and about on tablets. It can be downloaded via the Apple App store or Google play parents then login with their sky account details for their children to have instant access to their favourite children’s channels such as Nick Jr., C ITV, Disney Junior, CBeebies, Disney Channel, Milkshake and other popular children’s sky channels.  Harry enjoyed watching episodes of Peppa Pig & Ben and Holly and wasn’t very keen to be moved on from the tablets.

The children were also given activity books to colour, sticker sheets and there were photo ops with a Scooby Doo set and a Magic Kingdom stage set.

After spending time in the children’s area we headed downstairs for more photo opportunities, here you are given a card with a unique card with unique QR barcode on it and you can have your photo’s taken with numerous sky cartoon characters or even read the sky news.  By scanning your unique QR code it saves your pictures to the Sky website so you are able to download them when you get home.

As it was half term Sky Studios had a very special meet and greet arranged for the children and as a HUGE Paw Patrol fan Harry was beside himself.  Marshall and Chase came to meet their young fans and pose for photos with them.

Harry was beside himself with excitement and hasn’t stopped talking about Chase giving him a cuddle, it was just the cutest thing ever.

These mini events/meet and greets are a regular thing organised for the children at the Sky Studios, free to all and entry to the Sky Studios is also free so do keep an eye on their website for upcoming events.

While we were at The O2 we also visited the Nissan Innovation Station, another free family attraction.  Here you can race one another on the custom built Nissan track then compete in the Gran Turismo 6 racing pods. If you manage to top the leader board on the track and you could walk away with Nissan branded merchandise and more importantly, the bragging rights of being a champ.
The action doesn’t end there though. The whole experience is engineered around family fun. From colouring competitions and interactive quizzes, to virtual test-drives in the 100% electric Nissan LEAF and Nissan’s Motorsports Training Lab. Children are encourages to seek out answers to questions to win sweets and even Emmy and Harry took a spin on the Gran Turismo track.

For those wanting to make a day of it at The O2 you could visit the onsite cinema, turn your hand to bowling or for the adventurous amongst out there you could even climb over The O2! Imagine the views you will have from the top.  This experience takes 90 minutes and takes climbers on a guided expedition over the roof of The O2 via a fabric walkway.  Suspended 2m above the surface of The O2 roof, the walkway is 52m above the ground level and 380m long.  Before you climb you’ll meet your climb guide who’ll take you through everything you need to know and give you a climb suit, shoes and a safety harness. 

Of course there are also numerous bars and restaurants to choose from inside too so you will find something to suit all tastes, then you can either explore The O2 some more or make use of the easy travel options to head into the city – tube, river bus or even Emirates Air Line.

To find out details of any of the above and to look at upcoming events please visit the website:

Disclaimer;  We were invited as guests of The O2 to spend a lovely morning with them and treated to a lovely family lunch.

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