Bring your Grandparents DayMay 17, 2012 Blogs
Museum of London Docklands held their first ’ Bring your Grandparents Day’ on Saturday 5th May. Here’s what the visitors thought.
Laila is 8. ‘I came with my whole family. My grandmother is called Cathy. We had a family vote on what to do today. This is my favourite museum. I like the dark street upstairs (Sailortown.) I’m going to take her in there when we finish this embroidery. I expect she’ll be really scared but there are little animals for you to protect and guide through so that you feel less scared. My brother, who’s 5, will want to take her into Mudlarks and show her how to play with the water. He likes damming it up.’
Cathy herself said, ‘It’s a lovely idea to have a day to say thanks to grandparents, after all we do a lot of caring. We’ve brought a packed lunch to eat in the picnic room but just found out that there’s 20% off in the café if you produce a grandparent so we might have to treat ourselves to a cake.’
‘I’m only 37 but I’m a grandmother,’ said Linda from Kent. ‘I wondered what to expect but I needn’t have worried. I’ve done jewellery making, Bengali embroidery, felt-making and seen a hilarious performance from an East End Gran who refuses to grow old.’
Mike from Shadwell said, ‘It’s great to see a place with so many buggies. You never feel like the grandchildren are in the way. I’ve been before and we came today specially for this. I’ve had a lovely waltz down memory lane, singing some old songs and we even danced ‘Knees-up Mother Brown. More please.’