Family Events at The 02

When you think of The O2, you probably think of it as a place to  see an event (music, sports, cinema etc) or to find somewhere to have a meal.

I didn’t think of it as a venue for a family day out. In an effort to change our minds, the team at The O2 invited us to spend the day there to see if it really was possible. I didn't know they even held family events at The 02 so I thought we’d be out of there in a couple of hours. We left at 530pm!

We arrived at The O2 in style, a quick jaunt on the MBNA Thames Clipper. It’s a short and pleasant less than ten minute walk from the pier to the venue. Travelling on the Thames was much nicer than driving or going by train.

Our first stop was Cineworld for a showing of The Secret Life of Pets at 11:10 am. The kids loved it and Kevin Hart was great as Snowball the bunny, but it’s firmly targeted at kids so not many laughs for the adults.

Next was lunch at Zizzi (13:15). Being a new plant based eater (and an old gluten free-r) I wasn’t sure an Italian restaurant was right for us. There are no words to describe the wonder that was the vegan, gluten free pizza. No words! The cheese must have been made from unicorn milk (it was actually organic rice milk) because it tasted exactly like mozzarella. So much so that I had to double check they had remembered to make mine vegan. Outstanding. Lunch for four cost just over £40 which I think is pretty reasonable.

A quick walk around the corner (14:40) saw us at Nissan Innovation Station. Very handy, as Mr London Mummy is in the market for a new company car and is now sold on the Nissan Qashqai! We had loads of fun taking part in quizzes, getting our photos taken with Olympic champions, checking out the range of Nissan cars, playing simulated driving games, eating their sweets (!) and getting involved in 3D races, car design and so much more. It was brilliant.

From there we visit Sky Studios (16:00) where we enjoyed a round of mini golf based on famous golf greens before heading to the biking area where we tested our speed in our Team Sky Time Trials. Mr London Mother scored the best time of the day – yay!

Upstairs is where the magic happens; you can try a football dribbling exercise, stand shoulder to shoulder with your Premier League heroes via the virtual Sky Sports Monday Night Football and lift a virtual Premier League trophy.

The highlight of the Sky Studios visit was definitely reading the news. You could tell the parents were really getting into it. The Sky Crew are all so lovely, patient and friendly – a definite must see. Oh, and did I mention that Sky Studios and Nissan Innovation Station are both 100% free! Including all the videos and pictures you can download when you get home.

By the time we left The O2 it was 17:30 and I couldn’t believe how quickly the time had flown by! We had a great day, the kids were exhausted (always a plus) and we plan to visit again before the summer holidays are over. I recommend you do too!

Our day was just a snapshot of the fun you can have at The O2. Find out more www.theo2.co.uk/familydayout.

*We spent the day as guests of The O2*