“What would you like to do on our special day together?” I questioned my littlest daughter. We had a whole day together, just the two of us, during half-term. Big sis was off being very ‘big-sis-like’ at a friend’s house, so we had the whole morning stretched ahead of us.
“I know, I know Mummy”, she exclaimed excitedly. “Let’s go to that special animal place in Woking!”. I immediately knew where she meant – she’d been wanting to visit the Living Planet Centre in Woking ever since it opened.
It’s pretty special to have the WWF headquarters on your doorstep. And I love the fact that they have made an open invitation for children to visit as well, with their ‘WWF Experience’ open nearly everyday and free to visit.
It’s small but perfectly and beautifully put together – a collection of amazingly crafted ‘pods’, each one covering a different part of our planet. You can just go and browse, or do a great little trail and claim your prize at the end. We did the trail and really enjoyed it…. there is tons of interactivity to be had, a visual feast for the eyes everywhere and lots of things to look at/through/touch. It’s a great example of using modern technology to teach and learn in a positive way. My daughter was talking about it for days afterwards!
Here it is through the eyes of an 8-year-old… I simply followed her. Can you spot the friend she chose to bring along? Her very favourite endangered animal!
If you’d like to visit the WWF Experience, you can find out more here. Workshops are also run in the school holidays, which are usually pre-bookable.
1) Perfect for children who love animals… and lots to touch and feel for younger visitors too.
2) Car park directly underneath, payable on foot.
3) There are no toilets available, as the exhibition is essentially in the building’s foyer. However, we popped across to The Lightbox museum (also well worth a visit!) for a drink afterwards and used the toilets there.
4) Within easy walking distance of Woking Town Centre, directly opposite cinema and very close to Woking’s wonderful library with a HUGE children’s section! Easy to make a day out of it if you wanted to.
5) We were there for an hour in total… you might need a little less time if you have children who like to race through the trail!
Do share this if you think others might like to visit!