For the last two summers, the Natural History Museum garden has been transformed into a tropical rainforest. A large heated tent houses Charlie the iguana (named after Charles Darwin), cockroaches, spiders, geckos and lots and lots of butterflies. There is also a small but perfectly formed outdoor playground where children can practise being monkeys and inspect termites burrowing through logs.
It is a great introduction to rainforests, with a little bit of everything that you get in a real rainforest and lots of fact panels and quizzes that were interesting for children as young as four.
The tent felt fiendishly hot after the rather chilly British summer weather outside. Apparently it wasn’t hot enough for the butterflies though, who were feeling sluggish and therefore not flying very much. Considering my friends and I felt like we were experiencing a premature menopause, I thought the butterflies were being rather fussy. But that is my only criticism, otherwise we had a great time.
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