Porridge & Play Cranhill at the Riverside Museum!
Saturday 11th June
‘It’s a paradise when we went on an adventure. I liked seeing cars and the adventures were good. I liked taking pictures!’ – Presley
We had an incredible adventure through time at the Riverside Museum with the fabulous Porridge & Play Cranhill Hub!
The families arrived at the museum and we got stuck in on our great adventure! We warmed up, met some Funky Chicken animals, sang Hello, My Name is Joe the loudest I’ve ever heard! I swear you could hear Joe in his Button Factory all the way through the old Street! We got all dressed up and jumped into the Magic Ball and went off exploring!
When we first stepped out of the Magic Ball our steps were so light it felt like we were floating as we moved around. In the distance we spotted a strange old car…. A bicycle and then… A STEAM TRAIN! We quickly climbed aboard where we met the train driver who was having a very hard time. He asked us if we could help and of course, we all said yes! We split into two groups – the first group was shovelling coal into the fire and the second group was helping to steer the train and make sure we stayed on the tracks. We brought the train to a stop, swapped over, and then we were off again! It was really hard work shovelling the coal but luckily Shiva & Zamn had brought some juice. We all had a drink to help cool us down as we were working. Eventually we reached our destination and stopped the train. We asked the train conductor if he wanted to come with us and he said ‘YES!’
Funky Chicken Fact: One of the world’s fastest steam locomotives (also known as a steam train) was called The Flying Scotsman. It was built in Britain and went non-stop between London & Edinburgh. In 1934 it become the first locomotive to travel faster than 100 mph. And it still runs today!
We were back floating through time – we saw a really old bus and a huge ship and then we saw two horses – they seemed to be pulling a tram! We stopped and petted the horses and said hello. Their names were Princess & King and they were super friendly. Just behind the horses there was a strange person standing outside a shop. She didn’t seem to speak the same language as us but she seemed very nice. We worked as a team to work out what she was saying….. She was asking if we wanted to come into her photography shop and take some photos! There was a very old camera with a big black cloth over it that you could hide inside to take some photos. We posed, we danced, we laughed and eventually it was time to say goodbye. As we were leaving the train driver sang some songs with us. He knew Jelly On His Head & Miss Mary Mac so we sang them as loudly as we could but we heard something else even louder ‘ICE-CREAM, ICE-CREAM, COME AND GET YOUR ICE-CREAM’
As we looked across the street we saw a cafe owner standing outside inviting us over to have some ice-cream. The cafe had 93 different flavours of ice-cream with unlimited scoops! We tried chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, banana, bubblegum, orange, mint choc chip and even chicken flavour. It was delicious!
By this time we were getting really hungry so we had to go and get the train back to the Magic Ball. Everything was going well until…. A DINOSAURE CAME ON THE TRAIN! He started roaring at us and it was too scary – we had to jump off the train and run all the way back to the magic ball to get us back to the museum where we could have our picnic in safety!
It was such a brilliant adventure and I can’t wait to have another one next time!
Blog by Effie, Andre, Ruby, Rhianne & Porridge & Play Cranhill!!