It was a gloriously sunny day at half term and I suggested to the kids that we went on an elephant hunt, as you do. We looked up www.elephantparadelondon.org and printed a map. Then packed a picnic and set off to Green Park to find our Happy Herd. It was so magical. 250 life-size elephant statues are on display all around London. Each has been decorated by a different artist. This is all to raise awareness to the plight of the Asian elephant.
Children were climbing on the statues and really enjoying the art. We ticked off the elephants we found on our sheet. 57 in total on our day out. We started in Green park which is lovely if you have young children as there are loads of elephants there and they can run around freely. We then walked past Buckingham Palace, down through to Trafalgar Square. Then we went through Covent Garden where we found the “roaming” Cloudia. We finished by walking through Aldwych, over and along the Southbank then home.
A really fun day with a purpose. We plan to have another expedition to find more elephants near Sloane Square, Knightsbridge, and Mayfair – this time we’ll take dad along as he feels he missed out. Go soon as the elephants all go on display at Royal Hospital Chelsea on the25th, 26th and Free entry, and then they will be auctioned off.
Review and photos by Becky, South London mum of two.
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