The restaurant was generously laid out with a continental breakfast as well as a cooked buffet. Madeleine’s eyes were as wide as saucers when she saw all the food! We picked a table overlooking The Hydro and I told her she could get whatever she wanted for her breakfast. Not one of my better ideas. She stuffed her little face with Coco Pops, a muffin, yogurt, apple juice and Nutella straight from the packet!
We watched out the window as a guy set up a makeshift stall piled high with knock off Disney on Ice souvenirs before a swarm of little princesses (and the occasional Olaf) descended on the Hydro. We decided to join them and so bid farewell to the Campanile & it’s cheery staff. They were so helpful & friendly; I really can’t praise them enough.
I also discovered that food is limited within The Hydro so if you want anything decent for the kids I’d recommend you take it yourself. Madeleine’s sugary breakfast meant she was flagging by half time but I couldn’t see anything for her to eat other than popcorn or snowcones. My girl doesn’t cope well with hunger, bless her!
After the performance we emerged blinking into the sunshine and made our way to the next stop on our west end tour. The Riverside Museum is only a short distance away and is easily accessible thanks to regular buses & taxis from just outside The Hydro.
Once there I steered a ravenous Maddie past the ice cream van and the tempting smells of the fish & chip stall and straight into the museum café. It was really busy but the staff were attentive and we were swiftly sat by the window with our order taken shortly afterwards. It wasn’t long until our food arrived and my girl was soon feeling perkier and telling me all about how magical Frozen on Ice was. She kept saying “Thank you, Mummy! I loved it! You’re the best!”. She can be the sweetest thing sometimes.
We had great fun exploring the replica street with it’s tram and reminiscent shops. I can imagine myself whiling away many an hour in The Rendezvous Café.
There was so much to look at; you could spend a whole day there without getting bored. A lot of the exhibits are interactive so there is plenty for the kids to get stuck into, including climbing aboard the trains.
I also came across my dream wardrobe. I’ve decided that if I win the lottery I’m going to display all my frocks in glass cases just like this!
After lots of running around Madeleine decided it was time for an ice cream break so we got wrapped up and headed outside to the ice cream van. As we waited for our 99s I heard the most blood curdling scream… I honestly thought there was a poor woman being attacked but when I whipped my head around I realised it was just some nutter doing a bungee jump from a crane outside the museum! Why? Why would you do that?!
It was such a beautiful day so we walked along the river for a few minutes and enjoyed the view up the Clyde towards The Hydro before stepping aboard the historic Glenlee. Madeleine was convinced it was a pirate ship but the impressive vessel was in fact built in Glasgow in the 1890’s as a cargo ship before doing her bit for the Spanish Navy.
The Glenlee is really interesting and a treat for all ages. Madeleine loved climbing up & down the steep stairs and turning the wheel plus there’s loads of interactive displays in the nooks & crannies below deck.