North London model traffic play area

February 19, 2016

It’s official.

I have a zoomer on my hands.

Whether we are adventuring, shopping or even baking, Little Button just can’t keep still. She’s always on the go and literally runs everywhere with a matching non-stop chatter. Heck, she even talks in her sleep. Getting out and about has become… well, essential.

The North London model traffic play area is an ideal place to visit to burn off some energy whilst learning about road safety and guess what… it’s completely free!

The area is huge and well designed for those learning to cycle on the road but it’s also a hot spot for little ones learning about pedestrian safety. Scooters and skateboards are welcome too.

We headed out for an afternoon of scootering and even though it’s half term, as you can see, Little Button pretty much had the place to herself.


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There were lots of road signs to look at and different layouts to scoot through. Content on going ‘the wrong way’ and almost running me over at the zebra crossing, Little Button had an amazing time zip zapping about at break-neck speeds. Her confidence grew steadily as she begin designing her own way through the system and successfully sharing the road with some older cyclists.


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I thought the roundabout was a clever feature and a gentle slope offers a downhill stretch that will be a winner with any tiny daredevil.

It really is such a beautiful spot and if you are making a good ½ day of your trip, you will be pleased to find plenty of benches dotted around for pit stops as well as a lovely café for snacks and lunch.


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In terms of practical tips, there are good toilets in the café, a small duck pond and different playground zones. These were all quite busy during our visit. If you are driving, there are a fair few streets with residents parking, so watch out for these.

I would say the model traffic play area is in our top 10 free places to visit and we are already planning a return visit.


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Where are your favourite free places to visit with your little ones?


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5 responses to “North London model traffic play area”

  1. Andreas says:

    Wonderful place to take the kids and a great way to teach them about road safety. The hub cafe is lovely for a snack and a coffee…lots of fun for all.

  2. chloelifeunexpected says:

    This place is such an great idea!!! I really wish we had somewhere like this near us. Teaching road safety is so important and it’s great that they’ve made it fun too. Such a beautiful day! It looks like you had a lot of fun. Thank you for sharing with #whatevertheweather xx

  3. sabrina says:

    What a good idea, I didn’t know this place existed! The roads are so scary in real life, so it’s good to have somewhere safe to teach little ones xx

  4. This is a great idea! I love that it’s free and you can learn all about road safety without worrying about the cars around, definitely something we need to work on with our littlest. I wish they had something similar nearby, but we’ll just have to find a quiet road instead I guess. She looks very pleased with herself and I bet you will be back there again very soon! Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

  5. Becky, Cuddle Fairy says:

    Ah that’s so great that little button is a busy bee – that’s the best way for kids to be. Fully of energy! Although it’s so busy for mummy of course 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with bloggerclubuk xx

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