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I’ve lost count of how many times we have been to this play area since its opening in the summer of 2017! It just feels natural to tell you all about this lovely place, the Sorted!
The Postal Museum is located at Phoenix Place, London (see the location on maps). Its main attraction is the 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) stretch of track in London’s Mail Rail, which was the world’s first driver-less electric railway.
Yet for children at Postal Museum, especially for the younger ones, Sorted!
This area is located on the ground floor of the Mail Rail. It is open for sessions of 45 minutes each and a maximum of 20 kids. This ensures that all kids get to play with everything and enjoy the experience, everyone being safe at the same time.
Sorted! is bright and colourful and offers the kids a lovely experience, regardless if they are fans of Postman Pat or not. The whole place is like a small town with houses and roads, with post office and post boxes.
Once they enter this space, kids are no longer children but they become post workers. That’s because there are all the uniforms and tools for this make-believe play. And there are many things that need to be done!
They can dress up in uniforms, from clerks to sorters. They might choose to drive the car to take the mail to and from different places around the town.
The kids can collect or deliver the mail. There are two trolleys and lots of sacks that kids can use to collect the mail from the postboxes.
The mail has to be taken to the sorting centre. There’s a letter sorting area, a hand-operated conveyor belt for sorting packages, a mail lift (pulley) and even a slide!
The letters have specific
The Post Office is a must in such a place, obviously, and that’s where kids can weigh packages, charge clients, send telegrams and stamp letters.
The Phone Boots are another fun activity for kids as they can communicate with one another through a pipe – the basic telephone, right? And in the reading corner, kids can discover The Jolly Postman or other stories theme-related.
Younger kids have a lot of things to do in the Sorted! play area as well. There is an entire area for them, which includes shape sorting, magnets and a big magnetic wall, a road table and a small Post Office too.
As I’ve mentioned previously, the sessions last 45 minutes. But there is so much work to be done! Therefore, every time I visit The Postal Museum – Sorted! area with my children, we book at least two sessions, sometimes three.
Speaking of booking, I will mention here some tips (as I usually do in my articles for days out with kids in London).
Useful information and tips for your visit to London Postal Museum with children – Sorted! play area:
- book online to avoid disappointment and skip the queue – the website is this one
- consider booking two sessions back to back, depending on your child
- opening times: from 10.00 until the last session at 16.00
- the area is recommended for kids up to 8 years old
- the place offers a buggy park and facilities for everyone, including baby change
- the Mail Rail is downstairs from Sorted! area and I’ve been asked if it’s a scary ride for small kids: my youngest was around 2 and a half when we went and all was good
- it is not a soft play area, shoes must be worn at all times and children have to be supervised by parents at all times
- food and drinks can be consumed in the designated area inside the Sorted!
And when you go with the kids to Sorted!, I have a little challenge for you (or you can challenge them). Try and find this little bird, come back and tell me where you found it!
Photos: personal archive (taken at 10.00 am one morning when we were the first to come in the Sorted! area).