Once again here is a smattering of activities going on around London over the half term. Please do double check times and dates if you are interested in something. Please post any other suggestions you may have for a fun day out with kids.
WWT Wetland Centre
Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes SW13 9WT. 020 8409 4400. www.wwt.org.uk
- Sat 27 May - Sun 4 Jun Pestival. Insects in art and the art of being an insect. Activities for all age group.
Call or check website for full details.
South Bank Centre
Purcell Room, London SE1. 08703 800 400. www.rfh.org.uk
- Mon 29 May to Thu 1 Jun. THEATRO DI PIAZZA O D’OCCASIONE. “THE JAPANESE GARDEN” A fantasy fusion of storytelling, performance and technology, the show is set within a larger-than-life electronic landscape, allowing for a unique and unusually intimate interactive experience. £7/£10.
Puppet Theatre Barge
Little Venice, Blomfield Road, London W9. 020 7249 6876. www.puppetbarge.com
- JOEY’S CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN… Daily May 27 to June 4 at 3pm. An exciting new production full of fun and adventure featuring Pretty Polly the star tightrope walker. The Beadle wants to close the circus down but Dog Toby comes to the rescue. Comedy, colour and drama featuring hilarious traditional characters. 4-8 yrs. £7/£7.50.
THE WALLACE COLLECTION
Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN. 020 7563 9500. www.wallacecollection.org Booking for activities 020 7563 9551 or firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENTS FOR FAMILIES
- Tue 30 May. AROUND THE WORLD IN ONE MUSEUM. Free drop-in activities 10.30am-12noon or 2-3.30pm. 5 yrs+. Discover unexpected treasures from around the world and join in with map reading, post card making and more.
- Wed 31 May. MAKING CONNECTIONS: SCULPTURE WORKSHOP. 10.30am-3.30pm. Lunch (not provided) 12.30-1.30. £8, (free for accompanying adults) Booking essential. 7yrs+. Develop 3D drawings to use as a starting point for your own sculpture and combine technical processes with movement, myths and imagination, using plaster, wire and clay.
- Thu 1 Jun. MAGICAL LANDSCAPES: PAINTING WORKSHOP 10.20am-12.30pm or 2pm-4pm. £4. (free for accompanying adults). Booking essential. 6yrs+. Create your own magical landscape.
- Fri 2 Jun. PERFECT PORTRAITS: DRAWING WORKSHOP. 11am-1pm or 2pm-4pm. £4 (free for accompanying adult). Booking essential. 6yrs+. Make your own multi-layered self-portrait using oil pastels and acetate.
Millbank, London SW1. Info: 020 7887 8888, booking: “www.tate.org.uk/tickets”“http://www.tate.org.uk/tickets/” or 020 7887 8888 Open daily 10am-4.50pm, until 10pm on the first Friday of each month
- Mon 29 May - Fri 2 Jun. ART TROLLEY: AT HALF-TERM. New format, fresh ideas to help you and your children get the most out of looking at art in the collection. Free, no booking. Rotunda. 5yrs+. http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/eventseducation/families/default.htm
Museums-Tired of the Science and Natural History museum – try these!
- The Bank of England Museum (www.bankofengland.co.uk) provides a fascinating insight into one of the oldest banking systems in the world. There are banknotes and gold bars on display and plenty of hands-on exhibits for fledgling bankers. (Should have reopened on 2 May 2006 after redecoration, but please check before you visit.)
- Another fascinating insight into domestic life can be found at the Geffrye Museum (www.geffrye-museum.org.uk). The displays lead the visitor through domestic interiors from the 17th century to the present time. There are wonderful period gardens and an award-winning herb garden too.
- The National Maritime Museum (www.nmm.ac.uk) houses the world’s largest collection of items relating to seafaring. Special children’s activities, such as games for younger children and worksheets for the older ones, are on offer.
- Another wonderful South London institution is the Horniman Museum (www.horniman.ac.uk). It specialises in world culture and natural history and is very child-friendly. It also boasts a wonderful garden.