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Interactive film: You 2012

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 31 March 2012       Ends: 15 April 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Who do you think you really are- Interactive film. Augmented reality brings extinct creatures to life in the studio in our interactive film about evolution.
Timings 15:30 - 16:20
On Saturday 31st March, 7th & 14th April 2012 there will be an extra showing at 11am

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Reconstructing Lost Worlds 2012

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 31 March 2012       Ends: 31 March 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) 

How do we know what extinct animals and their environments looked like- Timings: 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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The Imagination Station 2012

Location: Victoria and Albert Museum       Starts: 31 March 2012       Ends: 15 April 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) 

Zoom around the museum to get ideas and use your endless imagination to invent a new way to travel around the city! Location: Sackler Centre. Timings: Drop in any time between 10.30 - 17.00
Recommended for ages 4+

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Wasp nests 2012

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 2 April 2012       Ends: 14 April 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

All a buzz about wasp nests. Discover more about wasps and take a closer look at these pioneers of insect architecture. Timings: 12:30 - 13:00

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Wasps - archived event 2012

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 2 April 2012       Ends: 14 April 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(2012) Eaten Alive. Hear from a Museum scientist about the wonders of parasitoid wasps and how you could spot some in your garden. Timings: 14:30 - 15:00

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Chocolate 2012

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 3 April 2012       Ends: 3 April 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

A Natural History. Discover more about the cacao plant and how its beans are transformed into chocolate. Timings: 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00,  2012

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A close look at Eggs

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 8 April 2012       Ends: 8 April 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,


(2012) The Most Perfect Thing in the Universe. Join us as we take a closer look at the biology of the egg. Timing: 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00


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Screen printing

Location: Victoria and Albert Museum       Starts: 9 April 2012       Ends: 13 April 2012 Child: £5             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Join Mona Choo, artist in residence at the V&A in 2009, to create your own colourful screen print. Recommended for ages 5+. Children must be accompanied by an adult, maximum 1 adult per child. Advance booking essential - follow the weblink on the more page to book online. This event is part of the British Design Season at the V&A more

Hydrothermal Vents 2012 and Hairy Crabs

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 12 April 2012       Ends: 12 April 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

(archived event) Join us as we discuss this unique habitat and see footage of the creatures that call this extreme environment home. Timings: 12:30, 14:30

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Tadpoles 2012

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 15 April 2012       Ends: 15 April 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

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Discover a host of tadpoles from across the world with real specimens from the collection. Timings: 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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British Red Cross get me out of here 2012

Location: Priory Farm       Starts: 1 June 2012       Ends: 4 June 2012             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

2012 events : Friday Cathy and Janice row out to the island - 11am. Set up camp, Build latrine, Survival skills training for Cathy and Janice. Saturday First aid demonstrations - 10am and 4pm, Birds of prey - time TBC, Starve or swim challenge - 11am and 2.30pm, Delivery of aid parcel - 3pm, Lucky log dip - All day supply the survivors (with food) - All day Sunday First aid demonstrations - 10am and 4pm, Behind the scenes of emergency response vehicle - All day, Starve or swim challenge - 11am and 2.30pm, Lucky log dip - All day, Supply the survivors (with food) - All day, Survival skills training for public (stall) - All day, Monday First aid demonstrations - 10am and 4pm, Starve or swim challenge - 11am and 2.30pm Lucky log dip - All day, Supply the survivors (with food) - All day, Mini fete - All day, Leave the island - 2pm  

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Climate Changing - Cockroach tour 2012

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 2 June 2012       Ends: 2 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Put yourself in their shells. Sign up for a Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum and get a quirky and inquisitive take on the human race. 2nd June, 3rd June, 9th June, 10th June 2012 Starts: 12:00, 13:30, 15:30

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A Family in Wartime gallery

Location: Imperial War Museum       Starts: 2 June 2012       Ends: 10 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Discover how women contributed to the war effort and how they coped with rationing and the dangers of the London Blitz. Drop-in activity suitable for all ages with parental supervision, 2012

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David Attenborough: Life on Camera 2012

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 2 June 2012       Ends: 6 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Celebrate Sir David Attenborough's achievements and enjoy some of the best-loved clips from his landmark BBC TV series. Narrated by Simon King, presenter of BBC Springwatch. Daily from 2nd June to 10th June. 2nd, 3rd, 10th - Timings: 13:30 - 13:45, 16:50 - 17:05 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th 16:50 - 17:05 2 June 2012 13:30 - 13:45, 16:50 - 17:05

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Diamond Decades 2012

Location: Tate Modern, Southbank       Starts: 2 June 2012       Ends: 2 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Spend the afternoon with two legends of the UK music world as they take a look at the 60 years of the Queen's reign through the lens of popular music, and play some of its defining songs from their own unique and contrasting perspectives. Escape from all the official pageantry to the oasis of central London's largest ballroom for what is sure to be a unique afternoon of remembering, dancing and celebrating! Timing: starts 2pm

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Sporty galleries

Location: Museum of London       Starts: 2 June 2012       Ends: 10 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Join us for a sporty talk around the galleries and learn more about London's connection to the Olympics. Timing 12 noon and 3pm more

World tales 2012

Location: Museum of London Docklands       Starts: 2 June 2012       Ends: 2 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event)

Legends and tales drifted in on sea breezes. They crossed oceans with the ships and sailors that headed for London's docks, arriving with our storyteller who is waiting to share them with you. Timing: 12.30, 14.30, 15.30,

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Children's trail 2012

Location: Claremont Landscape Garden       Starts: 2 June 2012       Ends: 10 June 2012             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

A royal-themed trail to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Normal admission applies (free entry for children dressed as a king or queen). Timing: 10am - 4pm

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Family Jubilee activities 2012

Location: National Army Museum       Starts: 2 June 2012       Ends: 3 June 2012 Child: free       Adult: free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

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To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Museum will run a series of activities over the Jubilee weekend. Royal �specials�: 10-minute introductions to Kings and Queens in the Museum�s Collection, Hands-on history: Explore the Museum�s handling collection of soldiers� uniform, kit and weaponry, Make and decorate your own Jubilee crown or medal, Enjoy the bunting, refreshments and fun in the forecourt. TIming: 10am to 5.30pm

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Jubilee celebrations 2012

Location: Lauderdale House       Starts: 2 June 2012       Ends: 2 June 2012 Child: free       Adult: free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Celebrate the Queen's Jubilee with Lauderdale House. Help the kids make royal puppets, crowns and rosettes to take home. Timings: 10am to 12.30, 2012

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Drama characters (2012): Dr. Gripenerve

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 3 June 2012       Ends: 3 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Dr. Gripenerve, our 19th century Quack doctor, will demonstrate his wonder elixirs and cures of sterling merit � come along and enjoy his extraordinary �medicine� show! Starts: 12:30, 14:00

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Life in the Twilight Zone 2012

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 3 June 2012       Ends: 3 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Join us as we take a closer look at some of the more bizarre and unusual fishes from the Museum collections. 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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Regal Regatta 2012and Jubilee Art Labs

Location: National Gallery       Starts: 3 June 2012       Ends: 10 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) 

Join Jubilee celebrations and add your own boat to our waterborne parade as it sets sail across the Gallery. Learn more from Canaletto and friends, find inspiration in our Art Labs, create watery effects and take a closer look at boat construction. Timing 11 -3pm

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Strictly Jubilee Ballroom

Location: Tate Modern, Southbank       Starts: 3 June 2012       Ends: 3 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Join Nicky Miles and the Ross Mitchell combo as they celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in style with live musicans and a DJ. Dress in red, white and blue. Timings: 12 noon more

Game design workshop (2012)

Location: British Museum       Starts: 3 June 2012       Ends: 3 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Join a game design expert to design and build a platform game inspired by Museum objects. Timing 11am and 2pm (booking advised)

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Homes of the Olympics 2012

Location: Museum of London       Starts: 3 June 2012       Ends: 3 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) A creative art workshop where we will take a closer look at the homes of the three London Olympics. Timing: 12.30 and 2.30pm

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Going the distance 2012

Location: Museum of London       Starts: 3 June 2012       Ends: 4 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Join our storyteller for a marathon story that will explore how the 1948 London Olympics changed the sport forever. Timing: 13.00, 14.00, 15.00

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Queen's Jubilee Forest Picnic 2012

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 3 June 2012       Ends: 3 June 2012 Child: free             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

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We�ve got the space, you bring the picnic! Ask in the cafe about picnic goodies, drinks and ice-cream. Make your own leafy crown to wear in your kingdom of trees, and go on a hunt for woodland treasures. Download invitations to send to your friends and other fun activity sheets from our jubilee website. Timing: all day

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Big Jubilee Lunch 2012

Location: Royal Naval College       Starts: 3 June 2012       Ends: 3 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Come and celebrate the Queen�s Diamond Jubilee with probably the largest street party in the UK! Enjoy your lunch at the longest ever lunch table (two-thirds of a mile) while you experience: the sounds of local live entertainment, the inspiring market stalls with a range of local and global food, hand-made crafts and vintage, creative interactive workshops on living more sustainably, refreshing hand drawn beers, fun for the little ones with make-your-own pageant ship activities and lots more, and finally, cheer as the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant floats past the ORNC and the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Timing: 12.00 - 17.00

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Jubilation lunch party 2012

Location: Priory Park       Starts: 3 June 2012       Ends: 3 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Community Concert, BBQ, Fun Fare, Beer Tent, Games Stalls, Retro Sports Day, Evening Jazz, Clay Oven Pizza, Live screening of the Thames Pageant. Timing: Noon to midnight 2012

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Jubilee Lunch 2012

Location: Royal Albert Hall       Starts: 3 June 2012       Ends: 3 June 2012 Child: free       Adult: free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

The farm is celebrating jubilee weekend by joining in with the BIG LUNCH on the 3rd of June 2012. There will be lots of tables laid out so bring a picnic 11am -3pm.

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Make it: Calligraphy 2012

Location: Victoria and Albert Museum       Starts: 4 June 2012       Ends: 7 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Explore calligraphy and make your own decorative artwork. Timing: 10.30 � 12.30 & 14.00 � 16.00

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Creative Space 2012

Location: National Gallery       Starts: 4 June 2012       Ends: 4 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6,

(archived event) drop into the Creative Space between 2pm and 3.30pm for an opportunity to get hands on and creative

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Character Clowns 2012

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 4 June 2012       Ends: 4 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Create a special crown to wear featuring all your favourite things. Timing Drop in between 1 - 4pm

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Queen's Corgi 2012

Location: Tate Modern, Southbank       Starts: 4 June 2012       Ends: 4 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

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Join artist Laura X Carle and contribute to a huge corgi sculpture on The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall. Come along and take part in this drop-in craft workshop where you can design and decorate a flower or flag to be added to the enormous corgi. Free but short queues are expected. Timings: starts 11am

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Horses, hawks and hounds 2012

Location: British Museum       Starts: 4 June 2012       Ends: 8 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Come to the Museum for a whole week of activities dedicated to horses, hawks and hounds � animals associated with royal power. Timing: 11 - 4pm

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Under 5's olympics 2012

Location: Museum of London Docklands       Starts: 4 June 2012       Ends: 4 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6,

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Are you ready to run, jump and throw-! Come and have fun together finding out about the London Olympics past and present in this active, play based session. Suitable for ages 2+. Older siblings welcome. 10.15-11am, 11.15am � 12pm & 2-2.45pm

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Family flotilla 2012

Location: National Maritime Museum       Starts: 4 June 2012       Ends: 8 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Create a barge (or boat) for you and your family, and contribute to a giant Jubilee flotilla display. Celebrate The Queen�s Diamond Jubilee in style, by re-discovering the river at the heart of this month�s festivities. Come along and explore the River Thames through the ages, to find out how people have used it as a setting for Royal parties and as a place of work. Timing: 11.30�13.30, 14.00�16.00

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Jubilee Beacon Lighting and Firework display 2012

Location: Priory Park       Starts: 4 June 2012       Ends: 4 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

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Drawing Stories 2012

Location: National Gallery       Starts: 5 June 2012       Ends: 5 June 2012 Child: free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6,

(archived event) Meet in the Education Foyer for a session that starts 11.30am, and finishes 12.30

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Beautiful bunting

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 5 June 2012       Ends: 5 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Celebrate the summer with festive portrait bunting. Timing Drop in between 1 - 4pm, 2012

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Diamond Jubilee Gift 2012

Location: Museum of London       Starts: 5 June 2012       Ends: 5 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Come and make a special commemorative gift for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee inspired by other similar gifts in our collection. Timing: 12.30 and 2.30pm

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Remembering the coronation 2012

Location: Museum of London       Starts: 5 June 2012       Ends: 5 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

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A story looking at one woman's memories of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II exactly 60 years ago. Timing: 13:00, 14:00, 15:00

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Comic strips 2012

Location: Museum of London Docklands       Starts: 5 June 2012       Ends: 5 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Using computer technology, create your own comic strip adventure story about a journey from the past. Timing: 12.30 and 2.30pm

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Kings and Queens 2012

Location: National Maritime Museum       Starts: 5 June 2012       Ends: 5 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6,

Come aboard the Royal barge and join the party. Activities are for little ones to enjoy with their family and friends. Timing: 10.30�12.30, 13.00�15.00 date:2012

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Super sashes

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 6 June 2012       Ends: 6 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Design and decorate a special sash filled with your drawings . Timing Drop in between 1 - 4pm more

An Olympic game

Location: Museum of London       Starts: 6 June 2012       Ends: 7 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Take part in the Olympics. Create a boardgame based on fun and facts from both the 1948 and 2012 London games. Timing: 12:30, 14:30, 2012

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Animal Olympics

Location: Museum of London       Starts: 6 June 2012       Ends: 6 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6,

On your marks, get set and get ready to help us celebrate the Olympics! Join in with traditional tales of racing, jumping and swimming from around the world as the animals hold their very first Olympic Games. Everyone knows who would win a race between a Tortoise and a Hare, but what about a Hare and a Hedgehog- Who is fastest, Fox or Snail- Find out in this special storytelling session for under 5s and their carers-older siblings welcome. TIming: 10:30, 11:30, 14:00, 2012

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Story Dice

Location: Museum of London Docklands       Starts: 6 June 2012       Ends: 6 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Create your own story dice with pictures and designs. Roll the dice to see what stories you can create. Timing: 12:30, 14:30 more

Children's Craft Tent - half term fun! 2012

Location: Priory Farm       Starts: 6 June 2012       Ends: 6 June 2012             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

No need to book!  just pop in and have some fun! Parents and carers must stay with their children and are welcome to join in the activities. Timing: 1.30pm - 4.30pm 

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Willow creatures 2012

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 6 June 2012       Ends: 6 June 2012 Child: �6             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

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From butterflies to drogonflies or even flying dragons, these natural crafts let your imagination soar. Join us in making winged wildlife from bendy willow. Children under 8 years should be accompanied and will need your help 45 minute sessions at 10am and 11am

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Olympic sports with the RAF (2012)

Location: Royal Air Force Museum       Starts: 6 June 2012       Ends: 8 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

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Children of all ages have the opportunity to try their hands at various sports with members of the RAF as part of our exhibition on those members of the RAF who have represented the United Kingdom at previous Olympics and during London's Olympic and Paralympic games this summer. Activities will include angling, table tennis, lacrosse and archery plus the opportunity to meet with and talk to members of the RAF's Olympic Bobsleigh team. Please note that for some sports age restrictions of between 8+ and 10+ apply. Sessions will run daily from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm.

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Royalty and Power in Ancient Egypt 2012

Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology       Starts: 6 June 2012       Ends: 7 June 2012 Child: free       Adult: free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

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There were Diamond Jubilees in Ancient Egypt too. Find out about long serving Pharaohs in Egypt and emblems of royal power then make your own Egyptian crown. Drop in between 2 - 4pm

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Picture this 2012

Location: Bruce Castle Museum       Starts: 6 June 2012       Ends: 6 June 2012 Child: free       Adult: free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

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Find out about royal portraits, draw yourself dressed up as a king or queen and decorate your picture with a fabulous gold frame

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Portrait Medals 2012

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 7 June 2012       Ends: 7 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

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Who would you give a medal to this summer- Design and make a special award. Timing Drop in between 1 - 4pm

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From radio to YouTube 2012

Location: Museum of London       Starts: 7 June 2012       Ends: 8 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

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With the starting point the portable radio developed for the 1948 London Olympics, in this digital workshop we will explore how Londoners will keep up to date with scores and stories for the 2012 Olympics. Timing: 12:30, 14:00, 15:30

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Under 5s storytime 2012

Location: Museum of London Docklands       Starts: 7 June 2012       Ends: 7 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6,

(archived event) Join us in our galleries for a fun and interactive story, told using puppets, museum objects and music - then come and play in Mudlarks children's gallery if you have energy to spare! Timing: 3pm

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Tractor Rides 2012

Location: Priory Farm       Starts: 7 June 2012       Ends: 7 June 2012 Child: �1       Adult: �1       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

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Come and enjoy a ride on our tractor and trailer. Great fun for kids big and little! Timing: 1.30pm - 4.00pm

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Foreshore Finds (2012)

Location: Royal Naval College       Starts: 7 June 2012       Ends: 1 November 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Find out what it takes to be an archaeologist and try your hand at identifying some of the fascinating objects found on the Thames foreshore. Timing: 14.00 - 16.00

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Accessorize

Location: Bruce Castle Museum       Starts: 7 June 2012       Ends: 7 June 2012 Child: free       Adult: free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Explore how Tudor Kings and Queens dressed up and be inspired to make your own bling, 2012

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Home entertainment 2012: Dickens style

Location: Cuming Museum       Starts: 7 June 2012       Ends: 7 June 2012 Child: free       Adult: free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) What did people in Charles Dickens' time do for fun- Join musician Paul Rubinstein to find out! Timing: 2.30 - 4pm

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Science Show: Bubbles! Bubbles! Bubbles!

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 8 June 2012       Ends: 8 June 2012             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

This show features bubbles of all sizes going up, down, this way, that way, and all over the place� with a little help from the audience! Starts: 15:30 more

Picture jigsaws 2012

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 8 June 2012       Ends: 8 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

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Make your favourite portrait into a colourful jigsaw. Timing Drop in between 1 - 4pm

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Pop-up story books 2012

Location: Museum of London Docklands       Starts: 8 June 2012       Ends: 8 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

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Get inspired by the Museum's objects, create a magnificent pop-up story book to take home. Timing: 12:30, 14:30

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Decorate your own pot 2012

Location: Denbies       Starts: 8 June 2012       Ends: 8 June 2012 Child: �2.50 per pot       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s):

(archived event) Decorate and plant your own pot for summer �2.50 per pot

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Polyblock Prints 2012

Location: Royal Naval College       Starts: 8 June 2012       Ends: 8 June 2012 Child: �2       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) 

Be inspired by the architecture of Greenwich past and present � or imagine what the future might hold � to design and create your own polyblock print. Add your design to our montage to help us create an image of Greenwich: past, present and future. �2 per child. Suitable for ages 5+. Drop in workshop. Timing: 12.00 - 16.00

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Celebrating 1953 style (2012)

Location: Bruce Castle Museum       Starts: 8 June 2012       Ends: 8 June 2012 Child: free       Adult: free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Join History on the Move and find out how people celebrated the Queen�s coronation in a time of austerity. Dress, food and party games will all be explored!

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Poster for the Olympics 2012

Location: Museum of London       Starts: 9 June 2012       Ends: 10 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

(archived event) 

Make a poster to show off the 2012 London games. Timing: 12:30, 14:30

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London Forever 2012

Location: Museum of London Docklands       Starts: 9 June 2012       Ends: 9 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) London is forever - from the Romans to the Olympics. Celebrate London as a centre of global trade, industry, the arts and sport. In the run up to the Olympics, help create an animation that reflects London as a melting pot of cultures and traditions. Draw, cut, stick, take photographs and add things to our animated film. TIming: 12:30, 14:30

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Royal Jubilee picnic 2012

Location: Claremont Landscape Garden       Starts: 9 June 2012       Ends: 9 June 2012             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) 

Come dressed as a royal and bring a picnic fit for a king. Prize for best dressed king and queen. Normal admission applies

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Sparkly crowns

Location: Bruce Castle Museum       Starts: 10 June 2012       Ends: 10 June 2012 Child: free       Adult: free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

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Picnic at Trinity Laban 2012

Location: Trinity Laban       Starts: 23 June 2012       Ends: 23 June 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) 


Bring a picnic and experience dance and circus performers, face painting,creative play areas and interactive inclusive activities.


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Taster workshop 2012

Location: Sadler's Wells       Starts: 30 June 2012       Ends: 30 June 2012 Child: £5.00             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

(archived event) 
Taster workshops aimed at all ages (suggested minimum 10) and abilities taught by some of the very best dance artists from across the country. Location: Sadler-s Wells, London. Tickets are -5 each


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Big Dance Picnic 2012

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 8 July 2012       Ends: 8 July 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Bring your blankets, hampers and dancing shoes and join in the fun! Themed around English folk traditions, The Big Dance Picnic will feature traditional and contemporary dance performances, live music, craft activities and plenty of opportunities to join in some English folk dancing. Timings: 12 noon to 4pm. 2012

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Science in action

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 9 July 2012       Ends: 3 September 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Specimen Preparation Area in action.  See our scientists and volunteers in action in the Specimen Preparation Area (SPA) of the Darwin Centre Cocoon.  July 9th, 13th, 16th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, 30th, August 3rd, 6th, 10th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 24th, 27th 31st,  3rd September.  Timings: 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00

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Bat Walk

Location: Priory Park       Starts: 11 July 2012       Ends: 11 July 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

Join the Council’s Rangers for an evening walk around the lake to discover the various bat species that live in the park. Bat detectors will be used to locate the bats and listen to them using echolocation. If you have your own detector you are welcome to bring it along. meet outside the Pavilion at 9.20pm.  No need to book just come along. (2012)

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U.Dance 2012 In Action

Location: Southbank Centre       Starts: 14 July 2012       Ends: 14 July 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

An opportunity to watch the UDance 2012 performers in dance workshops, being led by a range of dance artists and companies. Location:Clore Ballroom.  Timing: 10am

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Sporting Summer trail

Location: Priory Farm       Starts: 14 July 2012       Ends: 9 September 2012 Child: £2.25       Adult: £2.25       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Enjoy summer fun and fresh air as the kids run around the 40 acre Discovery Walk, finding answers to the Sporting Summer nature trail and quiz (£1 per quiz sheet). Daily until 9th September.  Timing: Mon - Sat 9.00am-5.30pm,  Sun 10.00am-5.00pm.

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Jump for victory 2012

Location: National Gallery       Starts: 15 July 2012       Ends: 15 July 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Studio Sunday - places are limited and allocated up to one hour before the event. Arrive early to avoid disappointment Timing: 11am – 1pm,  2–4pm, 2012 Location: Pigott Education Centre Foyer

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Big Dance 2012 - Brazil Day

Location: Wandsworth Park       Starts: 15 July 2012       Ends: 15 July 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Presented by Big Dance and the London Borough of Wandsworth, the Carnival spirit comes to Wandsworth Park for a celebration of Brazilian dance and music. The afternoon starts at 2pm and most of the day's activities will be dedicated to Capoeira demonstrations, dance and carnival. Workshops and performances will be running throughout the day. There'll be stalls selling traditional Brazilian food and drinks. The party carries on till the sun goes down, when Big Dance's giant inflatable screen will be showing the 2011 animated musical comedy `Rio'. Timing: start time 2pm, 2012

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Build the Truce 2012

Location: Imperial War Museum       Starts: 21 July 2012       Ends: 31 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Call a truce, whatever your differences, and hear a slimy story of slugs, snails and truce time tales. 21st & 22nd July and 25th to 31st August,  2012 Timings: 11am-11.45am, Noon-12.45pm, 2pm-2.45pm and 3pm-3.45pm
 

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Africa on the catwalk

Location: Southbank Centre       Starts: 21 July 2012       Ends: 21 July 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

In collaboration with Ola Shobowale, Creative Director of Infinite Beauty Factory, and Arise Magazine Fashion Director Sabrina Henry, we present a selection of exciting fashion designers who originate from Africa or are inspired by the rich cultural heritage of Africa.  Location: Clore Ballroom.  TIming: 1.30pm, 2012

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Drawing - bodies in motion 2012

Location: National Gallery       Starts: 22 July 2012       Ends: 29 July 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Drawing Sunday - 22nd & 29th July 2012, Timing: 11am -12.20pm, 2 - 3.20pm, Location: Pigott Education Centre Foyer

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Miryam Solomon 2012

Location: Southbank Centre       Starts: 22 July 2012       Ends: 22 July 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

(archived event)

A special show by the Eritrean singer Miryam Soloman, who performs her set in Tigrinya.  Location: Front room at the Queen Elizabeth's Hall.  Timing: 6.30pm

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Name that worm 2012

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 23 July 2012       Ends: 23 July 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Is everything that wriggles a worm- Join us for the ultimate guide to back garden worm identification.  Timings: 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00, 

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Sow and Grow

Location: RHS Wisley       Starts: 23 July 2012       Ends: 28 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

These activities are free of charge, and throughout August there is no admission charge for children into RHS Wisley.  Dates: 30th, 31st July, 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 28th August.  Get your hands dirty and sow seeds to take home to grow on.  Timing: 10.30 - 12.30, 1.30 - 4.30pm

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Float your boat (2012)

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 24 July 2012       Ends: 24 July 2012 Child: £4.00       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) Calling all aspiring sailors! Make your very own boat or pirate ship out of natural or recycled materials. Floatability testing in our paddling pool included.  Timing: 10 - 11am, 11.15 - 12.15pm

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Pond Dipping at the Horniman 2012

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 24 July 2012       Ends: 28 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Every Tuesday from 24 July 2012 to 28 August 2012.  Explore the Summer environment of the Nature Trail pond.  Tickets are available from the Information Desk area 30 minutes before the start of each session.  Timing: 11am - 12.30pm, 2pm - 3.30pm

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Best of British Insects

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 25 July 2012       Ends: 25 July 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Meet a Museum entomologist and discover some incredible British insects.  Timings: 14:30 (2012)

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Art & Craft activities in the garden

Location: RHS Wisley       Starts: 25 July 2012       Ends: 29 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

These activities are free of charge, and throughout August there is no admission charge for children into RHS Wisley.
Craft activities.  Dates: 1st, 8th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 29th August 2012.  Timings: 10.30 - 12.30, 1.30 - 4.30

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Mini-beasts and Clay critters 2012

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 26 July 2012       Ends: 28 August 2012 Child: £4.00       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

We go in search of centipedes, millipedes, beetles, spiders and worms with magnifying glasses, bug pots, leaf shaking, log lifting, stone turning... an outdoor session ending ith clay craft to make your own mini beast to take home. Dates: 26th July & 28th August 2012 Timing: 10 - 11, 11.15 - 12.15, 1.15 - 2.15, 2.30 - 3.30pm

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Stories from around the World

Location: RHS Wisley       Starts: 26 July 2012       Ends: 30 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Listen to stories and tales from around the world
Europe: 26th July.  Timing: 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm
Americas: 8th August.  Timing: 11am, 12 noon & 1.30pm
Australasia: 16th August.   Timing: 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm
Asia: 23rd & 30th August:  Timing: 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm

Normal admission costs to Wisley apply, there is no additional charge for these activities.

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Revealing what lies beneath 2012

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 27 July 2012       Ends: 27 July 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) 

Come and see how CT-scanning can help our scientists discover more about the specimens we care for.  Timings: 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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Taonga Puoro demonstration 2012

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 27 July 2012       Ends: 27 July 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) 

A unique opportunity to experience traditional maori music-making and storytelling.   Tickets required.  Timing: 12.00pm - 12.45pm, 3pm - 3.45pm

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Bird ringing 2012

Location: Leith Hill       Starts: 27 July 2012       Ends: 27 July 2012 Child: £5.00       Adult: £2.50       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

27th July 2012. Activities for 7 - 14 year olds - bird ringing at Leith Hill - to book in advance call 01372 220644

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Puppets 2012

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 28 July 2012       Ends: 25 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6,

Come and join in the foody fun at this exciting, interactive puppet storytelling show.  Dates: 28 July & 25th August 2012 Timing: 12:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 14:00

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Prehistoric Human Behaviour 2012

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 28 July 2012       Ends: 28 July 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

Meet a scientist who investigates the behaviour of ancient humans, piecing together the past by careful analysis of cut marks on bones and teeth and studying tiny details on prehistoric tools. Discover how she can interpret the ways in which our ancestors lived with exciting new imaging technologies used here at the Museum.  Date: 28th July 2012.  TImings: 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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Billy Bragg's Big Busk 2012

Location: Southbank Centre       Starts: 28 July 2012       Ends: 28 July 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Musicians of all ages and abilities are invited to bring their instruments and busk to some of Billy Bragg's favourite songs.  Location: Festival village under Queen Elizabeth Hall. Date: 28th July. Timing: 4pm

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Faces workshop 2014

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 30 July 2012       Ends: 30 July 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Brillaint Books.  Smile, frown, laugh your way around the portraits in the Gallery on this picture hunts inspired by expressions.  Free workshop, but ticket required which is available one hour before the session begins.  Date: 30th July 2014. Timing: 13.00 - 16.00, sessions last 90 mins

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All about Gold

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 31 July 2012       Ends: 31 July 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Gold has been sought after for thousands of years. But where does it come from and how do you find it- Join us to find out.  Date: 31st July, 2012.  Timings: 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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Art workshop - medals

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 31 July 2012       Ends: 8 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Family drop in workshop where you can design and create your own medal.  Free workshop, but ticket required which is available one hour before the session begins.  Timing: 13.00 - 16.00, sessions last 90 mins.  31st July & 8th August, 2012

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Big City Bug Hunt

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 1 August 2012       Ends: 1 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Join us to discover how you can help scientists with their work by going on the hunt for bugs in your local area.  Date: 1st August 2012. Timings:  12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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Kids activities at the Discovery Walk 2012

Location: Priory Farm       Starts: 1 August 2012       Ends: 29 August 2012 Child: £4.75       Adult: £2.75       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Every Wednesday in August 2012, there will be special kids activities at the Discovery walk.  Programme is as follows, but will be subject to change if the weather is bad!
August 1: Build a boat and watch it sail down the stream
August 8: Teddy bears' picnic. Fun and Games! 25%off ice cream at Wendy’s only when you bring your teddy bear.
August 15: Buried treasure - have ago at metal detecting and make a sword or crown at the craft tent
August 22: Fishy friends - meet our fish and make a shiny fish to take home
August 29: Pets' Corner - meet our pets and make a pet to take home with you
The children's price quoted includes the cost of entry to the discovery walk.  Timing: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

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All the animals

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 1 August 2012       Ends: 1 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

How many animals can you find in portraits in the Gallery-  Choose one to create a family badge.  Free workshop, but ticket required which is available one hour before the session begins.  Date: 1st August, 2012. Timing: 13.00 - 16.00, sessions last 90 mins

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Flavours of India (2012)

Location: Southbank Centre       Starts: 1 August 2012       Ends: 2 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

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A two-day mini festival celebrating the colour and diversity of India, Flavours of India features a market and exhibition on Southbank Centre Square, and a series of free performances in Royal Festival Hall.   Timing: Market opening times 1 August 12 noon - 8pm, 2 August 10am - 6pm. 

Performances take place throughout both days during the following times: 1 August 11am - 6.30pm, 2 August 11am - 6pm

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Bird Spotting 2012

Location: Priory Park       Starts: 1 August 2012       Ends: 1 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Activities in the park every  Wednesday from 11am to 3pm including a Beetle Drive, Tree Leaf Bingo, Fish Flapping and lots more!   Timing for bird spotting 10 - 11, 11 - 12 noon - Date: 1st August 2012.  Booking in advance essential via priorypark@reigate-banstead.gov.uk.

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All Squids great and small

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 2 August 2012       Ends: 2 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Meet some of the strange squid and incredible octopuses that live in our oceans.  Date: 2nd August. Timings:  12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00, 2012

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Tractor Rides

Location: Priory Farm       Starts: 2 August 2012       Ends: 30 August 2012 Child: £1.00       Adult: £1.00       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Come and enjoy a ride on our tractor and trailer.  Great fun for kids big and little!  August 2nd, 9th,16th, 23rd and 30th  Timing: 1.30pm - 4.00pm

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Salv's workshop

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 2 August 2012       Ends: 2 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Join a special drop-in workshop with this year's BP portrait Award Family trail illustrator, Salvatore Rubbino.  Date: 2nd August. Timing 13.00 - 16.00

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Music making 2012

Location: RHS Wisley       Starts: 2 August 2012       Ends: 9 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

These activities are free of charge, and throughout August there is no admission charge for children into RHS Wisley.
Join a rhythmic music workshop.  Date: 2nd & 9th August 2012.  Timing 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.20pm
 

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Olympic dance workshop 2012

Location: Priory Park       Starts: 2 August 2012       Ends: 2 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Activities every Thursday in August 2012 at Priory Park.   Dance workshop with Star Steppers 2nd August.  Timing: 2 - 3pm

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Traditional Songs of the Thames 2012

Location: National Maritime Museum       Starts: 2 August 2012       Ends: 8 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Date:  2nd, 5th, 6th and 8th August 2012. An ensemble of classical, jazz and world routed musicians perform songs from Thames-side communitities.  A FREE performance

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Summer Bags

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 3 August 2012       Ends: 3 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Drop-in art workshop to decorate and create an artist's bag.  Free workshop, but ticket required which is available one hour before the session begins.  Date: 3rd August. Timing: 13.00 - 16.00, sessions last 90 mins

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Crazy Golf 2012

Location: Priory Park       Starts: 3 August 2012       Ends: 30 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Activities every Thursday in August at Priory Park.   Try your hand at crazy golf - 30th August.  Timing: 11 - 4pm

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Wild child Week 2012

Location: Claremont Landscape Garden       Starts: 4 August 2012       Ends: 10 August 2012 Child: £0.50       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Go wild at Claremont this summer holiday with a fantastic trail and loads of craft activities throughout the week. Craft activities in the Thatched Cottage.  Normal admission costs to Claremont apply.  Daily 4th to 10th August 2012.  Timing: 11am to 1pm
 

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Lewisham Concert Band 2012

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 5 August 2012       Ends: 5 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Lewisham Concert Band perform a variety of music for you to enjoy.   Date: 5th August 2012.  Timing: 3pm - 5pm

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Mega Mummy animation workshop 2012

Location: British Museum       Starts: 5 August 2012       Ends: 5 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Use stop-motion software and digital video cameras to create your own giant and gruesome animation of the mummification process to upload to the web.  Sessions last 120 minutes.   Timing: 11.00 and 14.00.  Location: Samsung Digital Discovery Centre.  5th August 2012

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Wallpaper portraits 2012

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 6 August 2012       Ends: 14 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Join a fun session to create a length of wallpaper with family portraits.  Free workshop, but ticket required which is available one hour before the session begins.  Timing: 13.00 - 16.00, sessions last 90 mins.  6th & 14th August 2012

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Fastest Fish in the Sea (2012)

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 7 August 2012       Ends: 7 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

Find out which fish are the fastest and discover how they are built for speed.  Dates: 7th August 2012.  Timings:  12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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Tree Walk 2012

Location: Priory Park       Starts: 8 August 2012       Ends: 8 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) 

Activities in the park every  Wednesday from 11am to 3pm including a Beetle Drive, Tree Leaf Bingo, Fish Flapping and lots more!   Timing for tree walk 10 - 11, 11 - 12 noon - date: 8th August.  Booking in advance essential via priorypark@reigate-banstead.gov.uk.

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Winning Laurels 2012

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 9 August 2012       Ends: 9 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

With the world's greatest athletes descending on London for the 2012 Olympic Games, we take a look at the record-breakers of the plant kingdom. Date: 9th August 2012. Timings:  12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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Pet Zoetrope 2012

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 9 August 2012       Ends: 9 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Follow an animal trail around the gallery and create a collection pets, turn your drawings into a zoetrope in order to take them for a walk!  Free workshop, but ticket required which is available one hour before the session begins.  Date: 9th August 2012. Timing: 13.00 - 16.00, sessions last 90 mins

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Let's Dance 2012

Location: Priory Park       Starts: 9 August 2012       Ends: 9 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Activities every Thursday in August 2012, at Priory Park.   Dance workshop with Star Steppers - 9th August.  Timing: 2 - 3pm

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Animal postcards

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 10 August 2012       Ends: 10 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Create a collaged postcard of animals in the Collections to send to a friend.   Free workshop, but ticket required which is available one hour before the session begins.  Timing: 13.00 - 16.00, sessions last 90 mins.  10th & 22nd August, 2012

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The Giant Squid 2012

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 11 August 2012       Ends: 11 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Meet the scientist given the massive job of preserving the first giant squid caught alive and Hear the story of how a creature more often the topic of myth and legend became part of our collection.  Date: 11th August 2012. Timings:  12:30 - 13:00

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Marvellous Masks 2012

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 13 August 2012       Ends: 13 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Turn yourself into a different character by creating a special mask.   Free workshop, but ticket required which is available one hour before the session begins.  Date: 13th August 2012. Timing: 13.00 - 16.00, sessions last 90 mins

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Crafts in the Clore 2012

Location: Royal Naval College       Starts: 13 August 2012       Ends: 17 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

(archived event) Date: daily Mon 13 Aug - Fri 17 Aug. Join us in the Clore Learning Centre and get creative with our free family craft activities. We will be using a range of different materials throughout the week so drop in and see what we are up to. Help us create a display on our ancient Greek Olympics theme or be inspired by the materials to create something from your imagination.  Timing: 11.00 - 16.00

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Make-it: Architecture 2012

Location: Victoria and Albert Museum       Starts: 14 August 2012       Ends: 14 August 2012 Child: £7.50       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Date: 14th August 2012, Work with a specialist model maker from Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & partners to design and create a model city.  Timing: 10.30 - 13.00, 14.00 - 16.30.  Booking essential

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Dress it up 2012

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 15 August 2012       Ends: 15 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Explore different styles of haircuts, beards, glasses, hats and wigs and make your own accessory.   Free workshop, but ticket required which is available one hour before the session begins.  Date: 15th August.  Timing: 13.00 - 16.00, sessions last 90 mins

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Pond dipping 2012

Location: Priory Park       Starts: 15 August 2012       Ends: 15 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Activities in the park every  Wednesday from 11am to 3pm including a Beetle Drive, Tree Leaf Bingo, Fish Flapping and lots more!   Timing for pond dipping 10 - 11, 11 - 12 noon - date: 15th August 2012.  Booking in advance essential via priorypark@reigate-banstead.gov.uk.

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Make it: Clay 2012

Location: Victoria and Albert Museum       Starts: 15 August 2012       Ends: 29 August 2012 Child: £7.50       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Date: 15th, 22nd & 29th August 2012.  Join artist Phoebe Cummings in our Ceramics studio to make your own commermorative 2012 teapot!  Timing: 10.30 - 12.30 and 14.30 - 16.30.  Booking essential

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Drama Characters (2014): Gene Cernan

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 15 August 2012       Ends: 28 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) What would you like to ask Gene Cernan, the last man to step on the Moon in 1972-  Join the NASA astronaut as he takes you on a journey that began on 7 December 1972. What’s it like to experience a rocket launch- What does it feel like to be weightless- What do you eat when you’re out there- And how do you go to the toilet when you’re in space- Have all these questions and many more answered as you take a small step into the giant world of space!   Dates: 15th & 28th August.  Timings: 12.30, 14.00 in the 'Exploring Space' section

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Jazzy Jigsaws 2012

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 16 August 2012       Ends: 16 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Construct a portrait jigsaw from your drawings.   Free workshop, but ticket required which is available one hour before the session begins.  Date: 16th August 2012. Timing: 13.00 - 16.00, sessions last 90 mins

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Big Bugs

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 17 August 2012       Ends: 17 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Join us as we come face-to-face with some of the world's largest and most spectacular bugs.  Date: 17th August, 2012. Timings:  12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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Rear Window 2012

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 17 August 2012       Ends: 17 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Search the gallery looking at views of interior spaces, doors, wallpaper pictures and create a layered window view into space.   Free workshop, but ticket required which is available one hour before the session begins.  Date: 17th August 2012. Timing: 13.00 - 16.00, sessions last 90 mins

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Shakespeare in the Summer

Location: British Museum       Starts: 17 August 2012       Ends: 24 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

17th & 24th August Come along and make your own contribution to a suitably Shakespearean artwork, then listen to some unusual versions of stories from the Bard’s plays.  Timing: drop in between 11.00–16.00.  Location: Great Court

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Birds of prey at Wisley 2012

Location: RHS Wisley       Starts: 18 August 2012       Ends: 19 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

These activities are free of charge, and throughout August there is no admission charge for children into RHS Wisley.
Come and see amazing birds of prey.  Date: 18th & 19th August 2012. Displays will be taking place at 11am and 2pm
 

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Birds of prey at Painshill Park 2012

Location: Painshill Park       Starts: 19 August 2012       Ends: 19 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Watch fantastic flying displays and see owls, hawks, falcons and eagles.  Date: 19th August 2012. Timing: 2 - 4pm

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From the side (2012)

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 20 August 2012       Ends: 24 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Draw family faces to create silhouettes of your family.   Free workshop, but ticket required which is available one hour before the session begins.  Timing: 13.00 - 16.00, sessions last 90 mins.  20th & 24th August 2012

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Corpses to Collections 2012

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 23 August 2012       Ends: 23 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Explore the grisly process of preparing dead animals, great and small, for our collections - not for the faint hearted.  Date: 23rd August 2012. Timings: 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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Mini Portraits 2012

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 23 August 2012       Ends: 23 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Zoom in to the small details to create your own framed portraits.   Free workshop, but ticket required which is available one hour before the session begins.  Date: 23rd August 2012.  Timing: 13.00 - 16.00, sessions last 90 mins

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Treasure Hunt 2012

Location: Priory Park       Starts: 23 August 2012       Ends: 23 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Activities every Thursday in August at Priory Park.   Hunt for treasure in the park - 23rd August 2012.  Timing: 11 - 4pm

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Sea Monsters

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 24 August 2012       Ends: 24 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Some amazing sea creatures lurk in the depths of our collections. Join us as we meet the Museum curator who cares for them and artist Alice Shirley.  Date: 24th August. Timings: 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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All abuzz about wasp nests 2012

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 24 August 2012       Ends: 24 August 2012 Child: free       Adult: free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Discover more about wasps and take a closer look at these pioneers of insect architecture.  Date: 24th August, 2012. Timings: 12:30 - 13:00

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Plants, Potions and poisons 2012

Location: Leith Hill       Starts: 24 August 2012       Ends: 24 August 2012 Child: £5.00       Adult: £2.50       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

24th Aug 2012. Activities for 7 - 14 year olds - investigating plants potions and poisons at Leith Hill - to book in advance call 01372 220644

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Dr Seuss story in the forest 2012

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 28 August 2012       Ends: 28 August 2012 Child: £3.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6,

“I speak for the trees” said Dr Seuss’s  Lorax. In our magical woodland clearing hear ‘The Lorax’, a tale of trees, greed and the last “truffula seed” from one of our rangers. Then meet our own friendly tree characters and guess their names.  Date: 28th August 2012.  Timing: 10 - 11am, 11.15 - 12.15 pm

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Craft kids (2012): Raffia and String Baskets

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 28 August 2012       Ends: 28 August 2012 Child: £7.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

(archived event) We will teach you simple skills and techniques for colourful raffia, string, and yarn baskets. Then you can choose and create your own project.  Date: 28th July. Timing 1.30 - 3pm

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Make it: Upcycling 2012

Location: Victoria and Albert Museum       Starts: 28 August 2012       Ends: 28 August 2012 Child: £5.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Date: 28th August 2012.  Workshop for 10 - 12 year olds.  Re-use and re-make! Using a variety of scrap materials use your imagination to create a stunning fascinator or personalised patch to sew on one of your garments.  Timing:  2pm .  Booking essential

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Mini-beast hunt 2012

Location: Priory Park       Starts: 29 August 2012       Ends: 29 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Activities in the park every  Wednesday from 11am to 3pm including a Beetle Drive, Tree Leaf Bingo, Fish Flapping and lots more!    Timing of Mini-beast Hunt on 29th August 2012.10 - 11, 11 - 12 noon.  Booking in advance essential via priorypark@reigate-banstead.gov.uk.

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pond dipping 2012

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 30 August 2012       Ends: 30 August 2012 Child: £0.50       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Discover tiny watery wonders under the surface! We provide all the equipment and know-how. No need to book. Just
turn up at the pond by the café. Dipping time may be limited at busy periods.  Date: 30th July 2012. Timing: 1 - 3pm

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Moving pictures & Terrific tea caddies 2012

Location: Geffrye Museum       Starts: 31 August 2012       Ends: 31 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

Moving Pictures - for all ages,  Drop in any time, Friday 31st August, between 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2.00 - 4.00pm (24 places available) Create a Chinese patterned plate where the animals, plants and people on it magically move.  Or,
Tea-riffic Tea Caddies - for all ages, Drop in any time,Friday 31st August, between 2.00 - 4.00pm (24 places available).  Decorate a special patterned box to hide your things in.
 

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Comparative Anatomy 2012

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 1 September 2012       Ends: 1 September 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

What can comparing the anatomy of different animals tell us about the development of life on Earth-  Date: 1st September 2012. Timing:  12:30, 14:30 - 15:00

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Back to school baking

Location: Geffrye Museum       Starts: 1 September 2012       Ends: 1 September 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Bake delicious spicy biscuits and decorate a box to take them home in.  Saturday 1 September, 2012.  Timing: 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2.00 - 4.00pm

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Samba Ceilidh

Location: Southbank Centre       Starts: 2 September 2012       Ends: 2 September 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Dig out your dancing shoes, tart up your wheelchairs and 'Boomba on down' to Southbank Centre to celebrate disabled culture at its best in this unique collaboration brought to you by Lawnmowers Theatre Company, Opaxoro Da Apae and Orchestra Sertao.  Location: Clore ballroom.  Date: 2nd September. TIming: 3pm

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Orienteering Fun! (2012)

Location: Wisley Common, Ockham and Chatley Heath       Starts: 2 September 2012       Ends: 2 September 2012 Child: £1.00       Adult: £2.00       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) 

Come along to try a bit of orienteering fun on Wisley Common, learn to navigate yourself around with a map and compass on a simple course to find hidden markers! This event is run in partnership with Woking District Scouts. Bring a picnic and a compass if you have one. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, please call Gemma Grant on 07970 094416 to book.  Timing: 10am - 2pm

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Trail 2012: Adventures in Vauxhall Gardens

Location: The Foundling Museum       Starts: 2 September 2012       Ends: 9 September 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) 

Illustrator Nina Cosford has created a free activity trail, Adventures in Vauxhall Gardens, for younger visitors to the Museum. The trail explores the themes of the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and feelings of our current exhibition The Triumph of Pleasure: Vauxhall Gardens 1729 - 1786.

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The Beautiful Octopus Club 2012

Location: Southbank Centre       Starts: 7 September 2012       Ends: 7 September 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

London's longest-running multi-media club night returns to Royal Festival Hall and it's going to be the biggest and best yet!  Location: Clore Ballroom.  Date: 7th September 2012. Timing: 7pm

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Closing Ceremony (2012) at the Geffrye Museum

Location: Geffrye Museum       Starts: 8 September 2012       Ends: 8 September 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Join us for fun activities to celebrate four years of amazing Stories of the World: London exhibitions, events and creative projects at the Geffrye (2012). The events include performances, stories, craft workshops and games for families and young people inspired by our At Home with the World exhibition.  
Bhangra Dancers: Listen and dance along to the Punjabi-inspired rhythms of the Bhangra Dancers. Suitable for all ages: 1.00 - 1.45pm, 2.15 - 3.00pm and 3.45 - 4.30pm.
Tiles of Time: Be inspired by plate and tiles from Turkey to Japan and decorate your own tiles to take home. Suitable for children aged 5+: Drop in anytime from 10.30am - 12.30 and 2.00 - 4.00pm.
Tales from the Deep: Hear the exciting story behind the Geffrye’s Ca Mau porcelain, rescued from a shipwreck off Vietnam after 250 years under the sea. Suitable for all ages: 12.15pm, 1.45pm and 3.00pm (Lasts approximately 30 minutes).
Jumping Jack Flash: Celebrate London 2012 and take part in our own garden octathlon games challenge. Suitable for all ages: Drop in anytime from 1.00 - 4.00pm.
 At Home with the World Exhibition Tours: Join our Young Volunteer Tour Guides to explore our At Home with the World exhibition and go behind-the-scenes in the Collection Stores. Suitable for all ages: Tours start at 10.15, 11.15am, 12.15, 2.15, 3.15 and 4.15pm.
Film Screening: View some of visitors’ and the Youth Advisory Panel’s favourite films and decide on your own favourite for the ‘Audience Award’ winner to be announced at 4.30pm. Suitable for all ages: Screenings take place at 4.00pm.
The Geffrye’s Stories of the World Stall: Join our Young Ambassadors at their Information Stall to find out more about our Stories of the World: London programme. Suitable for all ages: Drop in anytime from 10.00am - 5.00pm.
Quiz Desk, Feely Box and Back Packs: Quizzical quizzes, a Feely Box full of mystery objects and activity packs for the under-5s. Suitable for all ages: Drop in anytime from 12.30 - 4.30pm.
Light, Paint, Animate! Work with Chocolate Films to create your own interactive stop-motion animation using light painting techniques inspired by objects from the Geffrye’s collection. Suitable for young people aged 13 and over:1.00 - 4.30pm. Please note this workshop needs to be pre-booked. To book your place call 020 7749 6013, or e-mail Vanessa: vweibel@geffrye-museum.org.uk
 

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Hide and Seek Weekender 2012

Location: Southbank Centre       Starts: 14 September 2012       Ends: 16 September 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event)

Join Hide&Seek for a weekend of games across Southbank Centre for adults, families, first-timers and expert players. There are games to see and games to play, with plenty of running and hiding, plotting and planning, listening, watching, story-telling and sculpture-making.  There’s something for everyone with drop-in games on Friday night, music and performance games on Saturday afternoon, festive play at the Saturday night party, or processions and a carnival feel on Sunday afternoon.
The Hide&Seek Weekender is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Friday 14th Sept activities start at 6.30pm
Saturday 15th Sept timing 1 - 6pm
Sunday 16th Sept activities start at 1pm
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Storytelling events

Location: Painshill Park       Starts: 16 September 2012       Ends: 16 September 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

An enchanting story walk for all the family.  Move through the landscape stopping at the follies to hear tales about Sinbad and Aladdin. Date: 16th September. Timing: 2 - 3.30pm

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Falconry Day 2012

Location: Claremont Landscape Garden       Starts: 22 September 2012       Ends: 22 September 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

An opportunity to see a wide variety of birds of prey including eagles, hawks, falcons and owls in the setting of an eighteenth century landscape garden.  Free event, but normal admission costs apply.  Date: 22nd September 2012. Timing: from 10.30am

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Reptile awareness day 2012

Location: Painshill Park       Starts: 23 September 2012       Ends: 23 September 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Discover fascinating facts as you come face to face with live British reptiles and amphibians. Date: 23rd September 2012. Timing: 12 - 4pm

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Forest Discovery Day (2012)

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 30 September 2012       Ends: 30 September 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Here at Alice Holt we have lots of free activites for children and adults to get involved in.  This year we are excited to be hosting a falconry display from the famous (BBC's countryfile) Jonathan Marshall, who will thrill and entrance all ages. Other activities on offer include wild woodcraft, bug hunting, willow craft, animal masks, quiz trails and more.  Date: 30th September 2012. Timings: 10am - 3pm

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Drop in Design 2012

Location: Victoria and Albert Museum       Starts: 30 September 2012       Ends: 30 December 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) Every Sunday from 10.30 to 17.00 explore the V&A's collections through drawing and making activities.  Choose a challenge, hunt for ideas in the galleries then create and make your own designs as a family - from fantasy doors to fancy hats.

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London Orchard Festival 2012

Location: Camley Street Natural Park       Starts: 7 October 2012       Ends: 7 October 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) Join us for indoor and outdoor attractions by the lake and canal which include: Urban fruit, Folklore and storytelling, Live music from Light Falls Forward, cider tasting with London Glider and East Dulwich Cider Collective, Outdoor cooking, 100+ apple varieties exhibition, Apple bobbing, Workshops 'How to plant trees' and 'How to grow trees from seeds'.   Timing: 10.30am to 7pm

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Hands 2012 on investigation

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 13 October 2012       Ends: 31 October 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Get a feel for how scientists work by having a go yourself. Come and explore hundreds of real nature specimens that form the evidence Museum scientists use in their daily work.  Timings & Dates: 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st October 2012 at 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00

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Nelson's Navy 2012

Location: Bourne Hall Museum       Starts: 13 October 2012       Ends: 13 October 2012 Child: £4.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event)  Meet a naval Lieutenant of Nelson's Navy along with his wife to get a flavour of those exciting times and discover what life was really like for the men on deck. The Lieutenant will be bringing some of the equipment he used on a man-of-war which you can try out. He will also bring along his sword and pistol.  Timing: 1 - 2.30pm

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Five Leaf Vista 2012

Location: National Gallery       Starts: 14 October 2012       Ends: 25 November 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Sunday 14 October and 25th November 2012.  Looking from the outside in, explore the unexpected layers of a painting and create your own book.  Places are limited and allocated up to one hour before the event. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Location: Pigott Education Centre Foyer.  Timing: 11am–1pm (repeated 2–4pm)

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Make-it Film 2012

Location: Victoria and Albert Museum       Starts: 20 October 2012       Ends: 20 October 2012 Child: £7.50       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

WORKSHOP EVENT FOR 10-12 YEAR OLDS: Saturday 20 October 2012, 11.00 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 16.00. Try different stage make-up techniques and find out how to create different characters.  Children do not need to be accompanied by an adult but emergency contact details must be provided in advance.  Advance booking essential. 

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Caricature You! 2012

Location: Cartoon Art Trust       Starts: 20 October 2012       Ends: 21 October 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Free with admission but booking essential as space is limited.  Learn some quick and easy methods for creating a cartoon likeness of yourself or people you know.   Saturday 20th Oct 2012: 1.30 - 2.30pm, 21st Oct: 3.30 - 4.30pm

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Pumpkin Palace 2012

Location: Priory Farm       Starts: 20 October 2012       Ends: 4 November 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 October and Thursday 25 October - Sunday 4 November 2012.  With pumpkins galore, the Pumpkin Palace and Spooky Tunnel once again make an appearance especially for Halloween. It’s all good scary fun and children will love venturing inside to choose a pumpkin in the dimly lit, cobweb-strewn interior.  Face painting available most days
Pumpkin carving kits available and demonstrations and tips on how to make the best jack-o-laterns. Timing: 10 - 4.30pm

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Slow, Fast, Squiggle, Smudge

Location: National Gallery       Starts: 21 October 2012       Ends: 18 November 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Sunday 21st October and 18th November.  Invent new lines for new times. You and your family will experiment with fast squiggles and slow lines in this drawing session.  Admission free. Places are limited and allocated up to one hour before the event. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Location: Pigott Education Centre Foyer Timing: 11am–12.20pm (repeated 2–3.20pm)

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Mini Movies 2012

Location: Victoria and Albert Museum       Starts: 27 October 2012       Ends: 4 November 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6,

(archived event)

Make a monster or a fairy with your face and your body!  Using fun drama techniques, movement and music, this workshop explores the world of ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’ from Hollywood film.  Recommended for under 5s.  Free, drop in.  Timings:  11.00, 13.00, 15.00

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Movie Magic 2012

Location: Victoria and Albert Museum       Starts: 27 October 2012       Ends: 4 November 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

(archived event)

Saturday 27 October – Sunday 4 November. Enjoy a full length classic children’s film as the V&A becomes a Hollywood Movie Theatre! All film showing start at 2pm, seats available on a first come, first served basis.

The Wizard of Oz (1939) PG. Sunday 27 October – Sunday 4 November (excluding Wednesday 31 October).

Addams Family Values (1993) PG. Wednesday 31 October.

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A Poppy Field

Location: Imperial War Museum       Starts: 27 October 2012       Ends: 11 November 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Grow your own poppy from paper and wire. Plant it in our Poppy Field and remember those who gave their lives to protect their country, from both world wars to conflicts today.  Timings: 11am - 5pm, 2012

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The Campsite 2012

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 27 October 2012       Ends: 2 November 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

This October half-term kids and adults alike can explore a visiting entourage of vintage camper vans, colourful caravans and pop-up tents in and around the Darwin Centre.   Join in or just watch the interactive shows of theatre, film, visual arts, music and scientific discovery at each of The Campsite displays.  Activities include:

Become a life-sized display specimen, See musical comedy and films,  Explore life in Antarctica or inside a blue whale, Play family favourite games outdoors, Spot the Lost Camper roaming the Museum - point her in the right direction... 27th October to 2nd November 2012.

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World War 2 Day 2012

Location: Bourne Hall Museum       Starts: 27 October 2012       Ends: 27 October 2012 Child: Free       Adult: £4.00       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event)

Re-enactors include Home Guard, an Air Raid Warden, a Bomb Disposal Officer, an Army Cook and a housewife with her husband.  Free talks on bomb disposal; make do and mend including children's clothes and clothes rationing; Home Guard drill and the weapons they used; cooking in the field; ARP and what to do in a gas attack.  Timings: 11 - 5pm  (children under 12 free)

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Retro Game Design 2012

Location: British Museum       Starts: 27 October 2012       Ends: 9 December 2012 Child: Free       Adult: free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

27th October & 9th December 2012.  Join a game design expert to create a retro-style platform game inspired by the Museum’s collection.  This event is designed for unaccompanied young people aged 13–18.   Participants must bring a signed permission letter and emergency contact details.  This event is free, but there are limited places - so book your space 

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Mother Crockford & the Wicked Woodland 2012

Location: Crockford Bridge Farm       Starts: 27 October 2012       Ends: 31 October 2012 Child: £5.00       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Daily from 27th October to 31st October 2012.  Enjoy all the fun of the Spooky Events in the Pumpkin Patch, buy a pumpkin to take home - plus a Halloween performance in the Wicked Woods!   Timing: 11.00, 12.30, 2.00, 3.30

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Taking a line for a walk 2012

Location: Royal Naval College       Starts: 27 October 2012       Ends: 27 October 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Saturday 27th October 2012. Come and join artist Caroline Dorset in the Painted Hall and see where your line takes you!   Venue: Painted Hall.  Timing: 12.00 - 15.00

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Go Draw Glow 2012

Location: National Gallery       Starts: 28 October 2012       Ends: 30 October 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Sunday 28th, Monday 29th, Tuesday 30th October 2012.   Bring your friends and family to learn how to transform your pencil drawings of favourite National Gallery paintings into collaborative performances of glowing light.

Your glowing light drawings will be photographed to take home.  Location: Pigott Education Centre Foyer.  Timings: 11am–1pm (repeated 2–4pm)

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Meet Samuel Pepys (2012)

Location: Royal Naval College       Starts: 28 October 2012       Ends: 28 October 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Sunday 28th October 2012.  Hear tales from Samuel Pepys, the great diarist of the 17th century, including his association with the Navy, the Fire of London, the Great Plague, his own colourful lifestyle and turbulent marriage!  Location: Painted Hall.  Timings: 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00

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Children's craft workshop 2012

Location: Denbies       Starts: 29 October 2012       Ends: 2 November 2012 Child: £1.50             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Spooky craft activities are available throughout the week.  Activities are individually priced from £1.50 to £3.50 per activity. Timing: 11am - 3pm

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Fun with Fungus 2012

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 29 October 2012       Ends: 29 October 2012 Child: £6.00       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

A great chance for you to explore the woodland floor with Professor Fungus and learn more about the fantastic world of fungi... the good ones, the bad ones and the ugly ones! All children to be accompanied.  Date: 29th October 2012. Timing: 10 - 12

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Lantern making 2012

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 29 October 2012       Ends: 29 October 2012 Child: £7.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Session 1: Ages 8yrs+. 10am-12noon. Session 2: 1-2pm and Session 3: 2.30-3.30pm for under 8’s with adults helping. £7 per lantern.  A very popular event lighting up the darker days. Make a colourful lantern from willow and tissue. Children under 8yrs will decorate a simple ready-made frame. Safety LED lights can be purchased at  £3 if booked in advance.  Date: 29th October 2012.

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Shakespeare's London

Location: British Museum       Starts: 29 October 2012       Ends: 2 November 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Join in a week of activities celebrating Shakespeare’s London.  Explore the city, discover what there was to do, listen to the stories of Shakespeare’s plays and perhaps meet the great man himself!  Suitable for all ages.  Timing: 11 - 4pm. Daily Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November

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Make it: Costumes 2012

Location: Victoria and Albert Museum       Starts: 29 October 2012       Ends: 3 November 2012 Child: £5.00             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

(archived event) WORKSHOP EVENT FOR 10-12 YEAR OLDS: Find out how to create costume designs and capture your ideas on paper.  Children do not need to be accompanied by an adult but emergency contact details must be provided in advance.  Timings: Monday to Friday 10.30am & 2pm, Saturday 2pm only. Advance booking essential.  

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Gallery Play (2012): True Colours

Location: Victoria and Albert Museum       Starts: 29 October 2012       Ends: 3 November 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

FAMILY EVENT: Monday 29 October – Friday 2 November 2012, 11.00, 13.00 & 15.00. Go on a Technicolor adventure through Hollywood!  Travel through Hollywood costume history, from Charlie Chaplin to Jack Sparrow, and dance in a Hollywood Musical!  Recommended for ages 5+   Free drop in activity starting at: 11am, 1pm, 3pm

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Talk and Play 2012

Location: National Gallery       Starts: 29 October 2012       Ends: 29 October 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6,

Monday 29th October 2012.  Explore Rubens’s painting A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning with Anja and friends: talk, play, sing and create.  Admission free. Places are limited and allocated up to one hour before the event. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Timings: 11:30am–1pm

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Big Draw Week 2012

Location: Royal Air Force Museum       Starts: 29 October 2012       Ends: 2 November 2012 Child: £0.60       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

A week of activities that helps children explore their creative side through drawing, their imaginations fired by the Museum's stunning aircraft collection.  All materials are provided free of charge. Sessions run from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm each day in our Milestones of Flight Gallery.  Members of the Guild of Aviation Artists will be at work in our galleries throughout the week and we will also have cunningly fun Big Draw themed trails on sale at the Museum's Main Entrance for a very reasonable 60p each.   For further information, please telephone 020 8358 4896

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Designs on your Money! 2012

Location: Bank of England Museum       Starts: 29 October 2012       Ends: 2 November 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

As part of The Big Draw, coordinated by the Campaign for Drawing throughout October, the Bank of England Museum presents Designs on your Money.

There will be a prize for the best entry as judged by the Museum Curator from each of the following age groups: under 5 years, 6 to 8 years, 9 to 11 years, and 12 years and over. The winners will be contacted directly, and their names and winning design will be on the Museum's website from Friday 9 November 2012.  Timing: 10 - 4.30

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Autumn Antics (Archived Event)

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 30 October 2012       Ends: 30 October 2012 Child: £6.00       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6,

Join us for games and activities in a fantastic outdoor setting. An opportunity to discover just how amazing the forest is at this time of year – seeds, colourful leaves, birds and animals getting ready for winter.  Date: 30th October, 2012. Timing: 10.30 - 12

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Puppets - an otter's tale 2012

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 30 October 2012       Ends: 1 November 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6,

Meet Roger the otter in this fabulous puppet show and learn all about his life, from what he likes to eat to how he has fun.  Find out too how Nigel the pike lives. Will he escape being eaten by Roger- Will they end up being friends-  Timings & Dates: 30th & 31st October and 1st November 2012, 11:00 - 11:30, 12:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 14:00, 14:00 - 14:30

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Tales from the Egyptian Underworld 2012

Location: Bourne Hall Museum       Starts: 30 October 2012       Ends: 30 October 2012 Child: £:4.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) 

Have courage and follow your guide down into the underworld to hear tales of the gods. Discover how they influenced Egyptian society from powerful kings to humble slaves. The Egyptians owed their good fortune, to the gods and to their kings or pharaohs who were worshipped as gods. Help act out the journey to the underworld and discover the perils faced on the way. Learn how to write your name in hieroglyphics. Discover will it be the rich or poor man who enters the underworld.  TIming: 1.30 - 3pm

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Halloween crafts 2012

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 31 October 2012       Ends: 31 October 2012 Child: £7.00             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Wands, wizard hats, jam jar lanterns and broomsticks will be amongst the craft offerings in the classroom.  Date: 31st October 2012. Timing: 10 - 11.30am, 1 - 2.30 pm

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Nature Trail Trekkers 2012

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 31 October 2012       Ends: 31 October 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Wednesday 31st October 2012.  Join Jim Murphy from the Trust for Urban Ecology to discover the oldest Nature Trail in London this summer. The Horniman Nature Trail is carefully managed to encourage wildlife and includes pond, meadow and log pile habitats. The half mile of trail occupies a stretch of the original Crystal Palace and South London Junction Railway.  Please be aware that the Nature Trail is accessed by steps and situated away from the museum buildings. There are no facilities on or immediately near the trail. Please dress for the weather.  

Timings: 2 - 3.30pm, Free - but limited places.  Tickets are available from the Information Desk area 30 minutes before the session. Children must be aged 3+ and accompanied by an adult. 

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Poetry Party 2012

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 31 October 2012       Ends: 31 October 2012 Child: £3.00       Adult: £3.00       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6,

(archived event) 

Join Live Canon for a Halloween Poetry Party with horrible haikus, poetry pumpkins and witching word games… This show, for children aged 3-8 and their families, is a glorious celebration of words, with live music and lots of interaction.  Meet the Jaberwocky, sail away with the Owl and the Pussy Cat, find out what happened when Jim got his finger stuck up his nose… and when Helena ate a whole chocolate cake…  We’ll see you at the party!  Timing: 11.30am - 12.15pm, 2.30pm - 3.15pm. Pre-book your ticket online or call 020 8291 8686

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Halloween under the sea 2012

Location: British Museum       Starts: 31 October 2012       Ends: 31 October 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Join a Museum curator to discover some of the weird and wonderful specimens from under the sea that we keep at the Museum. What ghoulish creatures can we find and why do they look so bizarre- Are you brave enough to come and find out.  31st October 2012, 2.30pm

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Devilish Decorations and Monstrous Masks 2012

Location: Royal Naval College       Starts: 31 October 2012       Ends: 31 October 2012 Child: £2.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

31st October 2012. Come and make some scary Halloween decorations or a monstrous mask to take home and scare your family. Come dressed up if you dare.  Limited spaces, booking advised.    £2per child. Suitable for ages 5+.  Venue: Painted Hall.  Timing: 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00

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Lantern Making 2012

Location: Gatton Park       Starts: 31 October 2012       Ends: 31 October 2012 Child: £7.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

31st October 2012.  Make an amazing willow and tissue paper lantern.  Timing: 10am – 2pm; Please bring a packed lunch

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Art Cart

Location: Royal Naval College       Starts: 3 November 2012       Ends: 3 November 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Saturday 3rd November, 2012.  Dress up like a Tudor King or Queen, play a Tudor marbles game and discover what’s in our Art Cart.  Drop in event.  Timing: 2 - 4pm

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Fizzing Firework Decorations 2012

Location: Geffrye Museum       Starts: 3 November 2012       Ends: 3 November 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Create a rocket or Catherine wheel-inspired decoration to make your firework night go with a bang.  Saturday 3 November 2012, 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2.00 - 4.00pm

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Autumn colour

Location: Painshill Park       Starts: 7 November 2012       Ends: 28 November 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Come and see the beautiful autumn colour in the Painshill landscape garden.  Dates: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th November, 2012. Timing: 10.30 - 4pm

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The Legions of Rome 2012

Location: Bourne Hall Museum       Starts: 10 November 2012       Ends: 10 November 2012 Child: £4.00             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

(archived event) 

Return to a time when the Legions of Rome marched through Britain, crushing all who dared to stand against them. Listen to tales from a serving Legionary telling why the Roman Army was such a triumphant force. 

Learn about the tactics the Romans used against the unruly tribes, such as the Iceni, and discover if you would have been brave enough to take your place in a Testudo.

See how effective their weapons and armour were and discover how much training the legionaries had to endure during their 25 years of service.

Discover the influence of Roman occupation had on Britain and how the soldiers were kept busy when not on campaign.

This event is run by the Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club.  The club meets the second Saturday of the month at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF. Sessions last from 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm and there is a charge of £4 per child per meeting.

Timings: 1 - 2.30pm

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Make do and mend 2012

Location: Imperial War Museum       Starts: 1 December 2012       Ends: 30 December 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Weekends throughout December 2012.  Gather around the wireless and help us create a 'Make Do and Mend' quilt in this Christmas communal art activity. Drop-in activity suitable for all ages with parental supervision.  Timings: 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

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Christmas decorations (archived event)

Location: Gatton Park       Starts: 1 December 2012       Ends: 1 December 2012 Child: £5.00       Adult: £8.00       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

1st December.  Come along for an afternoon of creating Christmas wreaths and other decorations from the natural materials of Gatton Park.  Timing: 10am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 4pm; 

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Santa's Grotto

Location: Gatton Park       Starts: 2 December 2012       Ends: 8 December 2012 Child: £5.00       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Sun 2nd and Sat 8th December.  Enjoy a golf buggy ride to Santa in his grotto, explore the grounds following a trail of clues and then return to Gatton Hall to make a Christmas decoration.  Timing: 1pm – 3pm;  Tea and cake available to purchase.

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Christmas Animal Visit 2012

Location: Hatchlands Park       Starts: 9 December 2012       Ends: 9 December 2012 Child: £3.00       Adult: £5.00       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Meet the animals around the manger in the courtyard and  stable. Enjoy Christmas story readings and talks and a visit from Father Christmas. Carols and readings in the Music Room from 4-5pm. Visit the NT shop 12-5.30pm (£1 voucher included in ticket price).  £14 per family

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A Tudor Christmas

Location: Royal Naval College       Starts: 15 December 2012       Ends: 15 December 2012 Child: £2.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Saturday 15th December, 2015.  Christmas at Greenwich was the highlight of the year.  Become part of the royal household to find out more about Christmas traditions at Henry VIII’s favourite residence, Greenwich Palace, and make your own Christmas decorations to take home.  Limited spaces, booking advised.  Timing: 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00

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Christmas Children's Trail 2012 - Festive Feasts

Location: Claremont Landscape Garden       Starts: 15 December 2012       Ends: 6 January 2013 Child: £0.50             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Christmas Food - A traditional trail for all the family to enjoy learning about the origins and traditions of of our Festive Feasts.  Follow the traditional Christmas children's trail around the Garden and discover the spirit of Christmas at Claremont.   The trail is available daily from 15th December through to 6th January 2012 - normal admission charges to the gardens apply.

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Jigsaw Japes 2012

Location: Bank of England Museum       Starts: 17 December 2012       Ends: 4 January 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

During the Christmas and New Year break (17 – 21, 24*, 27, 28 and 31* December and 2 – 4 January 2012), the Museum presents Jigsaw Japes, a special event to entertain the whole family. Children of all ages can draw their favourite Museum object on a pre-cut jigsaw to take home. Will it be a banknote or one of the gold bars on display- Perhaps the old iron chest or one of the muskets once used to defend the Bank- With all the amazing displays on offer in the Museum they will be spoilt for choice.  *On these days the museum open 10:00am to 1:00pm.

Activity sheets for children of all ages are available with a small prize for all those who take part.

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Festive Fun 2012

Location: Claremont Landscape Garden       Starts: 22 December 2012       Ends: 2 January 2013 Child: £0.50 in addition to entrance fee             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Saturday 15 December 2012 - Wednesday 2 January, 10am-3pm.  Celebrate Christmas with our fun 50p family trail, post a letter to Father Christmas or play with the toys and games in the fairytale Thatched Cottage.  

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Storytelling 'Help! Santa has called it off'

Location: The Medicine Garden       Starts: 22 December 2012       Ends: 23 December 2012 Child: £4.00             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Toadstool Parties presents a festive story in the Zen Dome.   Timing: 3.30, 4.15, 5pm

Tickets can be purchased at The Garden Shop for £4 per child.

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Festive Physics Christmas 2012 Show

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 22 December 2012       Ends: 6 January 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s):

Dates: 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th & 31st December 2012 1st - 6th January 2013.  You've heard of the magic of Christmas - now explore the science of Christmas. Find out how crackers bang and whether reindeers could really fly in this interactive show for the festive season.  Timing: 12.30 & 2pm

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Snow and Tell

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 22 December 2012       Ends: 6 January 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Dates: 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th & 31st December 1st - 6th January.  Make it snow this Christmas! Join us for this workshop to make and decorate your own snowflakes and find out why no two snowflakes are the same.

This workshop is suitable for ages 5 and over.  Timings: 45 min workshop starting at 3.15pm, extra session at 12 noon on the dates that are weekdays.

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Join Stick Man on his adventure 2012

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 22 December 2012       Ends: 31 December 2012 Child: £2.00             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) Children are in for a real treat this Christmas with our special Stick Man Trail, inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's wonderful story book. Families can share in the Stick Man's adventure as they follow him along the Habitat Trail, as he tries to get back to his family in time for Christmas.  

Pick up a trail leaflet for just £2 from Café on the Green in the forest

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Pantomime Horse Race 2012

Location: Greenwich Park       Starts: 23 December 2012       Ends: 23 December 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) 

The participating entrants will include 20 Pantomime Horses and various Fruit and Vegetables, Monty Python's King Arthur ( & Patsy) along with a Ostrich and of course...a giant Chicken. Start time: 1pm.

Prior to the race, starting at 12 noon, at Devonport House (by the National Maritime Museum) will be a pre-race ceremony which will host appearances by The Mayor and Mayoress of Greenwich, along with stars from this years pantomime show at Greenwich Theatre (TBC) and will also feature entertainment for children including Father Christmas ( & Mother Christmas) plus face painting.

Spectating is free of charge, but donations are requested in aid Demelza Childrens Hospice www.justgiving.com/pantomime-horse-race 

For the route map follow this link 

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Fantastic Figureheads 2012

Location: National Maritime Museum       Starts: 27 December 2012       Ends: 29 December 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Dates: 27th - 29th December 2012.  Be inspired by the giant, weird and wonderful figureheads created for ships, and invent your very own. What will you create to bring you luck-  Timing: 11.30–13.30, 14.00–16.00

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Drama Characters (2013) - Caroline Herschel

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 2 January 2013       Ends: 6 January 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Dates: 2nd & 6th January.  Who was the first woman to discover a comet- Who was the first woman to be paid for her scientific work- Caroline Herschel!

 Hear how she went from a life of drudgery to impressing King George III and how she used horse manure to help her brother William, discover the planet 'Uranus'!   Timings: 12.30 and 2pm

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Epiphany Puppets 2013

Location: Geffrye Museum       Starts: 6 January 2013       Ends: 6 January 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Craft a Twelfth Night bean king or pea queen, then join us for our Farewell to Christmas festivities.  Sunday 6 January 2013, 1.30 - 3.30pm

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Farewell to Christmas 2013

Location: Geffrye Museum       Starts: 6 January 2013       Ends: 6 January 2013 Child: free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Join us in the Geffrye's own traditional burning of the holly and the ivy, with carol singing, stories about Epiphany and a taste of mulled wine and Twelfth Night cake. Please note that this event takes place in the garden, so wrap up warm! Please note there is no need to book for this event.  Sunday 6 January 2013, 3.30 - 5.00pm

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Chinese Lanterns 2013

Location: Geffrye Museum       Starts: 2 February 2013       Ends: 2 February 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Construct and decorate a lantern to celebrate Chinese New Year.  Saturday 2 February 2013, 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2.00 - 4.00pm

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Jataka tales animation workshop 2013

Location: British Museum       Starts: 3 February 2013       Ends: 3 February 2013 Child: free, booking advised             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

3rd February 2013.  Work with an award-winning animator to bring ancient Buddhist stories to life.  Create a film about the Foolish Rabbit, the White Elephant and other animals.  Sessions last 120 minutes.  Free, but booking advised.  Timing:  11.00 & 14.00

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Tales from the Horniman 2013

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 10 February 2013       Ends: 24 February 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) 

Sunday 10th February - A World of Stories with Debbie Guneratne.  2013 is the Year of the Snake.  Celebrate with stories told by Debbie Guneratne, of how a race between the animals gave us the Chinese New Year calendar, why fireworks are lit and red is a lucky colour, which foods are eaten and who gets lucky money bags, inbetween finding out why Debbie had to chase her socks and the real story behind snakes on a plane!

Sunday 17th February - A World of Stories with  Margaret Bateson-Hill.  'Roses are red, violets are blue ...Loves lost and found but always true'.  Tales of love from around the world for all the family.

Sunday 24th February - A World of Stories with Paul Rubenstein

TIming: 11am - 11.45am, 12.15 - 1pm

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Luminaries Woburnensis 2013

Location: Woburn Abbey Gardens       Starts: 16 February 2013       Ends: 16 February 2013 Child: £:3.50       Adult: £8.00       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Saturday 16th February 2013.  Woburn Abbey Gardens is holding its first-ever Luminaria event.  Walk through the atmospheric grounds lit up after dark, watch ice sculptors at work, and admire a sculpture of a globe full of tumbling Koi carp that will be turning on the lake, a fire-breathing dragon and an incredible animated fire sculpture.  Timing:  5pm – 10pm (last entry 9pm).  Four ice sculptors will be carving up to 7.30pm, with the finished sculptures on view from 7.30pm.

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Half-term fun events 2013 - Museum of London

Location: Museum of London       Starts: 16 February 2013       Ends: 24 February 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Sat 16 & Sun 17 Feb, A park for heroes.  In Postman's Park ordinary people whose actions have saved others are commemorated with beautiful and moving wall plaques. Come and make a wall plaque for one of your heros. 5+ Timing: 12.30-2pm & 2.30-4pm

Sat 16 & Mon 18 Feb. Grimaldi’s Park.  This unassuming little park is named after one of London's funniest and most colourful characters. Relive the story of our first clown and laugh at his mischiefs. 5+.  Timing: 1-1.30pm, 2-2.30pm & 3-3.30pm

Sun 17 Feb & Wed 20 Feb. Characters from history – Cecelia Young.  Visit our splendid 18th century Pleasure Gardens and meet one of its famous entertainers. 5+.  Timing: 1-1.30pm, 2-2.30pm & 3-3.30pm

Mon 18 & Sun 24 Feb. Creating a centre piece.  Statues of all shapes, sizes, materials and themes are scattered around London's parks. Have you got a favourite statue- Make your own to take home.5+. Timing: 12.30-2pm & 2.30-4pm

Tue 19 & Sun 24 Feb. Strolling through Kensington Gardens.  Join our storyteller and discover some of the hidden gems in one of London’s most iconic parks. 5+.  Timing: 1-1.30pm, 2-2.30pm & 3-3.30pm

Tue 19 Feb. Hidden families.  Underneath London's parks hide objects left by families from the past. Help us match real excavated objects to their homes using maps, floorplans and other records. What will they tell us- 5+.  Timing: 2-4pm

Wed 20 & Thu 21 Feb.  What’s hiding in the park-  Unearth the reasons why parks are located where they are in this three-dimensional art workshop. 5+.  Timing: 12.30-2pm & 2.30-4pm

Wed 20 Feb. The musical park.  Come and play in our musical park! If you listen carefully, who knows what you will find... A musical session for under 5s and their carers - older siblings welcome. 1+.  Timing: 10.30-11am & 11.30am – 12pm & 2-2.30pm

Thu 21 Feb. The story of Pleasure Gardens.  Learn how these special gardens kept Londoners entertained and mesmerised in the 18th century. 7+.  Timing: 12-12.25pm, 1.30-2.05pm & 2.30-3.05pm

Fri 22 & Sat 23 Feb. Come and play in the park*.  Have a go at some popular games Victorian children might have played in the park. Will you recognise them- 5+. Timing: 12-12.30pm, 1-1.30pm, 2-2.30pm & 3-3.3pm (*Tickets allocated upon arrival)

Fri 22 Feb & Sat 23 Feb. Mask making.  Come and create a face mask inspired by our atmospheric and sparkling Pleasure Gardens. 5+.  Timing: 12.30-2pm & 2.30-4pm

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February 2013 half-term children's trail

Location: Claremont Landscape Garden       Starts: 16 February 2013       Ends: 24 February 2013 Child: £0.50             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Fun in the fresh air this February Half Term. Suitable for children of all ages.  Guaranteed fun whatever the weather! Get some fresh air as you walk around the Garden with our childrens trail during this half term holiday.  Daily from 16th February to 24th February 2013, normal admissions charges to the gardens apply.

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Half-term trail (2013) at Winkworth

Location: Winkworth Arboretum       Starts: 16 February 2013       Ends: 24 February 2013 Child: £0.50             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Half term trail 2013.  Timing: 10am to 4pm

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Wild Trail half-term fun 2013

Location: Painshill Park       Starts: 16 February 2013       Ends: 24 February 2013 Child: Free with normal admission             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Dates: Sat 16th – Sun 24th February 2013.  Try one of our new Wild Trails around the beautiful landscape. Includes a wildlife trail and a scavenger hunt.  Timing: 10.30am – 4pm

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Magical Music 2013: Aurora Orchestra Pop-up Concerts

Location: National Gallery       Starts: 17 February 2013       Ends: 18 February 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Dates: 17th & 18th February 2013.  Listen and imagine with the Aurora Orchestra. Timing: 11.15–11.55am (repeated 1–1.45pm and 4–4.45pm)

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Feathers and Wings 2013: Art making and Installation

Location: National Gallery       Starts: 17 February 2013       Ends: 18 February 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Dates: 17th & 18th February 2013.  Join book illustrator and artist Tracey Bush and collaborator Viyki Turnbull to make small wing and feather inspired creations.  Your creations will be added to a freestanding installation that will grow in size during the festival. What will it become- Come along to find out!  Timing: 10.30am–5.30pm

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Family Fun Day (2013) at the Courtauld

Location: Courtauld Gallery       Starts: 17 February 2013       Ends: 17 February 2013 Child: free, booking advised       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) Join the East Wing X team on Sunday 17th February for an exciting day of family activities. Take a trail with your children exploring the exhibition, with different activities in every room! Find out what is so important about the way artists experiment with new materials and bring new life to old ones.  

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL.  Book a time slot by contacting jane.scarth@courtauld.ac.uk.  Timing: half hour timeslots from 10am to 3pm

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Amazing China

Location: British Museum       Starts: 18 February 2013       Ends: 22 February 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Come to the Museum for a week of activities celebrating the history and culture of China.  Head off from the Chinese hub in the Great Court to explore the galleries where you will find things to make, stories to hear and objects to handle.  Suitable for all ages.  Timing:  11.00–16.00, 2013

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Curious Collectors 2013

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 18 February 2013       Ends: 22 February 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) From 18 - 22 February, in the school half-term holidays, some unusual researchers will try to gather everything there is to know about the Museum, in just 5 days! Come and help them at our fun interactive event as you become Curious Collectors.  Timing 11am to 4pm

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Toad to the Rescue 2013

Location: Bank of England Museum       Starts: 18 February 2013       Ends: 22 February 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Dates: 18 - 22nd February 2013.  The adventures of Toad, Ratty, Badger and Mole, the popular characters from "The Wind in the Willows", are retold by a costumed storyteller in these interactive and fun sessions. The book's author, Kenneth Grahame, worked at the Bank for 30 years.  Timings: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm

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Drop in the Ocean 2013

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 18 February 2013       Ends: 22 February 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

18th, 19th, 20th, 21st & 22nd February 2013.  Join in a drop in fun art activity exploring portraits. Inspired by Humphrey Ocean: A handbook of modern life. For ages 5+ and their carers.  Timings: 13:00-16:00

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Real portraits of real people 2013

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 18 February 2013       Ends: 18 February 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

18th February 2013.  Join portrait artist Robin-Lee Hall in painting REAL portraits of REAL people.  Free, but ticket required, available one hour before the event starts on a first come, first served basis. Sessions last approximately 90 minutes. For ages 5+ and their carers.  Timing: 11:30-13:00, 14:30-16:00

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Gingerbread Icing Workshop 2013

Location: Priory Farm       Starts: 19 February 2013       Ends: 22 February 2013 Child: £4.00             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Tuesday 19 - Friday 22 February 2013.  Come along and join in the fun decorating our delicious Gingerbread men.  No booking required. Timing: 11am - 4pm

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Arts & Crafts at The Lightbox

Location: The Lightbox       Starts: 19 February 2013       Ends: 21 February 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Tuesday 19th Feb, 2013.  Inspired by Elisabeth Frink’s love of birds, come and join us to make your own model birds, using card and recycled material.  Drop in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm.  Free Entry, Suggested Donation £2 

Thursday 21st Feb, 2013.  Draw with String.  Join us in the Education Studio to create your own string relief drawings.  Drop in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm.  Free Entry, Suggested Donation £2 

There are other workshops taking place at the Lightbox over the half-term week, where the cost per child is £6.50

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Design through the decades 2013

Location: Geffrye Museum       Starts: 19 February 2013       Ends: 22 February 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Dates: 19th to 22nd February.  Explore homes from a different century every day from the Tudors and Stuarts, Georgians, Victorians and finally the 20th century. Make wacky wigs, stylish silhouettes and funky fifties artworks. 

All activities are free and are for individual children and families and are suitable for children aged 5 -16 years old. All workshops are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the workshop begins. All children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.  Timings: 10.30am -12.30pm and 2 - 4pm

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Georgian crafts (2013) at Surrey History Centre

Location: Surrey History Centre       Starts: 19 February 2013       Ends: 23 February 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Dates: Tuesday 19 February to Saturday 23 February 2013.  Free drop-in family craft activities.  Come along and get creative with an exciting range of Georgian themed craft.  

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Build a Boat 2013

Location: The Wallace Collection       Starts: 19 February 2013       Ends: 19 February 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Date: 19th February 2013.  Timing: 10.30am - 12.15pm and 2pm - 3.45pm (Drop-in between these times) This spring half-term join Lucy Wheeler and create a Venetian gondola! Take inspiration from Canaletto's paintings of the Venetian canals in our collection and create a 3D boat to take home. Fill it with cargo and crew and decorate with sails and oars. Free, no need to book. Suitable for children aged 5 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout this activity.

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Portrait T-shirts 2013

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 19 February 2013       Ends: 19 February 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

19th February 2013.  Block-print a full-length portrait, inspired by the exhibition, onto a t-shirt  using a few strong basic shapes - then draw details such as facial features, buttons, hair, over the printed areas, using fabric pens.  Timings: 11:30-13:00, 14:30-16:00

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ARCHIVED EVENT - Family Orienteering

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 20 February 2013       Ends: 20 February 2013 Child: £5.00             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

ARCHIVED EVENT - Date: 20th February 2013.  Use our fixed orienteering posts around the forest to test out your map reading skills.  Rangers will be on hand to give you top tips before you start and a small prize as an incentive to keep going!  Book in advance.  Timing: 10am-12noon

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Tracks and Signs 2013

Location: Gatton Park       Starts: 20 February 2013       Ends: 20 February 2013 Child: £6.00             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Date: 20th February 2013.  Discover more about animal footprints and poo!  Timing: 10am – 12noon or 1.30 – 3.30pm

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Museum Alive! 2013

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 20 February 2013       Ends: 20 February 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

A day of activities celebrating our diverse collections and knowledgeable staff!

11am – 3pm.  X-ray Challenge.  Meet our museum conservation team and investigate x-ray objects.  Music Gallery Performance Space.  Drop in.

11am – 12.30pm.  Nature In Focus.  Drop in to the Hands On Base to find out about British birds and mammals with Jo Hatton, Head of Natural History.

10.45am & 11.45am.  Fish Tails...our aquarium curators share some insights into their favourite aquarium creatures. Meet near the aquarium entrance. A ticket to the aquarium is needed and spaces will be limited.

11am - 2.45pm.  Family Art Fun: Make an Owl mask.  Family session for children aged 3 +.  Entry at 11am, 11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2pm and 2.45pm.

In the Education Centre - please queue outside the Museum.

11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm.  An Introduction to Animal Walk.  Catherine, our Animal Keeper, will give  a short introduction to our Animal Walk and its inhabitants.  Spaces are limited, the first 20 people in the queue will be admitted.  Meet at Gardens Pavilion.

11.30am 1.15pm and 3pm.  Take a Tour with Mr. Horniman. Meet Mr Horniman himself and share his stories of amazing objects and exciting journeys.  Everyone welcome.  Meet in the Natural History Gallery.

2pm - 3.30pm.  Nature Trail Discovery.  Join the Trust for Urban Ecology and discover an environment alive with insects, animals, birds, trees, plants and amphibians.  Very limited spaces. Tickets available from the Information Desk area 30 minutes before the session begins. Tickets will only be given to adults and children physically present in the queue.  Please note that the Nature Trail is accessed via steps and is approximately one mile round, there are no facilities on or near the trail.

2pm - 3.30pm.  Object Handling: Discovery for All.  Explore our Hands On Base and handle some of the thousands of real objects from around the world that it holds.  Everyone welcome. Just drop in.

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Piece of cake 2013

Location: The Wallace Collection       Starts: 20 February 2013       Ends: 20 February 2013 Child: £7.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Date: 20th February 2013.  Design and create your very own cake stand with artist Linda Hoetink, using the Wallace Collection's world renowned collection of S'vres porcelain as inspiration for your designs.   Timing: 10:30am - 12:30am.  Booking essential on  020 7563 9527 or booking@wallacecollection.org

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Colourful Collage 2013

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 20 February 2013       Ends: 20 February 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

20th February 2013.  Rip, tear and put together a set of portraits using a range of materials.  Free ticket required, available one hour before the event starts on a first come, first served basis. Sessions last approximately 90 minutes.  For ages 5+ and their carers.  Timing: 11:30-13:00, 14:30-16:00

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Willow Bird Feeders 2013

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 21 February 2013       Ends: 21 February 2013 Child: £5.00             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Date: 21st February 2013 .  Join us in the classroom to make a hanging willow bird feeder to encourage feathered friends into your garden.   Children should be accompanied and will need your help.  If you bring more than one child per adult (maximum of 3 children per adult) it is best to make one feeder at a time with all of you working together.   The cost is £5 per feeder.   Timing:  30 minute sessions at 10am, 11:15am, 1pm and 2:15pm 

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Family Cards 2013

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 21 February 2013       Ends: 21 February 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

21st February.  Create a set of playing cards with drawn portraits of your family and friends inspired by Humphrey Ocean: Portraits of Modern Life display.
Free ticket required, available one hour before the event starts on a first come, first served basis. Sessions last approximately 90 minutes. For ages 5+ and their carers.  Timings:  11:30-13:00, 14:30-16:00
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Family Portraits 2013

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 22 February 2013       Ends: 22 February 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

(archived event)

Explore mixing colour to create your own family portraits inspired by the Humphrey Ocean: Portraits of Modern Life display.

Free ticket required, available one hour before the event starts on a first come, first served basis. Sessions last approximately 90 minutes. For ages 5+ and their carers.  Timings:  11:30-13:00, 14:30-16:00

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Mixing the world: DJ workshop 2013

Location: British Museum       Starts: 24 February 2013       Ends: 24 February 2013 Child: free, booking advised             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

24th February 2013.  Learn the secrets of mixing and be inspired by musical instruments from around the world to create your own original music set.  Take a recording home to play for your friends.  Includes 60 mins for lunch (not provided).  This event is designed for unaccompanied young people aged 13–18. Participants must bring a signed permission letter and emergency contact details.  Timing: 11am to 4pm

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Herald of Spring 2013

Location: Bourne Hall Museum       Starts: 2 March 2013       Ends: 3 March 2013 Child: Free       Adult: £3.00       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Dates: 2nd & 3rd March 2013. The romance and mystery of the medieval world returns to Bourne Hall for the weekend of Herald of Spring. Cheer on your chosen knights as they clash for love and honour! Watch as an injured man submits to the surgeon’s painful skill… or will he chance the dark arts of the alchemist instead- Visit the market with its stalls in which the seamstress, fletcher and other traders work at their crafts, or venture into the lair of mythical beasts. Learn the herbalist’s lore, write your own charm, join in a pilgrimage with the storyteller, and take home your own brass rubbing.  £3 per person, children under 12 go free.  Timing: 10am-5pm.  Free park and ride fro NESCOT College KT17 3DS

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Family Fun Day 2014: Modern Alchemy

Location: Faraday Museum       Starts: 2 March 2013       Ends: 2 March 2013 Child: £5.00       Adult: £10.00       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Date: 2nd March 2014.  Free activity for kids aged 5 - 13.  Get hands on with some of the chemical elements that make up the world around us.  When medieval alchemists staged spectacular stunts in front of royalty they never revealed the secrets of their mystical potions and fire-breathing creations. Today's chemists can perform equally impressive feats, but they do so to explain and explore the extreme frontiers of our material world.    Timing: 11:00–16:00

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Bird and Bat Box making 2013

Location: Tilgate Park and Nature Centre       Starts: 2 March 2013       Ends: 2 March 2013 Child: £10.00       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Date: 2nd March.  Encourage the wildlife in your garden to become your new 'neighbours' and by doing so you will be helping them to raise a family.  All materials provided. Suitable for adults and children aged 8 years and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Price is £10 per family which includes 2 boxes.  Please state at time of booking if you would like 10:00, 11:00 or 12:00 session - telephone: 01273 497561

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Terrible Trenches of WW1 2013

Location: Bourne Hall Museum       Starts: 9 March 2013       Ends: 9 March 2013 Child: £4.00             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Saturday 9th March 2013.  Discover the answers to all of these questions and more when we are visited by a British Army Officer and a serving Tommy from World War 1. Learn about trench warfare and what daily life was like for our troops. See and handle objects and weapons from the War To End All Wars to try to understand their experience.

Were the rats really as big as cats- Who or what was a Moaning Minnie- What did it mean if you were chatting and what was a funk hole-

Timing: 1 - 2.30pm

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Spirit Collection Tours

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 16 March 2013       Ends: 28 April 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Get a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of the 27 kilometres of shelves, 22 million specimens, and cutting-edge scientific research in the extended Darwin Centre's Zoology spirit building.  Timings: 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45  Book a place on the tour at the Central Hall information desk.  Dates: 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 April

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Digital Photography Day 2013

Location: British Museum       Starts: 23 March 2013       Ends: 23 March 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

23rd March 2013.  Choose from a menu of exciting activities to do in the Centre or in the galleries, using digital cameras, costumes and more!  Activities take 30–60 minutes.  Timing: 11.30–15.30.  Location: Samsung Digital Discovery Centre

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Ice Age horse race 2013

Location: British Museum       Starts: 24 March 2013       Ends: 7 April 2013 Child: free, booking advised             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

7th April 2013.  Bring the Ice Age to life by animating huge horse models, then compete in a team to see whose animated horse can run the fastest.  Then try your hand at animating reindeer!  Timing: 11am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

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The Big Egg Hunt 2013

Location: Covent Garden       Starts: 28 March 2013       Ends: 7 April 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) 

Come down to Covent Garden and collect your Hunt Book from one of our many Eggsperts who will be able to help you with any questions you might have and point you in the right direction of those eggs you just can’t find.  

There are 103 eggs to find - buy a hunt book (£3)from one of the sellers in Covent Garden to help raise money for  Action for Children

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The Slime Show 2013

Location: Look Out Discovery Centre       Starts: 29 March 2013       Ends: 6 May 2013 Child: £1.85             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Special holiday event with an interactive show for all the family.  Find out why slugs and snails are so slimy and do the marvellous mucus quiz!  Dates: Every weekend, and daily in the Easter holidays from 29th March to 6th May 2013.  Timings: 11am, 12 noon, 2pm & 3.15pm

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Egg-stinct: (2012) Fossilised Eggs From Prehistoric Times

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 29 March 2013       Ends: 6 April 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Dates:  29th March & 6th April 2012.  We find bones, feathers and even skin in the fossil record. But on occasion we find the most fragile of things: eggs.   

Join a Museum palaeontologist to find out more about eggs from extraordinary creatures. This is a unique opportunity to see dinosaur and elephant bird specimens brought out from our collection shelves and hear the stories behind them.  Timing: 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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Egg-tastic Easter Fun 2015

Location: Museum of Childhood       Starts: 29 March 2013       Ends: 1 April 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

Drop in to the Museum this Easter for stories, games and creative fun.

11.00-16.00 Easter Bunny Trail.  Pick up a trail at the Information Desk and discover where the Easter Bunny has hidden his chocolate eggs!.

11.15 Bunny Games.  Join us in the Dolls House area for some bunny bopping group games.

12.00 The Hare and the Tortoise.  Help retell this classic fable with actions and sounds.

14.00- 16.00 Egg-tastic Arts and Crafts.  Come and decorate your own Easter egg basket or spring into action and make some flower power sunglasses.

These are free drop-in activities for all ages from 29th March to 1st April.

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Imagination Station 2013

Location: Victoria and Albert Museum       Starts: 30 March 2013       Ends: 14 April 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Invent your coat of arms on a flag or shield using symbols from across the Museum and your imagination.  Daily from 30th March to 14th April 2013.  Timing: 10.30-17.00

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Easter Bonnet Parade 2013

Location: Claremont Landscape Garden       Starts: 30 March 2013       Ends: 30 March 2013 Child: Free with normal admission             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) Get cracking at being creative and make your Easter bonnet ready for a great day out with the family at Claremont.  Two prize categories, one for children and one for adults! Make or dust off your Easter Bonnets and come for an Easter Bonnet parade.  Date: 30th March.  Timing: 3pm - 3:30 pm

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Family Open Day 2013

Location: LSO St Lukes       Starts: 1 April 2013       Ends: 1 April 2013 Child: £3.00             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6,

(archived event)

Aimed at families with children under 8, this Open Day celebrates a decade of Early Years Workshops and family events at LSO St Luke’s.

On Easter Monday the building will be completely taken over for this special, one-day event. There will be a variety of exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy, from interactive music sessions with LSO players, to a collaborative art project to help us tell the stories behind the building, including the myth behind the golden dragon on top of the spire! Babies and toddlers are also invited to join the fun with their very own musical VIP baby corner. The day will end with an exciting story-telling concert for the whole family.  Date: 1st April.  Timing: 10am to 2pm

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Open Day (2013) and Easter Egg Hunt

Location: Gatton Park       Starts: 1 April 2013       Ends: 1 April 2013 Child: £0.50       Adult: £4.00       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Park and gardens open all afternoon, bird hide open, free guided tours.   Explore the gardens looking for clues to find the eggs.  Date: 1st April 2013.  Timing: 1 - 5pm

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Easter Workshops (2013) at the Cartoon Museum

Location: Cartoon Art Trust       Starts: 2 April 2013       Ends: 11 April 2013 Child: £10.00             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event)

Book ahead using the Shop facility on the Cartoon Museum website, or phone 020 7580 8155.  The workshops and their costs are detailed below:

Tuesday 2nd April.  Animation 11am to 3.30pm for ages 11-14, £20 per child

Wednesday 3rd April.  Manga Design 11am to 1pm for ages 8 - 11, £10 per child and Animal Antics 2 - 4pm for ages 8 - 11, £10 per child

Thursday 4th April.  Brilliant Beano 11am to 1pm for ages 8 - 11, £10 per child and Make a mini-comic for ages 8 - 11, £10 per child

Friday 5th April.  Manga Toning & Colouring 11am to 3.30pm for ages 12 -15, £20 per child.

Monday 8th April.  Brilliant Beano 11am to 1pm for ages 8  -11, £10 per child and Let's Simpsonize for ages 8 - 11, £10 per child.

Tuesday 9th April.  Comic Art Masterclass 11am to 3.30pm for ages 11 - 14, £20 per child.

Wednesday 10th April.  Superheroes 11am to 1pm for ages 8 - 11, £10 per child and Make a mini Comic 2 - 4pm for ages 8 - 11, £10 per child.

Thursday 11th April.  Animation 11am to 3.30pm for ages 8 - 11, £20 per child

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Curious about Mars? 2013

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 2 April 2013       Ends: 9 April 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

Date: 2nd & 9th April 2013  Curiosity, the newest Mars rover, landed on the red planet on 6 August 2012. Armed with an on-board laboratory of 10 instruments, including a rock drill and laser, Curiosity's mission is to uncover any evidence of ancient life. Many of the past missions to Mars have brought back tantalising discoveries about the history of our neighbouring planet but never before has a mission attempted to perform experiments live on the surface. Join us as we find out more about this incredible mission and uncover what Curiosity has discovered so far.  

The event on 9th April follows up on the event described above.  Discover how meteorites can propel samples onto Earth for us to study, and discover what they reveal about the red planet.

Timing: 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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Kidsrome Mobile Farm 2013

Location: Denbies       Starts: 2 April 2013       Ends: 3 April 2013 Child: £3.00             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Enjoy a family day out at Denbies and see some of the animals from the Kidrome collection.  These include sheep & lambs, goats and kids, calves, chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs + a farmer!  Dates: 2nd & 3rd April 2013.  Timings: 10am to 4pm

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Easter Egg and Spoon Challenge 2013

Location: Painshill Park       Starts: 2 April 2013       Ends: 12 April 2013 Child: Free with normal admission             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Woodland egg and spoon course. Balance the egg on the spoon and weave, jump, duck and run through the obstacles.  Cost: Included in normal admission price.  Date: Tuesday 2nd – Friday 5th and Tuesday 9th – Friday 12th April 2013.  Time: 12pm – 4pm

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Bringing History Alive 2013

Location: Bourne Hall Museum       Starts: 3 April 2013       Ends: 13 April 2013 Child: £4.00             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Horrible Henry Wednesday 3rd April 11am-12.30pm & 2pm-3.30pm.  Enjoy an audience with King Henry VIII. During the morning session he will explain the history of the Tudor dynasty, his own life and his six wives. In the afternoon session he will tell of his likes and dislikes, his hobbies and how much he enjoys eating and drinking. Both sessions will include a mini-tournament for his amusement.  Cost £4 per child per session or £6 per child if both sessions are attended.

Revolting Rationing Thursday 4th April  2013 10.30am-12.30pm & 2pm-4pm.  Return to WW2 and meet the man from the Ministry of Food who will instruct you how not to waste food and how to make the most of your meagre rations. Learn from the lady from the WRVS who will instruct you in how to make do and mend, maximise your clothes ration and explain the utility scheme.  Cost £4 per child

Stunning Stones & Fantastic Fossils Wednesday 10th April 11am-12.30pm & 2pm-3.30pm.  In the morning discover how the earth was formed and the amazing secrets it holds beneath the surface. Have you ever wondered why volcanoes blow their top-  During the afternoon explore the fantastic world of fossils and dinosaurs.  Cost £4 per child per session or £6 per child if both sessions are attended.

The Suffragettes Saturday 13th April 2013 1pm-2.30pm.  Meet the women who led the fight for women’s rights and equality. Discover how they had to battle the establishment to have their voices heard and how their determination changed the way we live.  Cost £4 per child

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Pick a Fight 2013

Location: National Army Museum       Starts: 6 April 2013       Ends: 7 April 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Bring your budding generals and would-be commanders along this Easter holiday and help re-write history!  Recreate some of Britain's greatest battles on our tabletop battlefield.  Let our soldiers from the past advise you and help you win the day.   Dates: 6th & 7th April 2013, starting 10.30am to 4.30pm

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Easter Treasure Hunt 2013

Location: Geffrye Museum       Starts: 6 April 2013       Ends: 6 April 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Explore the gardens, answer clever clues and collect your treasure from the Quiz Desk! 

Workshop places are allocated on a first-come, first served basis 30 minutes before each activity. Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.  Date: 6th April 2013.  TImings: 12.30pm - 4.30pm

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Drama Box 2013

Location: Victoria and Albert Museum       Starts: 7 April 2013       Ends: 14 April 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Date: 7th, 8th, 9th & 14th April 2013.  Work with painter Noel Paine to explore mood, atmosphere and drama in paintings. Using light, colour and your imagination, create your own 3D stage set.  Timing: 11am–1pm (repeated 2–4pm)

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Edible Insects 2013

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 7 April 2013       Ends: 7 April 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Date: 7th April 2013.  We may squirm at the prospect, but in many parts of the world insects are a regular part of the diet. Museum entomologist Stuart Hine uses real insect specimens to give us the low down on the taste and nutrition of a varied bushtucker diet, from roasted slugs to crunchy crickets. And don't miss the chance to try an unusual snack. Warning: it might put you off your lunch.   Timing: 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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Mammoths, reindeer and lions: Ice Age animals 2013

Location: British Museum       Starts: 8 April 2013       Ends: 12 April 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Monday 8th to Friday 12th April 2013.  Come to the Museum for a week of activities exploring Ice Age art.  Find out about the techniques used by early artists to create colourful wall images and exquisite hand-held sculptures. You can also watch modern artists at work and have a go at a bit of Ice Age art yourself.  Suitable for all ages.  Timing: 11 - 4pm

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Easter holiday (2013) arts activity

Location: The Lightbox       Starts: 9 April 2013       Ends: 11 April 2013 Child: £2.00             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

(archived event) Drop in craft activities

Rainbow Windows - 9th April.  Make your own colourful paper window to catch the light.   Timings: 1.30pm – 4.00pm  

Annual Seed Pots - 11th April.   Make and decorate your own seed pot to take home. Seeds and compost provided.  Timings:  1.30pm – 4.00pm

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Easter messing fun (2013)

Location: The Lightbox       Starts: 10 April 2013       Ends: 12 April 2013 Child: £6.50             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event)

Crazy Painting - 10th April.  Try out some exciting painting techniques, including pendulum and magnetic painting and create some crazy pictures. Dress for mess.   Timings:  1.00pm – 2.30pm (4 – 8 year olds) 3.00pm - 4.30pm (8 – 16 year olds)

Clay Heads - 12th April.  Be inspired by Elisabeth Frink’s sculptures and make 3D clay heads from air-drying clay. Dress for mess.  Timings: 1.00pm – 2.30pm (4 – 8 year olds) 3.00pm – 4.30pm (8 – 16 year olds)

Numbers are limited, so advance booking is required (01483 737837)

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Drop-In Art Workshop: Musical Stories 2013

Location: The Wallace Collection       Starts: 11 April 2013       Ends: 11 April 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

(archived event) Join musician Luke Crookes and artist Marc Woodhead for a truly interactive storytelling session in the galleries. Hear stories about some of the Wallace Collection's most famous objects, all accompanied by a musical soundtrack.  Free to join in and there is no need to book.  Date: 11th April, 1 hour sessions start at 11am, 1pm and 3pm

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Hip Hip Hooray for Handel 2013

Location: Handel House Museum       Starts: 21 April 2013       Ends: 21 April 2013 Child: free, booking advised       Adult: free with normal admission charge       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Families are invited to attend a concert which features some Baroque musical treats at the home of the great composer Handel. Listen to the wonderful sounds of Baroque instruments and hear some interesting stories and tales behind the pieces played live by musicians from the Saltarello ensemble.Dress up in our Georgian costumes and pick up a percussion instrument from our handling collection to transform yourself into a musical minstrel! Booking advised as numbers are limited.  Date: 21st April 2013, Timing: 2 - 3pm

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Mexican Children's Day 2013

Location: Museum of Childhood       Starts: 27 April 2013       Ends: 28 April 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

This year the V&A Museum of Childhood and The Embassy of Mexico in the United Kingdom, with the support of Wahaca, are celebrating Mexican Children's Day with a range of family activities and lots of fun!

11.15-11.45 - Have a Go at Baleros.  Have a go at these traditional Mexican toys. Great for kids, parents and grandparents alike!

12.00-12.30 - The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote Storytelling.  Enjoy an active retelling of this popular Mexican children's story.

13.00-14.00 - Balero Painting.  Paint your own Mexican toy in this family workshop. Sign up on the day. Limited spaces.

13.00-14.00 - Pinata Making.  Make your own pinata in this family workshop. Sign up on the day. Limited spaces.

13.00-16.00 - Face Painting.  Get your face painted Mexican-style. Sign up on the day. Limited spaces.

14.00-16.00 - Art Smarts.  Design a mask inspired by Mexican designs in this fun, drop-in arts and crafts session.

15.15-15.30 - Enjoy a traditional Mexican dance performed by children.

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Fashion Photography 2013

Location: British Museum       Starts: 28 April 2013       Ends: 28 April 2013 Child: Free, booking required       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

28th April 2013.  Use ancient cultures as your inspiration for planning, styling and shooting a fashion story using professional cameras and a range of costumes.   Sessions last 150 minutes. This event is designed for unaccompanied young people aged 13–18. Participants must bring a signed permission letter and emergency contact details.   Start times: 11.00 and 14.30.  Location: Samsung Digital Discovery Centre

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Family Farm Day 2013

Location: Claremont Landscape Garden       Starts: 28 April 2013       Ends: 28 April 2013 Child: Free with normal admission             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Bring the whole family to meet some new furry friends.  Normal property admission applies.  Timing: 10.30am-4.30pm

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Explore Saturdays 2013

Location: National Maritime Museum       Starts: 4 May 2013       Ends: 25 May 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Meet a character from the past and take part in an exciting performance that will bring maritime history to life.   Dates: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th May 2013 Timing: 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00

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Space in your Face

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 4 May 2013       Ends: 19 May 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

3, 2, 1 blast off! Join us on our journey through Space in this fast paced action packed extravaganza of a show!  Every weekend in May until 19th May.  Timing: 1pm for 30 mins

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Discover Sundays 2013

Location: National Maritime Museum       Starts: 5 May 2013       Ends: 26 May 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Be inspired by our maritime past and explore your personal connections to the sea. Ask staff where the activity is today.   Dates: 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th May 2013 Timing:  11.30–13.30, 14.00–16.00

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May Day on the Docks 2013

Location: Museum of London Docklands       Starts: 6 May 2013       Ends: 6 May 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

Join us at the Museum of London Docklands to celebrate May Day in traditional style 11am to 4pm.   Choose from a range of craft, dancing, storytelling and object handling activities.  

Make a Jack in the Green.  11.30am – 12.30pm & 1-2pm, Help us make a 'Jack in the Green', a traditional May Day custom. Join in the procession and take home a leaf for good luck. 4+

The Myths of May.  12.00pm – 12.45pm & 1.30pm – 2.15pm.  Take a May time tour around the British Isles with our storyteller. Listen and join in with traditional May folktales and lore. 4+ 

Tatty Morris coats.  12-1pm & 2-3pm.  Transform yourself into a morris dancer by adding decorations to your own clothing. Join in our parade with the dancers. 3+

Objects from English folklore.  12-2pm.  Join our archaeologists to handle some objects connected with English folklore and superstition. 5+

Folk dancing.  1-1.30pm & 3-3.30pm.  Join the Belles of London City for this display of traditional morris dancing. 2+

May Day procession.  3-3.30pm.  Join us to celebrate May Day with a procession involving music, dancing and much more. Help us to parade the Jack in the Green made in the craft workshops and join in the fun. 2+

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May in a Day! 2013

Location: English Folk Dance and Song Society       Starts: 11 May 2013       Ends: 11 May 2013 Child: £4.00       Adult: £6.00       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

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This year our popular May in a Day festival is themed around the mysterious seasonal character of Jack-in-the-Green, so come along and find out more. There are lots of opportunities to take part and enjoy an abundance of folk-fuelled fun including barn dancing, morris dancing, maypole dancing, stories, songs, arts and crafts, live music and more!

Taking place at Cecil Sharp House between 2-5pm, it is suitable for everyone, especially children under 12 and their families.

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Mr Punch May Fayre 2013

Location: Covent Garden       Starts: 12 May 2013       Ends: 12 May 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

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The festival celebrates Mr Punch's 351st birthday near the very spot that Samuel Pepys first saw Mr Punch in England in May 1662.  This special May Fayre will take place in the garden of St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2. 

The day will start with a Grand Procession at 11am led by the Superior Brass Band, followed by the Special Church Service at 12noon, and Mr Punch free performances start after the service until 5.30pm. We are hoping for lots of sun and friendly crowds again this year.

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Gold, Bones and Mementos 2013

Location: National Gallery       Starts: 27 May 2013       Ends: 28 May 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

'(archived event) Relic' means 'something left behind'. Join Harriet Hill to create your own relic inspired by your talents, favourite people, places and heroes. Then take your memento home, or leave it on our mural in the Gallery for all to see!  Timing: 11am–1pm (repeated 2–4pm)  Admission free. Places are limited and allocated one hour before the event. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. 

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Money Talks 2013

Location: Bank of England Museum       Starts: 28 May 2013       Ends: 31 May 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

During the half term week (28 -31 May 2013), the Museum will play host to some of the well known historical figures that appear on the Bank’s notes. Costumed actors will bring to life Charles Darwin, who appears on the Bank’s £10 note, and Matthew Boulton and James Watt, who feature in the new style £50 note. These notable characters will be talking about their lives and times, and the remarkable achievements for which they are celebrated.  There will be special presentations on banknotes in the Museum cinema at 12:15pm and 1:00pm. You can test your knowledge of banknotes with our competition quiz and enter a prize draw.

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Life of Victorian Poor 2013

Location: Ragged School Museum       Starts: 28 May 2013       Ends: 29 May 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

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Join us at the Ragged School Museum for a half term packed with fun and games!  This half term we’ll be looking at the women behind the man - from Dr Barnardo’s loyal wife Sara and their outrageous daughter Syrie, to fellow philanthropists like Angela Burdett-Coutts and Annie MacPherson. You’ll be able to learn how Barnardo was inspired to open his first home for girls, why his daughter Syrie was the talk of the town and what he learned from the many female philanthropists of the East End.

There’ll be lots of activities for the kids including building origami boats and decorating your own Victorian rooms! Our Victorian Classroom and East End Kitchen will be open to explore, as will the Raggamuffins Room, our Under 5’s play area.

It’s all free and you can drop in anytime!  Timing: 10am - 5pm

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Lightbox Art workshops 2013

Location: The Lightbox       Starts: 29 May 2013       Ends: 31 May 2013 Child: £6.50             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) 

Secret Garden in a Jar Workshop,  29th May.  Be inspired by the Gertrude Jekyll exhibition and create your own miniature secret garden in a jar using modeling clay, paint and other materials.    Timings:  1.00pm – 2.30pm (4 – 8 year olds) 3.00pm – 4.30pm (8 – 16 year olds)  

Felt Creatures Workshop, 31st May.   Join Heather Thomas to create your own creatures using felt, fabric and other new and recycled materials.    Timing:  1.00pm – 2.30pm (4 – 8 year olds) 3.00pm – 4.30pm (8 – 16 year olds).  

Numbers for both these events are limited, so advance booking is required (01483 737837). 

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Compute this! 2013

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 31 May 2013       Ends: 2 June 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) Great with gadgets- In this show, we ask you to get switched on as we explore the world of programming and give you the chance to be part of our human computer. Daily over the half-term week.  Timing: 1pm for 30 mins

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Swallows and Amazon Day

Location: Headley Heath       Starts: 31 May 2013       Ends: 31 May 2013 Child: £5.00             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Pond dip, den build and track wild animals on this exciting adventure day, 31st May.  Timing: 10am to 3pm

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Printed Patterns 2013

Location: Royal Naval College       Starts: 31 May 2013       Ends: 31 May 2013 Child: £2.00             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Join us in the Clore Learning Centre for an afternoon of paint, printing and patterns based on the objects and designs of the ORNC.  Create your own foam stamps, print onto paper and fabric and create a colourful piece of artwork to hang on your wall. £2 per child. Suitable for all ages. Drop in workshop 31st May 2013.  Timing: 13.00 - 16.00

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May half-term 2013 Children's trail

Location: Winkworth Arboretum       Starts: 31 May 2013       Ends: 2 June 2013 Child: £0.50       Adult: Normal admission applies       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Enjoy our childrens trail around the Arboretum and have fun and fresh air, daily during the half term school holiday 2013, 10.30am to 4pm

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Digital art 2013

Location: Victoria and Albert Museum       Starts: 1 June 2013       Ends: 23 June 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Have fun creating your own digital art with help from experts. Free and drop in.  

1st & 2nd June 2013. Use Garage band to create a track for your first album.  23 June - Create your own digital art. 

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Listen to your Heart 2013

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 1 June 2013       Ends: 13 July 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Your chance to join a real live experiment and discover how aware we are of our inner body may affect our emotions, how we see other people and how we view the world around us. Come and help researchers from the Department of Psychology at the Royal Holloway, University of London by taking part in a real science experiment to discover how our inner feelings affect us. Dates:  Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 1 May to 5 June and from 19 June to 13 July 2013.  Timings: 11.00–14.00, 15.00–17.00

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Trooping the Colour 2013

Location: The Mall       Starts: 1 June 2013       Ends: 15 June 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) 

A great opportunity to watch the soldiers taking part in the Trooping of the Colour parade past you on their way to Horse Guards Parade.   Access to Horse Guards is by ticket only, but for a free viewing of the soldiers who take part, get your position early in the day on the Mall, bring a picnic, and hope for dry weather!   Processions start at 10.15am so not a day for sleeping in!  Dates:  Rehearsals are on 1st June & 8th June, and the Trooping Colour parade itself is 15th June.

For more info on timings and details of what you can see on each of the days, follow the website link to an unofficial site which has some great info.

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Family event (2013): Tours for fours and up!

Location: Handel House Museum       Starts: 2 June 2013       Ends: 2 June 2013 Child: free, booking advised       Adult: Free with normal admission       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Discover Handel House in a fun and engaging tour that invites the whole family to join in and discover where Handel slept, ate and composed wonderful music! Tours are aimed at 4 to 9 year olds but younger siblings are also welcome. Tours last approx 15 minutes and are drop-in. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  Tour times: 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm.  

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Who put the Royal into Greenwich? 2013

Location: Royal Naval College       Starts: 2 June 2013       Ends: 2 June 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Find out who put the Royal into Greenwich with our irreverent look at the famous royals who loved to come to glorious Greenwich. Date: 2nd June 2013.  Timing: 12.00, 13.30, 15.00

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Meet John Deman 2013

Location: Royal Naval College       Starts: 9 June 2013       Ends: 9 June 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Meet John Deman, a black Greenwich Pensioner in the early 19th century who left his West Indies home to join Admiral Lord Nelson's fleet. Hear about his life at sea as a young boy and in the Royal Hospital for Seamen as a Greenwich Pensioner.  Date: 9th June 2013. Timing: 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00

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Faces Old and New 2013

Location: Royal Naval College       Starts: 9 June 2013       Ends: 9 June 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Come and have a go at a range of creative activities, led by local parents and artists, in an interactive family day inspired by famous faces in the Painted Hall from royals to Hollywood stars.  Try your hand at crafts including decoupage and mosaic, and bring your own family photos to print onto fabric.  Date: 9th June 2013, TImings: 11.00 - 16.00

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Meet Joe Brown 2013

Location: Royal Naval College       Starts: 16 June 2013       Ends: 16 June 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Find out about life as a Greenwich Pensioner including what the sailors ate and drank, punishments for breaking hospital rules and stories of the Battle of Trafalgar.  Performances take place in the Painted Hall, and are suitable for all the family.  Date: 16th June 2013. Timing: 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00

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Canine Capers 2013

Location: Hatchlands Park       Starts: 16 June 2013       Ends: 16 June 2013 Child: normal admission price             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Have fun with your four-legged friend in our competitions! Browse the doggy-related stalls. £1.50 per competition entry on top of normal admission prices.  Timing: 11am - 4pm 2013

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Fathers' Day (2013) free entry

Location: Painshill Park       Starts: 16 June 2013       Ends: 16 June 2013 Child: normal admission applies             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Spend the day with your father in the beautiful landscape. Free entry to fathers when accompanied by their children.  Normal admission prices apply to other visitors.  Date: Sunday 16th June 2013.  Time: 10.30 – 6pm

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Family Open Day 2013- Polka Theatre

Location: Polka Theatre       Starts: 16 June 2013       Ends: 16 June 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Take a peek behind the scenes as we open our doors for our annual Open Day full of FREE activities for the whole family on Sunday 16 June 2013 from 11am – 4pm. 

We have lots going on including storytelling sessions, backstage tours, the chance to dress up in costumes from past Polka shows and buy costumes for your own fancy dress collection. Children will also have the opportunity to meet the stars of Polka’s hit summer show, Charlie and Lola’s Extremely New Play! 

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Reigate Priory Community Festival 2013

Location: Priory Park       Starts: 29 June 2013       Ends: 29 June 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Once again we are hosting the Community Festival to coincide with Armed Forces Day.  If you are interested in having a stall at the event or helping in the organising then please contact the Reigate Events Collective.   Date 29th June 2013, Timings: 10.30am to 5pm

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Jubilocity at Polesdon Lacey 2013

Location: Polesdon Lacey       Starts: 6 July 2013       Ends: 6 July 2013 Child: £2.50       Adult: £5.00       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

An evening of picnics and family fun. Including a Showcase of Local Talent, Torchlight procession, Mini Beacon & Fireworks.  Booking in advance recommended.  Timings: 5 - 10pm, 2013

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Composition Challenge! 2013

Location: Handel House Museum       Starts: 13 July 2013       Ends: 13 July 2013 Child: free, booking advised       Adult: £5.00       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Join in on this fun and interactive music-making workshop with your family! Composer-in-Residence Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian will introduce some of Handel’s music before you get the chance to compose a brand new piece to be performed at the end.  Pre-booking advised.  Date: 13th July 2013  2 - 3pm

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Drama Characters (2013) - Florie

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 25 July 2013       Ends: 25 July 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) If you are looking for fun things to do with kids in London, come and meet Florie the Maid at the Science Museum.   You will get insights to the phrase:  A “Woman’s work is never done!”. Come and see Florrie the Edwardian Maid as she goes about her daily chores.  Dates: 25th July. Timings: 12:30, 14:00

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Family Fun afternoon 2013

Location: The Lightbox       Starts: 27 July 2013       Ends: 27 July 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

(archived event) Begin the summer holidays by joining us for an afternoon of family fun and fantasy garden workshop 1.30 - 4pm.   Entry is free and there is lots planned to entertain the whole family.  Search for Norman the Gnome in a trail inspired by the ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ exhibition.  

Create a fantasy garden at a drop-in family workshop, 1.30pm – 4.00pm

Be transformed by our expert face painter, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Free ice lollies (on a first come, first served basis) and have fun on the bouncy castle..   Timing 12 noon to 5pm - free event, but donations welcome

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Surrey Cycle Festival

Location: Priory Park       Starts: 28 July 2013       Ends: 28 July 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

 

The festivals will be fun, family-friendly events featuring demonstrations from some of the UK’s top mountain bike stunt teams, expert advice on safety and maintenance, stalls hosted by cycling groups and shops plus lots of delicious food and drinks stalls to sample. Guided bike rides will also be back by popular demand.
Register online from the start of April to let us know you are coming and you’ll be entered into a prize draw with the chance to win some amazing prizes!  Date: 28th July, tImings: 10 - 5pm
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Samba con Salsa

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 29 July 2013       Ends: 29 July 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Join some mass participation Latin American dance in the gardens .  Date: 29th July. Timing: 2pm - 2.45pm, 3.15pm - 4pm

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Plants, Bees, Butterflies and Birds 2013

Location: The Lightbox       Starts: 30 July 2013       Ends: 30 July 2013 Child: £6.50             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Dress for mess and join Jo Carter to create some fantasy plants and creatures for your own Gertrude Garden using willow, wire, paper and other new and recycled materials.  30th July 2013, 1.00pm – 2.30pm (4 – 8 year olds) 3.00pm – 4.30pm (8 – 16 year olds)  Numbers are limited, so advance booking is required - 01483 737837

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Summer Holiday 50 things activities

Location: Polesdon Lacey       Starts: 5 August 2013       Ends: 30 August 2013 Child: £2.00             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Week 2 - Mon 5th Aug to Fri 9th Aug. Make your own bird feeder and spot the birds around the grounds. Week 3 - Mon 12th Aug to Fri 16th Aug. Create a collage of the spectacular Polesden scenery. Week 4 - Mon 19th Aug to Fri 23rd Aug. Build your own bug hotel. Week 5 - Mon 26th Aug to Fri 30th Aug. Learn about and taste different types of herbs, and take some away to grow at home. Timiing 11am - 3pm

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Drama Characters (2013) - Michael Faraday

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 6 August 2013       Ends: 6 August 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

(archived event) Go back to the days when electricity was just a scientific wonder, then let Michael Faraday show you his cutting-edge experiments that transformed electricity into something a little more practical...  Date: 6th August.  Timing: 12.30 and 2pm

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Dragonflies, Butterflies and Gnomes 2013

Location: The Lightbox       Starts: 6 August 2013       Ends: 6 August 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) Gnomes Drop-In Family Workshop.  Come and make some friendly gnomes to take home.  Suitable for children aged 4+.   Please note you may be required to wait if the Education Studio is full.  6th August,  Drop in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm.  Free Entry, Suggested Donation £2 

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Play Day 2013: get out and play!

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 7 August 2013       Ends: 7 August 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Join us for Play Day, a national event celebrating play of all kinds. This year’s theme is Playful Places and we’ve made the Horniman Museum and Gardens a veritable feast of playing for the day, with activities ranging from from craft activities to children’s theatre, nature exploration to treasure trails.  On Play Day thousands of children and their families get out to play at hundreds of community events across the UK. As well as a celebration of children's right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives.  Date: 7th August 2013. Timing: 11am - 4pm

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Fabric painting 2013

Location: The Lightbox       Starts: 8 August 2013       Ends: 8 August 2013 Child: £6.50             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Dress for mess and use different techniques to create your own printing block to use on fabric. One tote bag provided. Participants may bring along additional clean cotton t-shirts or bags if desired.  All materials included. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult goes free.  Numbers are limited, so advance booking is required (01483 737837).  8th August 2013, 1.00pm – 2.30pm (4 – 8 year olds) 3.00pm – 4.30pm (8 – 16 year olds).  £6.50 per child/young person

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Party Science 2013

Location: Look Out Discovery Centre       Starts: 9 August 2013       Ends: 2 September 2013 Child: £1.85       Adult: £1.85       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) 

The Party Science show runs every weekend and every day during the Summer holiday.  The show includes the science behind party decorations, making music, party tricks and fun with a birthday cake. Should be partytastic!   Show times are at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3.15pm   The charge for the Science show is on top of the entry price to the Discovery Centre.    If you don't want to go to the show, there are loads of other activities to enjoy which don't incur an extra charge.

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Bubble Fun 2013

Location: The Lightbox       Starts: 9 August 2013       Ends: 30 August 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Make your own funky bubble wand to use in our Courtyard and take home. An alternative workshop will take place in the Education Studio in case of inclement weather.   9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th  August 2013,  Drop in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm.  Free Entry, Suggested Donation £2 

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Woodland Trail 2013

Location: Winkworth Arboretum       Starts: 9 August 2013       Ends: 1 September 2013 Child: £0.50             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

Follow our exciting children's trail around the Arboretum and discover suprising facts about the countryside.   

Also, every Wednesday in August there will be a Teddy Bears picnic which will provide an hour of storytelling starting at 1.30pm and songs to delight young and old at our fun filled teddy bears' picnics.  (£3 per child supplement for the teddy bears picnic)

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Friday fun days 2013

Location: Hatchlands Park       Starts: 9 August 2013       Ends: 30 August 2013 Child: £2.00             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Spend Fridays during the summer holidays at Hatchlands Park; there are children's trails, activities and garden games to keep kids entertained.  Timing 11am to 4pm

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World of Treasure 2013

Location: Bank of England Museum       Starts: 9 August 2013       Ends: 30 August 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

During the summer break (22 July – 30 August 2013), the Museum invites you to discover some of its hidden treasures by answering clues and following the trail. Some of the fascinating objects you will discover in your journey include a 300 years old treasure chest, gold coins, a £1,000,000 banknote and several gold bars, one of which can even be handled.

Once you’ve completed the trail you can make your own treasure-chest-shaped money box and colour it as you wish in the kid’s area (all materials provided). There’s also a chocolate coin for every child and prizes to be won.

Activity sheets for children of all ages are available with a small prize for all those who take part.  Timing: 10:00am - 4:30pm

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Family Film Club 2012

Location: Canary Wharf       Starts: 10 August 2013       Ends: 10 August 2013 Child: Free             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Canary Wharf’s family weekends continues into August this summer with family friendly films screened on the outdoor Summer Screens. Bring your whole family, and a picnic.  Timing: 1pm & 3pm

10th August 2012- Big at 1pm and Hotel for Dogs at 3pm

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Family Day (2013) : The Spirit of Utopia

Location: Whitechapel Gallery       Starts: 10 August 2013       Ends: 10 August 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Join us at this family event inspired by the group show The Spirit of Utopia. Learn to throw your own pot with potter Viktoria Redman and create fantastical plants, watch animated short films and explore the exhibition with a fun Family Trail.  Saturday 10th August.  TIming 10am - 12 noon

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Ice project 2013

Location: London Canal Museum       Starts: 10 August 2013       Ends: 10 August 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free, normal admission applies       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Celebrate ICE! A celebration of our ICE project 2013. A special day for our ICE project 2013 at which we celebrate the successful completion of building works that safeguard the building's future. There will be a huge artwork created during the day with help from visitors, on the theme of the ice trade. Mrs Agnes Marshall, the Victorian ice cream maker, will be here in person to demonstrate how to make ice cream and visitors can give her a hand and taste the result. A brass band will play in the newly illuminated ice well underground. There will be activities for children and all the usual exhibitions too.

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Victorian Wardrobe 2013

Location: Watts Gallery       Starts: 10 August 2013       Ends: 10 August 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free, normal admission applies       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event)

Discover different kinds of art in these fun, interactive family tours on the second Saturday of the month. Recommended for children aged 5+, younger children welcome. Adults must accompany children.  Learn detective skills and help us discover more about people in the paintings through what they are wearing. Discover what Victorians wore and try on replica costumes.  Timing: 11am to 12 noon

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Jazz Sundays 2013

Location: Polesdon Lacey       Starts: 11 August 2013       Ends: 26 August 2013 Child: Free, with normal admission       Adult: Free with normal admission       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Enjoy a lazy afternoon listening to live music every Sunday this summer. Explore the beautiful grounds at Polesden Lacey and then spread out your rug on the South Lawn, take time to peruse the Sunday papers and relax with a picnic listening to wonderful live music every Sunday in August 2013.  Timing 2 - 4pm

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Summer project : Peter Liversidge

Location: Whitechapel Gallery       Starts: 12 August 2013       Ends: 16 August 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

Artist Peter Liversidge leads a special week-long project exploring themes around music, architecture, collections and proposals that will culminate in the production of a collaborative artists’ publication.  Exclusive event for 15 - 19 year olds. 12th - 16th August, timing: 10am to 4pm.  Email for bookings to: duchampandsons@whitechapelgallery.org

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Craft activities at Gatton Park 2013

Location: Gatton Park       Starts: 12 August 2013       Ends: 21 August 2013 Child: £6.00             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6,

(archived event)

12th August.  Pond-dipping.  Discover what you can find in Gatton's ponds.

19th August.  Bug Safari.  Go in search of the slugs, snails and other bugs in the meadows and woods.

21st August.  Pirate Challenge.  Can you complete the challenges to join the pirate crew- Games and art on a pirate theme.

Activities aimed at 4 - 7 year olds.  Timing: 10am - 12noon or 1.30pm - 3.30pm

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All about Ice!

Location: London Canal Museum       Starts: 13 August 2013       Ends: 27 August 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free, normal admission applies       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Follow in the footsteps of Carlo Gatti, who built the ice warehouse which is now the Museum. He made ice cream for Victorian Londoners and we will show you how to make your own.  There are morning (1030) and afternoon (1330) sessions each day, lasting about 2 hours, 2013

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Nature's Explorers 2013

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 13 August 2013       Ends: 27 August 2013 Child: £2.00       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Try your hand at pond dipping in our Nature Trail Pond and discover the variety of life to be found in London during the summer. The Nature Trail is carefully managed to encourage wildlife, and you will find a summer environment bursting with life. We will provide the equipment and a tutor will guide you through the process and identifying your finds.  Every Tuesday over the Summer 2013.  Timing: 11.00-12.00, 1.15-2.15, 3.00-4.00

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Secret Garden in a Jar

Location: The Lightbox       Starts: 13 August 2013       Ends: 13 August 2013 Child: £6.50             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Be inspired by the Gertrude Jekyll exhibition and create your own miniature secret garden in a jar using modeling clay, paint and other materials.  All materials included. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult goes free.  Numbers are limited, so advance booking is required (01483 737837).  13th August, 1.00pm – 2.30pm (4 – 8 year olds) 3.00pm – 4.30pm (8 – 16 year olds).  £6.50 per child/young person

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Drama Characters (2013) - Einstein

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 14 August 2013       Ends: 14 August 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Come along and discover how much you can investigate using only an apple and a piece of string. Professor Einstein takes you on a thoughtful journey through time and space, sharing his mass of knowledge about the mysteries of the universe along the way.  Dates: 26th July & 14th August.  Timing: sessions last 30mins starting at 12.30 and 2pm

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Drawing games 2013

Location: The Lightbox       Starts: 14 August 2013       Ends: 28 August 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Come and play some fun drawing games. May take place in the Courtyard if the weather is fine.  Suitable for children aged 4+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All materials included. Please note you may be required to wait if the Education Studio is full.  14th, 21st & 28th August 2012.  Drop in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm.  Free Entry, Suggested Donation £2 

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Museum Mission 2013

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 15 August 2013       Ends: 30 August 2012 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

Every Thursday during the summer holidays, visit our Hands on Base and pick up a different trail inspired by the plants, objects and animals at the Horniman. Search the galleries and gardens for these Horniman highlights and collect a sticker when you finish.  TIming: 10.30am - 2pm

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Making a moving car 2013

Location: The Lightbox       Starts: 15 August 2013       Ends: 15 August 2013 Child: £6.50             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event)

Design and make a moving vehicle, inspired by the McLaren exhibition. Could it be the next McLaren car-  All materials included. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult goes free.  Numbers are limited, so advance booking is required (01483 737837).  15th  August, 1.00pm – 2.30pm (4 – 8 year olds) 3.00pm – 4.30pm (8 – 16 year olds).  £6.50 per child/young person

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Urban Ecology 2013: Bird Stroll

Location: Whitechapel Gallery       Starts: 17 August 2013       Ends: 17 August 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Inspired by The Bloomberg Commission: Giuseppe Penone: Spazio di Luce take a bird watching tour of east London with your friends and family, make a bird feeder and find out fascinating facts you didn't know about our feathered friends. Led by David Darrel-Lambert, birding expert. All ages welcome.  Saturday 17 August 2013, 10am-12pm

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Summer holiday fun for families

Location: Museum of London       Starts: 17 August 2013       Ends: 1 September 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Sat 17 & Sun 18 Aug, 12-12.30pm, 1-1.30pm & 2-2.30pm.  Clap, jump and skip.  Try your hand at some of the fun and popular street games around in the 1940s. 5+

Sat 17, Sun 18 & Mon 19 Aug, 12.30-2pm & 2.30-4pm.   Be part of the action.  It’s the 1940s and you are out playing on the streets of London. What might you look like- Put yourself and your family in our life size portrait. 5+

Mon 19 Aug, 1-1.15pm, 2-2.15pm & 3-3.15pm.  My story.  Listen to one lady’s memories of what it was like to be young in London during World War II. 5+

Tue 20 & Wed 21 Aug, 12.30-2pm & 2.30-4pm.  Peggy the doll.  During World War II children would make fun toys out of things they found at home. Join us and make your very own peg doll. 5+

Tue 20, Wed 21 & Thu 22 Aug, 1-1.30pm, 2-2.30pm & 3-3.30pm.  Keep calm and carry on playing.  Gather strength in this courageous and fun storytelling session about children in the 1940s. 5+

Wed 21 Aug, 10.30-11am & 11.30am – 12pm & 2-2.30pm.  Musical playground (tickets allocated on arrival).  Be introduced to nursery rhymes enjoyed by children in the past, and learn some new ones too! 1+

Thu 22, Fri 23 & Sat 24 Aug, 12.30-2pm, 2.30-4pm.  Fun from the 1940s.  Discover some of the ways children played during the war in this hands-on art workshop. 5+

Fri 23 & Sat 24, 1-1.30pm, 2-2.30pm & 3-3.30pm & Sun 24 Aug, 12.30-1pm, 2-2.30pm & 3.30-4pm.  The junk playground.  Follow Lady Allen’s quest for the perfect playground, and the children who helped her create it. 5+

Sun 25 & Mon 26 Aug, 11.30am – 12pm, 1.15-1.45pm & 2.45-3.15pm & Tue 27 Aug, 1-1.30pm, 2-2.30pm & 3-3.30pm.  Safe as card houses.  See how a simple deck of cards kept families entertained whilst staying safe in London’s Tube. 5+

Mon 26 Aug, 12.30-1pm, 2-2.30pm & 3.30-4pm & Sat 31 Aug, 1-1.30pm & 2-2.30pm & 3-3.30pm

All out of toys.  Hear the stories of some of the people who kept London’s children playing during World War II. 5+

Tue 27 Aug, 12.30-1.30pm, 2-3pm & 3.30-4.30pm.  Calling all children!* (tickets allocated upon arrival).  Play never stops, but during World War II it changed slightly. Make a poster in this digital workshop about some of the new games that came to London. 5+

Wed 28 Aug, 11am – 12pm & 1.30-2.30pm.  1940s playground (tickets allocated upon arrival)  Try out games that children used to play in wartime Britain in this fun and creative session. 1+

Wed 28 & Fri 30 Aug, 12-4pm.  Explore an adventure playground and enjoy an interactive performance by local families. .5+ 

Thu 29, Sat 31 Aug & Sun 1 Sep, 12.30-2pm & 2.30-4pm.  Create a board game with clues and ideas of more amusing things to do at home, all inspired by children’s play during World War II. 

Thu 29 Aug & Sun 1 Sep, 2-2.45pm.  Characters from history: William, World War II evacuee.  Join William as he learns about air raids, buzz bombs, swing music and being away from home. 7+

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Georgie Porgie, Pudding and Pie 2013

Location: Handel House Museum       Starts: 18 August 2013       Ends: 18 August 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Musicians from Saltarello will lead families through some of the most popular tunes and nursery rhymes that were sung during the reign of King George I & II. This is a drop-in event and is suitable for families with children aged 0 – 11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Pre-booking advised.  Date: 18th August 2013, 2 - 3pm

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Bookmarks and Origami 2013

Location: The Lightbox       Starts: 20 August 2013       Ends: 29 August 2013 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Learn how to fold some colourful paper bookmarks - 20th August 2013

Decorate a frame using new and recycled materials to display your holiday snaps and pictures - 29th August 2013

Suitable for children aged 4+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All materials included. Please note you may be required to wait if the Education Studio is full.  Drop in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm.  Free Entry, Suggested Donation £2

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Crazy Painting 2013

Location: The Lightbox       Starts: 22 August 2013       Ends: 22 August 2013 Child: £6.50             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Try out some exciting painting techniques, including pendulum and magnetic painting and create some crazy pictures. Dress for mess.  All materials included. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult goes free.  Numbers are limited, so advance booking is required (01483 737837).  22nd August 2013,   1.00pm – 2.30pm (4 – 8 year olds) 3.00pm - 4.30pm (8 – 16 year olds)  £6.50 per child/young person

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Papers Please! (2013)

Location: Imperial War Museum       Starts: 26 August 2013       Ends: 30 August 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Shhh…don't tell anyone but you are wanted for a secret mission. Create your very own identity papers ready to present should anyone try to discover your true identity as a spy.  In this craft activity children can create a spy character and learn about work carried out by forgers during wartime. Includes items on display from IWM’s collections.  26th to 30th August 2013.

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Mischief in the wild woods 2013

Location: Polesdon Lacey       Starts: 27 August 2013       Ends: 31 August 2013 Child: free, booking advised             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

An interactive drama workshop for children run by Head 2 Head Theatre Company, for children with disabilities and learning difficulties to explore their surroundings through drama.  Alice and the participants will pass through a cascade of bubbles before entering the 'wild wood' and moving along wheelchair friendly nature trails. Along the way they will meet other characters from the story before joining the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse for a tea party.  Timing: 11am to 12 noon, or 1.30pm to 2.30pm.  Booking Essential 01372 278021

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Felt creatures 2013

Location: The Lightbox       Starts: 27 August 2013       Ends: 27 August 2013 Child: £6.50             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Join Heather Thomas to create your own creatures using felt, fabric and other new and recycled materials.  All materials included. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult goes free.  Numbers are limited, so advance booking is required (01483 737837).  27th August 2013,  1.00pm – 2.30pm (4 – 8 year olds) 3.00pm – 4.30pm (8 – 16 year olds) £6.50 per child/young person

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Geocaching at Gatton Park 2013

Location: Gatton Park       Starts: 27 August 2013       Ends: 27 August 2013 Child: £6.00             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Geocaching Challenge.  Use a GPS to discover the hidden clues around the park.  Tuesday 27th August 2013.  Timing: 10am - 12noon or 1.30pm - 3.30pm

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Pop-up Performances 2013

Location: Victoria and Albert Museum       Starts: 7 September 2013       Ends: 28 September 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) 

Saturday 7 September - Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed-  Location: Lecture Theatre.  From small stools to big beds, follow Goldilocks as she experiments with different kinds of furniture on her adventure in the three bears’ house. A 20 minute performance with puppetry.

Saturday 14 September - Curious Crafts and Mythical Models.  Location: Paintings Galleries.  Step back in time to the days of Queen Victoria when William Morris and his friends were causing a storm in the Art World!

Saturday 21 September – The Puppet Man is Coming to Town.  Location: Theatre & Performance Galleries.  Join famous puppeteering families as they travel around Europe and help make their puppets sing and and dance for all to see!

Saturday 28 September - Dragons, Lions & Football.  Location: Medieval & Renaissance Galleries, Room 50a.  From the 3 lions on England’s football Shirt to the dragons of ancient Italian family crests, explore these fascinating coat of arms symbols

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Drama Characters (2013)- Dorothea Bate

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 7 September 2013       Ends: 21 September 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) Meet Dorothea Bate, a remarkable woman who wants to share with you her discoveries and experiences on remote islands.  Dates: 7th & 21st September.  Timings: 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30

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Pony Rides 2013

Location: Hatchlands Park       Starts: 14 September 2013       Ends: 15 September 2013 Child: £2.50             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

A great day out with kids at Hatchlands Park, with an opportunity for children to enjoy pony rides.  Pony magic aims to provide a truly magical experience with beautiful, safe ponies and experienced handlers.  The £2.50 charge per ride is on top of the normal admission charge.   Suitable for 2–11 year olds.  Dates:  14th & 15th Sept 2013, Timings: 12 to 4pm

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Re-enactors 2013

Location: Hatchlands Park       Starts: 15 September 2013       Ends: 15 September 2013 Child: Free             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

See Hatchlands Park come to life with re-enactors in the garden.  Date: 15th September 2013, Timing: 11am to 4pm

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Sackler Story days

Location: Globe Theatre       Starts: 21 September 2013       Ends: 21 September 2013 Child: £8.00       Adult: £8.00       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

The whole family can get involved in Sackler Storydays: the perfect way to introduce young people (from 9 years +) to two of Shakespeare’s darkest plays, King Lear on Wednesday 14 August and Macbeth on Saturday 21 September, presented by the unforgettable story teller and performer Debs Newbold.  Timing 11am for 1 hour, pre-booking essential 020 7401 9919.  1 adult + 1 child ticket £15, additional tickets £8

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Croquet taster sessions 2013

Location: Priory Park       Starts: 21 September 2013       Ends: 21 September 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Free Croquet taster sessions at Reigate Priory's croquet lawn, a fun event for all the family.  Saturday 21 September at 10 am 

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Hands on Family Workshops 2013

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 12 October 2013       Ends: 14 December 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Come to the Hands on Base and join our knowledgeable tutors for fun family sessions exploring different themes using real museum objects. Use all your senses to explore the animal kingdom, musical instruments, costume, masks, toys and puppets from all over the world in interactive sessions suitable for families with children aged 3+.   Dates: 12th & 19th October, 2nd, 9th, 16th 23rd, 30th November and 14th December 2013.

Timing: 11.45 - 12.30 and 1 - 1.45pm - Session passes are available from the Information Desk area 30 minutes before each session.  

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Drama Characters (2013): Carl Linnaeus

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 19 October 2013       Ends: 19 October 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) Meet Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, he will share his idea for naming living things with you.   Dates: 19th October, Timings: 11:30 - 12:30, 14:00 - 15:00

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Goat Grazing fun day 2013

Location: Southbank Centre       Starts: 19 October 2013       Ends: 19 October 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Live goats graze the wildflower meadow in Queen Elizabeth Hall roof gardens.  To mark the end of the season and to help the wildflowers grow stronger next year, goats from Vauxhall City Farm are nibbling away at the roof garden.  Lots of other free activities take place over the afternoon, for example: Seed and plant giveaways - seeds and plants from our garden are on offer for free.  Date: Saturday 19th October 2013.  Timing: starts 12 noon

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Horrible Histories at the IWM 2013

Location: Imperial War Museum       Starts: 25 October 2013       Ends: 10 January 2014 Child: £3.30       Adult: £6.20       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

Uncover the deadly world of spies at this major new interactive exhibition for families. Horrible Histories®: Spies brings the horrible history of Second World War spies and their secret schemes to life, based on Terry Deary’s book from the bestselling Horrible Histories series.

Set out on your own spy mission through the exhibition. Follow the trail to collect stamps for your essential spy kit and keep your wits about you as you test your undercover skills including using devious disguises, sniffing out invisible ink and cracking cunning codes. See objects used by Second World War spies and discover the stories of the real wartime Super Spies before finding out if you’ve got what it takes to join their ruthless ranks.

Book online for a 10% discount.  Also, IWM London is undergoing a major building redevelopment, and access around the museum is limited.

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Halloween Fair 2013

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 26 October 2013       Ends: 27 October 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Go on a spooky trail, find goodies in our special arts and crafts market, join in Bandstand fun and enjoy some Halloween-themed food. Come dressed in your favourite Halloween costume!  Dates: 26th & 27th October 2013.  Timing: 10.30am - 4pm

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Events (2013) for teenagers at NHM

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 26 October 2013       Ends: 29 November 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

(archived event)

Saturday 26th October:  Life in the Amazon: Researching the Rainforest.  Meet a conservation researcher and hear the tale of her latest adventures in the Peruvian Amazon. 

Monday 28th October: A Century of Strandings.  We mark a century of research into whale and dolphin strandings and discover what it is we've learned along the way.  

Tuesday 29th October.  The Life and Death of a Star. Join us for a whistle-stop tour through the life of a star and find out more about these extraordinary celestial bodies. 

Timing: 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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Gatton Ghost Stories 2013

Location: Gatton Park       Starts: 27 October 2013       Ends: 27 October 2013 Child: £6.00       Adult: £6.00       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

27th October 2013.  A guide will lead you around the Ghostly Gatton Park to hear some spooky stories to scare your socks off! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tours start at 5pm, 6pm, 7 and 8pm. 

Cost: £6 per person First tour for younger children – it will get spookier the later you come!

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Puppets - wolf tales 2013

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 27 October 2013       Ends: 27 October 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6,

Join this lively puppet storytelling show about animal and human nature.   Wolf Tales will reveal amazing insights into the natural world and is designed to engage children with a lot of audience participation.  Book your place the Central Hall information desk.   27th October 2013  Timings: 12:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 14:00

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Elizabeth I & Her People 2013

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 28 October 2013       Ends: 28 October 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

(archived event)

Mind Your Manners.  Timing: 11.00 – 11.20, 11.45 – 12.00 .  Meet in room 2.  Drop-in, no need to book.  Join in a fun activity and find out just what the Elizabethans got up to and how they behaved. 

Spend a Penny.  Timing: 11.30 – 13.00.  Make and decorate your own money bag inspired by the animal motifs in the Elizabeth I and her People exhibition.  Free - but ticket required, available one hour before event from the Information Desk. Suitable for age 5 + with accompanied adults.

An Audience with Elizabeth I.  Timing: 15.00. Ondaatje Wing Theatre.  Free, but ticket required, available one hour before event from the Information Desk. Suitable for age 5 + with accompanied adults.  A chance to come face-to-face with Elizabeth I. Join cast member from the Horrible Histories production of Britain’s Barmy Army part two for a Q&A session.  Come prepared with a question to ask!

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Olympic half term 2013 fun

Location: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park       Starts: 28 October 2013       Ends: 3 November 2013 Child: £2.00             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

(archived event) 

Come join us at the Copper Box Arena, Timber Lodge and the north of the Park for half term fun.  

Copper Box Arena.  Drop in sport sessions.  Weekdays throughout half term, the Copper Box Arena will be running a number of different sport drop in sessions and challenges suitable for all ages and abilities.  Daily 10am - 4pm.  Entry £2 per person.

Timber Lodge.  There’s a packed programme of activities, events and family fun at Timber Lodge this half term, including your chance to take part in free African drumming workshops at the African arts and craft market. All ages welcome.  

Free Zumba sessions for all the family. All ages welcome. 

Children’s Halloween fun- arts, crafts and drama workshops. For ages 7 – 11, £5 per place.  And much, much more!

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Horrible Halloween Ewell Walk 2013

Location: Bourne Hall Museum       Starts: 29 October 2013       Ends: 31 October 2013 Child: £4.00       Adult: £4.00       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

As you walk around the village discover the folk who lived locally and just won’t stay dead! Hear tales of witches and horrible murder, funerals without a body, tragic coach crashes and ghosts!  Gather your courage and tread in the footsteps of the 19th-century body snatchers and visit where they plied their grisly trade and learn why a vicar pulled down his own church! 

Our tour will end with a visit to Ewell’s historic jail and a chance to find out first-hand what an 18th century prison was like-be careful not to be left behind! Limited places, so book in advance Tel 0208 394 1734.  Timing: 29 October 2013 2-5:30pm & 31 October 2013 11am-12:30pm

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Natures explorers 2013- Autumn Colours

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 29 October 2013       Ends: 31 October 2013 Child: £2.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Find out why some plants change colour in autumn and have a go at making art with autumn plants.  Dates: 29th, 30th & 31st October 2013.  Timing: 11.30am - 12.30pm, 1.45pm - 2.45pm, 3.15pm - 4.15pm

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Ruffs and Cuffs 2013

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 29 October 2013       Ends: 31 October 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Taking inspiration from the collection and Elizabeth I and Her People exhibition, come and work with Theatre Designer Georgia Lowe to create your own take on Tudor and Stuart fashions. From corsets and ruffs to armour and sleeves, design and make your own fantastic paper costume. 

Free ticket required, available one hour before event from the Information Desk. Suitable for age 5 + with accompanied adults.  Dates: 29th, 30th & 31st Otober 2013. Timing: 11.00 – 12.30, 13.30 – 15.00, 15.15 – 16.15

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Inky Fingers 2013

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 1 November 2013       Ends: 1 November 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Join Calligrapher Eva Driskell to explore writing in Elizabethan times inspired by the portrait of Esther Inglis in the Elizabeth I & Her People exhibition.  During the session families will have the chance to experiment with different writing tools, including quills, and explore writing in Tudor times.   Date: 1st November 2013, Timing: 11.30 -13.00 and 14.30 – 16.00

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Sunday Open House

Location: Ragged School Museum       Starts: 3 November 2013       Ends: 1 December 2013 Child: £2.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

The Victorian lesson runs from 2:15pm & from 3:30pm every month. Lessons are held in our evocative and impressive Victorian Classroom filled with well-used school desks, dunce hats, ink wells and slate boards and pencils. Led by an actor in full Victorian costume, these 45 minute sessions take place on the Museum’s first floor (stair access only). As capacity in the classroom is limited to 34 people per session, you are advised to book your place as you arrive at the Museum to ensure you don’t miss out. Please note that we have a suggested donation of £2 for the lesson.  Dates: 3rd Nov, 1st Dec

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Marvellous Moths 2013

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 9 November 2013       Ends: 9 November 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Join us as we reveal some of the most impressive and beautiful moths from our collections.  Date: 9th November 2013.  Timing: 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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Exploring Space gallery tour 2013

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 9 November 2013       Ends: 7 December 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

Join us on this free tour to find out about the Space Race from the Soviet perspective, including firsts such as Sputnik, Yuri Gagarin and the work of Sergei Koralev, an amazing history bringing to life objects from our Exploring Space gallery.   9th & 10th Nov, 7th & 8th December 2013.  Timing: 2pm start for 30mins

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SM:Art Mechanics

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 7 December 2013       Ends: 7 December 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Come along and build your own SM:Art Machine. These little bots will scribble and wriggle across your paper to create a doodling masterpiece.  Join our drop in sessions at the times below.  Plus check out the doodling robot on our online shop.  Dates: 7th December.  Timing: 45 min session starting 3.30pm

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Some worms bite

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 1 January 2014       Ends: 1 January 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Nip along to Nature Live for the lowdown on marine worms, their jaws and role in the fossil record.  Date: 1st January Timings:  12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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Cockroach tour 2014

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 25 January 2014       Ends: 26 January 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

Constantly beetling away with new discoveries and inventions, we humans are a curious breed... or that’s how we might appear to the group of cockroaches recently spotted exploring the Science Museum’s galleries.   Find out what it’s like to be one of the planet’s true survivors. Having outlived the dinosaurs, what will they make of our obsessions with speed, time... and burning things-   Put yourself in their shells. Sign up with your friends and family for A Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum and get a quirky and inquisitive take on the human race. Space is limited so call 0870 870 4868 to book your place.  Dates: 25th & 26th January 2014. Timing: 2pm & 4pm

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Family Day 2014: Cut Up

Location: Whitechapel Gallery       Starts: 15 February 2014       Ends: 15 February 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Join our Family Day inspired by the current exhibition Hannah Höch, the pioneering Dada artist and driving force in the development of 20th century collage.   Families are invited to join a day of experimentation with collage and performance in true Dada style with poetry, puppet making and large-scale collage making.  Activities include: 

•  Cut up Karaoke – create poems from randomly cut up words and perform them in a Karaoke machine at the Gallery.

•  Make collage puppets and write the characters into a play to perform in paper puppet theatres around the Gallery. 

•  Performance Collage – make large-scale cut out props and work with an artist to choreograph a live action collage.

•  Free film screenings for children throughout the day.

Saturday 15 February 2014, 12 - 4pm - booking recommended  020 7522 7888 or email: info@whitechapelgallery.org

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Lego build sessions 2014

Location: Denbies       Starts: 17 February 2014       Ends: 21 February 2014 Child: £2.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Have some fun making some lego models during the half-term Monday 17th & Friday 21st February 2014.   Sessions start at 11am and 2pm.

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Ganesha and other elephants 2014

Location: British Museum       Starts: 17 February 2014       Ends: 21 February 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) Discover elephants across the Museum, including Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, in a week of family activities.  You will be able to hear stories about elephants from different cultures, make a part of a large artwork, create something to take home or follow the Trunk Road, the specially designed elephant trail.  Dates: Monday to Friday during the half-term.  Timing: 11am to 4pm

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Tropical Rainforest Road Show 2014

Location: Denbies       Starts: 18 February 2014       Ends: 18 February 2014 Child: £6.50       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Date: 18th February 2014.  See, handle and learn about creatures from all over the globe.  Timing: 11am and 2pm

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Nature Explorers (2014) - Animals after Dark

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 18 February 2014       Ends: 20 February 2014 Child: £:2.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

How does a bat see in the dark- How does an owl catch its food- Try navigating like a bat and dissect an owl pellet to find out what they eat.  Dates: 18th & 20th February 2014.  Timing: 11.30am - 12.30pm, 1.45pm - 2.45pm, 3.15pm - 4.15pm

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Punch & Judy (2014)

Location: Denbies       Starts: 21 February 2014       Ends: 21 February 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Traditional family fun.  Timing:  10.30am, 12.30 & 2.30pm.  Friday 21st February 2014

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Take a tour with Mr Horniman 2014

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 21 February 2014       Ends: 21 February 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) 

Mr Horniman has stepped out of his time machine in his top hat and tails to give you a special tour of his museum. He has some fantastic stories to tell and loves an audience!  Friday 21st February. Timings: 11.30am - 12.15pm, 1.15pm - 2pm, 3pm - 3.45pm

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Big Ideas on Technology 2014

Location: Whitechapel Gallery       Starts: 22 February 2014       Ends: 22 February 2014 Child: free, booking advised             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

Work with interactive arts and technology studio Codasign to explore digital Dadaism. Visit the Hannah Höch show and experiment with computer based collage techniques using processing, an open-source programming language.  For 14 - 24 year olds only.  Free, but booking essential.   Saturday 22 February 12 - 5pm

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Make a Secret Code 2014

Location: British Museum       Starts: 22 February 2014       Ends: 22 February 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Learn about beautiful seal stones from China and create your own digital seal using Photoshop.  Then use mobile technology to turn it into a mind-boggling secret code – brilliant to make and hard to crack.  Activity takes about 40 mins.  Date: 22nd February 2014, Timing: 11.30am to 3.30pm

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Art Makers

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 1 March 2014       Ends: 29 March 2014 Child: £3.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Have fun with art skills and exciting techniques to create something fabulous to take home inspired by the Horniman’s collections or seasonal celebrations.

Shadow puppets (1st March) Baby Seal Masks (15th & 22nd March) Cress Creations (29th March)  2012

Timing: 1.30pm - 2.15pm and 2.45pm - 3.30pm.  Purchase tickets on the day from the Information Desk

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A Star is Born!

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 1 March 2014       Ends: 30 March 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6,

Free things to do with kids aged up to 7 years old with a storytelling activity at the Science Museum - Twinkle twinkle little star, lets find out what you are! Join us on a journey of a lifetime - the lifetime of a star. From stellar nurseries to glittering galaxies. Date: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th & 30th March 2014, Starting 11am, session lasts 20mins

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Mini Curators 2014

Location: Watts Gallery       Starts: 8 March 2014       Ends: 8 March 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Take an imaginary journey with Ruskin. Pack your passport and pencil and discover buildings, landscapes and sculpture.  Saturday 8 March 2014, timing: 11am – 12pm

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Cutting Edge Technology 2014

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 9 March 2014       Ends: 6 April 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) Investigate teeth and diet using our amazing animal skulls.   Handle real specimens, take part in fun group activities, and see how Museum palaeontologists use skulls find out about dinosaur diets.  Dates: 9th, 16th & 30th March & 6th April.  Timings: 11:30 - 12:15, 13:15 - 14:00, 15.15 - 16:00

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Eaten Alive 2014

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 15 March 2014       Ends: 15 March 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) What lengths do wasp parents go to in order to feed their young- In the case of thousands of species of parasitoid wasp, they lay their eggs inside the body of another living insect. When the wasp larvae hatch, they feed on the insides of the host insect. Food doesn't get much fresher than that... 

Come along to hear from a Museum scientist about the wonders of parasitoid wasps and how you could spot some in your garden.  Timing: 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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Hands on Nature 2014 - Ocean Life

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 15 March 2014       Ends: 5 April 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Handle real marine specimens and observe the special features of the creatures that live in our oceans in a fun and creative way.  Explore a mystery object in the feely box. Make your own 3D starfish and take part in rock star challenges featuring amazing starfish costumes designed by costumier, Anna Cocciadiferro. Guided by Science Educators, this is a free drop-in activity and takes place in the Marine Invertebrates gallery.  Dates: 15th & 29th March, 5th April 2014.  Timing: 11 am to 1pm

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Victorian 2014

Location: Bourne Hall Museum       Starts: 15 March 2014       Ends: 15 March 2014 Child: £4.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Take your places at your desk in a Victorian school and remember that children should be seen but not heard. Meet a visiting Victorian school mistress, so make sure you behave and try to avoid having to wear the dunce’s hat or be given the cane. 

Discover if you had to go to school and how old you were when you left. Find out what you would have learnt at school and what you did for drill. See what equipment Victorian children had to use at school and decide if the children ever had any fun.   

Date: 15th March 2014, 1 - 2.30pm

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Depot Open Weekend 2014

Location: London Transport Museum's Depot       Starts: 15 March 2014       Ends: 16 March 2014 Child: Free       Adult: £10.00       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

We’re opening up the Museum Depot at Acton on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 March 2014, this time in celebration of buses. Big ones, small ones, and even teeny weeny ones.  Our bus bonanza is part of National Science and Engineering week and features static bus displays, bus pit tours, a bouncy bus, curator led small object store tours, a (small) bus rally, and bus themed films and talks. We will also be displaying a number of layouts from various exhibitors, with a special emphasis on buses. Look out for the LEGO and BAYKO bus displays and join our make and takes and storytelling for families.  Dates: 15-16 March 2014,  Time: 11.00 – 17.00

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Sport Relief 2014

Location: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park       Starts: 23 March 2014       Ends: 23 March 2014 Child: varies by activity, free to spectate       Adult: varies by activity, free to spectate       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

The first ever Sainsbury's Sport Relief Games will be taking place at venues all across the country - including landmark events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  Sport Relief 2014 is your once-in-a-lifetime chance to take part in one of three events at the Park: the Mile, the Swimathon or the Cycle.

With a route through Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, enter the Mile and relive the inspiring atmosphere of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Alternately, the Cycle consists of challenging 25 and 50-mile routes (for over 16s only), plus a three-mile Family Cycle for all ages - all starting and finishing in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. There will also be a Swimathon at the Aquatics Centre.

For more details see the Sport Relief website.

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Secrets of spider dating

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 29 March 2014       Ends: 29 March 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

In the world of spiders, attracting a mate can be a deadly task. Just like humans, male spiders have to woo, flirt and charm their way into a female's heart, but the stakes are much higher. One wrong move and he's dinner. Join us to discover how gifts, sensual massage and sleuth-like stealth can keep them playing the game for another mating season.   Timings & Dates: 29th March 12:30 & 2.30pm

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Meet Sir Hans Sloane (2014)

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 29 March 2014       Ends: 29 March 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Meet Sir Hans Sloane, he will share his experience of collecting plants and animals from overseas.  Date: 29th March 2014  Timings: 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30 

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Discovery Day at Alice Holt Forest 2014

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 30 March 2014       Ends: 30 March 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) This year we are inviting you to bring your four legged friends to enjoy a day of doggy fun. They can get their paws into a dog agility course or enter a fun competition with their two legged owner. Dog trainers will be on hand to give you top tips on managing your pet and Forestry Commission Rangers will be able to advise you on the best places to go for walks. Other family activities on offer will include sticks and clay, animal masks, minibeast hunting, a quiz trail and more! 

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Queen for a Day 2014

Location: Museum of Childhood       Starts: 30 March 2014       Ends: 30 March 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Celebrate Mothering Sunday by making your mum Queen-for-a-Day. Design a beautiful, curly swirly crown in Art Smarts.  Sunday 30 March 2014, Timing: 14.00-16.00

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Mother's Day at Foundling Museum 2014

Location: The Foundling Museum       Starts: 30 March 2014       Ends: 30 March 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Special rate for Mum's       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Bring your mum to the Foundling Museum on Mother’s Day and she will receive concession price admission! Open to families with children under the age of 18.   30 March 2014, 11:00 - 17:00

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Green screen time machine 2014

Location: British Museum       Starts: 5 April 2014       Ends: 5 April 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Use a green screen and Photoshop to create a picture of yourself interacting with Museum objects then print your finished work to take home.  Free, drop in activity. Date: 5th April 2014.  Timing: 11.30–15.30, Location Samsumg Digital Discovery Centre.  

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Saturday morning kids show

Location: Lauderdale House       Starts: 5 April 2014       Ends: 26 April 2014 Child: £4.50       Adult: £4.50       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Every Saturday, with a few exceptions like Christmas and Easter, children aged two to eight gather on the carpets to be entertained by puppets, one-man comedy, musical madness, clowns, and theatre. Our intention is to foster a love of live performance with a laid-back and above all else, fun atmosphere. Star regular performers include the hilarious duo of John Hegley and Otiz Cannelloni, the Barking Dog Theatre, Pippin Puppets and space-traveller Mr Boom.

Please note all adults and children must buy tickets for the event. Timings:  shows at 10am and 11.30am

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Golden Hinde birthday party 2014

Location: Golden Hinde       Starts: 5 April 2014       Ends: 5 April 2014 Child: £5.00       Adult: £7.00       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

The Golden Hinde II has its 41st birthday party 5th April 2014.   The celebrations start at 11am until 4pm.   There will be stalls, games, music and performances for all the family to enjoy.  There will also be food and refreshments available throughout the day and prizes given for the best costumes!  Tickets for adults are £7, children £5/concessions.  Book your ticket in advance by emailing admin@goldenhinde.com

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Easter activities (2014) Museum of London Docklands

Location: Museum of London Docklands       Starts: 5 April 2014       Ends: 18 April 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Cityread London family day - Saturday 5 April, 10am – 4pm: Explore the story of London in World War I as Cityread London bring Michael Morpurgo’s book Private Peaceful to life. 

Pop-up Project - Monday 7, Wednesday 9 & Monday 14 April, 11.30am – 12.15pm, 1.30-2.15pm & 3-3.45pm,  Join our artist to create a pop-up book. 

Giant stories chapter two - Tuesday 8 April, 11.30am – 1pm & 2-3.30pm.  Draw London’s amazing people, to create unique characters for our gigantic book. 

Fantastic picture books! - Wednesday 9 April 2014, 11am – 12pm & 1.30-2.30pm.  A fun creative session for toddlers and their parents or carers. 

The Little Horse Bus - Thursday 10 & Friday 11 April, 2-2.30pm & 3.30-4pm.  Meet Mary in her 1950s East End kitchen for a telling of Graham Greene’s classic.

Storybook challenge.  Saturday 12, Wednesday 16 & Saturday 19 April, 11.30am – 12.15pm, 1.30-2.15pm & 3-3.45pm.  Gather drawings as you visit then join our artist to create your own storybook. 

Create a circle book.  Tuesday 15 & Friday 18 April, 11.30am – 12.30pm & 2-3pm.  Join our artist to create a unique circle memory book of your visit.

Mrs Beeton’s book - Thursday 17 April, 11.30am – 12pm, 1-1.30pm & 2.30-3pm.  Hear the fascinating story of Isabella Beeton and her influential book. 

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Museum Explored 2014

Location: Museum of London       Starts: 6 April 2014       Ends: 27 April 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

(archived event)

Every Sunday.  Join one of the Museum's Hosts in the galleries for fun, hands-on activities.  Timing: Drop in between 12 – 2pm

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Eggenomics 2014

Location: Bank of England Museum       Starts: 7 April 2014       Ends: 17 April 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Follow the trail to find the chicks and egg hidden in the Museum. You can then create and decorate your own basket to take home. There's a chocolate egg for every child and prizes to be won.  April 7 - 11, 14 - 17 2014 with timing:  10:00am - 4:30pm

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Vikings - raiders, traders and sailors 2014

Location: British Museum       Starts: 7 April 2014       Ends: 11 April 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Come to the Museum for a whole week of activities dedicated to the world of Viking seafarers.  Listen to Norse stories, contribute to an artwork, make something to take home with you, join a family gallery talk or meet some dogs similar to those owned by the Vikings.  Each day will have a different programme.  Dates: 7th to 11th April 2014.  Timing: 11am to 4pm

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Easter Holiday (2014) Childrens Craft Activities

Location: Claremont Landscape Garden       Starts: 7 April 2014       Ends: 11 April 2014 Child: £1.50             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) Join in with our childrens craft making activity in the Thatched Cottage in the Easter holidays.  Dates: 7th to 11th April.  Timing:  10.00am to 5.30pm

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children's craft activities 2014

Location: Denbies       Starts: 8 April 2014       Ends: 21 April 2014 Child: £1.50       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Craft Activities from £1.50 per activity, and Easter Trail £2 per child,  Tuesday 8th April – Monday 21st April 2014.  Daily from 11am – 3pm

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Easter craft activities at Geffrye Museum 2014

Location: Geffrye Museum       Starts: 8 April 2014       Ends: 11 April 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

Tuesday 8 April:  Mini Basket Gardens - for ages 5 and over.  Timing: 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm.  Use recycled materials to create a marvellous mini herb basket garden.

How Does Your Garden Grow Bags - for ages 5 - 8 years.  Timing: 2 - 4pm. Create a bag using felt inspired by things that live and grow above and below the ground.

Plant Plates - for ages 8 and over.  Timing: 2 - 4pm.  Be inspired by springtime patterns to paint a cool ceramic plate.

Springtime Garden Trail - for all ages.  Timing: 2 - 4.30pm.  Explore the gardens, complete the trail and collect your prize from the Quiz Desk!

Wednesday 9 April: Green Man and Spring Queen Masks - for ages 5 and over.  Timing: 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm.  Create a sensational seasonal mask and a brilliant basket to collect eggs.

Fuzzy Felt Eggs - for ages 8 and over.  Timing:  2 - 4pm.  Craft a decorative egg ornament using felt making techniques.

Stitch & Knit Spring - for ages 11 and over.  Timing: 2 - 4pm.  Learn stitching and knitting techniques to create your own springtime animals and flowers.

Springtime Garden Trail - for all ages.  Timing: 2 - 4.30pm.  Explore the gardens, complete the trail and collect your prize from the Quiz Desk!

Thursday 10 April: Curious Cabinets - for ages 5 and over.  Timing: 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm. Be inspired by the first ever museums and collect and create garden objects to make a mini-cabinet. 

The Geffrye Secret Garden - for ages 5 - 8 years. Timing: 2 - 4pm.  Come and explore our secret garden through storytelling and by creating a personalised key. 

Hubble Bubble Herbs - for ages 8 and over.  Timing: 2 - 4pm.  Learn about different kinds of household herbs and brew your own lotions, potions and teas.

Springtime Garden Trail - for all ages.  Timing: 2 - 4.30pm.  Explore the gardens, complete the trail and collect your prize from the Quiz Desk!

Friday 11 April:  Springtime Wreaths - for ages 5 and over.  Timing: 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm.  Be inspired by the Geffrye gardens to create a seasonal wreath for your home. 

Gardening Garments - for ages 8 and over.  Timing: 2 - 4pm.  Decorate an apron using recycled fabrics to wear whilst cooking or gardening. 

Grand Garden Designs - for ages 11 and over.  Timing: 2 - 4pm.  Design intricate garden scenes and re-create these on ceramics and fabrics.

Springtime Garden Trail - for all ages.  Timing: 2 - 4.30pm.  Explore the gardens, complete the trail and collect your prize from the Quiz Desk!

All activities are free and are for individual children and families and are suitable for children aged 5-16 years old. Workshops are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the workshop begins

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Family Activity Day 2014

Location: Charles Dickens Museum       Starts: 8 April 2014       Ends: 15 April 2014 Child: Free, normal admission applies       Adult: Free, normal admission applies       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Join us in the museum’s unique learning space for dedicated family activities during school holidays throughout the year.  Our fun filled crafts and hands on activities aim to provide entertainment not only for children, but their adults too!

Activities range from traditional butter churning to hand crafting madcap tophats, 3D hot air balloons and beautiful notebooks with bespoke prints.  Every holiday provides weekly opportunities to engage in bespoke Dickensian workshops and the chance to take home (or taste!) your own creations.  Dates: 8th April, 15th April 2014.  Timing: 11am to 4pm

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Camp Building Gatton Park 2014

Location: Gatton Park       Starts: 9 April 2014       Ends: 9 April 2014 Child: £6.00             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Come and build a camp in the woods with your friends.   Date: 9th April 2014.  Timing: 1.30 – 4pm 

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Gladiators 2014

Location: Bourne Hall Museum       Starts: 9 April 2014       Ends: 9 April 2014 Child: £5.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Enlist into our Gladiator School and discover the role of a gladiator within Roman society. Learn about the different types of fighting and weaponry. Witness the resident Gladiators demonstrate their skills. Will it be thumbs up or thumbs down- 

Are you brave enough to survive the arena- Come and learn how to be a gladiator and put your new-found skills into practice. Will you be a Murmillo, Secutor or perhaps a Provocator- Was it really history’s most deadly sport-  Date: 9th April 2014, Timing: 11am-12.30pm & 2pm-3.30pm

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Shoe Baby

Location: The Albany       Starts: 9 April 2014       Ends: 13 April 2014 Child: £7.00       Adult: £7.00       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Shoe Baby is a magical puppet show! A fantastical sing-a-long adventure with a baby who takes to the sea, the air, the zoo all in a shoe!

Awarded Best Children's Show of Brighton Festival 2006, Shoe Baby is adapted from the book written by well known author, Joyce Dunbar, published by Walker books.The music is written by talented musician, Tom Gray of the award winning band Gomez. Enjoy this epic adventure with enchanting puppetry and magical songs with the chance to meet the puppets after the show!  Wednesday 9 - Sunday 13 April, 11am & 2pm.  £24 for a family ticket (max 4 in the group)

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Easter activities in Priory Park 2014

Location: Priory Park       Starts: 9 April 2014       Ends: 11 April 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

For the first time ever there will be a mini farm in Priory Park from 7th April to Friday 11th April.   There are free daily activities for kids in the park, meet at the pavillion cafe in the park - no need to pre book.

Wedesday 9th April, 10.30am to 3.30pm - Easter Bonnet Parade and craft

Thursday 10th April, 10.30am to 12.30pm - Den Building

Friday 11th April, 10.30am to 12.30pm - Mini Beast Hunt

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Easter holiday activities (2014) at Brooklands

Location: Brooklands Museum       Starts: 9 April 2014       Ends: 11 April 2014 Child: free with normal admission             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) On weekdays during the first week of the Easter school holidays (excluding Bank Holidays), our popular car rides will be operating from 11am-1pm and from 2-4pm (subject to weather). Take a trip in a vintage-style car up Test Hill or along the Members’ Banking of the old Race Track, courtesy of the Brooklands Volunteer Car Rides Team. London Bus Museum will also be running their double decker bus rides throughout the day. 

Look out for Bertie the Brooklands Bear, who will be making guest appearances or try out our family workshop ‘Let’s Go Fly A Kite’ - join us as we build our own kites to test at the Museum! Learn how kites were used to help build aeroplanes and find out who were the first people to experiment with kites.  Sessions run from the 7th to 11th April at 11am-12:30pm and 1.30-3:30pm. All materials will be provided.

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Museum Reporter 2014

Location: British Museum       Starts: 13 April 2014       Ends: 13 April 2014 Child: Free, booking required       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Become a journalist for the day and follow clues around the galleries using mobile phones.  Create your own video news report to upload to the web at the end of the session.  Date: 13th April 2014.  Timing: 11.00 and 14.00.  Location: Samsung Digital Discovery Centre.  Pre-booking advised 020 7323 8181

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Tudor Tyranny 2014

Location: Bourne Hall Museum       Starts: 15 April 2014       Ends: 15 April 2014 Child: £5.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

(archived event) 

Morning session, 11am-12.30pm The king who was never meant to be.   Thrust into the forefront following the death of his brother, King Henry VIII became one of the most iconic of England’s monarchs. Enjoy an audience with the King and listen to his tales of court, politics, and his likes and loves. Discover the truth behind his 6 marriages and just how many people were executed in his reign.

Afternoon session, 2pm-3.30pm.  Learn about daily life in Tudor times. Discover what they wore and what they ate and decide if you would like to be invited to attend a banquet. Find out about their homes, from palaces to hovels, and choose where you would prefer to live. Hear about their popular pastimes and how football was outlawed.

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Weather folklore and fun 2014

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 16 April 2014       Ends: 16 April 2014 Child: £6.00       Adult: £6.00       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Learn about weather folklore. Can it help you forecast the weather- Collect forest materials to make your own fun weather forecasters and investigate how weather over the years has affected the trees in the forest.   Date: 16th April 2014, Timing: 10.30 to 12 noon

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Easter Egg Trail at Claremont 2014

Location: Claremont Landscape Garden       Starts: 18 April 2014       Ends: 19 April 2014 Child: £2.50             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Enjoy a family day out and explore the Claremont Garden and join in with the children's Easter Egg Trail.  Fun and chocolate for all ages ' explore the garden and join in with the children's Easter Egg Trail plus special activities for children including free face painting, play zone & storytelling.  Dates:  18th & 19th April 2014.  Timing:  10:30 am - 4:00 pm

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Easter Egg-tivities 2014

Location: Museum of Childhood       Starts: 19 April 2014       Ends: 21 April 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Enjoy bunny themed games, stories and art.  Solve clues to find out where the Easter bunny has hidden his eggs to claim a mini egg to munch - drop in activity for all ages Saturday 19th to Monday 21st April.  Timing 10.30am to 4pm

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Easter fair at the Horniman 2014

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 19 April 2014       Ends: 20 April 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

Come to our Easter Fair to find goodies in our special arts and crafts market, go on an Easter Egg hunt and enjoy some food and drink.  Activities for kids include: 

Easter egg hunt - no need to book; just turn up between 10.30am and 4.30pm and collect your quiz sheet, then scour the gardens to answer the clues and work out the hidden anagram to claim your egg (entry £1), and

Bunny Walk - Meet and learn more about the rabbits that live in our Animal Walk, and make a hay feeder for them to use.

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Launchpad Science Shows 2014

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 3 May 2014       Ends: 4 May 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Find out more about the exciting principles of science in these interactive, Explainer-led Science Shows. Be a volunteer on stage, answer questions and find out more about the world of Explosions, Rockets, Bubbles or Forces. A selection of these exciting science filled shows are performed every day in Launchpad.

To find out which shows will be performed on the day of your visit, ring our enquiry line on the day after 10am on +44 (0)20 7942 4000.

Please be aware that the show content may contain loud noises, bright lights and materials that some people might be sensitive to. If you have any queries about whether the show is suitable for you please ask the presenter or another Explainer before the show.  Every Saturday and Sunday in May 2014.  Timing: 20 minute shows take place 6 times a day

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Drama characters (2014) - Nancy the waterseller

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 3 May 2014       Ends: 24 May 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) Vomiting, diarrhoea... Eeeeeuuuuggghhhhh! If you were unlucky enough to catch a particularly nasty disease like cholera, you had those horrible symptoms to look forward too. Yuck! Nancy can tell you all about 1900s Londoners who were taking a gamble on their lives by drinking water that wasn’t clean. Never fear, Nancy’s here to sell you clean water.  Date: 3rd & 24th May Timings: 12:30, 14:00

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Ice Cool Adventure Storytelling 2014

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 3 May 2014       Ends: 3 May 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Explore the  wondrous wintry world of Iceland in this fun, interactive storytelling session with erupting volcanoes, giant glaciers and a little bit of imagination!  Dates:  3rd May 2014.  Timing:  1.30pm

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Little Draw 2014

Location: The Wallace Collection       Starts: 4 May 2014       Ends: 4 May 2014 Child: free       Adult: free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Join the guest artist to explore different techniques and styles. Learn about looking, drawing and interpretation using the rich wealth of objects and architecture on display at the Wallace Collection.  Dates: 1st Sunday of every month 2014, starting 1.30pm to 4.30pm

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Flight Gallery Tour 2014

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 4 May 2014       Ends: 4 May 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 12-16,

(archived event) A free event for children and their parents, where you will discover the history of Flight.  From mankind's earliest dreams of flight, through the Wright brothers and early adventurers to the jumbo jet and the wide-body aeroplanes of today. Date: 4th May   Timing: 1pm in the Flight section

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Spaced Out Tour

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 4 May 2014       Ends: 18 May 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Ever wondered what it would be like to travel into Space- Find out in our interactive tour of the Exploring Space gallery as you discover roaring rockets, amazing astronauts, smelly space poo, and much more.  Dates: 4th & 10th,11th,17th,18th May.  Timing: 1pm for 30 mins

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Drama characters (2014) - Bob the Mechanic

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 10 May 2014       Ends: 10 May 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Hold onto your hats and get ready for adventure as Bob the mechanic tells you his amazing cloud-busting tales of magnificent men and women and their flying machines.  Saturday 10th May 2014.  Timings: 12:30, 14:00

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Family Fun Days (2014) at Cartoon Art Trust

Location: Cartoon Art Trust       Starts: 10 May 2014       Ends: 13 December 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Every second Saturday of the month, you can drop into the Cartoon Museum for family cartooning activities.  From 12.00 - 16.00, our resident cartoonist will be here to start you off with drawing activities for all ages, and to answer any cartooning questions.  These are free events with admission, and there is no need to book.

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Drama characters (2014): Push Harder, Mr Jones!

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 11 May 2014       Ends: 11 May 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) Start thinking up baby names and get knitting those baby booties... Through the wonders of modern medicine allow me to introduce the world’s first pregnant man!  Meet Mr Jones... and his rather convincing ‘baby bump’! Discuss the social and ethical questions arising from such a pregnancy, and seize the chance to ask him your burning questions. An incredible piece of interactive performance that will leave you pondering the consequences of male pregnancy.  Date: 11th May.  Starts: 12:30, 14:00

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Royal Windsor Horse Show 2014

Location: Windsor Castle       Starts: 14 May 2014       Ends: 16 May 2014 Child: Free Wed, Thur & Friday       Adult: varies by day       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

The opening day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, Wednesday 14th May 2014,  is completely free to all visitors! 

The new look show will take place over 5 days from 14-18 May 2014.   Children go free on the Thursday and Friday, adults pay £16 on the Thursday and £19 on the Friday.

This is the only time the spectacular grounds of Windsor Castle are open to the public.  As well as celebrating all things equestrian, there will be a feast of rural activities for all ages to get involved and over 200 shops, selling a range of goods that cannot be found on the high street.

The Royal Family hold great affection for the event - HM The Queen is Patron of the Show and has attended every single year since it began in 1943. She often has a number of horses and ponies competing at the show. 

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Discovery Walk and family activities 2014

Location: Priory Farm       Starts: 24 May 2014       Ends: 1 June 2014 Child: £2.25       Adult: £2.25       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Explore the trail, meet our VIP scarecrows and collect your prize.  Every Discovery Walk adventurer will have the chance to enter our exciting quiz and answer questions on all of our resident Scarecrows, what they are wearing, what they are doing and what positions they can be found in.  Saturday 17 May - Sunday 1 June 2014.  Timing: Discovery Walk open daily - Mon - Sat 9am - 5.30am and Sun 10am - 5pm.  Scarecrow quiz is an additional £1

Wednesday 28 May 2014.  Get crafty in our Build A Scarecrow craft tent this half term.  Time: 1.30pm - 4.00pm.  Cost: £2.50 per child incl materials.

Thursday 29 May 2014.  Come and enjoy a ride on our tractor and trailer. Great fun for kids big and little! Time: 1.30pm - 4.00pm.  Cost: Tickets £1 per person

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Drama characters (2014) - Amy Johnson

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 25 May 2014       Ends: 31 May 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Chocks away! In 1930 flying sensation Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia. Find out about her life and see the actual plane she used to make her epic flight.  By the time her plane touched down in Australia, Amy had gone from fish merchant’s daughter from Hull to heroic pioneer of aviation. Her amazing true-life adventure has it all: international fame, crash landings and a heroine’s welcome in Darwin, Australia. A truly remarkable tale from a truly inspirational woman.  Date: 25th & 31st May.  Timings: 12:30, 14:00

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Board game workshop 2014

Location: British Museum       Starts: 25 May 2014       Ends: 25 May 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Be inspired by the Museum to design and create your own board game using digital technology.  Sunday 25 May 2014.  Timing: 11.00–13.00 & 14.00–16.00

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Drama characters (2014): Rosalind Franklin

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 26 May 2014       Ends: 26 May 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) If you are looking for things to do with kids at the Science Museum, come and meet Rosalind Franklin.  She may not have been awarded the Nobel Prize, but without the photograph taken by Rosalind Franklin, Crick and Watson would not have been able to construct the famous model of ‘The Double Helix’ and uncover the structure of DNA.   Come and hear the story of this brilliant young woman.  Date:  26th May.   Starts: 12:30, 14:00

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Spring half term activity week

Location: Box Hill       Starts: 26 May 2014       Ends: 30 May 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Fun and excitement for everyone these school holidays with a series of activities at Box Hill and Headley Heath.  Get messy, get creative and go wild - school holiday fun and games for all ages.  Join us every day for: Den building; try our sensory trail - feel your way around our woods; for little ones - follow our butterfly trail and complete a fun quiz (special prize for all the correct answers); try our Juniper trail (cost £4) - with map and compass for the more intrepid explorer; a short guided walk (cost £2.50) at 1pm around some of our less trodden paths, plus some insights into our rare and unusual residents.   Dates: 26th to 30th May, timing 10am to 3pm.

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Marvellous Mummies 2014

Location: British Museum       Starts: 26 May 2014       Ends: 30 May 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Take part in an interactive family show, contribute to an artwork, make something to take home with you or join a family gallery talk. Each day will have a different programme, so come back as often as you can.  Date: 26th to 30th May 2014.  Timing: 11.00–16.00

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Drama characters (2014): Jones the Bones

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 27 May 2014       Ends: 30 May 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

(archived event) Meet the eccentric surgeon Jones the Bones and his Skeleton as they take you on a wondrous journey around the human body. Jones the Bones will be able to answer all your questions about the human body, from what happens when you swallow your food, to why we fart. He’ll also supply you with a healthy dose of horrible and gory facts you can impress your friends with.   Dates: 27th & 30th May.  Timings: Starts: 12:30, 14:00 in the 'Making the Modern World' section

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Toad Triumphant 2014

Location: Bank of England Museum       Starts: 27 May 2014       Ends: 30 May 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

The adventures of Toad, Ratty, Badger and Mole, the popular characters from 'The Wind in the Willows', are retold by a costumed storyteller in these interactive and fun sessions. The book's author, Kenneth Grahame, worked at the Bank for 30 years.   27th to 30th May 2014.  Timing: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm

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Drama characters 2014 - Issac Newton

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 28 May 2014       Ends: 28 May 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) Meet everyone’s favourite scientist... and his skateboard!  Dates: 28th May.  Timings: 12:30, 14:00

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Nature Trail Discovery (2014)

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 28 May 2014       Ends: 28 May 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Join Jim Murphy from the Trust for Urban Ecology to discover the oldest Nature Trail in London this spring.  The Horniman Nature Trail is carefully managed to encourage wildlife and includes pond, meadow and log pile habitats. The half mile of trail occupies a stretch of the original Crystal Palace and South London Junction Railway.  

Please be aware that the Nature Trail is accessed by steps and situated away from the museum buildings. There are no facilities on or immediately near the trail. Please dress for the weather.  Dates: Wednesday 28th May 2014.  Timing: 2pm - 3.30pm.   There are limited place, tickets are available from the Information Desk area 30 minutes before the session

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Toddler Trails at Gatton Park 2014

Location: Gatton Park       Starts: 30 May 2014       Ends: 30 May 2014 Child: £6.00             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6,

Friday 30th May 2014 - Enjoy the story of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and go for a walk around the park to bring it to life.

Timing: 10am - 11.30am or 1.30pm - 3pm 

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Gatton Open Days 2014

Location: Gatton Park       Starts: 1 June 2014       Ends: 6 July 2014 Child: Free       Adult: £4.00       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

The gardens at Gatton Park are open on the the first Sunday of the month throughout the year.   The park, gardens and bird hide will be open all afternoon as well as free guided tours and free activities for children. Open from 1pm to 5pm

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Windmill open day 2014

Location: Upminster Windmill       Starts: 21 June 2014       Ends: 22 June 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Open days are:  21 & 22nd June 2014

Special one -one events on the Mill Field include a Craft Fair 11th May, and a Display of Classic Cars on Mill Field - Timing: 12 noon to 5pm.

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Strawberry Fair Food Festival

Location: Priory Farm       Starts: 28 June 2014       Ends: 29 June 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

June 28th, 10am to 4.30pm and 29th 10.30am to 4.30pm.  Artisan producers flock to the farm for the two day event to offer delicious regional and local food and drink for visitors to sample, including gourmet sauces and preserves, traditional breads, speciality cheeses and other fine foods. 

The fair also dishes up fun for all the family including tractor rides and nature trails on the Discovery Walk for the children, while parents sit back and enjoy a glass of cool beer with a hot dog made with the farm’s own handmade sausages, or perhaps indulge in the British tradition of a strawberries and cream.

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Open Door at the Bank of England 2014

Location: Bank of England Museum       Starts: 5 July 2014       Ends: 12 July 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

The Bank of England and Museum will be open to visitors as part of the City of London Festival. Enjoy 30-minute guided tours of parts of the Bank not generally accessible to the public. No booking required. Come early to avoid the queue.  5th & 12th July 2014.  Timing:  9:30am - 5:00pm, Last entry 4:00pm

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Gatton Country Fair 2014

Location: Gatton Park       Starts: 6 July 2014       Ends: 6 July 2014 Child: Free       Adult: £5.00       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

A great day out for all the family. Animals, country crafts and demonstrations, children's activities, fun dog show, gardens and grounds open.  This fair has a lovely family feel, and when you have finished looking at all the stalls you can enjoy a stroll in the beautiful grounds.  Sunday 6th July 2014.  Timing: 12noon – 5 pm  

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Card game workshop 2014

Location: British Museum       Starts: 13 July 2014       Ends: 13 July 2014 Child: Free, pre booking advised       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Learn about card games from around the world.  Work with a professional games designer to create your own personalised Top Trumps-style cards to take home.  Sessions last 120 mins.  Free, but pre-booking advised.   Date: 13th July 2014, Timing: 11am and 2pm

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Talk like an Egyptian 2014

Location: British Museum       Starts: 19 July 2014       Ends: 19 July 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) 

Learn about ancient Egyptian characters and then use digital technology to bring their stories to life.   Free, but limited places.  Activity takes 30–40 mins.  19th July,  Timing: 11.30–15.30

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Neolithic digital workshop 2014

Location: British Museum       Starts: 20 July 2014       Ends: 20 July 2014 Child: Free, pre booking advised       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Learn about the techniques used to explore Neolithic sites and be inspired by a reconstruction from Skara Brae.  Then work with archaeologists to create your own piece of Neolithic art using digital technology.  Sessions last 150 mins.  Dates: 20th July 2014.  Timing:  11 - 1.30pm and 2.30 - 5pm.   Free, but pre-booking advised 

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Archery

Location: Hatchlands Park       Starts: 27 July 2014       Ends: 26 October 2014 Child: £2.00             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Have a go at archery and discover the skills of archery under expert guidance from H&H Archery. Suitable for 6+ year olds, £2 for 6 arrows.  Dates: 27th July, 8th, 25th & 29th August, 26th October 2014

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Holiday fun 2014 at Geffrye Museum - Wk 1

Location: Geffrye Museum       Starts: 29 July 2014       Ends: 1 August 2014 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Tuesday 29 July, Swinging Seats - for ages 5 and over, Timing: 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm (24 places available), Make a marvellous miniature swinging seat ornament.

Crazy Coasters - for all ages, Timing: 2 - 3pm and 3 - 4pm (24 places available), Create your own cool coaster to put your drinks on. 

Wednesday 30 July, Fountain Heads - for ages 5 and over, Timing: 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm (24 places available), Craft a fabulous fountain-shaped hat and decorate with paper flowers, leaves and bugs.

Garden Sculptures - for all ages, Timing: 2 - 3pm and 3 - 4pm (24 places available), Create garden-inspired plant and insect sculptures using wire and other materials.

Brilliant Bags - for ages 11 and over, Timing: 2 - 4pm (14 places available), Inspired by our useful + beautiful exhibition create your own designer tote bag to take home.  

Thursday 31 July, Bug Baskets - for ages 5 and over, Timing: 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm (24 places available), Create a beautiful basket full of beastly bugs using recycled materials.

Spice Up Your Life - for all ages, Timing: 2 - 3pm and 3 - 4pm (24 places available), Use herbs and spices to create a scented bag to ward away insects, or make your clothes smell nice.

Friday 1 August, Happy Squashy Houses - for ages 5 and over, Timing: 10,30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm (24 places available), Make a silly squashy model house using card and cotton wool.

Painted Porcelain - for all ages, Timing: 2 - 3pm and 3 - 4pm (24 places available), Paint patterns onto ceramic plates, spoons, mugs and more.

All workshops are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the workshop begins and last between one and two hours. Workshops are free for children and families

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Children's Festival Theatre 2014

Location: Canary Wharf       Starts: 2 August 2014       Ends: 2 August 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Family friendly outdoor children’s theatre performances at Canary Wharf for all the family to enjoy together.  Gather a delightful picnic from one of Canary Wharf’s food shops such as Waitrose Food, Fashion & Home in Canada Place or Marks & Spencer Food in Jubilee Place. Or make a day of it with your friends and family and eat out at one of Canary Wharf’s many child friendly restaurants such as Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Wildwood, Le Pain Quotidien, Jamie’s Italian or Tom’s Kitchen.  See more from our Children’s Theatre Festival this summer:

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain - Part One!, Saturday 2 August 2014

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Manga Comic Workshop 2014

Location: British Museum       Starts: 3 August 2014       Ends: 3 August 2014 Child: Free, booking required       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Learn the secrets of manga comic artists then create your own manga-inspired comic set in the Museum to print and take home.  Dates: 3rd August 2014.  Timing: 11.00 and 14.00.  Location Samsung Digital Discovery Centre

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Holiday fun 2014 at Geffrye Museum - Wk 2

Location: Geffrye Museum       Starts: 5 August 2014       Ends: 8 August 2014 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Tuesday 5 August, Minty Moments - for ages 5 and over, Timing: 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm (24 places available), Learn how to make cooling mint tea and decorate a glass to drink it from.

Brilliant Bird Baths - for all ages, Timing: 2 - 3pm and 3 - 4pm (24 places available),Create a crazy colourful bird bath using plates and cups.

Wednesday 6 August, Woven Wonders - for ages 5 and over, Timing: 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm (24 places available), Learn how to weave a brilliant basket ornament using clay.

Bean Bag Beasties - all ages, Timing: 2 - 3pm and 3 - 4pm (24 places available), Make a mini bean bag animal inspired by wildlife in our gardens.

Glorious Gardens - for ages 11 and over, Timing: 2 - 4pm (14 places available), Inspired by our gardens create your own landscape garden design using water colour techniques.

Thursday 7 August, Bowled Over - for ages 5 and over, Timing: 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm (24 places available), Design and make a special bowl to keep your treasures in.

Origami Ornaments - for all ages, Timing: 2 - 3pm and 3 - 4pm (24 places available), Make and decorate folded paper furniture ornaments to hang in your home.

Friday 8 August, Brilliant Birdy Clocks - for ages 5 and over, Timing: 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm (24 places available), Create a real working clock and decorate it with brilliant bird motifs.

Flying Bird Mobiles - for all ages, Timing: 2 - 3pm and 3 - 4pm (24 places available), Make a fluttering bird mobile inspired by items in the museum’s collection.

All workshops are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the workshop begins and last between one and two hours. Workshops are free for children and families

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Ticketed Art Workshops 2014

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 5 August 2014       Ends: 8 August 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) 

Each workshop has a different theme - check for signage on the day.  Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required, available one hour before the event.  Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session for children plus accompanying adult.  Timings: 11am to 1pm, 2.30pm to 4pm

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Summer Fun Discovery Walk

Location: Priory Farm       Starts: 9 August 2014       Ends: 7 September 2014 Child: £2.50       Adult: £2.50       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

The Discovery Walk has so much to offer this summer - here's what's coming up for the holidays:  Swashbuckling fun aboard the pirate galleon ship - open 9.30am - 4.30pm (weather permitting).  "Summer Sporting" Trail - enjoy running, jumping and test your sporting knowledge. Open from Saturday 19 July until Sunday 7 September.  Squirty Scarecrows - watch out for the scarecrows on the Discovery Walk - some of them may have a surprise in store.  Funflower Maze - get lost in the maze on the Discovery Walk.

Rubber Duck Racing, daily 10.30am - 4pm (£1 including a toy duck to keep)

Panning for Gold, daily 10.30 - 4pm (£2 including a bag of treasure).

Craft Activities -  every Wednesday in August, 1.30pm - 4pm. No need to book - just come along and have some fun! A different activity each week. Read more.

Fun Thursday's - every Thursday in August 12pm - 4pm. Great fun for kids big and small including tractor trailer rides, inflatable slide, bouncy castle, panning for gold and rubber duck racing

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The Big Dinosaur Show 2014

Location: Look Out Discovery Centre       Starts: 9 August 2014       Ends: 1 September 2014 Child: £1.85             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) 

Help our herd of Brachiosaurs to survive a number of dangerous challenges. Find out what the breath of a T-Rex would have smelt like and how much poo the biggest dinosaurs would have made. How do we know that the T-Rex has the best sense of smell out of all the meat eating dinosaurs- Find out this and lots more at The Look Out in the fantastic Big Dinosaur Show. It's going to be FUN, so don’t miss it!  Daily throughout the summer at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3.15pm

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Summer holiday family fun

Location: National Maritime Museum       Starts: 9 August 2014       Ends: 29 August 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Free family activities and events across the summer holidays at the National Maritime Museum. Discover how the sea has made its mark on land, people and their sense of ‘home’ through activities exploring the ‘Nelson, Navy, Nation’ gallery.  Check out the daily listing.

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Summer holiday activities

Location: Museum of Childhood       Starts: 9 August 2014       Ends: 31 August 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Drop in to the Museum for free fun activities during the summer holidays daily from Monday 21st July to Sunday 31st August.  

10.30 - 11.  Animal Magic. Sensory storytelling for little ones, inspired by well-loved animal tales. Recommended for ages 2-5 years.

11.15-11.45. Explore. Have-a-go sessions that let children get up close to childhood objects, toys or games. For children of all ages.

12.00-12.30. Telling Tales. Interactive storytelling featuring popular children's tales. Children can help tell the story using sounds, props and actions. For children of all ages.

14.00-16.00 (last admission 15.45). Art Smarts.  Kids can get creative with our drop-in arts and crafts sessions, and make an amazing piece of art inspired by the Museum to take home. For children of all ages.

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Museum of London Docklands Summer activities 2014

Location: Museum of London Docklands       Starts: 9 August 2014       Ends: 11 August 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

Whistler on the bridge.  Saturday 9 August, 11.30am – 12pm, 1-1.30pm & 2.30-3pm.  Hear the magical story of the Thames in the moonlight, the beautiful Battersea Bridge, and the American artist who painted it so well.  Suggested ages: 5+

Messy Paintings.  Monday 4 August, 11-11.45am, 12-12.45pm & 2-2.45pm.  Make a messy painting inspired by works of art by William Ware.  For ages 1-5 years.  Tickets allocated on arrival

Make some music!  Monday 11 August, 11-11.45am, 12-12.45pm & 2-2.45pm.  Create music about famous bridges of London in this session for Under 5s and their carers.  For ages 1-5 years.  Tickets allocated on arrival

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Discovery for all 2014

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 10 August 2014       Ends: 31 August 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) How sharp are shark’s teeth- How do you wear a sari- Have you ever played a West African thumb piano, balanced a gourd on your head or stroked a badger-   

Drop in to explore our Hands On Base and the thousands of real objects from around the world that it holds. Our team of Explainers will help you discover these fascinating objects and make connections between them. This session is for everyone and you don’t need to be a child or visiting with children to enjoy it – come and find out for yourself.  Every Sunday from 13th July.  Timing: 2pm - 3.30pm

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A World of Stories

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 10 August 2014       Ends: 31 August 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Everyone loves a good story, and we have got some of the best storytellers in London to whisk you to faraway places and different times with fun and interactive sessions.

Their stories, inspired by our exhibitions, festivals and nature bring the museum’s varied collections to life. So, join us on a rug in our Hands On Base for these enjoyable oral storytelling sessions to see why so many people across the world love listening to stories.  Every Sunday in March, 2014.  Timing:  11am - 11.45am, 12.15pm - 1pm

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Inside Out 2014

Location: Kenwood House       Starts: 10 August 2014       Ends: 25 August 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Enjoy summer on the Heath with our interactive activities at Kenwood. Every Sunday and Monday throughout the summer holidays we have free artist-led family art workshops. Take inspiration from inside Kenwood House and set off on an outdoor adventure. Why not bring a picnic and make a day of it for all the family. Every Sunday and Monday to the 1st September 2014.  Timing 12am to 4pm

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Family Art Fun 2014

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 11 August 2014       Ends: 29 August 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Join free and fabulous Horniman craft activities this summer holiday inspired by the Horniman Gardens and the museum's collection.  Banded entry every 45 mins.   Timing: 11am - 2.45pm

11, 14 & 15  August – Adventurers Binoculars and Map: Make some binoculars and decorate a paper map with places to explore!

18, 21 & 22 August  – Flying Garden Birds: Decorate a card bird shape and add flapping wings!

28 & 29 August – Punch and Judy Finger Puppets: Small Punch and Judy puppets, which you can wear over your fingers, to put on your own show!

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Artist Apprentice - Pigment to colour

Location: National Gallery       Starts: 11 August 2014       Ends: 19 August 2014 Child: £8.00       Adult: free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Become an artist's apprentice with portrait painter Robin-Lee Hall.   You and your adult will discover how artists obtained colours from nature and see demonstrated the preparation of pigments and the production of paint.   Working from sketches made in the gallery you will learn the techniques of tempera painting. In producing your own work of art you will explore how artists have layered paint to achieve different colours.    Apprentices with allergies should note that we will be using raw egg during the production of paints.

Please note: This event is for families with children aged 7-12.  Dates: every Monday and Tuesday to 19th August, 2014.  Timings: 11am to 1pm, 2 - 4pm.  Pre-booking essential - one adult is free per paying child.

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Making Money 2014

Location: Bank of England Museum       Starts: 11 August 2014       Ends: 29 August 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Design your own banknote.  Learn about banknote security features then design your own secure banknote to take home. Which famous character would you choose to appear in your banknote- Or would you choose a famous building or landmark instead- What new security features would you add to make the banknote even more secure- Your imagination is the limit. Enter our competition quiz with prizes to be won. There will be talks on today's banknotes in the Museum cinema at 1:00pm.   Open 10:00am - 4:30pm.   Week days from 23rd July to 29th August 2014.

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Nature Explorers (2014) - Minibeast Safari

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 11 August 2014       Ends: 18 August 2014 Child: £2.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Try your hand at searching for creepy crawlies and bugs in our Gardens and discover the variety of insect life to be found in London during the summer. Parts of the Gardens are carefully managed to encourage wildlife, and you will find an early summer environment bursting with life. All equipment is provided and a tutor will guide you through the process and help you identify your finds.  This activity is not suitable for prams or pushchairs.  Please be aware that the Nature Trail is accessed via steps and the trail is approximately one mile round, situated a walk away from the museum buildings. There are no facilities on, or near the trail. Please dress for the weather.  Every Monday from 28 July 2014  to 18 August 2014.  Timing: 11am - 12pm, 1.15pm - 2.15pm, 3pm - 4pm

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A World of Summer Stories

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 11 August 2014       Ends: 18 August 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Everyone loves a good story, and we have got some of the best storytellers in London to whisk you to faraway places and different times with fun and interactive sessions.  Their stories, inspired by our exhibitions, festivals and nature, bring the museum’s varied collections to life. Join us at the bandstand in the gardens (or in the Hands on Base if wet) and lose yourself in a wonderful tale or two.  Every Monday from 28 July 2014  to 18 August, 2014.  Timing: 11am - 11.45am, 12.15pm - 1pm

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Dip into Darwin 2014

Location: Leith Hill       Starts: 11 August 2014       Ends: 18 August 2014 Child: £6.00             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

(archived event) Dip into Darwin at Leith Hill.   Fun, hands-on activity workshop based on the natural world.  Meet at the front desk of Leith Hill Place.  Monday August 4th, 11th, and 18th,  2pm to 3.30pm.  Booking advisable 07795 256657.   Dress for mess!

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Holiday fun (2014) at Geffrye Museum - Wk 3

Location: Geffrye Museum       Starts: 12 August 2014       Ends: 15 August 2014 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

Tuesday 12 August, A Day Trip to the Geffrye - for all ages, Timing: 10.30 - 11.30am, 11.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 3pm and 3 - 4pm (24 places available), Create a postcard inspired by your trip to the Geffrye to send to friends and family.

Buzzy Bee Bonnets - for all ages, Timing: 2 - 3pm and 3 - 4pm (24 places available) Make a beehive-shaped hat with pretend bees that fly around it.

Wednesday 13 August, Bug Boppers - for all ages, Timing: 10.30 - 11.30am, 11.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 3pm and 3 - 4pm (24 places available).  Create an insect decoration to brighten up your plants.

Brilliant Bunting - for all ages, Timing: 2 - 3pm and 3 - 4pm (24 places available), Create your own special hanging decoration that moves in the breeze.

Thursday 14 August, Garden Shrink Its - for all ages, Timing: 10.30 - 11.30am, 11.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 3pm and 3 - 4pm (24 places available), Use magic shrinking plastic to create key rings inspired by the museum gardens.

Peggy Pom Pom Pets - for all ages, Timing: 2 - 3pm and 3 - 4pm (24 places available), Create garden creatures using pegs, pom poms, pipe cleaners and wiggly eyes.

Friday 15 August, Windy Windmills - for all age, Timing: 10.30 - 11.30am, 11.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 3pm and 3 - 4pm (24 places available)  Make a mini windmill to catch the light as it goes round and round in the wind.

Marvellous Mirror Pictures - for all ages Timing: 2 - 3pm and 3 - 4pm (24 places available), Create a marvellous mirror picture decorated with plants to hang on your wall.

Workshops last up to one hour and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the workshop begins. 

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Birds of Prey at Denbies 2014

Location: Denbies       Starts: 13 August 2014       Ends: 13 August 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Bring the kids for a great day out at Denbies to see a range of spectacular birds of prey.  Timing: flying display at 12 noon, weather permitting.  13th August 2014

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Nature Explorers (2014) - pond dipping

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 14 August 2014       Ends: 28 August 2014 Child: £2.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Try your hand at pond dipping in our Nature Trail Pond and discover the variety of life to be found in London during the summer. The Nature Trail is carefully managed to encourage wildlife, and you will find a spring environment bursting with life. All equipment is provided and a tutor will guide you through the process and identifying your finds.  This activity is not suitable for prams or pushchairs.

Please be aware that the Nature Trail is accessed via steps and the trail is approximately one mile round, situated a walk away from the museum buildings. There are no facilities on, or near the trail. Please dress for the weather.  This event will be cancelled in the event of very bad weather.  Every Thursday from 24 July 2014  to 28 August 2014.  Timing: 11am - 12pm, 1.15pm - 2.15pm, 3pm - 4pm

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Meet the Expert 2014

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 15 August 2014       Ends: 29 August 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event)

Come and meet our curators and other experts and find out about what excites the Horniman, from beetles that live in horse poo to why we wear what we do.

Friday 15 August: Beetling around.  Join Jo Hatton, our Keeper of Natural History. Discover why she enjoys nothing more than spending a warm summer’s day looking for beetles in dung!  In the Education Centre.

Friday 22 August: Gold Dust and Hidden Codes.  Join Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp, our Assistant Curator of Anthropology. Learn the hidden codes the Akan people from Ghana used to measure gold dust and share secret messages, then have a go at making your own message.  In the Hands on Base.

Friday 29 August: Bones and Skeletons.  Join Paolo Viscardi, our Deputy Keeper of Natural History. See and touch different animal skeletons and find out why we all need them for different things.  In the Hands on Base.

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Miss Horniman's favourite things (archived event)

Location: Horniman Museum       Starts: 15 August 2014       Ends: 29 August 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

Discover the stories and secrets of the Horniman Gardens, past and present with Miss Horniman. She will bring alive the history of the site with memories of her father's gardens, and share stories inspired by plants and the natural world.  Every Friday throughout the summer holidays - with an indoor alternative if the weather is very wet.  Timings: 11.30am - 12.15pm, 1.15pm - 2pm, 3pm - 3.45pm

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August Fun Day Fridays

Location: Hatchlands Park       Starts: 15 August 2014       Ends: 29 August 2014 Child: £2.00             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Spend Fridays during the summer holidays at Hatchlands Park. There are children's trails, arts & crafts and giant garden games to keep kids entertained.  Pony rides also available for an extra £2.50 per ride.  1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th August 2014,  11am to 4pm

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Passport to the afterlife 2014

Location: British Museum       Starts: 16 August 2014       Ends: 16 August 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Use smartphones to follow an augmented reality trail around the Egyptian galleries and solve clues about the Book of the Dead.  Dates: 16th August 2014,  Timing: 11.30–15.30.   Activity takes about 45 mins.  Location: Samsung Digital Discovery Centre. 

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Solar Sunday

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 17 August 2014       Ends: 17 August 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Come and view the sun safely with the using a special solar telescope. Society members will be on hand to explain things to you.  No booking required. Date: 17th August.  Timing: 11am - 3pm

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Museum of London Summer activities 2014

Location: Museum of London       Starts: 17 August 2014       Ends: 26 August 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

The magic paintbrush.  Monday 18 August, 1-1.30pm, 2-2.30pm & 3-3.30pm.  Bundled up with exotic goods from far away, is a story about a girl whose art unlocks magic. Hear her story from the sailor bringing it to London.  Suggested ages: 5+.

This graffiti isn't new.  Monday 18, Wednesday 20 & Thursday 21 August, 12.30-2pm, 2.30-4pm.  Explore graffiti from London's past in this art drop-in, then make your own to take home.  Suggested ages: 5+

Arty Romans.  Tuesday 19 August, 1-3pm.  Discover the evidence of how Romans used art to create beautiful homes from floor to ceilings in this curator led session.  Suggested ages: 5+

This is me.  Tuesday 19, Friday 22 & Tuesday 26 August, 12.30-2pm & 2.30-4pm.  Learn the secrets of a powerful self-portrait then draw your own to impress your friends and family.  Suggested ages: 5+

Arty Masks.  Wednesday 20 August, 11-11.45am, 12-12.45pm & 2-2.45pm.  Make a mask inspired by artworks in the museum’s collection.  Suggested ages: 1+ .  Tickets allocated on arrival. 

The art of cats.  Friday 22 & Saturday 23 August, 1-1.30pm, 2-2.30pm & 3-3.30pm.  Follow the story of a Londoner with a special love for cats. A talented artist who found happiness and inspiration from his furry friends.  Suggested ages: 5+

Put yourself into art.  Saturday 23, Sunday 24 & Monday 25 August, 12.30-2pm & 2.30-4pm.  Create your own masterpiece inspired by the grand portraits of past Londoners.  Suggested ages: 5+.

Digital art.  Monday 25 & Tuesday 26 August, 12.30-1.30pm, 2-3pm & 3.30-4.30pm.  Explore animations and film making in this workshop turning actions and movement into art.  Suggested ages: 7+.  Tickets allocated on arrival

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Teddy Bears picnic 2014

Location: Leith Hill       Starts: 17 August 2014       Ends: 17 August 2014 Child: £5.00       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Bring along teddy for an afternoon of story telling and craft activities.  Bring a picnic as well and join us for a fun afternoon, with face painting and storytelling on the highest hill in the South East. Go on a bear hunt and get messy with teddy crafts. Refreshments available from the Tower.  Date: Sunday 17th August 2014, 1 to 5pm.

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Windmill Open Days 2014

Location: Lowfield Heath Windmill       Starts: 13 September 2014       Ends: 14 September 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

The windmill is open 2pm-5pm -  31st August 2014.

There will also be a longer opening day 13th & 14th September for the Heritage opening weekend 10am to 5pm.

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Meet James Thornhill 2014

Location: Royal Naval College       Starts: 13 September 2014       Ends: 13 September 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Meet the creator of the amazing interior of the Painted Hall, Sir James Thornhill, the first English artist to receive a knighthood. Hear about his influences, his techniques and his rivals and just why it took 19 years to complete his masterpiece.  Date: 13th September 2014. Timing: 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00

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Storytelling Sundays

Location: Kenwood House       Starts: 28 September 2014       Ends: 28 September 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Discover the stories behind Kenwood’s collection with our interactive storytelling sessions for families. Storytelling is aimed at children aged 3+ with parents/carers and friends.  Dates:  31st August and 28th September.  Timing: 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm

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Magic carpet Storytelling 2014

Location: National Gallery       Starts: 12 October 2014       Ends: 30 November 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6,

(archived event) Fly away on the magic carpet, which comes to land in front of a different painting every Sunday. Enjoy stories inspired by pictures in the National Gallery.  Suitable for children aged 2  -5.   Timing: 10.30–11am (repeated 11.30am–12pm)

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Storytelling for families

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 18 October 2014       Ends: 15 November 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Storytelling followed by a fun art activity. No ticket required. Sessions last approximately 45 minutes. For ages 3+ and their carers..  Dates: 18th October, 15th November.  Timing: 10:30-11:15, 13:30-14:15

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Family art workshop 2014

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 18 October 2014       Ends: 15 November 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Explore portraits in the gallery, followed by an art activity.   Free ticket required, available one hour before the event starts on a first come, first served basis. Sessions last approximately 90 minutes. For ages 5+ and their carers.  Timing: 11:30-13:00, 14:30-16:00

18th October: Photographer Elizabeth Doak in our pop-up Victorian Studio. Using props and costume to create a sepia print.

27th October:  Clay workshop and make a tile inspired by the patterns and designs of William Morris.

28th October: Join the team from Codasign to explore electronics through LEDs, conductive thread to create a piece of e-textiles inspired by William Morris.

29th October: Explore difference printing techniques to create a special book with your own hand-printed cover.

15th November: Toby Jugs - Roll, mould and shape to create a clay toby jug with fantastic features including whiskers and beards

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Pirate Fun Day 2014

Location: Golden Hinde       Starts: 18 October 2014       Ends: 29 November 2014 Child: £5.00       Adult: £7.00       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Your little pirates will join our crew and during this fun-filled event they will raise the anchor and fire the guns before trying to find the hidden treasure somewhere aboard the ship.  Suitability: Children 4 years +  Family tickets £20.  Dates: 18th & 29th October, 1st & 29th November 2014. Timing: 2 hour session at 11am and 2pm 

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Hands on Nature 2014 - Mammoths

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 18 October 2014       Ends: 15 November 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Drop in to our fun Mammoths workshop for lots of games and specimen handling.   18th, 25th & 30th October, 1st & 15ht November.  Timing: 11 to 1pm, and 2 to 5pm.

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Family Sundays 2014

Location: Royal Opera House       Starts: 19 October 2014       Ends: 30 November 2014 Child: £3.00       Adult: £5.00       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Family Sundays are a new regular event for families to come and explore the Royal Opera House, its artists and the world of opera and ballet.  Each Family Sunday will be packed full of different creative and practical activities for all the family, as well as space to relax and enjoy live music in an informal setting. The amphitheatre and Paul Hamlyn Hall bars will be open, serving sandwiches, snacks and hot drinks.

Drop in to the activities any time between 12pm and 4pm. Last entry to the event is at 3pm.

Suitable for children aged six and over. Younger children are welcome but the activities may not be suitable for them. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Several tours run throughout the day, inviting you and your family to explore some hidden areas of the Royal Opera House. These run at the following times and can be booked with your Family Sunday ticket:  12.30–1.00pm,  1.15–1.45pm,  2.00–2.30pm,  2.45–3.15pm,  3.30–4.00pm.  Tickets for these tours are limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis when you buy your Family Sunday tickets. 

Dates: 19th October and 30th November 2014

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Meet Charles Darwin 2014

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 25 October 2014       Ends: 27 December 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Meet Charles Darwin, he will share his collection of beetles and tell you his famous theory of evolution.   Dates: 25th October, 1st & 29th November, 27th December 2014.  Timings:  11:30 - 12:30, 14:00 - 15:00 

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Free family wildlife club (2014)

Location: Oakwood Park       Starts: 25 October 2014       Ends: 6 December 2014 Child: Free, pre booking required       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Come along and discover a whole lot of wild things going on.  Explore, learn, play and create on the following dates:   25th October, 6th December 2014.  Timings 12 - 2pm.  Places are limited, so pre-booking is required.  Phone 07716 372668 or email brenna@wildcapital.co.uk.

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Spooky events

Location: Crockford Bridge Farm       Starts: 25 October 2014       Ends: 31 October 2014 Child: free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

From Saturday 25th - Friday 31st October, a selection of spooky goings on in the Pumpkin Patch itself (apple bobbing, face painting, creepy tepee, pumpkin carving etc), there is a charge for the face painting and the Halloween performance in the woods.   

Join in the fun and come in fancy dress. Don’t forget to wear your scariest outfits!

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Halloween (2014) at Priory Farm

Location: Priory Farm       Starts: 25 October 2014       Ends: 2 November 2014 Child: various             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

Witches’ Cave.  Brave the cobwebs to see our eerie Jack-o-lantern display. Pick the perfect pumpkin and carving kit to create your own.  In the Farm Shop, Friday 24 – Friday 31 October 2014.  Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes available from £1.

Spooky Trail.  Frights, fun and fresh air on The Discovery Walk as you seek out spooks and spiders in the deep dark wood!  Daily until Sunday 2 November.  Timing: 9.30am – 4.00pm.  £2.50 per person plus optional £1 Spooky Trail Quiz (includes a prize).

The Final Hour.  Bring your lanterns along for an even spookier trail after dusk – you never know what may be lurking in the shadows!  Last entry to the Discovery Walk 6.30pm on 28, 29 and 30 October.   £2.50 per person.

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Tudor Fun Day 2014

Location: Golden Hinde       Starts: 25 October 2014       Ends: 28 October 2014 Child: £5.00       Adult: £7.00       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Step back in time and learn the history of the House of Tudor in a unique way that children will love! Led by two eccentric 16th century characters, our gruesome stories, crazy games and fun activities will leave both kids and parents informed and entertained. Perfect for those studying the Tudors at school.  Suitability: Children 6 years +  Family tickets £20.  Timing: 2 hour session at 11am and 2pm, 25th & 28th October 2014

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Halloween Trail 2014: Cautionary Tales for Children

Location: Polesdon Lacey       Starts: 25 October 2014       Ends: 2 November 2014 Child: £2.00             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Children beware! Follow our humorous trail in the wild woods of Polesden to discover the terrible tales of naughty Edwardian children who came to a sticky end in ridiculous circumstances.  Pick up the trail at Visitor Information and follow it into the Wild Woods.  Dates: 25 October to 2 November 2014, 11:00am to 3:30pm

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Royal Air Force half-term 2014 activities

Location: Royal Air Force Museum       Starts: 25 October 2014       Ends: 31 October 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) 

Free Story Telling Sessions 25th to 28th October.   A series of free interactive story workshops with our resident storyteller Sonia Caller that explore the amazing life and achievements of Sir Alan Cobham that will run at 11:15 am, 12:15 pm, 2:15 pm & 3:15 pm. These free sessions will take place in our Art Gallery and places are available without needing to book. After taking part in these fascinating sessions participants, like all members of the public, are welcome to visit our Sir Alan Cobham exhibition in our Temporary Exhibition Gallery just opposite our Art Gallery.

First World War Airfix Make & takes 25th to 31st October.  We will be running our ever popular First World War Airfix Make & Takes - enabling our visitors to make their own 1:72 scale Albatros or Sopwith Pup aircraft for £3 per kit. Sessions will take place daily from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm daily in our Dermot Boyle Wing.

The Big Draw 27th - 31st October.  Come join us for the Big Draw and show off your artistic side.  We will be hosting Big Draw Week in our Milestones of Flight Gallery daily from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Participation in this activity is free and for this year's Big Draw Week we will be exploring the historic importance of our London site. 

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Spooky Shadows

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 26 October 2014       Ends: 28 October 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Seek out creepy creatures and spooky monsters lurking in the National Gallery. Capture their strange shapes and make them dance by creating your own shadow puppet in this workshop with artists Harriet Hill and Gayna Pelham.  During the holidays, join a range of activities at the Gallery designed for all ages. From special themed tours to workshops and storytelling, you'll find plenty of ways to have fun together as a family.

Places are limited and allocated one hour before the event. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Dates:  26th, 27th, 28th October.  Timing: 11am–1pm, 2 - 4pm

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Drama Characters: (2014) Yuri Gregarin

Location: Science Museum       Starts: 27 October 2014       Ends: 27 October 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Ready, steady, go! Head to the Science Museum to collide with the world famous Yuri Gagarin as he unravels what it was like to be the first human into space.   Dates: 27th October. Timing: 12.30 & 2pm

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Half-Term Activities 2014 Peacocks and Dragons

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 27 October 2014       Ends: 31 October 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

A week of drop-in and ticketed activities inspired by Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, 1860 – 1960. Families can take part in a range of workshops from puppet-making to designing wallpaper.

Some sessions require a ticket which will be available one hour before the event starts on a first come, first served basis. Places are limited to 20 tickets per session for children, plus accompanying adults.  Daily 27th to 31st October 2014.  Timing: 11 - 4pm

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Maritime holiday activities 2014

Location: National Maritime Museum       Starts: 27 October 2014       Ends: 31 October 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

Shipwrecks and Islands - Be inspired to paint a seascape (27, 29, 31 Oct)

Play Tuesdays: Light and Dark- play and make shapes with shadows (28 Oct)

Leading Lights - make lanterns to lead you home (27-30 Oct)

Halloween Family Fun Day - come in your scariest fancy dress and join us for a day of spooky fun (31 Oct, Queen's House)

Timing: morning and afternoon sessions starting at 11.30am

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Family Workshops (2014) Foundling Museum

Location: The Foundling Museum       Starts: 27 October 2014       Ends: 31 October 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

Tuesday 28th October:  Join Melany Rose in the Picture Gallery to create a collaborative sculpture and bring the London Foundling Hospital building to life. Using a variety of mixed media, cardboard and tape, make and design your own section of the Foundling Hospital, before we light up the sculpture at the end of the day. 

Wednesday 29th October: Leeches Make your own eighteenth-century medicine kit inspired by Dr Mead. Create labels and fill boxes and bottles with potions and herbs to cure everything from the pox to the plague!

Friday 31st October: Conjure your own magic spells in our special Halloween workshop ‘plague, pestilence and poisons’, accompanying the exhibition The Generous Georgian: Dr Richard Mead. Using ink, paper, quills and words from the past, make magic to render monsters, ghosts and poisons utterly harmless!

Timing: drop-in from 10:30 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:30 

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Animal Story puppet show

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 28 October 2014       Ends: 30 October 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Join Charlie the fox and his friends on a magical adventure through the woodland and learn about native wildlife.  Dates: 28th, 29th & 30th October, 2014.  Timings: 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm

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Canal activity days 2014

Location: London Canal Museum       Starts: 28 October 2014       Ends: 28 October 2014 Child: £4.00       Adult: normal admission charge       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Childrens' summer activity days involve a range of fun learning activities for children aged 6 - 12. The activities vary but always include the opportunity for a short boat trip on the Regent's Canal. This year there will be a treasure trail around the museum, ice cream making and opportunities to work with an artist on the first two Tuesdays. Other activities will be arranged on different days, including making plaques, model boats, colouring etc.  Dates: 5th, 12th,19th, 26th August and 28th October 2014.  Timing: 10.30 and 1.30pm sessions lasting 2 hours

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Great Lives from Ancient Africa: Mystery Hunt 2014

Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology       Starts: 28 October 2014       Ends: 28 October 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Join the hunt around the Petrie Museum to find the identity of famous and not so famous figures from Egyptian history. Can you find the object and work out the name- Tuesday 28 October 2014.  Timing: 2-4pm 

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Picture the Past - Half Term Activities (2014)

Location: Surrey History Centre       Starts: 28 October 2014       Ends: 1 November 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Come along to the Surrey History Centre and step back in time in our history scene. Make history props, dress up and add yourself to our great history picture. Try being a photo detective and other activities!  Tuesday 28 October – Saturday 1 November 2014 during normal opening hours.

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Animal vision

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 29 October 2014       Ends: 13 December 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

A fun show investigating a world only visible to certain animals.  Come and get insights into the way certain animals see. This fantastic family show features live animals and the chance to handle some if you dare!    Dates:  29th October, 8th November and 13th December, 2014.  Timings:  30 mins from 10.30, 11:30 & 13:30 (with an extra session 29th October)

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Ghoulish activities at Ragged School 2014

Location: Ragged School Museum       Starts: 29 October 2014       Ends: 30 October 2014 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, under 6,

This October Half Term (2014), the Ragged School Museum is becoming the Ragged GHOUL Museum!  We’ll be running a whole host of fun, free Halloween activities, including arts and crafts, face painting and dressing up. There’ll be lots to make and do, so bring your little pumpkins to us this half term!  Admission and all activities are free, and the activities are aimed at primary school aged children (though all are welcome!). We also have an Under 5’s Play Area and our Towpath Cafe for thirsty mums and dads!  Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th October.  Timing: 10am-5pm

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Drake Fun Day 2014

Location: Golden Hinde       Starts: 30 October 2014       Ends: 8 November 2014 Child: £5.00       Adult: £7.00       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Just who was Sir Francis Drake- Relive the life of this famous Tudor explorer through informative stories and fantastic games...and did Drake take all his treasure off the ship- Join our madcap characters on board and find out for yourself.  Suitability: Children 6 years +  Family tickets £20.  Timing:  2 hour session starting at 11am and 2pm:  30th October, 8th November

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Tactile Rug - storytelling 2014

Location: Royal Naval College       Starts: 1 November 2014       Ends: 1 November 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

Explore our handcrafted and tactile story-telling rug. Listen to our volunteers as they help you to discover the many fascinating characters represented on the ceiling of the Painted Hall.  Timing: 11.00 - 11.30, 15.00 – 15.30

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Meet Grace O'Malley 2014

Location: Royal Naval College       Starts: 2 November 2014       Ends: 2 November 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Encounter the pirate queen, Grace O'Malley, and listen to her exploits and life on the ocean wave. Twice widowed, twice imprisoned, condemned for piracy, she was finally pardoned here in Greenwich by Queen Elizabeth I. Date: 2nd November 2014.  Timing: 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.30

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Family First Sundays (2014)

Location: Kenwood House       Starts: 2 November 2014       Ends: 7 December 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

Each month our artists will run creative workshops to bring Kenwood’s world famous paintings to life. Families will get to work together to try out different art and crafts whilst exploring the house and finding out more about its collections. Sessions will take place in the house.  All activities are free. First Sunday of every month.  Just turn up between 12pm-4pm to take part.

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Free entry every Wednesday (2014)

Location: Painshill Park       Starts: 5 November 2014       Ends: 26 November 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11, 12-16,

Dates: 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th November 2014.  Start your new year with a beautiful winter walk around Painshill, England’s most elegant 18th century landscape garden.  There will be no admission charges on each Wednesday in November.  Timing: 10.30 - 3pm

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Drama characters (2014)- Mary Anning

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 9 November 2014       Ends: 14 December 2014 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) Meet Mary Anning, a pioneering fossil hunter from 19th century.   Dates: 9th November & 14th December.  Timings: 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30 

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Discover Fairies 2015

Location: Watts Gallery       Starts: 10 January 2015       Ends: 10 January 2015 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Discover! Fairytales  Timing: 2-3pm, 10th January.   Uncover well-known stories and help create a fairytale.  Interactive family tours in the Gallery take place once a month on a Saturday afternoon exploring a range of fun, creative themes.  Collect your ticket from the Visitor Centre. No booking required.

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Investigate for Families 2015

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 18 January 2015       Ends: 28 February 2015 Child: Free             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event) Get a feel for how scientists work by having a go yourself. Come and explore hundreds of real nature specimens that form the evidence Museum scientists use in their daily work.   Museum Science Educator staff are on hand to help you look closely at real objects using the many tools provided.   Bring your own questions, or use some of ours in this hands-on science space.   This is a daily drop-in activity starting at 11am and last entry is at 16.30.

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Drawing Sunday 2015

Location: National Gallery       Starts: 18 January 2015       Ends: 22 February 2015 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

(archived event)

Free hands-on art workshops and drawing sessions every Sunday at 11am and 2pm (not 15th Feb)

Admission free. Places are limited and allocated one hour before the event. Arrive early to avoid disappointment

18th January & Putting the present in the past with paint,  25th January & 22nd February Cutting out the Light, 1st February Sunreal Sunsets, 8th February Unfolding stories

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Drop in art workshop 2015

Location: National Portrait Gallery       Starts: 18 January 2015       Ends: 20 February 2015 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, under 6,

(archived event)

18th January - Sound and Vision,  15th February - out of the Shadows

3rd Sunday of every month.  Timing 1.30pm and 3pm start times.

Plus free activity daily during the February half-term, 10am to 4pm, inspired by Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends. During the week there will be a range of ticketed and drop-in activities. For ages 5+.

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Hands on Nature 2015 - dinosaurs

Location: Natural History Museum       Starts: 24 January 2015       Ends: 21 March 2015 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Hands on Nature - Dinosaurs drop in at any time during the session.  Step back in time and discover more about dinosaurs using real fossil specimens.   Dates: 24th & 31st January, 7th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 28th February, 7th & 21st March.  Timing: 11am to 1pm and 2pm - 5pm.

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Family art and craft activities (2015)

Location: Bruce Castle Museum       Starts: 25 January 2015       Ends: 22 February 2015 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

(archived event)

Sunday 25 January - Stringed Sounds.  Use recycled materials to design and craft a guitar box

Sunday 1 February - Drumtastic.  Explore the origins of the drum and create one for yourself

Sunday 8 February - Music Magic.  Be inspired by Heath Robison and craft a magical musical instrument

Sunday 15 February - Musical Mobiles - Discover different sounds and make your own music mobile

Wednesday 18 February - Make it Rain.  Explore the origins of rainmakers and craft one for yourself

Thursday 19 February -  Chinese Drum Craft.  Celebrate Chines New Year by making a Chinese drum

Friday 20 February - Wind Chimes.  Craft your own set of wind chimes to hang at home

Sunday 22 February - Sounds like Fun.  Communicate with friends and family with a set of yoghurt

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Half term activities 2015 - Spitfire kids

Location: Polesdon Lacey       Starts: 14 February 2015       Ends: 22 February 2015 Child: £2.00       Adult: normal admission costs       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Come and have fun at Polesden Lacey in the school holidays. Normal admission, plus £2 per child.  Did you know that Mrs Greville actually bought a spitfire during WW2- Help recreate it using papier-mache. Then follow a time-capsule trail to discover why, for local children, the war created memories that would last a lifetime.  Daily 14th to 22nd February 2015.  Timing: 11am - 3:30 pm

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Holiday activities at the National Gallery 2015

Location: National Gallery       Starts: 15 February 2015       Ends: 17 February 2015 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Free hands-on art workshops for families. Meet in the room advertised. Please ask a member of the Gallery’s Visitor Experience team for directions on the day of the workshop. Why not try your hand at making your own art at one of our workshops-

There is no need to book and places for drop-in holiday activities are not limited, although you may be asked to wait during busy periods. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Activities are aimed at over 5s but younger children are welcome to join in too and all children must be accompanied by an adult.   Seek out beautiful winged creatures living in the National Gallery. Capture their incredible shapes and make them fly by creating your own magnetic moving pictures in this workshop with artists Jo Lewis and Aliki Braine.  Places for drop-in holiday activities are not limited but you may be asked to wait during busy periods.  Family tours will be given throughout drop-in holiday activities at 11am, 11.45am, 2pm and 2.45pm, activities finish 4pm.  Sunday 15th, Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th February 2015

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Striking Gold Stories

Location: Bank of England Museum       Starts: 16 February 2015       Ends: 20 February 2015 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Listen to some fascinating true stories about gold narrated by a costumed storyteller, from the California gold rush to the sewer man who found his way into the Bank's vaults nearly 200 years ago. Follow the gold trail around the Museum to claim your small prize.  Timing: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm

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Half term 2015 at National Maritime Museum

Location: National Maritime Museum       Starts: 16 February 2015       Ends: 21 February 2015 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Looking for things to do with kids during the school holidays- This February there are lots of fun half-term events and activities to choose from for all the family. See a list of all half-term events to the right.  From China to Britain to teapot to cup discover the story of the nation's favourite drink with free family fun this February half-term.

Lots of our family half-term events are free, including Tea Story and Little Tea Ship at the National Maritime Museum - see individual listings for details. Under-5s go free to Cutty Sark and parts of the Royal Observatory. Entry to the National Maritime Museum and Queen's House is free.

Chinese New Year Celebrations at the National Maritime Museum .  Saturday 21 February 2015 , 11.00-16.00 – come along with all the family for a day of free workshops and performances and discover more about how trade by sea brought people and cultural celebrations from Asia to Britain.

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Bird Box building 2015

Location: Priory Farm       Starts: 17 February 2015       Ends: 19 February 2015 Child: £6.00             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Kids, come and get crafty this half term, and make your very own bird box to take home !  All the materials to build the box are included and there will be help at hand if needed.  No need to book.  Dates: 17th to 19th February 2015.  Timing: 10.30am to 3.30pm

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2012 Caroline Lawrence: Scribes of Alexandria

Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology       Starts: 18 February 2015       Ends: 18 February 2015 Child: £3.00             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Date: Wednesday 18 February 2012 | Time: 2-4pm (activity starts for 45 min at 2pm & at 3pm).  Join ‘Roman Mysteries’ writer Caroline Lawrence for a reading from and quiz based on her Egyptian based book The Scribes of Alexandria. There will be a chance to win signed copies of the book and explore a trail of riddles with the young detectives Nubia, Flavia, Jonathan and Lupus around the collections of the museum.

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Olympic champions 2015

Location: British Museum       Starts: 21 February 2015       Ends: 21 February 2015 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Use a green screen and Photoshop to create your own ancient Greek Olympic champion’s portrait to print and take home.  Activity takes about 45 minutes.  Date:  21st February 2015. Timing: 11am – 4pm.  Location: Samsung Digital Discovery Centre

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Chinese New Year activities 2015

Location: National Gallery       Starts: 21 February 2015       Ends: 21 February 2015 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Join China People Promotions to learn how to play a variety of ancient Chinese instruments and enjoy traditional Chinese storytelling.  A huge variety of activities starting at 10.30am and finishing at 4pm.  21st February 2015

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Digital Dress up 2015

Location: British Museum       Starts: 22 February 2015       Ends: 22 February 2015 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Turn yourself into a samurai warrior, an ancient Greek or other characters using Photoshop and comic book software.  Dress yourself in weird and wonderful outfits from different cultures in time.  Activity takes 30–40 mins. Date: 22nd February 11am to 4pm

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Free entry for Mother's Day 2015

Location: Painshill Park       Starts: 15 March 2015       Ends: 15 March 2015 Child: normal entry charges apply       Adult: Free for Mum's       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Spend the day with your mother in the beautiful landscape garden. Free to mothers when accompanied by their children. Normal admission prices apply to other entrants.  Date: 15th March 2015.  Time: 10.30am – 6pm (last entry 4.30pm)

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Medieval Animation Workshop 2015

Location: British Museum       Starts: 22 March 2015       Ends: 22 March 2015 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Use stop-motion software and video cameras to create your own animation based on mythical medieval creatures.  Your finished film will be uploaded to the web to share with friends and family.  22nd March 2015.   Timing: 11.00–13.00 & 14.00–16.00

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Exploring Egyptian Mummies 2015

Location: British Museum       Starts: 28 March 2015       Ends: 28 March 2015 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Explore digital techniques used by Museum scientists to uncover the secrets of the ancient Egyptians, and see if you can make your own Museum discovery!  28th March 2015.  Timing: 11.00–16.00 

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Easter Egg Trail at Box Hill 2015

Location: Box Hill       Starts: 3 April 2015       Ends: 6 April 2015 Child: £3.00       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Hunt high and low for clues to win a Cadbury chocolate Egghead.   Follow a self guided trail, answer clues and win a Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize.  Pick up a trail guide outside the Box Hill Education Room, The Old Fort, Box Hill Road, Box Hill, Tadworth KT20 7LB.  Daily from 03 April to 6 April 2015, 10am to 2pm.  

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Magical Mosaic Masks 2015

Location: British Museum       Starts: 4 April 2015       Ends: 4 April 2015 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Use Photoshop to design your own mosaic mask inspired by the fearsome Aztec gods.  Print your mask to take home, and have your photograph taken wearing your creation to upload to an online gallery.  Activity takes about 30 minutes.  Dates: 4th April 2015,  Timing 11.00 - 16.00

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Shadow Puppet workshop

Location: British Museum       Starts: 5 April 2015       Ends: 5 April 2015 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Learn about the ancient tradition of shadow-puppetry in Java and then decorate your own beautiful puppets. Use voice recording software and video cameras to then bring your characters to life through film.   Free, booking advised.  Sessions last 120 mins.  Timing: 11am and 2pm, 5th April

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ARCHIVED EVENT - Den Building - Alice Holt Forest

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 8 April 2015       Ends: 8 April 2015 Child: £12.00       Adult: Free       Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

ARCHIVED EVENT - Sizzling sausages and marshmallow heaven, whether you're 8, or 10 or over 11, join in the fun, to give mum a break, and get some tucker on your plate!  8th April 2008.  Timing: 2pm - 5pm.  Pre-booking essential

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Hidden wildlife 2015

Location: Alice Holt Forest       Starts: 9 April 2015       Ends: 9 April 2015 Child: £8.00             Activity: outdoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Let's get tracking, looking for signs, listening and even smelling the evidence of creatures living in the forest.  What surprises will the hidden trail camera reveal-  Activity for 6  -10 years old.  Thursday 9th April 2015.  Timing: 10am - 12noon.  Pre-booking essential

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Create a comic 2015

Location: British Museum       Starts: 11 April 2015       Ends: 11 April 2015 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

(archived event) Create a crazy comic strip inspired by the Vikings or the Mayans to print and take home.    Print out your colourful comic to take home. Date: 11th April for Viking comic theme, and 15th April for Mayan comic theme.  Timing:  11.30–15.30  

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Greeks alive! animation workshop 2015

Location: British Museum       Starts: 12 April 2015       Ends: 12 April 2015 Child: free, booking advised             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11, 12-16,

Use stop-motion software and digital video cameras to create animations based on myths from ancient Greece.  Booking ahead is recommended.   Date: 12th April 2015.  Timing 11am & 2pm

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Ice Age in Motion 2015

Location: British Museum       Starts: 19 April 2015       Ends: 19 April 2015 Child: free, booking advised             Activity: indoor       Age range(s): 7-11,

Use stop-motion software and digital cameras to bring Ice Age animals to life through animation.  Date: 19th April 2015.  Timing: 11am to 1pm and 2 - 4pm

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Half-term fun events 2013, Museum of London Docklands

Location: Museum of London Docklands       Starts: 16 February 2031       Ends: 24 February 2013 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

Sat 16 Feb. Bengali embroidery.  Use a fusion of East End, Indian art and embroidery techniques in this craft workshop. 5+. Timing: 12.30-1.30pm & 2.30-3.30pm

Mon 18 Feb. Pearly Kings and Queens.  Have fun finding and collecting hidden buttons and make your very own Pearly King or Pearly Queen scarf to take home. A creative session for under 5s and their carers - older siblings welcome. 1+.  Timing: 11am – 12pm & 1.30-2.30pm

Tue 19 Feb. The legend of Spring-heeled Jack.  Hear the legend of Spring-heeled Jack, a story that had the whole of Victorian London gripped. Was he a man or beast- Real or imaginary- Only you can decide. Join us if you dare. 5+.  Timing: 12.30-1pm, 2.30-3.30pm & 3.30-4pm

Wed 20 Feb. Cars: made in Dagenham.  Join one of our curators to find out all about Ford Motors in Dagenham in this talk with objects and archive photographs. 5+.  Timing: 11.30am – 12pm & 1.30-2pm

Wed 20 Feb. Dockers, Pearly Kings and Queens.  Learn some Cockney slang, make a fancy photo frame and dress up to have your very own Victorian portrait to take home. 3+.  Timing: 12.30-1.30pm & 2.30-3pm

Thu 21 Feb. Building the East End*.  Use digital technology to explore the history of buildings in the East End of London and create some of your own. 5+.  Timing: 12.30-1.30pm & 2.30-3.30pm,  * Tickets allocated upon arrival

Fri 22 Feb. Skyscrapers.  Take a closer look at the skyscrapers around Canary Wharf and build your own from newspaper. 5+.  Timing:  12.30-1.30pm & 2.30-3.30pm

Sat 23 Feb. Dr Barnardo and the boys of Stepney Causeway.  Hear how an Irish teacher was inspired by a young Eastender nicknamed Carrots to do something about the poverty and living conditions of children in the East End. He set up his first home for boys in Stepney Causeway. His name was Dr Barnardo. 5+.  Timing: 12.30-1pm, 2.30-3pm & 3.30-4pm

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EGGstraordinary Fun 2015

Location: Bank of England Museum       Starts: 15 March 2030       Ends: 1 January 1970 Child: Free       Adult: Free       Activity: indoor       Age range(s): under 6, 7-11,

During the Easter break the Museum present EGGstraordinary Fun! a holiday event to entertain the whole family. Children can follow the treasure trail around the museum to hunt for the hidden chicks and egg. There is a chocolate egg for every child who takes part. Children can then express their creativity by decorating an Easter finger puppet to take home.   Dates: 30 March – 2 April & 7 – 10 April 2015

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