Gobaby App’s Guide to London Half Term
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Drop-in Activities and Events over Half-term
British Museum: Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November, Great Court, free, all ages – come to the Great Court every day during half term from 11am-4pm and take part in a series of simple activities worked around the exhibit Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Columbia
National Maritime Museum: Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November, to celebrate the opening of the “Nelson, Navy and Nation” gallery, there will be a variety of interesting family events taking place over half term. English Folk Dance and Song Society will be performing sea shanties for kids to learn and putting on family step-dancing workshops. Each day there will be a variety of storytelling events, craft making and other child-centred activities. Check on the “Events” menu to see what is one for a particular day.
London Design Museum: Thursday 31st October, 2-5pm. Design your own pumpkin themed ornament for Halloween. Adult entry is £11.85 including an optional £1 donation to the museum. Children under 12 are free. Drop in, and free with admission.
Wallace Collection: Tuesday, 29th, Free, ages 5+ – Family Activity, A Soldier’s Life Come and learn about life as a soldier in 17th century. Thursday, 31st, Free, ages 5+11:30-12:30, Double, Double Toil and Trouble – meet an Elizabethan Innkeeper who is inspired to write a play about a Scottish Kings who is murdered. Free, tickets allocated on arrival – limited places.
Kensington Palace: Saturday 26th October – Sunday 3rd November, 11am-4pm. If you would like a beautiful, quiet day of exploring interesting historic-based concepts and events in a pleasant place, then pop for the £15 admission fee and head over to Kensington Palace. You will be free from the half-term crowds at the other museums and the staff puts on a quality investigation session for kids. Embarrassingly, my mate and I sat and chatted for an hour over June half-term while the volunteers led our children around the activities.
Museum of London: Saturday 26th October – Sunday 3rd November. This is an excellent museum to explore during the school holidays. The museum explores the history of London which for school age children is an amazingly accessible topic. Over the half-term the theme will be monsters and gargoyles – different art workshops and storytelling session.
V&A: Make-it, Chinese Painting Monday 28th Oct-Friday 1st Nov (book ahead, £7.50 per session) make your own Chinese brush painting, ages 5-12. Sat 26th – Sun 3rd, Digital Kids: Bring Chinese paintings to life. 10:30-5pm, ages 3+. Imagination Station: explore the Year of the Snake 10:30-5pm, ages 3. Pop-up performances, Sat 26th– Sun 3rd Nov, 11am, 1pm and 3pm, all ages.
Geffrey Museum: loads of art-making activities all week long, for all different ages at Geffrey Museum. These workshops are great, they even provide toys for younger siblings to play with while you help the older one stick things together. Great day out.
Ragged School Museum: Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st October, 10-5pm. Free, all ages. Come and learn about Dr. Bernardo’s work (the man who founded the first ragged school) and what a miserable life you would have had as a poor Victorian … it’s a good day out and the kids will learn a great deal. There will be face painting, arts and crafts.
Isis Education Centre: Wednesday, 30th October 11am-3pm, free, all ages. Come and learn about the Isis Education Centre and all the amazing activities for children. For this event, kids will be making potions with sticks and mud; making bats; exploring feely boxes and more. If you have not been, do come and get inspired by the curious and imaginative centre … well worth the trip.
Tate Britain: Liminal, come and explore the Tate collection with hands-on, artist-led experiences for young children in the galleries. Thursday 31st and Friday 1st November. All ages, free. BP Family Festival, Time Loop: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd November, free, all ages, 10am-3pm. Pass through a time machine and span 500 years of British art through music, visual arts, movement and sound
National Portrait Gallery: Monday 28th – Friday 31st October, 11:30 – 4pm ever day there will be a variety of quality workshops where kids will learn and engage with history and art of theTweet