There are lots of fabulous - and free - things to do over half term at the Museum of London. Our favourites include:
Sunday 1 April – Monday 9 April
12.30pm & 2.30pm
From folding bicycles to electric cars, Londoners have been whizzing around the city in ever more creative ways. Put yourself into the shoes of an inventor and design a cool gadget to keep Londoners on the move in the future. What kind of futuristic transport would you invent? Join this free workshop and learn how to make your inventions move using balloons and elastic bands.
Am I dreaming?
Sunday 1 April – Friday 6 April
1pm, 2pm + 3pm
One night a young girl dreams of a future where the London she knows has been badly damaged. Follow the little girl as she travels on her bed through a London ravished by pollution. Will her dream change how she feels about protecting the future of London? This free performance is an adaptation of Chris van Allsberg’s Just A Dream.
Roman London Family Walk
Sunday 1 April
Go back 2000 years and walk the streets of Roman Londinium! Visit the remains of the Roman city wall, the location of a long lost fort and Londinium’s hidden amphitheatre, where brave gladiators and nimble acrobats entertained the raucous crowds, on this interactive tour for families. Tickets - adult £7, children £5.
The Inventions of Nelly Norris
Tuesday 3 – Wednesday 11 April
1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Nelly Norris is the inventor of the moveable phone and other fantastic objects but she’s not very happy. She has spent years inventing things a week too late! Hear how Nelly has been losing out to things with the worst names and see if you can help her come up with a new idea? Watch this free performance and see how she’s determined to get in there first this time!
Thursday 5 + Friday 6 April
Create a futuristic skyline of London. What will be there and what won’t? Will the London Eye still be on the bank of the Thames? What will join it? You decide in this collaborative art project. Re-create old buildings and invent new ones using a range of recycled materials at this free workshop.
Little Miss Inventor
Wednesday 4th April
A special event celebrating the release of the new Little Miss Inventor. Little Miss Inventor is intelligent, ingenious and inventive. You’ll get to find out more about her and the inventions she makes for her friends in this special storytelling adventure. The creator of this new delightful book, Adam Hargreaves, will draw your favourite Mr Men character especially for you to take home. There will also be a chance to meet Little Miss Inventor herself and have a photo taken with her. All ticket prices include a copy of the book and a special goodie bag. We recommend you book in advance. Tickets from £3.99.
Back to Future Playtime
Saturday 7 + Sunday 8 April
Learn how children’s toys have changed over the years and take inspiration from the museum's playtime gallery in this free workshop. Turn a beloved, classic children’s toy into a robotic version for children in the future.
Dinosaurs + All That Rubbish
Saturday 7 – Sunday 9 April
1pm, 2pm, 3pm
An alien lands in London after an environmental disaster on her planet hoping to find out what the best bits of London are so that she can use these ideas to rebuild her planet. While she is here, she tells the story of Dinosaur’s and All That Rubbish. Dinosaurs return from extinction and start to turn the planet back to an idyllic space again, to be shared and cared for by everyone. What can we learn from her tale?
Monday 9 + Thursday 12 April
Children aged 5-10 today will become the rulers of London in 2050 but what will they look like? With the rise of bio-hacking and of new technologies will you become a cyborg? Use iPads and apps such as Oldify to age yourself and add circuit boards and bionics to your 2050 portrait in this free workshop.