The Wizard Of Oz: Film with Live Orchestra
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

The Wizard Of Oz: Film with Live Orchestra

The Wizard Of Oz has touched millions around the world, and has become one of the most iconic films in history. The film takes over the London Palladium on Friday 13 April 2018, accompanied by a 60 piece orchestra, bringing to life the Oscar ™ winning score like never before.

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Starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, the little girl who found herself very far from home, the film is illustrated by Harold Arlen’s mesmerising songs, which have become standards of The Great American Songbook.

Tickets from £37.25. Book here.

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Kaleidoscope
Apr
13
11:00 AM11:00

Kaleidoscope

Blink. Blink again. What do you see? Day by day your world is filling up with colour. Reds and blues, yellows and greens. Twinkling lights that glisten and gleam.

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Inspired by research into how a baby’s sense of sight develops and how they instinctively begin to categorise colour, watch as your baby enters the multi-coloured world of Kaleidoscope.

At the end of the performance there is an interactive play session. The show lasts 25 minutes and is suitable for babies aged 6-18 months. 

Tickets cost £7. Book here

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Library Legends
Apr
12
11:00 AM11:00

Library Legends

A fun storytelling session where kids get to experience a mesmerising mix of fact and fiction with a close-up look at some of the Library's collection, from treasures of the sound archive to books, stamps, maps and manuscripts, all with extraordinary stories to tell.

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The free drop-in session is suitable for ages 5 – 11 and places are limited to 40 people per workshop and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

More info here

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Discovery Day: Spring Surprises
Apr
11
to Apr 12

Discovery Day: Spring Surprises

Join the park rangers to discover more about the most exciting and beautiful season of the year, spring! Drop in anytime between 11 am and 3 pm for a fun packed day of free and exciting activities:

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  • Pond dipping sessions
  • Creating a clay bird  and eggs using material from the nature garden
  • Following the Spring nature trail
  • Nature-based arts and crafts

Everyone is welcome (the grounds are fully accessible) but they ask for no more than 3 children per adult and can only admit assistance dogs.

More info here

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Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams
Apr
6
to May 22

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams

Circus Abyssinia makes its London premiere at Underbelly Festival with a mix of astonishing stunts, astounding circus skills and enchanting adventure.

The show dramatises in surreal, often comic and mostly wordless ways, the magical true tale of two Ethiopian brothers, Bibi and Bichu who dreamed as little boys of joining the circus, and stages the journey of how their dream came true. Performed from the perspective of the young brothers, through the universal language of circus, the show mixes autobiographical and fictional narratives to tell how the Bibi and Bichu became world-class jugglers.

 (C) ndrey Petrov

(C) ndrey Petrov

The multi-talented Circus Abyssinia Troupe celebrate the birth of a new Ethiopian tradition through a breath-taking range of circus skills including human juggling, hand-vaulting, contortion, cloth spinning, Cyr Wheel, clowning and the eight strong double Chinese Pole act. Fusing theatrical storytelling with astonishing stunts, the show combines the arts and innovations of contemporary circus with Ethiopia's artistic heritage to create one of the world's first full-blown Ethiopian circuses.

Prices: from £14 previews, £19.50 weekdays, £23.50 weekends. The show lasts 60 minutes and is suitable for all ages.

Tickets available via underbellyfestival.com.

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Market Minis
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Market Minis

Market Minis returns to Camden Market for a one-day family festival.

From a full catalogue of fun dance and exercise classes to children’s healthy eating workshops held by Camden Council and Camden Street Moves plus trainer personalisation from Koko Art and face painting; Camden Market will have plenty of children’s activities on offer.

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There will be an Easter Trail, with the opportunity for parents/carers to visit all of the best children’s shops on site, whilst little ones are rewarded with a chocolate treat at every shop visited! Parents and children who visit events on site will also be able to receive discounts on balanced food options. 

A number of these activities are FREE to attend while some have a small cost attached, such as Koko Art’s trainer painting workshop where the amount you pay is equivalent to the European size of your child’s shoe.

More info here

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Michael Rosen’s Chocolate Cake
Apr
4
to Apr 29

Michael Rosen’s Chocolate Cake

When I was a boy, I had a favourite treat. It was when my mum made… Chocolate Cake!

Follow the adventures of two brothers and the night-time disappearance of a chocolate cake in this new musical adaptation by the creators of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and How to Hide a Lion from Michael Rosen’s beloved poem Chocolate Cake, which has just been published as a picture book.

Michael Rosen is the author of over 140 books of poetry, stories and politics, was the Children’s Laureate between 2007–9 and is currently the professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths University.

Suitable for kids age 4+. Book here.

Tickets: £13.50 | Concessions £10 | Previews £10. 

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The Giant Jam Sandwich
Apr
4
to Apr 8

The Giant Jam Sandwich

A favourite picture book of generations of parents and children, The Giant Jam Sandwich is the madcap tale of the eccentric little village of Itching Down which is invaded by four million troublesome wasps.

Noisy, nasty and worst of all, they don’t mind who they sting! That is until the baker has an ingenious idea!

 (c) Pamela Raith Photography

(c) Pamela Raith Photography

The show lasts an hour and is suitable for kids age 3 to 12. Tickets start at £12. 

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Donuts + Plate Painting
Apr
4
12:00 PM12:00

Donuts + Plate Painting

We love this one because it’s drop and go meaning you get some time to yourself! Free-from doughnut makers Borough 22 has teamed up with Punk Me Up Ceramics Café to offer this doughnut brownie making class followed by ceramic doughnut plate making and painting.

 (c) Borough 22

(c) Borough 22

Suitable for ages 5+ (drop and go) but if you want to stay, please book yourself a ticket so that they can allocate materials and tutor time.

Tickets: £28 including all materials and a hot chocolate. More info here

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Discovery Day: Hedgehog Heroes
Apr
4
to Apr 5

Discovery Day: Hedgehog Heroes

Learn about the Hedgehog servery and how to use the radio tracking equipment to track Hedgehogs at the free Discovery Centre in the heart of Hyde Park.

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Drop in any time between 11am and 3pm to take part in a host of exciting activities including:

  • Making a clay hedgehog and habitat to take home with you
  • Completing the fun and educational hedgehog nature trail
  • Hedgehog themed arts and crafts

Everyone is welcome (grounds are fully accessible) but they ask for no more than 3 children per adult and can only admit assistance dogs.

Book here.

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Mini Ninja Sushi School
Apr
4
to Apr 11

Mini Ninja Sushi School

On 4th and 11th April, YO! are running ‘Mini Ninja Sushi School’. The classes give kids aged 5 – 12 the chance to be legitimately play with their food.

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Using fun facts and miniature characters, the Mini Ninjas will be taken through three nutritious recipes during the hour-long class, including Cucumber Maki, Salmon Nigiri and California rolls (with additional veggie options available). A YO! chef will be on hand to help whilst kids make their own sushi and learn how to eat with chopsticks.

After completing the class, the mini chefs will receive a Mini Ninja certificate, their own chef’s hat and a special YO! bag. Their freshly made dishes can also be packaged up to take home.

Classes are available in over 50 restaurants across the UK, hosted on the 4th or 11th April, dependant on half-term dates. Classes cost £15 per child.

Book your space at yosushi.com/mini-ninja.  

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Half Term at National Army Museum
Apr
4
to Apr 28

Half Term at National Army Museum

Lots going on at the National Army Museum including events over half term. Our favourites include:

Zoolab Jungle Animal Encounters

 

 

4 April, 10.30am-4.30pm

£5 per child, booking required

The museum has teamed up with Zoolab to bring a hands-on experience with jungle critters including cockroaches, spiders and snakes. Discover how they have adapted to live in a jungle environment. Kids get a certificate for taking part. www.nam.ac.uk

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Tank Wars Family Workshop

22 April, 11.00am-11.45am and 12.15pm-1.00pm

£3, booking recommended

Test your mettle on a series of tank challenges. Register to command one of the museum’s remote-controlled tanks to test your mettle on a series of tank challenges. Navigate an obstacle course, race, and see how many rounds your tank will last against other tank commanders.

More information and how to book can be found on the museum website.   

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Apr
3
to Apr 28

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is a fast, fabulous comedy caper set in Summer 1958. Minneapolis City Bank has been entrusted with a priceless diamond. An escaped convict is set on pocketing the gem with the help of his screwball sidekick, trickster girlfriend… and the maintenance man.

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With mistaken identities, love triangles and hidden agendas, even the most reputable can’t be trusted. In a town where everyone’s a crook, who will end up bagging the jewel?

Suitable for kids age 11+. Tickets from £10. Performance time:

  • Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7:30pm
  • Saturday matinee at 2:30pm, Sunday matinee at 3pm and Sunday evening at 7pm

Book here.

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Half Term at The Postal Museum
Apr
3
to Apr 12

Half Term at The Postal Museum

Lots of activities lined up for families visiting The Postal Museum and Mail Rail during half term. The activities mark the launch of the museum’s new temporary exhibition, Voices from the Deep, exploring personal letters and other treasures shipwrecked at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for 77 years. 

 (c) The Postal Museum

(c) The Postal Museum

Holiday activities will take place on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays from Tuesday 3 April to Thursday 12 April and are open to children of all ages.

Highlights include:

Tuesday 3 April 2018, 11.30, 13.30 and 14.30 (45 mins): Storytelling

In the old days, letters on ships could be lost at sea as the crew battled pirates and storms. Meet the mermaids who find them in this enchanting storytelling session, as they dream of life on land having read snippets from this other world.

Thursday 5 April 2018, 11.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 16.00: Message in a Bottle

Imagine who might receive a letter placed in a bottle and dropped into the ocean. In this creative workshop, design your own bottle and write a letter to send to a stranger on the other side of the world.

Saturday 7 April and Saturday 14 April 2018, 10.00 – 16.00: The Galleries are Alive! 

“When you can fight no more you must sink the mail.”

The captains and crew of the Post Office packet ships risked life and limb to carry letters overseas. Meet Captain William Rogers as he strolls through the museum’s galleries, and hear heroic tales of fighting pirates and braving the elements – all to save the mail.

Saturday 7 April and Saturday 14 April 2018, 10.00 – 16.00: Easter Treasure Hunt

Perilous pirates have hidden valuable treasure in The Postal Museum! Pick up a trail and solve the clues to hunt down the missing booty. Collect your chocolatey prize once you’ve cracked it.

Tuesday 10 April 2018, 11.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 16.00: Teapots and Trinkets

Visit Voices from the Deep to discover the treasures of the SS Gairsoppa shipwreck; from silver ingots to teapots and trinkets. Then, get crafty with clay and make your own piece of treasure, inspired by the rescued cargo.

Thursday 12 April 2018, 11.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 16.00: Sea Life Shrinkies

An arts and crafts workshop inspired by sea life on stamps, make your own mini souvenir on shrink plastic. Choose from a key-ring, badge or magnet to take home.

A ride on The Postal Museum’s 100-year-old-railway, Mail Rail, that runs deep under London can also be added to the price of a ticket, but we advise booking rides online in advance to avoid disappointment.

A 45 minute session at the museum’s postal play space for the under 8s, Sorted!, can also be added to any ticket.

Tickets start at £9.

More info here.  

 

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Half Term Workshops at Unicorn Theatre
Apr
3
to Apr 7

Half Term Workshops at Unicorn Theatre

Choose from a series of one and two day workshops led by professional theatre-makers. Each workshop leads to a performance on the Unicorn stage for friends and family.Whether the kids are into dance, circus, drama or puppetry they'll get to learn new skills and make new friends.

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Moving and Grooving: Dance and Movement Workshop
A jam packed day exploring the world of contemporary, disco, street, Bollywood and more.
Tuesday 3 April | Ages 7 - 11

Shake, Juggle and Roll: Dance, Circus and Movement Two Day Workshop
A two-day workshop exploring the world of dance, circus movement and performance.
Wednesday 4 - Thursday 5 April | Ages 9 - 13

Shadow, Glove & Strings: Puppetry Workshop
A one-day workshop exploring the imaginative possibilities of puppetry. This workshop is the same on both days.
Friday 6 April + Saturday 7 April | Ages 7 - 12

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Times: 

  • 9.30 am - 4.30 pm Monday - Thursday
  • 10.30 am - 5.30 pm on Saturday

Prices: 

  • £55 per child
  • 2 day workshops £100 per child

More info and how to book here

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Roots + Shoots Nature Club
Apr
3
to Apr 6

Roots + Shoots Nature Club

Roots and Shoots is an award winning environmental and education charity which provides vocational training for young people (including those with additional needs). They also offer environmental education for schools and the wider community. 

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They are running a holiday Nature Club with Urban Canopy at Walnut Tree Walk in Kennington where they'll be offering gardening, crafts and outdoor play for 6 to 11 year olds. Children can experience nature and a great variety of outdoor activities in one of London's most beautiful wild gardens.  Activities include pond dipping, beekeeping, seed sowing, building bird and bat boxes, painting pots, paper making, making wreaths and much more. 

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The groups are small and all the leaders are DBS checked and qualified. Price of £49.50 a day includes a hot, healthy lunch cooked on site.

The club opens between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm and activities take place between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm. 

Book here.

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My First Ballet: Swan Lake
Apr
2
to Apr 7

My First Ballet: Swan Lake

The ever popular My First Ballet series returns with a new beautifully adapted version of Swan Lake, in a unique collaboration between English National Ballet and English National Ballet School.

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The show lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes and is recommended for kids age 3 and above.

Babes in arms, aged 18 months or under, will be permitted access to the Theatre without a ticket for performances of this show. Babies must be securely strapped to their parent or carer by way of a baby carrier, sling, papoose or similar. Children over 18 months, or in pushchairs, will be required to purchase a child ticket.

Tickets from £12. Book here.

 

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Bengali Spring Festival
Apr
1
12:00 PM12:00

Bengali Spring Festival

The Museum of London Docklands celebrates Bengali culture and the upcoming Pahela Baishakh festivities with a free family festival which includes performances and workshops organised in collaboration with the local community.

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Enjoy live music and dances from local artists, curated by renowned tabla and dholak musician Yousuf Ali Khan. There will also be craft activities and workshops, as well as a number of Bengali arts and cultural talks and discussions from leading figures in the community.

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Half Term at Museum of London
Apr
1
to Apr 14

Half Term at Museum of London

There are lots of fabulous - and free - things to do over half term at the Museum of London. Our favourites include:

Balloon-ing around

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

11am

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!

Future London

Thursday 5 + Friday 6 April

12.30pm, 2.30pm

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

10.30am, 2pm

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

12.30pm, 2.30pm

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? 

Future Citizen

Monday 9 + Thursday 12 April

12.30pm, 2.30pm

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.

 (c) Museum of London

(c) Museum of London

London On The Move

Friday 13 & Saturday 14 April

12.30pm, 2.30pm

At the beginning of the 20th century there were over 50,000 horses transporting people around London each day. In 2017, Londoners made roughly 5.7 million car trips on an average day. Our transport needs are changing and in the future London will have to think about new ways to keep everyone on the move. Get ahead of the game and design new modes of transport to whizz around London

Once Upon A Future

Saturday 14 April

1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Join Debbie Guneratne in this interactive storytelling session and find out how fossils, piles of gold and shards of glass can create story landscapes of the future. This time travel fantasy story uses objects from the museum’s collection to help the heroes of the story predict what will await them as they leap into the future!

More info and how to book here. 

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Power UP
Apr
1
to Apr 15

Power UP

For the third year running, the Science Museum is holding its very popular gaming event Power UP. It’s a hands-on video game extravaganza with the best in video games, computers and consoles from the past 40 years.

 (c) Benjamin Ealovega

(c) Benjamin Ealovega

It’s held in partnership with gaming specialists European Gaming League (EGL) and visitors can go on an interactive journey through the history of gaming with 180 systems and hundreds of games for both the novice and the enthusiast. Kick it old school with classic arcade games like Pong and Pacman or keep it current with Minecraft and Mario.

PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch will sit alongside retro iconic consoles like the SNES, SEGA Dreamcast and the original educational computer, the BBC Micro.

Visitors will witness for themselves how far gaming technology has advanced in the last four decades and modern innovators like PlayStation VR will provide a glimpse into what the gaming future may hold.

 (c) Benjamin Ealovega

(c) Benjamin Ealovega

We went last year and the kids (and adults) absolutely loved it!

Tickets from £14. Book here.

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Half Term at Horniman Museum
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Half Term at Horniman Museum

Half Term at the Horinman Museum includes:

Horniman Easter Fair

Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April  

10.30am–4.30pm  

Enjoy the Easter trail, create something crafty in the workshops, have your face painted and join in family activities across the Gardens.  Suitable for families with children aged 3+. Free entry.

A World of Stories

Friday 30 March and Monday 2 April

11am, 12.15pm, 2pm, 3.15pm

Hear some seasonal tales from the museum’s storytellers. Most suitable for children aged 5+. Free entry.

The Ugly Duckling

Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April  

11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm (30 minute performance) 

Meet the most unlikely duckling hero and hear the story of the duck who was different. Featuring song and puppetry, The Ugly Duckling is a classic heart-warming tale for all the family. Produced for the Horniman by Sandal Sticks Theatre.  Suitable for families with children aged 3+. Tickets: £5 Child, £1 Adult.

Big Wednesday: Spring Colours

Wednesday 4 April

10.30am-3.30pm

Performances and activities to celebrate the colours of spring. Free entry.

Big Wednesday: Year of the Reef

Wednesday 11 April

10.30am-3.30pm

Take part in activities including art and storytelling, inspired by the International Year of the Reef and the sea. Free entry.

Family Bat Walk

Friday 13 April

7-9pm

Learn more about bats in this fun family session. Create some bat-inspired art and craft before going into the Gardens to search for bats using real detectors. Suitable for children aged 8+. Tickets: Child £3, Adult £5.   

Pond Dipping

Tuesdays

11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm

Join us to explore nature and wildlife in the pond on the Horniman Nature Trail. Suitable for children for aged 5+. Tickets: Child £3.

Mini-beast Safari

Thursdays

11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm

Hunt for mini-beasts in the Horniman Gardens. Suitable for children for aged 3+. Tickets: Child £3. 

Welly Walk on the Nature Trail: Signs of Spring

Saturday 28 April

1.45-3.30pm

Get your wellies on and join the Horniman Nature Trail to explore the animals, insects and plants that thrive there in spring. Have a go at sweep-netting, tree-beating and identifying what you discover. Suitable for ages 5+. Tickets: Child £3, Adult £5.

Find out more here.

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Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery at the Science Museum
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery at the Science Museum

The Science Museum has gone and done a bit of a Willy Wonka with its Wonderlab: Statoil Gallery, a riot of so-fun- you’ll-forget- you-are- learning science and maths experiments that you can immerse the kids (and yourself) fully into.

Tucked away on level three, away from the hoards seeking out The Garden water play area and the models of rocket ships, the Wonderlab is separated into seven different zones with over 50 exhibits, live shows, Shake Bar and shop.

The exhibits are simply worded and utterly engaging and will get the most recalcitrant science-denier to become excited about dry ice and friction. The age range is recommended for kids between 7-14, although the Wonderlab is so accessible and hands-on that smaller kids will poke around with the magnets and life-sized marble run for what seems like an infinity.

The spaces are laid out over interconnecting rooms so that your brood can safely explore on their own without you ruining their attempts at making the perfect paper rocket. Music, colour, heat, space, mirrors, holograms, fire, ice, forces, energy…all these are to be explored in bite-sized experiments, if you can get your kids to let you have a turn.

Open daily, with day and annual pass options. Find out more here.

In other news, the Science Museum Group has teamed up with Aardman, creators of Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep to develop new free interactive smartphone app - Treasure Hunters.

Treasure Hunters has been designed to give players the confidence to explore the Science Museum’s galleries further and to discover interesting and unusual objects and the stories behind them.

The app captures the fun experience of gaming and competing with friends and will take visitors on a unique tour of the Science Museum. By enabling learning through play it will help to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians.

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Treasure Hunters can be played solo or in teams at any Science Museum Group location. The app is great for families looking for a new activity to add a sense of adventure to their museum visit and is recommended for children 5 and above. The app is available across iOS and Android on mobile and tablet devices.

Download yours here

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Sensational Butterflies
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Sensational Butterflies

Celebrate spring in a burst of colour as Sensational Butterflies returns for its tenth year. This half term, escape to the Museum’s tropical butterfly house and watch the crawling caterpillar transform into the beautiful butterfly. 

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This immersive exhibition is filled with life, colour and beauty and features species found in the tropical forests of Central and South America, Africa and Asia. Follow the trail as it takes you through a tropical habitat of flowers, vines and foliage. 

As butterflies flutter overhead, you'll pass chomping caterpillars, glistening chrysalises and busy feeding stations as you learn more about these charming creatures.

Tickets: Individual £5.85, Family £19.80

Book here

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Venom: Killer And Cure
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Venom: Killer And Cure

Enter the realm of venomous creatures in this eye-opening exhibition. Encounter some of the world's most venomous creatures and discover their surprising connection to human health. Get up close to all kinds of specimens, from snakes, centipedes, snails and scorpions to the unassuming platypus.

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See the world through the eyes of both predator and prey and explore the effects of venom and the role it plays in the natural world. Find out how across cultures and time, humans have found creative ways to neutralise and harness the properties of venom, and how today some of nature's deadliest venoms are actually saving lives.

Highlights include:

  • Get up close to a live venomous creature
  • See the head of a gaboon viper, the species with the biggest known venomous fangs
  • Discover the unusual love life of the emperor scorpion - where seduction has a sting in the tail.

Tickets: Adult: £9, Child and concession £5, Family: £21

More info here

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Half Term at Discover Children's Story Centre
Apr
1
to Apr 10

Half Term at Discover Children's Story Centre

Discover Children's Story Centre is one of our favourites, they always have wonderful events on for children - usually book themed - and this half term is no exception. Our favourite events include:

The Highway Rat Film Screening

 (c) Magic Light Pictures

(c) Magic Light Pictures

Sunday 1 – Tuesday 3 April
11.30 am

The Highway Rat is about a ravenous rat who craves buns, biscuits and all sweet things. Tearing along the highway, he searches for sugary treats to steal, until his sweet tooth leads him to a sticky end. A swashbuckling tale of bandits and biscuits the whole family will enjoy, based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and produced by Magic Light Pictures.

The Highway Rat will be visiting the Centre between Sunday 1 – Tuesday 3 April.

Egg Hunt

Sunday 1 + Monday  2 April
10am – 5pm (drop-in)

Designed by Discover’s Children’s Forum, find the clues around the building and garden to claim your Easter prize! This is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

Nimesh the Adventurer with Ranjit Singh

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Monday 2 April
2pm
Ages 5+

Join Nimesh on his walk home from school – and you’re in for an amazing adventure! You’ll tiptoe past a dragon, swim with sharks, and maybe even see a princess. Author Ranjit Singhleads this fun event that will ignite young readers’ imaginations!

There’s a Walrus in my Bed with Ciara Flood

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Wednesday 4 April
2pm
Ages 4+

Uh oh… THERE’S A WALRUS IN MY BED! Kids will listen to author-illustrator Ciara Flood read from her new picture book at this interactive storytelling session and learn how to draw their very own walrus.

Stick and Fetch Investigate with Philip Ardagh and Elissa Elwick

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Friday 6 April
2pm
Ages 6+

Join bestselling author Philip Ardagh and author-illustrator Elissa Elwick with their brand new chapter book series, Stick and Fetch Investigate. Follow Sally Stick and her best friend, Fetch the dog as they solve mysteries and run their own detective agency!

EVERYBUNNY Count! with Ellie Sandall

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Monday 9 April
2pm
Ages 4+

Did you know that bunnies love to play hide-and-seek? Join author Ellie Sandall for an interactive workshop, craft your own bunny accessories and then recreate fun filled scenes from the book.

A Tale of Everyday Superheroes with Carly Gledhill

Tuesday 10 April
2pm
Ages 4+

Meet Monty and Sylvester – the latest super heroes on the block. They’ve read the manual, they’ve got the outfits and now they are raring to go! A brilliantly original picture book about friendship and imagination.

Most of these events have limited capacity so we strongly advise you pre-book.

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