Half Term – October 2009

– 24 to 31 October

The following events run throughout Half Term. We’ve also found some one-off events that run through half term so click on each day of the week to see specific events for that day:

“Designs on your Money – Banknote Big Draw” at the Bank of England Museum

  • October 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 at 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Learn about banknote security features and design your own secure banknote. Enter our competition, with prizes to be won!
  • This a free family event
  • Bartholomew Lane, London, Corporation Of The City Of London EC2R 8AH Tel: 02076015545

MetM_Charlie and Lola Bestest PlayCharlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play at the Arts Depot

  • Wednesday 28 October 2009 – Sunday 1 November 2009
    • Wednesday 28 October, Thursday 29 October 2009 – 12pm & 3pm
    • Friday 30th October, Sunday 1st November 2009 – 10am, 12pm & 3pm
    • Saturday 31st October 2009 – 10am & 3pm
  • Based on the characters created by Lauren Child Adapted by Jonathan Lloyd
  • I have this little sister Lola. She is small and very funny… Don’t miss everyone’s favourite brother and sister, Charlie and Lola, in their extremely everso wonderful stage show! The stars of the hit BBC TV series and books by Lauren Child are brought to life by a magical mix of puppets and music. 2-D and 3-D worlds mingle in this new play, adapted from some of the freshest and funniest episodes… Will Lola ever tidy her messy room? Will Charlie get Lola to sleep, even though she is not sleepy and will not go to bed?
  • ArtsDepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, N12 0GA
  • Contact the Box Office on020 8369 5455 or info@artsdepot.co.uk

Comical Romans at the Museum of London, EC2

  • October 24, 25, 26 and 27 at 11:00-11:45, 12:30-13:15 & 14:00-14:45
  • Have fun with the Romans. Visit our Roman London gallery for inspiration and join our Host to make your own comic strip. If possible please bring a USB stick.
  • Suitable for children aged 3+
  • Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London, Corporation of The City Of London EC2Y 5HN. Tel: 020 7001 9844
  • Click here to see the website
  • There is no admission charge to the Museum and the event is free although tickets allocated on arrival.

“A day in the life of…” at the Museum of London, EC2

  • October 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 at 10:30-15:30
  • Follow London’s history from prehistory to the Great Fire of London. Everyday in October half term we are offering drop-in hands-on activities and workshops in our fantastic new Clore Learning Centre.
  • This event is suitable for families.
  • There is no admission charge to the Museum and the event is free although tickets allocated on arrival.
  • Click here to see the website.
  • Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London, Corporation of The City Of London EC2Y 5HN. Tel: 020 7001 9844

metm9“Flying Colours” at the Royal Airforce Museum

  • October 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.
  • Explore the use of colour in aircraft design, from cunning camouflage to personal decoration. Inspired by our elaborately camouflaged Fokker DVII visitors will draw their own aircraft and design its colour scheme.
  • All ages
  • No admission charge and all materials provided free of charge.
  • Royal Airforce Museum, Grahame Park Way London, Barnet NW9 5LL Tel: 0208 358 4896
  • Click here to see the website

“Capturing Carriages in Pen and Ink: The Big Draw” at the Royal Mews

  • October 27, 28, 29. Drop-in 12:30-15:30
  • Explore the stables and coach houses at the Royal Mews with pencil and paper in hand – then, back in the Education Room, bring your drawing to life by experimenting with ink and water. An artist-led activity with all materials provided.
  • This event is for families
  • Normal admission charge applies. The Royal Mews

Drop-in Design Special: Super Ceramics at the V&A Museum

  • Monday 26 to Friday 30 October at 10.30-13.00 & 14.00-17.00
  • Get your hands dirty playing with clay. Visit the new Ceramics galleries and be inspired to make your own creations. Then meet ceramic artists Louisa Taylor and Shizuka Maruta and learn how to make clay beads from textures and moulds, decorative dinner plates using ceramic transfers, or try using a potter’s wheel and have a go at throwing clay.
  • (Art Studio and Lunchroom, Sackler Centre)
  • V&A Museum

Clay Time at the V&A Museum

  • Tuesday 27-Thurday 29 October from 12.00-13.00
  • As part of Super Ceramics, visit the open studio of ceramic artist Steve Dixon and see demonstrations of animals and figures being modelled in clay.
  • (Ceramics Studio, Room 143A)
  • V&A Museum

MetM_Forest_Lyric_HammersmithThe Forest at the Lyric Hammersmith, W6

  • 24 October – 1 November 2009
  • A thrilling new performance from the company that created And the Rain Falls Down and Brilliant. Come and join us in the heart of the forest, a place of adventure, full of vivid images and bursting with life.
  • Suitable for children aged 5 – 7
  • Tickets for The Forest are not available to buy online. Please call Ticket Office on 0871 22 117 29 to book.
  • Plus! Don’t miss The Forest Messy Play: If you fancy getting your mitts on paint, glitter, stickers and glue on a Saturday and Sunday afternoon, be sure to check out Messy Play. With only 25 spaces per workshop, book now to guarantee your place. (Tickets for Mess Play cost £3).

MetM_We're Going on a Bear HuntWe’re Going On A Bear Hunt at the Richmond Theatre, TW9

Plus! Check out the Horniman Museum website for their extensive list of events.

Big Draw at Kew Gardens

  • Saturday 24 Oct – Sunday 1 November. Daily from 11am to 3pm (Drop-in)
  • The Big Draw returns to Kew. Focussing on trees, there are three drawing activities every day. No need to book, just drop in at any of the three locations around the gardens.
  • The events are free once inside Kew Gardens (i.e. normal admission applies).
  • There are 3 Big Draw locations in the gardens: at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, near Brenford Gate and outside the Temperate House

Secret Gardens at the London Transport Museum

  • Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October 14:00 to 16:00 (drop-in)
  • London Transport Museum is celebrating the glory of the garden as part of its new Suburbia exhibition. Junior gardeners can muck in and develop their creative and gardening skills by creating their very own secret garden, making a tiny pot of cress to take home, sing along to handpicked garden songs and make a spooky suburban spider. Take a pot of mud, add a sprinkling of imagination and make a mini secret garden to take home. Construct a shed, fill it with flowers or add your own tiny treasures to make your garden extra special.
  • Free for accompanied children under 16.
  • Suitable for ages 3 and above.
  • Admission to the Museum is free to accompanied children under 16. Adults £10.00
  • See the website.
  • London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB.

Eco-pots at the London Transport Museum

  • Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October at 12:00 to 13.00 (drop-in)
  • Learn how to make eco-plant pots out of recycled newspaper, ready to plant straight into the ground without disturbing your little seedlings. Collect your free seeds, get planting – then take your pot home and watch them grow.
  • Suitable for ages 3 and above
  • Admission to the Museum is free to accompanied children under 16. Adults £10.00
  • See the website.
  • London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB.

Sing-along Suburbia at the London Transport Museum

  • MetM_Transport MuseumMonday 26 October to Friday 30 October at 11:00 drop-in (session lasts 20 minutes)
  • Suitable for under 5s
  • Sing along to a selection of hand picked songs about life in the garden. Including old favourites Incy wincy spider and Wiggly woo the worm.
  • Admission to the Museum is free to accompanied children under 16. Adults £10.00
  • See the website.
  • London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB.

Face-Painting at Climbers and Creepers, Kew Gardens

  • Daily during half-term (Saturday 24 October – Sunday 1 November) from 10.30am to 3.30pm
  • Head over to Climbers and Creepers to get your face painted, as part of our Autumn festival.
  • Choose from lots of animal and tree-inspired designs.
  • Prices: £4 per face, £7 for two!

London-Mums---April-ShowersWoodcarving Workshops at Kew Gardens

  • Throughout Half Term, from 24 October- 01 November 2009
  • Workshops at 10am, 11.15am, 1.15pm & 2.30pm
  • Children can learn how to carve wood with these one hour workshops.
  • Suitable for most ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Workshops are FREE but places are limited. Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis at the woodcarving workshop area.

Wildlife Exhibition at the Natural History Museum

  • The Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition opens on 23 October 2009.
  • Read our review of last year’s exhibition here. It really is a great place to take a tot.
  • Open 10.00 – 17.50 daily, Monday to Sunday.
  • Adult £9, Child £4.50 (children aged 3 and under enter for free). Book tickets now
  • Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD. Telephone 020 7942 5000

Half term activities at WWT London Wetland Centre, Barnes, SW13

  • Come along and join in the fun activities during the autumn season, enjoy exploring the wetlands with wealth of autumnal sights, smells and colours! Pond dipping, fungal forays, hedgerow foraging and identifying creepy crawlies are just some of the activities that your children will love during this holiday period.
  • Daily children events to keep the kids busy and learning through the school holidays. Halloween is just around the corner so learn about slimy creatures and scary insects on the reserve.
  • Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT Telephone 020 8409 4400 or e-mail info.london@wwt.org.uk.

Pumpkin Trail at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

  • metm_halloween124 October – Sunday 1 November
  • Purchase a quiz sheet upon entry (cost £1, includes a small prize)
  • Use the clues to work out which animals have put a pumpkin out!
  • Usual entrance fee applies
  • Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ, Tel: 020 7924 5826

Make a Bat that Flaps at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

  • Tuesday 27 and Thursday 29 October Drop in sessions 10.30-12.30.& 1.30-3.30
  • Cost £1 and usual entrance fee applies.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ, Tel: 020 7924 5826
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