A selection of events for children, compiled by our colleagues at 'in SE1', the monthly printed what's on guide
Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 October
11.30am-4pm; £6 (conc £4)
Encouraged by designers and illustrators,
our Big Drawers will create life-sized portraits of themselves in hats. On
Saturday participants can help to set a world record for the biggest number of
people ever to draw simultaneously at noon. A Big Draw event.
Sunday 26 October
2-5pm; £6 (conc £4)
Make a sparkling chandelier inspired by the
Crystal Palace exhibition of contemporary chandeliers created for Swarovski by
such leading international designers as Hella Jongerius, Tord Boontje and Georg
Baldele. Working alongside designers, children will be encouraged to study the
chandeliers on display before producing their own crystal creations to take
2 Lambeth Palace Road
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm (Sat & Sun
11.30am-4.30pm); £4.80 (conc £3.60)
Wednesday 16 to Wednesday 23 October
Based on the work of Florence Nightingale
and her sister Parthenope visitors will have a chance to find out about quill
pens, slates and fountain pens. Children can use a slate and pencil to complete
a trail around the Museum and fill in a special visitors book with their
pictures about their visit to the Museum. A Museum pencil will be given to
every child who adds an entry to the Big Draw book.
St Mary Overie Dock
Monday 21 October and Friday 25 October
12 noon & 2pm; £3
Re-live the adventure and voyage around the
world by Sir Francis Drake aboard the Golden Hinde through storytelling with a
16th-century sailor. During the course of one hour the story unfolds at various
activity locations on the ship. Suitable for ages 5 to 9.
Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 October
TUDOR SAILORS DRAMA WORKSHOPS
1.30 & 4.30pm; £12 (2nd child £10)
Tudor Sailors Drama Workshops: Travel back
in time, leave the parents at home and join the 16th-century crew of the Golden
Hinde. Take on the identity of an Elizabethan sailor and set off to discover
unknown lands and Spanish treasure. Activities include navigating the ship,
raising the anchor, firing the cannon and learning the art of barber surgery. A
three hour workshop for 6-12 year olds. Advance booking essential.
Monday 21 October to Sunday 27
A Life on
the Ocean Waves
10am-6pm; £5.80 ( £4.40; conc £4.40; child free)
A special role-play activity, using actors
to provide an account of life on board HMS Belfast. The actors will also be on hand at various points around the ship
to answer questions that you may have about life at sea.
Monday 21 to Friday 25 October
NATURE OF THE BEAST
Family visitors are invited to take part in
the production of an animated film, turning tanks into dinosaurs and aircraft
into insects. No experience is necessary but a good imagination is considered
essential. Animation artists will be available to help during the week.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 October
Participants will be guided to use the
historic and modern garden items on display as an inspiration for presenting
the work in the museum context. Four experienced artists will share their
approach and interest in drawing with participants. A drop-in Big Draw event
for all ages.
Tuesday 22 October
PILLS, POTIONS, POISONS
2.30pm; £3.75 (conc £2.75)
A Half-Term Holiday event including
hands-on history with pill-making.
Sunday 20 October
THE BIG DRAW – START
11am-1.30pm & 2.30-5pm; free
Families can explore modern art and pick up
a variety of games and other challenges to do together. Try the Picturing
Landscape Art Kit with special drawing instructions – some straightforward,
some plain crazy, but none will be a test of drawing skills.
Saturday 19 to Tuesday 22 October.
BOB THE BUILDER AT TOWER BRIDGE
10am-2pm; £4.50 (child £3)
As a Half Term treat Bob the Builder will
be paying a special visit to the Tower Bridge Experience and fans will be able
to meet and greet him during Half Term. There will also be the opportunity to
see the breathtaking views from the Tower Bridge walkways of the Tower of
London, St Paul's Cathedral and the new City Hall.