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Half Term events in SE1

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A selection of events for children, compiled by our colleagues at 'in SE1', the monthly printed what's on guide

Design Museum

Butler's Wharf

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

Florence Nightingale Museum

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


11.30am-4.30pm; free

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.

Golden Hinde

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


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.

HMS Belfast

Tooley Street

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.

Imperial War Museum

Lambeth Road

Monday 21 to Friday 25 October


11am-5pm; free

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.

Museum of Garden History

Lambeth Palace Road

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 October


11am-5pm; free

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.

Old Operating
Theatre, Museum & Herb Garret

9a St Thomas' Street

Tuesday 22 October


2.30pm; £3.75 (conc £2.75)

A Half-Term Holiday event including
hands-on history with pill-making.

Tate Modern


Sunday 20 October


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.

Tower Bridge Experience

Tower Bridge

Saturday 19 to Tuesday 22 October.


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.

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