Easter 2017 – take the kids up to London
Planning a trip up to London over the hols? You might be after reading about what’s going on down (or should that be up?) in London Town over Easter…
Fire! Fire! Museum of London, London EC2, ends 17 April
These hols are your last chance to catch this interactive Great Fire of London exhibition that brings history lessons to life. Step into Pudding Lane and see what conditions were like for ordinary Londoners in the 17th century. Walk into the bakery where the fire started and see how the flames spread across the city. Play archaeologist and identify real objects melted by the flames. Hear personal stories of the people affected by the disaster. There’s even a restored 17th century fire engine on display. Tickets cost from £8 for adults if booked in advance, £4 for 5-16s.
Adventures in Moominland, Southbank Centre, London SE1, until 23 Apr
You’ve gotta love the Moomins and over the hols you and yours can check out this new exhibition and take a wondrous journey through Moominland. Clamber through forests, huddle in caves or set sail on the high seas to try and find the Moomin family. Tickets cost from £13.50.
Robot Zoo, Horniman Museum, London SE23, until Sun 29 Oct
It doesn’t get much cooler than a robotic zoo. Hop on a bus down to the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill, where you’ll see a robotic rhino, a squid with 18-ft tentacles and a mahoosive house fly with a vacuum cleaner for a mouth. All the robot animals are made from everyday machines and gadgets. Through interactive games and challenges the creations will reveal how real anatomy works. Plus this museum with its quirky exhibits and large cafe and terrace – and a park beyond – is a big favourite with families at any time. We used to take the Muddies here all the time. Tickets: Adults £7; Kids, £4.
KidZania, Westfield, London W12, ongoing
Those who’ve been rave about this place at Westfield. A friend from overseas brought her sons for a rammed fortnight in London during which they saw pretty much every museum and attraction and this was their favourite. It’s a child-size ‘city’ where the kids are in charge (scary, no?). It provides real life role play experience for 4-14 year olds, blending learning and reality with entertainment. They can try more than 60 role-play activities (actor, doctor, police officer etc) with each experience crafted to teach kids essential life skills like team work and independence. Younger kids can hang out in the dedicated Early Years area. And you can, you know, go shopping.
Star Wars Identities, O2 London, London SE10, until September 2017
For a pocket-sized guide packed with all the info you need about London’s museums and galleries, grab a copy of Somerset author Abigail Willis’ Museums & Galleries of London. It’s brilliant.