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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

Photo: Lucasfilm Ltd

Learn about the characters of Star Wars in a new dimension through this exhibition which boasts some 200 props, models, costumes and artworks from the original Star Wars films *squeal!* There’s also an interactive identity quest that helps you learn your Star Wars identity (please not Jabba the Hut!) It’s all about what forces shape you – geddit? It’s open daily from 10am onwards till Sept so plenty of time to catch this one.  Tickets cost from £20 adults, £10 children and £48 family off peak.

Ocean Invaders, Sea Life London Aquarium, London SE1,  ongoing

The London Aquarium never disappoints. The beautiful, bonkers and plain ugly get the full point and stare treatment. This month jellyfish joins the celebrity gold fish bowl with a new permanent exhibition dedicated to Ocean Invaders. Discover the most dangerous species and create our own digital jellyfish. It’s cheaper to book in advance, £19.50 for adults, £14.50 under 16s and under 3s for FREE!

Tall Ships Regatta, Greenwich, Thurs 13-Sun 16 April

Over the Easter weekend, 13 – 16 April, more than 30 majestic sailing vessels will be in action along the Greenwich and Woolwich riverfronts at the Tall Ships Regatta, with some ships open for visitors to get on board to look around and talk to the crew.

Science Museum, London SW7, ongoing

Masses on at this ever brilliant museum – spend the whole day here – including the new exhibit of  Tim Peake’s Spacecraft – Soyuz TMA-19M. Also on is a brand new exhibition Robots, which reveals our 500-year quest to make machines human, from a 16th century mechanised monk to some of film’s most iconic robotic creations and the very latest humanoids. Finally, your kids will love Wonderlab, the newest and most spectacular interactive gallery in the world.

Urban Festival, Southbank, London SE1, Sat 1-Mon 17 April

Breakdancing battles, dance residencies, workshops, lots of free family events, workshops and parties at the South Bank Centre’s Urban Festival showcasing the best in street culture.

The Sherlock Holmes Experience, London NW1, ongoing

Sherlock fans are gonna love the new Sherlock Holmes Experience at Madame Tussaud’s  in London – it’s a brilliant, interactive and visually stunning, live walk-through adventure that’s been developed with the super-cool theatre company, Les Enfants Terrible. What’s not to like!

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.

1 comment on “Easter 2017 – take the kids up to London”

  • Angela April 5, 2017

    Horniman Museum used to be a Sunday favourite destination for my vhildren when I lived in Surrey. Away from the West End crush with loads to offer. I highly recommend it.


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