Days out with kids in London
Fire! Fire! – Museum of London – ends 17 April
These hols is 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.
Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN. museumoflondon.org.uk
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!
London Aquarium, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, London SE1 7PB. visitsealife.com
Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail – Museum of London Docklands – until 3 Sept
I saw a preview of this exhibition on the telly and it looks amazing. It’s the most complete range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail to be displayed and has gone on display alongside the story of Europe’s largest infrastructure project. Over 10,000 artefacts shine a light on people in almost every important period of the Capital’s history from Mesolithic tool makers and inhabitants of Roman Londinium to those affected by the Great Plague of 1665. There are skeletons, tools, pottery, even makeshift ice skate blades fashioned from bones. Entry is free.
Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Dock Road, Canary Wharf, London E14 4AL. museumoflondon.org.uk
Adventures in Moominland – Southbank Centre, London – 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.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX. southbankcentre.co.uk
Robot Zoo – Horniman Museum, London SE23 – until Sun 29 Oct
It doesn’t get much cooler than a robotic zoo. Let’s be fair it needs to be impressive to schlep deep into south east London. But it’ll be worth it to see a robotic rhino, a squid with 18-ft tentacles and a mahoosive house fly with a vacuum cleaner for a mouth at the Horniman’s Museum in Honor Oak. 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 is a big favourite with families at any time. Tickets: Adults £7; Kids, £4.
The Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ. horniman.ac.uk
Moon Adventures – Kew Gardens, Richmond – Sat 1 to Mon 17 Apr
Explore the hidden depths of the Gardens on an interactive trail culminating at the magical Moomin Festival Camp in the wild woodland of the Natural Area. Take part in craft workshops while you sample the Moomins’ beloved pancakes and visit the Hemulens’ Herbarium to find out more about your favourite spring flowers and plant conservation. Included on the admission price: Adults £15.50; kids (4-16); £2.50; under 4s free.
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB. kew.org
KidZania – Westfield, London W12 – ongoing
Those who’ve been rave about this place at Westfield. A friend from overseas bought 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.
KidZania, Westfield London Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 7GA. london.kidzania.com
Science Museum – London SW7 – ongoing
The Sherlock Holmes Experience – Madame Tussaud’s – ongoing
A departure for Madam Tussauds, this new Sherlock Holmes Experience (included in the normal ticket price) is live walk-through adventure. Journeying from 221B Baker Street to Dartmoor where a demon hound lurks, with plenty of stops along the way. You must help Dr. Watson find the missing Sherlock Holmes to reach a dramatic ‘watery’ conclusion. The experience is totally interactive with textured theatrical sets laden with detail, hidden clues and special effects. Bring your own deerstalker.
Madam Tussauds, Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London NW1 5LR. madametussauds.com
Star Wars Identies – O2 London – until September 2017
Trafalgar Square, London – The Passion of Jesus – Good Friday
The Passion of Jesus, is a really popular annual re-enaction of the Easter story in Trafalgar Square, Taking place on Good Friday, around 20,000 people watch 100 Wintershall Players perform and it’s all free! No tickets needed and performances are at 12 noon and 3:15 pm. On Easter Saturday the Wintershall cast of players and animals moves to the High Street in Guildford. The play begins at the junction of High Street and Quarry Street. There will be two open-air viewings on Saturday 15 April at noon and 2.30pm.
Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN. Wintershall Players