What’s on Half Term

Postal Museum picThe POSTAL MUSEUM invites you to discover surprising characters and wonderful words through writing this half term.  Join them for a fun filled programme of activities for kids of all ages spanning arts, crafts and illustrator led workshops.  Drawing inspiration from The Postal Museums stories, kids can experiment with calligraphy and papermaking, or create their very own character with help from a storybook illustrator.  In the galleries, brilliant pop up performances will bring exhibits to life recounting some of the most remarkable tales from their postal past.  Also while you’re there hop on the Mail Ride and go checked out Sorted! their brilliant play area. Activities take place daily from 20-28th October.


Get down the CUTTY SARK for their She Tells Sea Tales – Adventure is Out There storytelling.  Brace yourself for tales of adventure, mermaids and storms in a teacup.  If you are feeling inspired by their stories join them in the Sammy Ofer Gallery to make your own adventure kid suitcase or create your own animated sea story with Chocolate Films.  These events are running from 22-27th October.


At the IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM this half term, families have a very special opportunity to meet war veterans and eyewitnesses, including those who lived through the Second World War and the Cold War, to hear their personal stories of conflict.  On selected days over the school summer holidays, veterans will recount tales of their wartime life, giving families first-hand insights into the causes of war and its impact on peoples lives.  This is a free, drop in event running on Tuesday 23rd October and Thursday 25th October.


Head to the NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM where you can get creative and construct your own signalling device, learn how soldiers send and decipher secret signals with telescopes and heliographs, make a paper poppy to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, and take your toddlers to a session of stories and song all about communicating with telescopes and signals. Events are free and running from 21st – 28th October.


This half term bring your family and friends to the NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY for an art extravaganza.  Celebrate the worlds biggest drawing festival from The Campaign for Drawing with their team of artists and take part in activities across the gallery which include Tracing a face, Drawing with Thread, making your own optical illusion and creating a portrait with objects in a cyanotype workshop. This is a free drop in workshop on the 25th October from 11am.


It’s Storytime and Make and Take at the LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM this half term.  Join them for a story time session to commemorate the end of WW1 and meet an important bus driver, Joe Clough, who went from driving the Route 11 in East London to driving an ambulance in France, and, create your own changing picture and celebrate the arrival of the Battle Bus to the museum.  This is running from 20-28th October. 


Roll up! Roll up! Celebrate 250 years of the circus at the MUSEUM OF LONDON in a surprising and engaging 20 minute science show.  Be prepared for tricks, pops and daring acts of courage and they’ll need your help as they make their spring-loaded cannon work, perfect the pressure for our bed of nails and much more!  This is a free event, advanced booking recommended and there are three sessions per day running from 20-28th October. 


Join the HORNIMAN MUSEUM for family art fun craft activities.  Make a fox or rabbit puppet on strings or  make a headdress complete with bouncing bats.  These events are free and are running Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday through half term.   


Party like a Pirate this half term at the V&A MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD.  See a pirate adventure on the high seas pop up performance or join fun, pirate-themed workshops such as creating your own pirate character, costume and bandana and decorate a pirates ship.  These events are running 20-28th October.


Join the SCIENCE MUSEUM for a free family festival celebrating the exciting and diverse ways in which engineers change the world.  Activities include getting hands on with fun activities run by engineers, trying your hand at welding edible chocolate creations, control your friends muscles using electric currents and sending signals around the world and putting people up into space in their brand new interactive show, Problem Solved!  This is a free event running from 20-28th October.


Check out the NATIONAL GALLERY for some hands on art workshops.  Work together as a family of artists in the Renaissance workshop to seek out and sample traditional techniques.  This is a free drop in event running from 22nd-26th October.


Get down to TATE MODERN on 25th October from their Drawing Workshop with award-winning author and illustrator Marion Deuchars.  Bob the bird loves to paint pictures with his best friend Bat.  But one day Bat goes away and Bob is sad.  He tried to paint but everything he paints is blue.  Can his friends help him to find his bright colours again?  Activities will include collage and drawing.  This is a free event running from 2.30-3.30pm.


Head over to the GEFFRYE MUSEUM for their Sound Sketch Express for The Big Draw.  Explore and draw with a special ‘play at home’ trail in the Geffrye’s beautiful leafy gardens.  Discover how to create cool audio drawings with your mobile phone.  Send in your drawings and artwork to become part of the big audio drawing game, a fun interactive drawing game to create a giant artwork with the museums Young Producers and artists Zoe Byatt and Leon Gower. This is a free, drop in event suitable for ages 5-16 running at various dates throughout October. 


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