Lots of fun events happening over at the POSTAL MUSEUM this half term as they celebrate the 200thbirthday of Queen Victoria. Activities include a hands-on arts and crafts printing activity led by Royal Academy artist, Susie Foster, make your own Victorian top hat or tiara fit for a Queen, dress up with Victorian props, practice Victorian calligraphy, meet the Inventor Rowland Hill and design your ‘Penny Black’ Greetings card. If your name is Victoria, you will even get in free throughout the month of May.
Head on down to the NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM for lots of half term workshop fun. Pick a colour, grab a blow pen and get creative with their giant poster activity which will have a botanical theme in celebration of the Chelsea Flower Show taking place next door, get inspired by the work of Abram Games, who designed posters for the Second World War ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign, and use ipads to make a digital poster and channel your inner graphic designer with a family friendly print-making workshop.
Take part in the LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM’s STEM-inspired ‘Travelling with Thameslink’ workshops and story time sessions inspired by their new Untangling the tracks exhibition, which traces the history of the Thameslink route from 1866 through to the recent modernisation programme. Get creative with your family and make a turning train out of crafty materials that whizzes past your favourite city views and hear about some of the amazing landmarks you can see along the Thameslink route.
Meet a mouse on a mission at the SCIENCE MUSEUM, a mission to the moon. Find out all about rockets, make your very own rocket mouse and see how high you can blast them into space, create curious craters as you build your own tactile map of the Moon, make your own moon mission and join them on a journey to the moon in a fast-paced ‘Fly me to the Moon’ science show.
The HORNIMAN MUSEUM will be buzzing with family friendly bee activities this half term. Find out about the Great British Bee Count and create a fantastic bee mask to buzz around the Gardens in. Let’s hope the sun is shining and the Gardens are Bee-autiful.
Plenty on offer at the NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM this half term starting on Saturday 25thMay with a South Indian Cultural Open Day, which will include make-up demonstrations, costume displays and a series of short performances. Other activities throughout the week include discovering how sailors have kept themselves entertained with live music on long journeys, building your own musical instrument, take yourself back in time and imagine becoming Georgian Royalty as you explore the Water Music performed for Prince Frederick’s barge and creating your own Polar puppet to entertain your fellow Polar explorers on board whilst stuck in the ice!
Start your half term off by taking a walk on the wild side with your family at the MUSEUM OF LONDON’S ‘Beasts of London’ family festival on 25-26 May. Create your own animated animal puppet show, discover the secrets of the Tower of London menagerie or get crafty with an animal mask. And keep your eyes peeled for some wandering characters in the galleries who will be preparing for their animal cabaret.
Enter the graphic world of Manga at the BRITISH MUSEUM ‘Marvellous manga’ half term activities. Discover its artists and immerse yourself in the stories and images of your own Manga adventure.
Join the V&A for a Door to Design: Family Festival on Saturday 25 May. Take part in workshops designed by artists and families from the Door to Design project and visit the relating display. Throughout the week take part in events inspired by their temporary exhibition FOOD: Bigger than the Plate such as making a collaborative magazine with art collective Fallen Fruit using collage making and storytelling and roll up, roll up! For the annual fruit and veg Olympics with Wonky Table Theatre Company.
There is plenty happening at MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS this Half Term. Make your own wishes and hear stories of rivers, gods and goddesses such as Vishnu and Ganga in an interactive storytelling session, dig in to a mystery box and see what you can find and use a giant map to discover where your finds come from, make a piece of jewellery influenced by Yantra Hindu designs, some of which have been found in the River Thames, create swirling waters by paint marbling in an arts and crafts and so much more.
Play, build and design at the MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD this May half term. Meet artists and designers for playful workshops and activities coinciding with their Playing with Buildings display and London Festival of Architecture. Activities to book include designing a game and transforming yourself into a playful building. There are also free activities such as getting up to mischief in the museum and designing and building an ever changing cardboard cityscape on the museum’s central hall, with artist Rosemary Cronin.
Get yourselves down to TATE MODERN for various workshops throughout the week. Join Tate Publishing author Lisa Stickley for a workshop around a humorous story about the difficulty of waitressing with hiccups on 25th, join illustrator Ausra Kiudulaite for a crafty ‘The Fox on the Swing’ collage workshop on 27th May and illustrator Kristyna Baczynski for a mini magazines workshop on 28th May or join artist Simon Spain and contribute to a community of figures by crafting a representation of yourself on 2ndJune.
The FOUNDLING MUSEUM have a number of activities going on throughout the week. Step into the shoes of a foley artist and create a soundtrack for a 3D model using everyday sound effects on 28th, lose yourself in noise as you creative a sound drawing you can move through on 29th, join world champion beatboxer Bellatrix and learn how to beatbox on 30th and explore the bells of London and make your own out of clay on 31st.
Take a trip down memory lane at the MUSEUM OF BRANDS with their Time Tunnel and family trail, explore their new installation on Brand Memories and even add to the installation itself by drawing your favourite toys and sweets.
Join the DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY for a series of drop-in workshops, inspired by the new Dulwich Pavilion – The Colour Palace, exploring architecture, colour and shape through paper. Create colour sculptures, concertina towns and much more.
The NATIONAL GALLERY are running a Colour Block Messy Monday on 27th May, play with shape and scale to transform the studio into a radiant room of colour and ‘What Shapes can Say’ throughout the week where you can experiment with effects of colour and abstract shapes to share meanings, moods, and memories. Both of these are part of a series inspired by Sea Star: Sean Scully at the National Gallery and Messengers by Bridget Riley.