School Holiday Ideas

We are very fortunate to live in London, which has a wealth of world-class museums, galleries and other places of interest.  Here are some ideas for you and your parents to enjoy at weekends or in the school holidays. All of them are free to enter (although there might be an entry charge for special exhibitions) and have a place to eat if you take a picnic. In addition, they can all be reached by public transport.

Science and Technology

The Science Museum has a large range of permanent and temporary exhibitions for all ages, covering space travel to energy, medical history to inventions and much more.

Art and Design

Tate Modern houses a permanent collection of modern art featuring works by famous artists such as Claude Monet, Anish Kapoor, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

Tate Britain is the national gallery of British art from 1500 to the present day.

Ideas to make the most of your visit:

Ask your child to secretly choose an artwork with a person in it. Once they have looked carefully at the pose, find a space in the room and encourage them to try to recreate the pose. The rest of your family can try and spot the artwork that the pose came from.

Encourage your child to find a portrait in the gallery that reminds them of someone in your group,  someone famous or someone you all know with the help of clues, the rest of the group can guess the chosen person.

Natural History

The Natural History Museum has exhibits on topics such as animals, plants, ecosystems and geology. Children will particularly enjoy the dinosaur exhibits and moving T-Rex. There are lots of fun games and ideas for things to make and do on their website.

The Horniman Museum is particularly good for younger children with a interactive music room, musical playground, farm animals and more traditional exhibits of stuffed animals. In the There is also a small aquarium (an admission charge applies).

 

History

At the Museum of London and the Museum of London Docklands, children can take a journey into the story of London's past – from a time when lions roamed Trafalgar Square, through the city under Roman rule, to the 21st century capital that London is today. The Docklands site focusses on the history of the river Thames and he way that it has shaped the London that we know today. The Mudlarks Gallery has a soft play area for younger children and interactive exhibits for older kids.

 

The Imperial War Museum has interesting exhibitions focussed mainly on the First and Second World Wars.

 

At the Geffrye Museum , children can explore the history of the home and discover how homes and gardens reflect changes in society, behaviour, style and taste over the past 400 years.

Set in 18th-century almshouses, the museum also boasts a walled herb garden and award-winning period gardens. The museum is particularly special at Christmas time, where all the rooms are dressed with period decorations.

 

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