If you’ve done pirates to death, or just want to show your ‘pieces-of-eight’ obsessed youngsters another side of sea life, head to the Painted Hall at Greenwich’s Royal Naval College this Sunday for a talk from old-time sailor Joe Brown, and an insight into what sailors ate and drank, how they were punished and what happened in battle. Talks are free, suitable for all the family and held at noon, 1pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Just quietly, there’s a Mother’s Day cream tea taking place here on the 18th, which you may also want to enquire about…you know, since you’re already here and everything…
Magic, party games, a petting zoo, origami and printmaking – what child wouldn’t be in Seventh Heaven to find all of this under one roof – and what adult wouldn’t love the fact that it’s all free? This Sunday, Morley College on Westminster Bridge Road will host a family fun day with a variety of workshops on offer; the event starts at 10.30am and places on the various activities are distributed on a first-come basis.
Beloved by adults and children alike, the work of Quentin Blake is being exhibited at The Foundling Museum, with the focus on works that the artist has created for various hospitals – so expect a typical Blakesian exuberance tempered with an other-worldly feel that will draw you and your children in and inspire you all to speculate, imagine and dream. Entry is free with museum admission (£7.50 adults, under 16s free).
The unmistakably charming tale of a little girl called Sophie, whose teatime is crashed by a very hungry tiger (and her hapless mother, who is sent into a bit of a flap by the unexpected ring at the door and the shocking thought of having nothing to give Daddy for tea … Oh dear) is bought to life this summer in the West End, complete with music and the chance for lively audience participation that little kids will delight in.
Starts 4th July at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue.
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Very possibly it will err on the side of naff – but how can you resist taking your children to see the latest Muppet Movie, especially when it’s been made to tug on your “oh, all the gang are back together again!” heartstrings (not to mention your green leanings – and we don’t mean the type that’d get you punched in the face by La Pig) with the Muppets reuniting to save their old theatre from the demolition plans of an oil tycoon. It opens this Friday at cinemas throughout the UK.
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Most children are fascinated by the Egyptians; most adults, less so by the crowds at the British Museum. Take the road less travelled and head to the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. Located in Central London, and open from 1pm until 5pm, it houses vessels, textiles, jewellery and other fascinating insights into life in Ancient Egypt. Admission is free.
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No real rush, since you have until August to go, but the War Horse exhibition at The National Army Museum is getting rave reviews from families who have seen it. Hands-on and interactive, it will give visitors the chance to think about the courageous part that animals have played in battle. Admission is free.
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