London Activities For All The Family This Weekend Lauren Hyland 30 March, 2017 Activities and Days Out, Living With a hint of Spring and the smell of summer in the air, everyone is itching to escape to the country. This weekend we have some excellent activities to help you reconnect with nature and stick around in the city. Sensational Butterflies This Natural History museum enclosure will allow visitors to experience tropical butterflies up close. There will be butterflies from Africa, South East Asia, and North and South America. You’ll also have the chance to take part in games and challenges that will help you and your children learn about the life-cycle of a butterfly amongst other interesting fluttery facts. WHEN: Opens Friday 31 March until 17 September WHERE: Natural History Museum, South Kensington, SW7 5BD GREAT FOR: All the family Spring Workshop With Wild Child Kitchen And Trunkaroo Our Baba Buddies Trunkaroo have teamed up with Wild Child Kitchen to celebrate the start of spring with this family workshop. Let the kids explore spring through smells and tastes with variety of activities and science experiments such as bag making, cookie decorating and sensory play. Wild Child Kitchen will be providing nutritious snacks for everyone and the Trunkaroo team will be on hand offering advice to parents about supporting creative and hands-on project-based learning for children. WHEN: Saturday 1 April, 10.30-11.30am WHERE: The Bright Emporium, 103-105 St John’s Hill, SW11 1SY GREAT FOR: 3 – 6 years (but everyone is welcome!) Click here to book tickets. The Art Of Make Believe: Staging Children’s Stories This exhibition explores how children’s classic stories have been brought to life on stage. Aimed at families, the National Theatre are giving everyone the chance to get involved in theatre production. As well as examples of past and present theatre shows, families will have the opportunity to operate theatre lighting, assemble props, and experiment with sound effects. You can’t get more hands on than that! WHEN: Monday-Saturday (See website for details) WHERE: National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PX GREAT FOR: All the family Play Peckham Filmmaking If you’re more a filmgoer than a thespian, this Peckham filmmaking workshop is for you. This class encourages children to use their imagination to devise characters and stories with a view to shooting a stop-motion animation. Peckham will be used as a backdrop for this learning activity so that the scenery can stimulate story ideas. WHEN: Until 2nd April WHERE: Peckham Platform, 89 Peckham High Street, SE15 5RS GREAT FOR: 2 – 16 years The Oxford And Cambridge Goat Race As you’ll probably know, it’s once again the annual boat race this weekend. The one where the Oxford and Cambridge academics go head-to-head down the river from Putney Bridge to Mortlake. If this quintessentially British boat race isn’t quintessentially your thing, join us at the official Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race. Since 2009 the goat race has been drawing in huge crowds in support of the athletic goats and the day has turned into a huge festival celebration. There will be music, cocktails, and a knit-a-goatee competition. It’s sure to be a fantastic family day out. WHEN: Sunday 2 April WHERE: Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton St, E1 5AR GREAT FOR: All the family Clip ‘N Climb If you find that your child treats your house like a climbing frame and you’re constantly telling them to get down from worktops and stop clinging to the shelves, take them on a trip to Clip ‘N Climb. The Chelsea climbing walls allows children to fulfil their urge to cling and climb safely without without you having to constantly be there to catch them. There are courses for adults too so you won’t feel left out! WHEN: Open 10am – 6.45pm daily WHERE: 19 Michael Road, SW6 2ER GREAT FOR: All the family (Ages 4+) Stepney City Farm Olympics Stepney farm are hosting the ultimate family fun day this weekend with their annual olympics. Get ready for wacky races including the three-legged race, the egg and spoon, and ferret racing. If you’re not the sporty type, there will be other chances to win a medal. Be sure to enter the best chicken impression competition – just try not to embarrass the children too much! WHEN: Sunday 2 April, 12-3pm WHERE: Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, E1 3DG GREAT FOR: All the family Heads up: Circles And Squares Family Fun Day The Royal Institute of Architects are hosting a family fun arts and crafts day. This is an excellent way for you to learn as a family about the shapes and materials used to design a city. Create London’s longest straw bridge, hunt for circles and squares hidden in the cityscape, and have the chance to create your own shape mobile. Although it’s a free event, booking is essential because this fun day is very popular! WHEN: Saturday 8 April, 10am – 5pm WHERE: RIBA, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD GREAT FOR: All the family Out of town: Ashdown Llama Park For farmyard fun outside of the city, head out to Ashdown Llama Park. Across 33 acres of Ashdown forest, they’ll be llamas, alpacas, goats, ponies, and even donkey rides! The kids will love being able to feed and interact with the animals. You’ll love the Sunday roast and cream tea the park also has to offer. There are family walks each day which will give children the chance to walk the llamas and appreciate being away in the countryside. WHEN: Daily 10am – 5pm WHERE: Wych Cross, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JN GREAT FOR: All the family Restaurant of the week: T.rex Grill Top off your family trip to the Natural History Museum by swinging by their dino-themed restaurant. Dine with dinosaurs in this concept restaurant that promises to transport you back to the Cretaceous period (that’s the one with the T-rexs, right?). The food is provided by award-winning food company Benugo and is all sourced sustainably in the UK. Adults can opt for burgers, stone-baked pizzas and salads, while there is a Little Grillers menu for the little ones. Children can take part in a dinosaur drawing competition for a chance win a selection of dino-themed goodies.