The Easter school holidays are nearly here.
Here are ten ideas to keep the kids amused over Easter at London’s museums & galleries.
All (bar one!) are FREE
Create and Make: Fashion, Power, Play
Inspired by the current Women Fashion Power exhibition, take a step back to the 80’s and create your own customised fashion accessories.
Drop-in session. No bookings taken
Free with museum entry, materials provided. For children aged 5–11.
For details go to Design Museum website
Museum of London
Tuesday 31st March, Friday 3rd April & Saturday 4th April, 12.30-2pm & 2.30-4pm
How did the Victorians celebrate Easter? Take some inspiration from our Victorian hat shop and make some handsome headwear to take home. Suggested ages: 5+
For details and to see more events go to Museum of London website
Museum of London Docklands
Saturday 4 April, 11am -12.30pm & 2-3.30pm
Life could be very different for rich and poor children in Victorian London. Explore the differences between them and design a doll to take home. Suggested ages: 5+
For more details and to see more events go to Museum of London Docklands website
National Portrait Gallery
Monday 6th April, 11:30am -1pm
Monday 6th April, 11:30am -1pm
Drop-in: Not Just a Pretty Face!
Artists often use props in portraits to reveal more about the sitter – what they do and what they like. Join a creative team to create your own props from dazzling crowns to heroic helmets.
Suitable for ages 5+. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
For details and to see more events go to NPG website
Tuesday 7 April, 11 – 3pm
FREE – No need to book
Put yourself in the Frame!
This Easter take inspiration from one of Sir John Soane’s most famous buildings, The Bank of England, and design your own classically inspired photo frames.
Pediments, capitals, columns and more, collect classical features to help create stunning 3D frames. Come along and put yourself in the frame at the fun family workshop.
Suitable for children aged 6 – 11 years. Pop in any time and have fun creating up a storm in the dedicated Art Room.
For more details go to the Soane Museum website
Two Temple Place
Wednesday 8th April & Thursday 9th April 10.30am
Meet The Medieval Scribe: the Painstaking Art of Writing
Do you think your homework takes ages? Hear from a medieval monk the extraordinary dedication that went into creating Roman and Anglo-Saxon manuscripts.
Age 5-14 Booking advisable
For details go to Two Temple Place website
Herby Headwear 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2 – 4pm – for ages 5 and over
Create a colourful springtime hat and adorn it with herbs from the Geffrye gardens.
Marvellous Mini Garden Plaques 2 – 4pm – for ages 8 and over
Make a relief sculpture inspired by the Geffrye gardens using clay and plaster.
Spring-time T-shirts 2 – 4pm – for ages 11 and over
Design and print a sensational spring-inspired t-shirt.
Garden Activity Cart 2 – 4.30pm – for all ages
Come and try out our new activity cart activities around our beautiful back gardens.
For details and to see more events go to the Geffrye Museum website
Imperial War Museum London
Sat 28 March 2015 – Sun 12 April 2015
11.30am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 4pm
Art Workshop: Design a 1940s Scarf
Find out about fashion of the 1940s and get inspired to design your own bold and colourful scarf to take home. This activity is inspired by items in the Imperial War Museum’s current Fashion on the Ration exhibition. Uniforms and patriotic fashions of the Second World War were an essential part of the war effort and had to be durable but could also be stylish, with scarf designs featuring anything from propaganda slogans and cartoons to bright colours and patterns. Suitable for ages 11 and above with parental supervision.
For more details go to Imperial War Museum website
Royal Academy of Arts
Thursday 16 April, 2.30pm — 5pm
£10 adults / £5 children 11+ years
Life Drawing Family Workshop
Come along with your tweens and teens and learn how to draw from life as a family, in the historic Life Room in the RA Schools. The subject will be a clothed life model. Please note that this workshop is suitable for families with children aged 11 and older. Meet at the Learning Desk at 2.15pm. Pre-booking essential.
For details and to see more events go to Royal Academy website
Thursday 16th April & Friday 17th April
Modelling myths: the body in ancient Greece 11am
Easter activity / Great Court
Little feet: go Greek 11am
Workshop / Great Court
For more details and to see more events go to British Museum website