What’s on August: School holidays
This week schools all over London break-up for the summer, but don’t worry, there is plenty going on in the capital this August to keep young Londoner’s entertained. Here is our pick of some of the best events for children.
Kids Week (01-31 August) Throughout August, 37 top London theatre shows will be offering free tickets to children aged 16 or under when accompanied by a full paying adult. Now in it’s 17th year, Kids Week has an impressive line up of shows and includes everything from classic picture book adaptations such as The Tiger who came to Tea or Aliens Love Underpants to many of the West End’s most popular musicals including Billy Elliot and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There is also a host of free activities to accompany the shows to give children the chance to further explore the exciting world of theatre.
Butterfly House at the Natural History Museum (03 April – 14 September 2014) Wander through the tropical butterfly house for a chance to experience over 50 species of butterflies and moths close up. A series of educational events, games and interactive activities as well as a maze, tree house and children’s play area to ensure younger guests are kept entertained.
Little Creatives Family Festival at London Zoo (29-31 August). No school holiday would be complete without a trip to London Zoo. This year the festival marks the 100th anniversary of one of its most famous residents, Winnie The Bear. Winnie was a black bear given to London Zoo at the beginning of WW1. She was frequently visited by author AA Milne and his son Christopher Robin and is said to have been the inspiration for his classic tales. Therefore, the weekend will be filled with Winnie the Pooh inspired activities and events, so don’t forget to bring your favourite teddy as children and their bears are invited to join the Teddy Bears Picnic with prizes galore.
Horrible Histories: Spies (01 August – 04 January 2015) Based on Terry Deary’s popular children’s book, this exhibition uses items from the recently re-opened Imperial War Museum’s Second World War collection to explore spying during this period. Little spies can learn all sorts of sneaky techniques like how to set traps, make invisible ink, crack codes and hear stories of real wartime secret agents.