Top 10: Half-term fun in Museum Mile
Looking for half-term ideas to keep the kids entertained? Spark your kids’ curiosity with the latest events and exhibitions from Museum Mile.
Spanning from King’s Cross to the River Thames, it’s is an intriguing collection of 13 extraordinary museums. From some of the world’s biggest museums, to the quaint and the quirky, there’s over a million objects to see and explore in this cultural neighbourhood.
1. British Museum Family Trails
Free, All ages
Become a museum explorer as you take a fascinating journey of discovery around the British Museum. On the way you’ll find some amazing treasures and experience stories about the history of people from around the world. There are eight exciting themes to choose from and each trail takes about 30 to 40 minutes to complete.
2. Drawings of Discovery: Penguins to Polar Bears
British Library, Wed 30 May, Free, Drop-in
Running alongside the Library’s exhibition ‘Cook: The Voyages’, experiment with drawing animals in this family art workshop. Gather your sketches in a traveller’s portfolio and hear how Captain James Cook’s artists drew animals to amaze their friends back home.
3. Teeth Exhibition
Wellcome Collection, Free, 17 May – 16 Sept 18
For kids not scared of the dentist! From folk remedies and tooth fairies to barber-surgeons and professional dentists, Teeth tells the tale of our pursuit of the perfect smile. Explore over 150 objects, including ancient protective amulets and dental bling, dentures and drills, sketches and spittoons, tooth transplants and toothpaste ads.
4. Rodin: Move, Make and Marvel
British Museum, Various dates, Free
A week of family activities exploring the world of Rodin and his artworks to accompany the five-start exhibition ‘Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece’. Make a 3D piece to take home, add to the art installation in the Great Court and find out how sculptures are created.
5. Weird and Wonderful Wildlife workshop
UCL Grant Museums of Zoology, Various dates, Free, Drop-in
Flying lizards, giant starfish, duck-billed platypuses, thorny devils and spiny anteaters, the Grant Museum is home to some weird and wonderful wildlife. Come face-to-face with these beasts and many more.
6. Manga Mini-Masterclass for Teenagers
Cartoon Museum, Thu 31 May, £12
Led by London-based Japanese illustrator Takayo Akiyama, get tips and advice on how to design your own manga characters and create a page of manga artwork. Book early – this one always sells out!
7. Medicine Now Exhibition
Wellcome Collection, Free
Perfect for older kids with an interest in science, this free exhibition on the first floor explores the body, genomes, obesity and living with medical science. Each is explored through a range of exhibits from science and everyday life, as well as artistic responses to the issues presented in red 'art cubes'.
8. Photographic Traces
Foundling Museum, Fri 1 June, Free
Running alongside the Foundling’s latest exhibition ‘Sea’, learn how to use light-sensitive paper to create a photographic print that captures the trace of objects and movement in this experimental photography workshop.
9. Moana Family Sing-along
British Library, Sat 2 June, £8 (concessions available)
Who says you need to stay quiet in a library? Sign-up for this special screening and sing-along of the Academy Award-winning Disney animation Moana. In association with Beats of Polynesia Dance Troupe.
10. Twists and Turns: Explore the places that inspired Oliver Twist
Dickens Museum, Sun 27 May, £10, Age 12 and above
Charles Dickens spent many hours wandering the streets of London. In this guided walk, follow Dickens’s footsteps wandering the streets near his home and find out how they inspired him to write his famous novel Oliver Twist.