1. Royal Academy of Art, Piccadilly
(Families, Ages 5+)
Art Detectives Family Trail pack, family led activities. available from the information desk. Art Trays are also available for free, including a sketch book & pencils to take home!
Family Gallery Tours on Sundays through 28th July starting at 2:30.
Summer Exhibition Family Workshops (booking req). Wednesday 24th, Friday 26th, Wednesday 31st July, Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd August, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th August. £10 for adults (friends of the RA £5) and £3 for children : 11am – 1pm, (ages 5+). These workshops are hands-on and artist-led. (Nb. 1st & 15th Aug is the Richard Rogers : Inside Out workshop)
Free, drop-in family workshop, August 11th : 11am-2pm.
2. Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), Kensington
(Families, Ages 5+, 10-12)
Family Art Fun Trails Pick up a free family trail from the Sackler Centre and set off to explore the Museum through puzzles, drawing and observation games. (Trails are suitable for children aged 7–12). Don’t forget to collect a pencil when you pick up your Trail.
Pop-up Performances Saturday 20th and 27th of July discover the backstage world of Kylie Minogue from her headdresses to her corsets. Saturday 3rd and 17th August The Boys who Sat on the Dragon Throne: the story of the 2 year old emperor, Pu-Yi. Saturday 10th August, How the Mice Got Rid of the Cats: a storytelling performance about princes, carpet merchants, cats and clever mice. Saturday 24th, Monday 26th and Monday 31st Dragons, Lions & Football, learn the significance of the three lions in crests, football and more.
**SOLD OUT** Make It Workshop : Clay : Join Toshiba Japan Ceramic Resident Keiko Masumoto and make an unusual clay bowl. Tuesdays, 30 July – 27 August, 10.30-12.30 & 14.30-16.30 (Recommended for ages 5-12 years) £7.50 per child, children must be accompanied by an adult, maximum 1 adult per child
Drop In Design : Explore the V&A’s collections through drawing and making activities. Choose a challenge, hunt for ideas in the galleries then create and make your own designs as a family – from fantasy doors to fancy hats. Sundays, 10.30-17.00
Sunday 28 July – Crazy Costumes : Albert the Alien needs a crazy costume. Families read the story of Albert landing on earth and then explore the Museum to find objects for his costume. Children could draw a chair for a hat or see an interesting shape on a sculpture that would make a great cloak. Back in the studio, they create an illustration of Albert’s costume.
Sunday 4, 11, 18 & 25 August – Seaweed Special – Extraordinary Structures : Make extraordinary structures from seaweed in an activity designed with Design Resident Julia Lohmann.
The Imagination Station: Monday 13th – Friday 30th August: Share your museum memories and seal them in a bottle.
(Families, and 6-12 yrs)
Free Family Workshops: Explore the exhibits by engaging in a range of art and craft activities. Saturday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st August, noon-3pm, free, drop-in, ages 6-12 years old.
Don’t forget the kids swim stuff for the beautiful and very wet fountains in the great court.
4. National Portrait Gallery, Trafalagar Square
DAILY crafts drop in or Art workshops. 11.30-1pm & 2.30-4pm (drop in activities) or 1-4pm (Art workshops).
Workshops running from Tuesday 5th August – Friday 9th; Monday 12th-Saturday 17th; Monday 19th – Friday 23rd and Monday 26th – Friday 30th.
Tuesday 27th August : 3D sculpture; Wednesday 28th will be working with oil paints; Friday 30th will be make a portrait t-shirt.
Some events tickets will be allocated one hour before the start.
5. The Horniman Museum & Gardens, Forest Hill
The Horniman has made onto the Family Friendly Museum award shortlist, and when you get down there it will be totally obvious how they did it. They have Hands on Workshops, Art Maker activities, Stories, Concerts, Family Art Fun, Pond Dipping, Nature Trail Discovery… there is too much to list (so check on the link above), and enough to keep you going all summer.
We are very excited about so many of the events, but having to choose one to wet your appetite, we have gone for the Capoeira workshop and performance on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 ( 1.30pm – 2.15pm) (3.15pm – 4pm). So choose your date, pick your activity, and you wont be disappointed, especially as their Summer Event is Fiesta Latina, which culminates with a big Latin Festival on Sept 1st featuring carnival performances from Brazil, Argentinean tango, brass bands from Mexico, and dance music from Peru and Colombia. Le amamos el Horniman Museum. xo