5 Best Museums & Exhibitions 2013

Cutty Sark : Royal Museums Greenwich : Christmas Crafts & Holiday fun

Take part in a range of family-friendly activities at Cutty Sark this winter and get creative with Christmassy crafts in December and January. Look out for family fun weekends on the first weekend of each month. Family-friendly trails available at the Admissions Desk. (Entrance tickets)

Tate Britain : Special Event : House Warming : Sat 23 Nov 2013 & Holiday activities

This weekend they invite you to celebrate the opening of the museums new and renovated spaces and newly re-hung collection with a programme of live music, films, talks, special artist commissions and more. At the weekend you will find some of the best in British talent joining the fun, including Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), James Blackshaw, Keith Coventry, Michael Langan, KinoSalon LondonAlbert PotronyEmma Yeo, and Tate Collective.  Also, every weekend and Thursdays and Fridays in the school holidays, 11.00 – 15.00 The Tate invites families into a physical, material and social experience of sculpture through touch, interaction and collaboration. Supported by a changing artist devised programme. Created by artists Abigail Hunt and Kieren Reed.

Children’s illustration Exhibition : The British Library & The Folio Society

Picture this: Children’s Illustrated Classics exhibition. Discover how illustrators over the years have interpreted – and reinterpreted – our favourite tales in beautiful and imaginative ways. Through original artwork, rare editions and personal correspondence, be reunited with much-loved characters including Paddington Bear, Peter Pan and Willy Wonka and classic works such as Just So Stories, The Wind in the Willows and The Hobbit.

Photography Exhibition & Daily Events : Natural History Museum

Catch the acclaimed exhibition ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ which runs until 23 Mar 2014 (Entrance ticket). You can also choose from family discovery trails or choose from the ‘investigate’ workshops for 7-14 year olds, examine precious specimens on the interactive tables, drop into the Hands on Nature activities, join the Cutting Edge workshops, Animal Vision, Puppet shows, Gallery characters, Explorer backpacks, explore and discover guides (£1) or just grab a coffee from the reliable Benugo, and experience the earthquake exhibition… hours of fun.

Horniman Museum & Gardens : Christmas events & Holiday crafts

There is something special for everyone at the Horniman this festive season. Santa’s magical Grotto opens on 29 November with a special gift for each child (advance booking essential). Pick up seasonal produce at the weekly Farmers’ Market. On 7 and 8 December, you can browse unique gifts for all the family in the Christmas Market, join in carol-singing and enjoy delicious festive treats at the Christmas Fair. On the Sunday you’ll even be treated to two carol concerts on the Bandstand, one at 2pm with the Raise the Roof choir and later at 4pm the Horniman’s annual Christmas Carol Concert organised by the Friends of the Horniman. And families can enjoy fun Christmas craft sessions from the end of November.