Time for School
Published 31/08/2016 by Pinar
Wake up those brains with an entertaining and educational day out
There’s just a few days to go before it’s time to pack those lunches and get back on the school run. So why not squeeze in one last day out before term starts? We’ve picked out some attractions that are perfect for easing those young minds back into thinking mode - but don’t worry, it will be so fun they won’t even realise they’re learning something.
What would your child like to be when they grow up? A reporter, a baker or ice cream maker? At Kidzania - a mini city built just for children - kids can choose from 60 entertaining and educational experiences, from science labs to smoothie-making, and spend a few hours having loads of fun and learning some new skills.
Colour and Vision at the Natural History Museum
This beautiful exhibition shows off nature in all its colourful glory. You will learn how colour and vision have evolved and discover how the earliest life on earth gave rise to the wide variety of colours in the natural world. See nature's spectacular palette and how a rainbow of pigments and iridescence can be used as a warning, a disguise or an irresistible invitation. Bold, beautiful and very Instagram-friendly.
IMAX theatre at the Science Museum
Explore medicine, health, space, the universe and beyond at the Science Museum. There are lots of interactive galleries for your young scholars to get experimenting and enjoy some hands-on learning. Entry to the museum is free but get 2FOR1 entry to the IMAX Theatre that shows special 3D films such as Under The Sea, Mysteries of the Unseen World or Beautiful Planet.
Museum of London
2016 is the year of Great Fire 350, the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. This major exhibition has a big focus on interactivity and aims to let visitors really see the disaster through the eyes of people who were there at the time. Visitors get to step into Pudding Lane to try and get a taste of what life was like for 17th century Londoners then walk into the bakery where the fire started and see how it spread. There are personal stories to hear and opportunities to look at real objects melted by the flames.
The world’s only surviving tea clipper has been raised three metres off the ground so you can see it - and its copper hull - in all its breathtaking glory. After undergoing an extensive renovation, the three-masted Cutty Sark at Greenwich is full of interactive displays and features that aim to bring its long history to life. Children are even allowed to touch her hull and iron framework which date back to 1869. A huge amount of money and work has gone into making Cutty Sark a fun and educational day out for the whole family.