Days Out: Smart Choice

Your kids won’t even know they’re learn­ing at these ge­nius places

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CITY FOR KIDS

Have your kids ever dreamt of be­com­ing a pi­lot, a fire­fighter, or the next award-win­ning singer? Let them take charge at Kidza­nia Lon­don, a child-sized city for 4 to 14 year olds where they can take part in over 60 real-life ad­ven­tures at the bank, on stage, or fight­ing crime on the streets as a po­lice of­fi­cer! The city for kids in­cludes a su­per­mar­ket, an es­tate agency, a hos­pi­tal, a ho­tel, a po­lice sta­tion, and even a ra­dio sta­tion and the­atre! • Tick­ets from £18 • www.kidza­nia.co.uk

IN THE LAB

Treat the kids to a full sci­ence ex­pe­ri­ence at the Life Sci­ence Cen­tre in New­cas­tle. Take them through the Cen­tre’s Brain Zone, where they can ex­plore the hu­man mind, and then into the Ex­per­i­men­tal Zone where they can en­joy do­ing real sci­ence ex­per­i­ments. And don’t for­get to visit Dino Jaws, an amaz­ing ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing life-size an­i­ma­tronic di­nosaur heads, in­clud­ing the ter­ri­fy­ing T-rex • Tick­ets from £6 • www.life.org.uk

TELL A TALL TALE

We all have our favourite sto­ries, no mat­ter how old we are. At the Shake­speare’s Telling Tales Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val, the fam­ily can en­joy see­ing Shake­speare’s tales brought to life. Tak­ing place from 28 to 30 July, the fes­ti­val at Shake­speare’s Globe in Lon­don will cel­e­brate the joy of sto­ry­telling with in­ter­ac­tive work­shops, cre­at­ing a fun way for ev­ery­one to learn. • www.shake­spear­es­globe.com

SYL­VA­NIAN AD­VEN­TURES

Get the kids learn­ing about na­ture at the Syl­va­nian Fam­i­lies Na­ture Trail at Hatch­lands Park in Clan­don, Sur­rey. Equipped with an ac­tiv­ity sheet, young na­ture­go­ers can spot Syl­va­nian char­ac­ters Freya Choco­late Rab­bit and Ralph Wal­nut Squir­rel who ap­pear on spe­cially de­signed signs along the trail. Each sign pro­vides ques­tions about na­ture, with the char­ac­ters

pro­vid­ing handy, rhyming clues! • Tick­ets from £3 • www. na­tion­al­trust org.uk

HIGH TIME HER­ITAGE

Take the kids on a trip back in time to en­joy the Ju­nior Her­itage Skills Work­shop at the Black Coun­try Liv­ing Mu­seum in Dud­ley, where they can take part in a range of hands-on tra­di­tional arts and crafts ac­tiv­i­ties that teach them about the rich man­u­fac­tur­ing her­itage of the area. The open-air mu­seum near Birm­ing­ham is a col­lec­tion of re­built his­toric build­ings, built on for­mer in­dus­trial land re­claimed from a rail­way goods yard, dis­used lime kilns and for­mer coal pits. The work­shop takes place on 1 July and on the first Satur­day of the month un­til De­cem­ber. • Tick­ets from £3 • www.bclm.co.uk to book

GO DIG­I­TAL

Get the kids flex­ing their dig­i­tal me­dia mus­cles at digi­playspace – an in­ter­ac­tive tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion at the Eureka! Na­tional Chil­dren’s Mu­seum in Hal­i­fax. At this fully in­ter­ac­tive mu­seum, kids get to ex­per­i­ment with dig­i­tal art in­stal­la­tions, paint on a vir­tual can­vas, race vir­tual cars, and even star in their own an­i­mated videos there’s lots for them to touch, con­trol, and play with! The ex­hi­bi­tion opens on 8 July and runs un­til the end of the year. • www.eureka.org.uk

HERE BE DRAG­ONS!

See drag­ons come to life and leap out of story books at the Here Be Drag­ons ex­hi­bi­tion at the Vic­to­ria Art Gallery in Bath. From 22 July to 9 Oc­to­ber, the worlds of lit­er­a­ture, film and art bring these fear­some fire­breathers to life through im­ages cre­ated by some of the UK’S best chil­dren’s il­lus­tra­tors and writers. Kids can ex­pect to en­counter a real Dragon’s den crammed with crea­tures from their favourite books. They can also take part in fun dragon events, work­shops, and sto­ry­telling ses­sions. It’s a fun day out for the whole fam­ily to en­joy. Copies of fa­mous dragon tales will also be on sale. • Chil­dren en­ter free. £4.00 for over 21’s. • www.vic­to­ria­gal.org.uk

HANDS ON SCI­ENCE

En­joy an ex­cit­ing range of hands-on sci­ence among the domes and tele­scopes of a for­mer world fa­mous ob­ser­va­tory in Hailsham, East Sussex. The Ob­ser­va­tory Sci­ence Cen­tre of­fers over 100 ex­hibits, tele­scope tours, sci­ence shows and an out­door dis­cov­ery park. Take your kids to the Cen­tre dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days for in­ter­ac­tive work­shops – Noisy Na­ture on 26 July, and Won­der­ful Weather on 27 July. • Tick­ets from £11.25. Book­ing is es­sen­tial. • www.the-ob­ser­va­tory.org

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