Films, shows, mu­se­ums, mu­sic: 30 bank hol­i­day treats for chil­dren

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Chil­dren’s War A fan­tas­tic col­lec­tion of let­ters, di­aries and pho­tos de­scrib­ing life for a child in the Sec­ond World War, along­side a re­pro­duc­tion of a 1940s house and an air-raid shel­ter. There’s also a mov­ing pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion doc­u­ment­ing the ef­fects of re­cent wars on chil­dren. Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum, Lon­don SE1 (020 7416 5320), un­til 2010. 2Surf’s

Up (PG) Af­ter March of the Pen­guins and Happy Feet, this is the first an­i­mated mock­u­men­tary. A surf­ing pen­guin rem­i­nisces about his past, throw­ing in enough adult jokes to keep ev­ery­one amused. 3Roald

Dahl Mu­seum and Story Cen­tre Learn about the inim­itable writer’s life, see a replica of his writ­ing hut, go to a sto­ry­telling ses­sion or get sticky do­ing choco­late dec­o­rat­ing (in hon­our of Char­lie). Great Mis­senden, Bucks (01494 892192), un­til Fri. 4The

Suit­case Kid Adapted from Jac­que­line Wil­son’s hit book about di­vorce, this story of a 10-yearold cre­at­ing imag­i­nary worlds as she goes from mother to fa­ther and back again is poignant and real. Orange Tree Theatre, Rich­mond, Sur­rey (020 8940 3633), un­til Sat. 5York­shire

Sculp­ture Park The most fa­mous UK sculp­ture park, with all the greats in 500 acres, in­clud­ing Bar­bara Hep­worth, Henry Moore (born nearby) and Elis­a­beth Frink. Wake­field (01924 832631). 6Com­edy

Club 4 Kids How on earth do you write jokes for chil­dren aged six and above? Keep­ing it clean is a real test but it re­ally works. And see­ing chil­dren squeal­ing with laugh­ter is al­ways a joy. The Bongo Club, Ed­in­burgh (0131 558 7604), un­til Mon. 7Ap­pear­ing

Rooms If the sun is out, this is the place to be. Dan­ish artist Jeppe Hein’s out­door in­stal­la­tion has walls of wa­ter that rise and fall ran­domly. Crack the pat­tern to walk through the tem­po­rary rooms with­out get­ting soaked. River­side Ter­race, South Bank, Lon­don SE1, un­til Sep 16. 8The

Simp­sons Movie (PG) De­light­fully silly. What could be more per­fect than watch­ing the ul­ti­mate car­toon fam­ily with your own kids? 9Fan­tas­tic

Mr Fox Roald Dahl’s story of fox ver­sus farmer is a be­guil­ing tale for chil­dren aged four and above. Peter Dun­can is the sly star; child ac­tors are his cubs. Open Air Theatre, Re­gent’s Park, Lon­don NW1 (0870 0601 811), to­day. 10Freak­show

– An Un­nat­u­ral His­tory Last chance to catch this in­trigu­ing ex­hi­bi­tion of cu­riosi­ties from whale bones and di­nosaur skele­tons to wax fig­ures. Thanks to its a sense of hu­mour, it feels lively and mod­ern and not at all wor­thy. Baltic, Gateshead (0191 478 1810), un­til to­mor­row. 11Build

it with Bob This interactive show is ed­u­ca­tional fun for three- to five-year-olds smit­ten with Bob the Builder. Themed ac­tiv­i­ties en­cour­age chil­dren to think about num­bers, pat­terns, and re­cy­cling. Science Mu­seum, SW7 (0870 870 4868), un­til Sep 7. 12The

Pride of the Val­ley Sculp­ture Park Works by Ja­cob Ep­stein, Man Ray and oth­ers in 1·5 miles of paths amid wood­land, lakes, streams, wa­ter­falls. Farn­ham, Sur­rey (01428 605 453) 13Danc­ing

Queen Can’t get enough of Abba? Af­ter the huge suc­cess of the mu­si­cal Mamma Mia, here is an­other toe-tap­ping trib­ute to the Swedish four. Theatre Royal, Glas­gow ( 0870 060 6647), to­day. 14The

Toy Box Show your kids what you used to play with: there’s Ac­tion Man and Tiny Tears, Star Wars toys and dolls’ tea sets. Plus games to play, too. Charn­wood Mu­seum, Lough­bor­ough (01509 233754), un­til Sep 23. 15Hair­spray

(PG) John Tra­volta in drag is sur­pris­ingly good in this en­er­getic mu­si­cal film of John Wa­ters’s camp drama. 16Does

a Mon­ster Live Next Door? This crack­ing, dark show will make per­fect sense to chil­dren (aged six and over) with mon­sters un­der their beds or in their wardrobe. C Too, Ed­in­burgh (0131 624 1502), un­til Mon. 17Peter

Blake: Al­pha­bet It’s Blake’s 75th birth­day this year. Along­side the ex­ten­sive ret­ro­spec­tive at the Tate Liver­pool, here’s a smaller show of 26 silkscreen prints made back in 1991 – H is for Heart, K is for King – ideal for teach­ing the al­pha­bet. Hove Mu­seum and Art Gallery (01273 290200), un­til Sep 9. 18Not­ting

Hill Car­ni­val, Chil­dren’s Day The latest of this year’s glut of fes­ti­vals. Avoid Mon­day’s may­hem and take it slowly on Sun­day, where all the per­form­ers are aged un­der 21. Not­ting Hill, West Lon­don, Sun. 19Bratz:

The Movie (PG) Brace your­self for this one. Hardly clas­sic moviemak­ing but young princesses seem to love it. 20In­ter­na­tional

Slav­ery Mu­seum Opened on Thurs­day, the an­nual Slav­ery Re­mem­brance Day, this tracks the en­dur­ing im­pact of slav­ery on our times. Al­bert Dock, Liver­pool (0151 478 4499). 21The

Cass Sculp­ture Foun­da­tion Stun­ning col­lec­tion of sculp­ture, in­clud­ing Tony Cragg and Antony Gorm­ley, on dis­play in 26 acres of an­cient wood­land. Sculp­ture Es­tate, Good­wood (01243 538449), un­til Nov 4. Adel­phi Theatre, Lon­don W1 (0870 895 5598), un­til Jan 5. Com­piled by Amy Raphael. 22West

Side Story Manch­ester young­sters spent their sum­mer hol­i­days re­hears­ing this most clas­sic of mu­si­cals. Palace Theatre, Manch­ester (0870 163 3402), to­day. 23Life

in Death: The Vic­to­rian Art of Taxi­dermy Wan­der through a Vic­to­rian par­lour and shiver at the horse’s hoof inkwell and the ele­phant’s foot um­brella stand. Booth Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory, Brighton (01273 292777), un­til June 15, 2008. 24Andy

Warhol: A Cel­e­bra­tion of Life… and Death Chil­dren will love the soup tins and the brightly coloured por­traits in this well-cu­rated show, the largest of Warhol’s work ever shown in Scot­land. Scot­tish Academy Build­ing, Ed­in­burgh (0131 624 6200), un­til Oct 7. 25Lit­tle

Shop of Hor­rors A singing, venge­ful plant takes the lead in this weird and won­der­ful mu­si­cal with a dark edge. Am­bas­sadors Theatre, Lon­don WC2 (0844 811 2334), un­til Nov 3. 26Trans­form­ers

(12A) Ro­bot war with cars, de­struc­tion, and very loud sound ef­fects. 27Brian

Wil­son: If Ev­ery­body Had an Ocean For chil­dren ready for a taste of grown-up art, this show of­fers perspectives on the creative force be­hind the Beach Boys from more than 30 artists, in­clud­ing Brid­get Ri­ley and John Cage. There’s a lovely café and, of course, a glo­ri­ous beach nearby. Tate St Ives, Corn­wall (01736 796226), un­til Sep 23. 28Ser­pen­tine

Pavil­ion A month late but worth wait­ing for, the pavil­ion is once again a vis­ual treat with ter­rific views of the park from the top. Ser­pen­tine Gallery, Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens, W2 (020 7402 6075), un­til Nov. 29Ed­in­burgh

In­ter­na­tional Book Fes­ti­val Great for all ages: interactive work­shops, mu­sic and story ses­sions, and a book­shop for chil­dren and adults. Char­lotte Square, Ed­in­burgh (0845 373 5888), un­til Mon. 30Joseph

and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­color Dream­coat Star­ring Any Dream Will Do win­ner Lee Mead, this time­less pro­duc­tion puts TV tal­ent searches to the test: and yes, this boy can sing and act.

Clock­wise from main, ‘Bratz: The Movie’; poster at Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum; and ‘Fan­tas­tic Mr Fox’

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