GOLDEN TIME

The Jewish Chronicle - - JC SPECIAL -

THE MATZAH pic­nic is packed; ea­ger young minds are ready for some ed­u­ca­tional fun. Let’s get go­ing!

V&A MU­SEUM OF CHILD­HOOD, BETH­NAL GREEN, E LON­DON

Mem­ory, Home and Fam­ily is the theme for the school hol­i­days, from April 3 to 14. The mu­seum is run­ning work­shops and ac­tiv­i­ties in­spired by its Search­ing for Ghosts ex­hi­bi­tion. All ages are wel­come and you can just drop in but book­ing is ad­vis­able.

The Recre­at­ing Mem­o­ries pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops take place from April 5 to 7 and 12 to 14 in­clu­sive. Chil­dren age five plus can com­pose a scene and take home their own pho­to­graph of the re­sult. The cost is £7 per child.

From April 3 to 7, the age four plus can en­joy an hour’s work­shop called My Minia­ture Room. They will make a tiny model home and add fur­ni­ture, toys, char­ac­ters from the past and things they own to­day. Cost, £5.

Does your child have an imag­i­nary friend? Or does the fam­ily share a tale about bor­row­ers who live in your home? With the help of artist Amy Brown, chil­dren age four plus can de­sign and cre­ate a good luck charm to hang at home, in­spired by their own fam­ily’s sto­ries. The cost is £5 per child.

On April 23, the mu­seum is host­ing a day of English folk mu­sic and dance, with arts and crafts ac­tiv­i­ties in part­ner­ship with the Lon­don Bor­ough of Tower Ham­lets. This is a drop-in event for all ages.

SEVEN STO­RIES, NEW­CAS­TLE

Ex­hi­bi­tions at this chil­dren’s-book palace in­clude Michael Mor­purgo: A Life­time in Sto­ries (fea­tur­ing note­books and manuscripts of clas­sics such as War Horse, Ken­suke’s King­dom and Pri­vate Peace­ful and a replica of Michael’s cre­ative car­a­van) and Bears! — a new ex­hi­bi­tion in­spired by “the claw­some world of bears in chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture”, open un­til next Fe­bru­ary.

From April 8 to 23, Aliens Love Un­der­pants! will land at Seven Sto­ries, to mark the 10th an­niver­sary of the pic­ture book. “Out-of-this-world ac­tiv­i­ties” are promised, as well as spe­cial alien ap­pear­ances in the book­shop. Chil­dren can trans­form them­selves into aliens with head­bands and see how many more space in­vaders they can spot around Seven Sto­ries.

There will also be craft ac­tiv­i­ties and an Aliens Love Un­der­pants-in­spired in­stal­la­tion. Il­lus­tra­tor Ben Cort will visit on April 20 for a fam­ily event full of draw­ing tips (book­ing essen­tial, £3 per per­son plus gen­eral ad­mis­sion fee).

JEWISH MU­SEUM, CAM­DEN, NORTH WEST LON­DON

There are fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties ev­ery week­end, with ob­ject-han­dling for all ages at 11am and 2pm and drop-in crafts. On April 5, there will be a mu­si­cal the­atre work­shop (£5 per child, adults free). Ex­plore Jewish mu­si­cal the­atre com­posers and lyri­cists who in­flu­enced Amy Wine­house, learn a song and dance and per­form to rel­a­tives and friends. Book­ing essen­tial.

April 9 is A Taste of Passover fam­ily day, for all ages. En­try is in­cluded in the mu­seum en­trance fee. Learn about Passover, bake matzah, make charoset, en­joy crafts, sen­sory ac­tiv­i­ties and more. Book­ing essen­tial.

PHOTO: BENE­DICT JOHNSON

Ex­per­i­ment with sci­ence and his­tory at Eureka. Right: fam­ily work­shop at the Jewish Mu­seum

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