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