The a&u team have had 3 successful outings to newly re-opened London museums and galleries
The Imperial War Museum
Bella is going into Y5 and will be studying WW2. The new Ai Wei Wei installation The History of Bombs is hugely powerful. The kids found the size of bombs fascinating. They stood looking up at the planes and imagined being in London during the War. (Note to parents: the bombed car on display is pretty gruesome for little ones).
There are friendly and helpful staff on hand to explain exhibits. When we were shown the gas masks the children had to wear during the War, the kids were quick to point ou that our masks would probably become part of history in years to come.
Museum is open 10am–5pm daily. Slots must be booked in advance but there is lots of availability. Free. Click here to book.
The kids guide book, Explore! costs £4 and is suitable for ages 7+.
Upcoming events: Story Seekers, family activities 12–13 Sept, 10am–4pm
Wonderlab at the Science Museum
The problem many museums have encountered on re-opening is that their interactive installations have had to remain closed. This remains the case for most of the Science Museum's permanent collection (and the basement Garden which has yet to re-open). But enter Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery and it is as though you have gone back to a pre-COVID world.
Timed slots must be booked in advance to limit the flow (and presumably allow time for cleaning) but once you are in, WOW, it is a visual/sensory learning delight. Learn about physics, chemistry, the planets, space through touching, feeling, playing. Great live shows too. We learnt about rockets.
Museum is open 10am–5pm daily until 6 Sept and 10am–5pm, Wed–Sun from 7 Sept.
Tickets to the main collection are free but must be booked in advance. Click here. Tickets to Wonderlab are £8 children, £10 adults and are booked in 15 minute slots. Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. Click here to book.
Among the Trees at the Hayward Gallery
This was one of our favourite pre-Lockdown exhibitions (click here for Julia's review) and our eco-minded junior reviewer loved it when we visited earlier this week. Both thought-provoking and calming, let nature work its magic.
Make sure you save time for a wander round the Everyday Heros outdoor show. 40 portraits and poems celebrating key workers and front-line staff during the pandemic are on the outer walls of the Festival and Queen Elizabeth Halls and surrounding buildings. There is a map and we had fun finding them. This cheery tube driver was our fave.
The Hayward Gallery is open Wed–Sat, 11am–7pm and Sun 10am–6pm. Tickets are £12 and must be booked in advance. Click here.
Emily Turner, 2 September 2020