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Exhibitions

 

London’s galleries and museums cater exceptionally well for children – some have even accused Tate Modern of turning into one big crèche. Most of the larger venues have art carts or backpacks to help youngsters explore their collections. And, just for summer, there are some excellent temporary exhibitions to enjoy.

 
 
Exhibitions
 

The Science of Survival

Science Museum, London, SW7 2DD
5th April 2008 - 2nd November 2008
Kids in classrooms today are the ones who'll inherit the planet in fifty years' time - educating them about the problems that come with it seems like a very good idea. And that's exactly what The Science of Survival exhibition at the Science Museum aims to do. With the help of interactive displays and through cartoon characters, Buz, Eco, Tek and Dug, the impact we have on our environment and the strain on global resources is made clear. Fast forward to the futuristic world of 2050 and you'll see how we could be living. Areas are divided into Drinking, Eating, Enjoying, Moving and Building, each is addressed in terms of balancing human needs with resources. In the Moving area, for example, alternative vehicle fuels are explored including plants, electricity and hydrogen. The decisions you make as you travel through the exhibition all contribute to how the Future City looks at the end. The message is a positive one: we can still affect climate change for the better in the future by the decisions we make today.
 
 
More info: The Science of Survival Map, Prices, Opening Times and Nearest Tube
 
 
Exhibitions
 

Amazing Butterflies

Natural History Museum, East Lawn, London, SW7 5BD
5th April 2008 - 17th August 2008
April to September is when butterflies emerge from their cocoons. If you go to the East Lawn of the Natural History Museum during this time you can live through their whole lifecycle. Enter the maze as a caterpillar and, avoiding the poisonous plants and predators, collect the special stamps as you go. If successful, you'll emerge - just like a butterfly - at the butterfly house where you can walk among the real-life tropical butterflies from America, Africa and Asia. Visitors inspired by what they've seen are encouraged to get involved in The Butterfly Monitoring Scheme where volunteers register the number and type of butterflies along a two to four-kilometre route. Go to www.ukbms.org to register and to www.butterfly-conservation.org for more information.
 
 
More info: Amazing Butterflies Map, Prices, Opening Times and Nearest Tube
 
 
 
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Doctor Who Exhibition

Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Museum Hall, London, SW5 9TA
20th March 2008 - 18th September 2008
The time travelling Doctor lands his TARDIS outside Earls Court Exhibition Centre for the largest ever Doctor Who display in the UK. Head to the Museum Hall, beneath the Exhibition Centre, to see props, costumes, monsters and creatures from all the latest episodes of the hit BBC TV show. Memorabilia includes set pieces from the fourth series starring David Tennant as the Timelord and comedian Catherine Tate and with guest appearances from Billie Piper. On display are the famous blue phonebox the TARDIS, trusty sidekick K9 and a clutch of the Doctor's famous enemies, the Daleks being the most terrifying among them. A treat for dedicated fans of the Doctor. The Museum Hall entrance is opposite West Brompton Tube station.
 
 
More info: Doctor Who Exhibition Map, Prices, Opening Times and Nearest Tube

Summer in London for Kids 2008

Festivals, Fairs & Fetes

Festivals, Fairs & Fetes

Smoothies, cows and the Notting Hill Carnival... it can only be the line-up for London’s summer festivals, fairs and fêtes. A rich...

Festivals, Fairs & Fetes
 
 
 
Great Outdoors

Great Outdoors

Summer is when the city’s parks, farms and green spaces really come alive. As well as roller blading in Hyde Park and pedalos at A...

Great Outdoors
 
 
 
Theatre & Musicals

Theatre & Musicals

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Southbank this summer for The Wizard of Oz or sing along to High School Musical. Like theatre?...

Theatre & Musicals
 
 
Creative & Interactive

Creative & Interactive

Whether you like getting your hands dirty, creating colourful pictures or doing science experiments there are lots to of ways to l...

Creative & Interactive
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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