This family-friendly, interactive exhibition brings the funny and inventive world of Dr. Seuss with story telling sessions, chances to dress up, meet characters and play music with the Boom Band. Children will love seeing characters and props from The Cat in The Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and The Lorax. Entrance is included in your Day Pass for the Discover Story Centre and there’s lots of other things to keep the kids amused from the brilliant Story World to the lovely outdoor playground. There’s a cafe on site and lots of lockers where you can leave buggies and valuables before running around. Check the website for the storyteling sessions which are always great.
All week they will also be running animation workshops with Grace Emily Manning at 10.30-12.30 and 2.30-4.30pm. Suitable for 5 year olds and over you will learn how to create animation with your own character inspired by Dr. Seuss.
Times: Exhibition sessions last about 40 minutes and start at 10:15, 11:15am,12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15 & 4:15pm.
Age: 0-7 years
Tickets & booking info: Included in the price of your Day Pass to Discover (£6.50 per person, £22 family of four).
Address: Discover Children’s Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4QZ
Further information: Discover Centre website
MONDAY 29 MAY – FRIDAY 2 JUNE
The latest installation ‘Place (Village)’ by Rachel Whiteread provides the inspiration for the lots of half term activities and workshops. These include a print workshop and craft workshop creating little lantern houses
Time: times vary across the week so check the V&A website for details. The museum is open from 10am – 5.45pm
Age: The age varies depending on the workshop and is either 5 years + or 7 years +
Tickets & booking info: prices vary according to activity, details on the website but most are drop-in so no need to book
Address: V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA
Further information: V&A Museum of Childhood website
Children can become a little farmer at Barleylands farm. Kids will be able to drive a mini landrover, make butter, bottle feed lambs and have a go at making a scarecrow. They can also learn about caring for different animals.
Time: 10AM – 5PM
Age: All ages
Tickets & booking info: Children £9.90, Adults £10.80, Family ticket £37.80, Under 2s Free. Tickets bookable online.
Address: Barleylands, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
Further information: Barleylands website
TUESDAY 30 MAY – 4 JUNE
A series of Victorian themed events for the family including a series of science shows, a chance to make your own Victorian Top Hat, try out Victorian children’s games and visit the Victorian Mad Lab.
Time: 10AM – 5PM (last entry 3PM)
Age: All ages
Tickets & booking info: £8.10 – £10.50 and tickets are bookable via the eventbrite website
Address: Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Further information: Royal Gunpowder Mills website
TUESDAY 30 MAY
A craft workshop where you will create your own bird cage to take home after learning all about the birds who live in the Valentines Mansion and Gardens Aviary. The session includes a visit to see the birds to get some inspiration and find out more about them.
Time: 11.30AM – 12.45PM
Age: 5 years and over
Tickets & booking info: £5 per child, pre-booking essential via Valentine’s Box office
Address: Valentine’s Mansion and Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XA
Further information: Valentine’s Mansion website
The perfect way to get your little one into cooking, the Corner Kitchen cafe in Forest Gate is hosting a pizza making class for little people.
Time: 3.30PM – 5PM
Age: 4 -9 years
Tickets & booking info: £15 which includes the cooking class, mini pizza and juice. Book tickets via the Corner Kitchen website
Address: Corner Kitchen, 58 Woodgrange Road, Forest Gate, E7 0QH
Further information: Corner Kitchen website
If you want to get your children out into the forest the Suntrap Education Centre is offering the chance to meet the exotic Suntrap animals including a bearded dragon, snakes and fire salamanders lizards. They will also go on an animal adventure in the forest to discover more creatures.
Time: The session is 10AM – 12.30PM but you can stay in the grounds to play and have a picnic lunch if accompanied by an adult.
Age: 5 years and over (under 8s must be accompanied by an adult)
Tickets & booking info: £12 per child. You must book in advance by email or by calling
Address: Suntrap Forest Education Centre, Church Rd, Waltham Abbey, Loughton IG10 4AJ
Further information: Suntrap Forest Education Centre website
WEDNESDAY 31 MAY
This regular session for little ones at The Duke pub will be hosted for half term by Creative Biscuit, the ceramics cafe in South Woodford. Adults can have lunch or a drink while their little ones paint a bowl, plate or cup. They will be ready a week later after they are glazed and fired at Creative Biscuit.
FRIDAY 2 JUNE
A workshop to encourage those who are learning phonics at school. The hour long session will feature fun, phonetical games.
Time: 11AM – MIDDAY
Age: 5-6 years
Tickets & booking info: Free but book in advance at the library
Address: South Woodford Library, 116 High Rd, London E18 2QS
Further information: Redbridge website