In celebration of National Storytelling Week, EastLondonLines has whittled down some of the best family friendly activities for you:
Thursday – ‘Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2011’ exhibition @ Printspace, Hoxton and Shoreditch
Friday – ‘Abdul Miah: The story of a Lascar sailor’ @ Museum of London Docklands
Saturday – Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day @ Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green
Saturday – ‘From Here, To There’ @Half Moon Theatre, Whitechapel & Mile End
Saturday and Sunday – Walk London: Winter Wanders 2012 @ various locations
Monday – Pop-Up Storytelling @ Horniman Museum and Gardens, Forest Hill
Tuesday – Volunteering: Farmyard @ Spitalfields City Farm, Spitalfields
Wednesday –Tower Twilight Tour @ Tower of London, Tower Hamlets
Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2011 (on until 31.01.12)
An exhibition of stunning new outdoor photography, including images of animals that are sure to appeal to children.
10:00 – 18:00
Abdul Miah: The story of a Lascar sailor
Fun for all pirate fans. At this interactive event, visitors will learn about the experiences, lives and skills of Lascar sailors in the 1890s. The exhibition includes resources and activities which explore the connections between the British Empire, trade and migrant workers in nineteenth-century London.
10:00 – 12:45; 11:00 – 13:45; 12:00 – 14:45, Free
Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day
Storytelling and workshops inspired by the Amy de la Haye and Emily Sutton’s charmingly illustrated children’s book published by the V&A.
Storytelling 12:00 – 12:30, Free, all ages
Design a hat workshops 13:00 – 13:45 and 14:15 – 15:00, £3/child, Age 5+
From Here, To There
The Tell Tale Hearts company combines installation, music, projection, and puppetry to put children at the heart of their highly visual productions. The show is about ‘building bridges’ through two people discovering ways to find each other.
11:00; 13:00; 15:00, Adult Ticket £6.00 / ticket
For children aged 18 months – 4 years
Walk London: Winter Wanders 2012
50 free guided walks taking place across the capital and beyond as part of Walk London’s annual ‘Winter Wanders’ weekend. Among the walks you can choose from this weekend, several focus on east London under the title ‘Walking Towards the Games’.
Fishing points include: Canary Wharf, Pudding Mill Lane, Tower Hill, Stoke Newington and Hackney Wick Station.
For detailed information visit http://www.walk4life.info/events/*/1292/*/*
Pick from quiet reading time in the Pop-Up Library or Under Fives Book Zone at the Horniman Museum. Popular professional storytellers will also be there to enchant you with stories from all over the world.
On 29 January – 4 February, daily at 16:00 – 17:00, free
Volunteering at Spitalfields city farm
Spend a morning volunteering at Spitalfields city farm. Originally set up by volunteers in 1978, it now relies on volunteers to help maintain the farm and gardens and look after the animals.
10:00 – 13:00
Tower Twilight Tour @ Tower of London, Tower Hamlets
Come if you dare! Yeoman Warders will lead you around the Tower, taking in some of the gruesome sights and spooky stories which make it world famous. You will have unique after-hours access to the UK’s most visited historic attraction, and can enjoy it at its most spooky.
19:00 – 20:30, £25.00 / ticket, Over 12s only