LEAP NEWS - Low cost/no cost summer holiday fun

First World War Galleries - Imperial War Museum

FREE (Ages 6+)

Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ / 020 7416 5320 / www.iwm.org.uk

Nearest tube: Lambeth North

open daily 10am-6pm

Visit the new and permanent galleries at the Imperial War Museum (and many of the old favourites) to discover why the 1st WW started, why it continued and its global impact.


Banknote Detectives - Bank of England Museum

FREE (All Ages)

Threadneedle St (entrance in Bartholomew Lane), EC2R 8AH / 020 7601 5545 / www.bankofengland.co.uk/museum

Nearest Tube: Bank

Mon 24th July – August 10am-4.30pm

Calling all banknote detectives! The Museum needs your help this summer to solve the case of the mysterious banknote forger. Could you tell a real banknote from a fake?

He was last seen sneaking around the Museum; if you’re lucky he may have left some fingerprints which could be used for evidence.

Grab your detective’s badge and use your magnifying glass to explore the Museum, looking for clues in order to solve the puzzles.


Natural History Museum

FREE (All Ages)

Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD / 020 7942 5000 / www.nhm.ac.uk

Nearest Tube: South Kensington

Hands on Nature -  – most days throughout the holidays (check website for exact dates), 11am-1pm & 2pm-5pm; a fun drop-in workshop with lots of games and specimen handling.


Summer Holiday Activities - Horniman Museum

(All ages) £3 per participating child, adults free

100 London Road, SE23 3PQ / 020 8699 1872 / www.horniman.ac.uk

Buses: 176, 185, 312, P4, 63, 122, P13

Open Daily, 1030am-5.30pm

For a full programme of events please visit the website.

Saturday 5th  August - Bengal Tiger Mask Saturday 12th  August - Indian Elephants – create an amazing string of Indian Elephants, with lots of shiny materials and some bead stringing! Saturday 19 August - Indian Elephants Saturday 26th  August - Carnival Fish Shakers – get into the carnival spirit by making a colourful fish shaker to dance along with


Museum of London Docklands

FREE (All ages)

Hertsmere Road, West India, E14 4AL / 020 7001 9844 / www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Nearest tube: Barbican/St Pauls/Moorgate

Mon 24th July – August - Daily, 10am-6pm

Become a museum detective and explore our galleries with your very own magnifying glass.  


Upcycle it!  - Geffrye Museum

FREE (Ages 5-16)

Kingsland Road, E2 8EA / www.geffrye-museum.org.uk / 020 7739 9893

Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street / Old Street

Tuesday 25th July – Friday 4th August 10.30am -12.30pm and 2-4pm

Help us to save the planet by getting creative with recycling! Make new treasures by recycling old and unloved things.


Holiday Activities at Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses

£5 per child (discounts for unwaged) (Age depends on workshop)

Booking essential. education@brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk

Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, SE24 / www.brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk

Sunday 30 July, 12.45pm-2.30pm: Sunday Pizzas

In August we'll have a fun-packed programme running throughout the month, with a different theme each week. From bees to butterflies, dragonflies to herbs, and even an interactive book reading, there's plenty on offer to keep your kids entertained during the holidays. For a full programme of events please visit the website.

Brockwell Park Nature Explorers

£2 donation(Ages 7-12 - accompanied)

Saturday Mornings 10am-12 noon

The monthly nature club for young people aged 7-12yrs and their carers; August’s theme will be pollinators.


Family Art Workshop - National Portrait Gallery

FREE (Ages 5+)

St Martins Place, Westminster City, WC2H 0HE / 020 7306 0055 / www.npg.org.uk

Nearest tube: Leicester Square

Mon 24th July 11.30am-1pm

Take part in this series of creative family workshops and activity sessions.  

Drop-in to our experimental session exploring what makes a portrait using the contemporary collections and BP Portrait Award 2017 for inspiration.


Explore Zoology - Grant Museum of Zoology

FREE (All Ages)

Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE / 020 3108 2052 / www.ucl.ac.uk

Nearest Tube: Warren Street

Sat 22nd July 1.00pm-4.00pm

Ever wondered how heavy an elephant tusk is or how sharp a shark’s tooth is or how many scales a pangolin has?  Well, bring along your budding zoologists for our family hands-on specimen based activities and be amazed at the natural world. 


Wallace Collection

FREE (Ages see below)

Hertford Hse, Manchester Sq, W1U 3BN/ 020 7653 9500 / www.wallacecollection.org

Nearest Tube: Bond St

The Little Draw– A workshop for all the family to explore decorative and structural details that can be found on objects throughout the Collection, with drawings that can be transformed into 3D. A drop in art workshop held in the galleries on the first Sunday of each month 1.30-4.30pm


Open Studio - Tate Modern

FREE (All Ages)

Bankside, SE1 9TG / 020 7887 8888 / www.tate.org.uk

Nearest tube: Southwark/Blackfriars

During the school holidays, 11am-4pm

Visit the Learning Gallery to experiment, with movement in this family-friendly multi-sensory space. 



Sustainable me - Somerset House

FREE (Accompanied children 6-12yrs)

Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA / 020 7845 4600 / www.somersethouse.org.uk

Nearest tube: Charing Cross

Sun 13th Aug, 11am-4pm, drop-in workshop

In WALL-E the robot’s world, trash means treasure, but the earth is buried under the weight of too much rubbish. Be an Eco-hero and join us to discover some clever ways to save the world (or at least make it a bit greener) with some creative designers who are thinking about our sustainable futures.


Museum of London

FREE (Ages 5+)

150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN / 020 7001 9844 / www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Nearest tube: St Pauls / Barbican

- Daily, 10am-6pm

Discover London’s history together! Two weeks of arty fun inspired by the history of London with crafting, object handling, storytelling, drama and digital workshops – please check website for details and times of each day’s activities.


Children’s Day - Notting Hill Carnival

FREE (All ages)

Sun 27th Aug, 9am-7pm

The Notting Hill Carnival is one of the most vibrant events in London, taking place annually in a huge two day party. The first day of the carnival is traditionally Children’s Day, where children and family groups are encouraged to join the party. The day will be packed with costume parades, live music, street performances and more at what is bound to be one of the biggest events of the year. Aimed at kids and families, the event tends to include family attractions and play areas, in addition to special educational events for young ones.

Natural History Museum

FREE (All Ages)

Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD / 020 7942 5000 / www.nhm.ac.uk

Nearest Tube: South Kensington

Investigate for Families – throughout the summer holidays 11am-5pm. Get a feel for how scientists work by having a go yourself! Your chance to explore hundreds of real specimens that Museum scientists use in their daily work, with science educators on hand to assist and answer questions.

National Gallery

FREE (Ages 5-11)

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN / 020 7747 2885 / www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Nearest tube: Charing Cross

Join us on a journey where we will look at portraits that stays still don’t they? Not this one! Come and find out how to draw a portrait that moves and changes and even disappears!


Open Studio - Tate Modern

FREE (All Ages)

Bankside, SE1 9TG / 020 7887 8888 / www.tate.org.uk

Nearest tube: Southwark/Blackfriars

Every Sat & Sun July, 11am-4pm

Visit the Open Studio in the Learning Centre to experiment, play and create with ideas and materials before or after visiting the related artworks in the free collection displays.


Streatham Festival 2017

FREE (All Ages)

All over Streatham / www.streathamfestival.com

Streatham is celebrating its coming of age with a huge variety of events.