Hidden Heroes at the Science Museum
Hidden Heroes at the Science Museum
The Power of Making at the V&A
The Power of Making at the V&A

A Fun-Filled Weekend in London

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Kids in Museums volunteer, Mar Dixon discovered London’s finest museums and days out with the help of her daughter Charlotte and her friend Laura Porter…

After a lovely train journey down from the Midlands, we headed out to meet Laura Porter from GoLondon.about.com and her daughter at the Science Museum to see the Hidden Heroes exhibition. The exhibition explores everyday items and invites you to think of where you’d be without them. Most of the items (if not all) have been mentioned in Justin Pollard’s brilliant book Boffinology.

The cost for this exhibition seemed a bit steep (£6 adult, £3.50 child). While the artefacts were cleverly displayed, it was mainly a text based, non-interactive exhibition. It took us a while to notice that we were setting the alarm off every time we went to point to items on display. It wasn’t a very ‘Kids in Museums’ friendly exhibition and our own kids (5 and 9 years old) got bored quickly. However, we did learn that Lego means ‘Play well’. The exhibition was thought-provoking enough to be worth a visit.

After the exhibition, we spent time in other parts of the Science Museum – mainly in the Energy area where the games and activities kept the kids (and adults) very happy. It was very funny to watch Laura show a group of teenage boys how un-scary the Shock Pole was. I loved how this area, which really you might expect to be quite boring, had all ages and genders laughing and getting interactive and, most importantly, learning.

We then headed over to the V&A Power of Making exhibition. This exhibition was free and was better received by our kids. The items were brilliantly displayed and all were quirkily interesting, such as the Ghanaian lion coffin, the ‘Spun’ chair and the ‘it’s not easy being green’ Lego dissected frog. After a quick bite in the glorious V&A café, we headed to our final destination for the day, the Tower of London ice skating. Although this is quite expensive, and the ice was a bit slushy, having the Tower of London for your background excused some of the issues. And what with the changing exhibitions, wonderful cafés and the winter season ice skating, we found the museums of London had plenty to keep us happy.

 

One Response

  1. Laura Says:

    What a great write-up and thanks for the recommendation. Hope we can have more fun together in London in the new year.

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