It’s hard to keep up with everything; what’s launched, what’s new, what’s become available, what’s now digital. Fear not, we’ve done the hard work for you.
We’ve rounded up some of the best things to do this week, virtual events as well as actual real life events plus some online anytime activities too.
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OUR VIRTUAL TOP PICKS
Tim Peake will be in conversation live from the Exploring Space gallery at the Science Museum to celebrate the publication of his memoir Limitless.
In 2015, Tim Peake travelled to the International Space Station. Tim will talk about his six-month mission, as well as the surprising journey that took him there, all whilst sitting in the Science Museum’s stunning Exploring Space gallery, in front of the Soyuz spacecraft that carried him back to Earth in 2016!
Discussing what life in space is really like, he’ll tell the story of his path to becoming the first Briton in space for nearly 20 years, telling tales of his time training in the British army, and as an Apache helicopter pilot and flight instructor. There’s an Q & A opportunity too.
Tickets to access to the livestream £5.00 and if you’d like to buy the book too, it’s £25.00.
To find out more and book a ticket, click here
Aardman Animations are giving you the chance to learn how to make your very own Shaun the Sheep character at these fun, hands-on clay modelling workshops. Led by one of their expert model makers, you’ll also get the opportunity to ask questions about the tricks of the trade from the Aardman studio. Ticket £15.00, duration 1hr and you’ll need the following per model maker;
– White clay: 140g
– Black clay: 70g
– Toothpicks: 5
To find out more and book your place, click here
Find out how to make a pumpkin shaped bauble to decorate your homes this Halloween. Design, create and display your unique pumpkins in your windows at home to display for neighbours, friends and passers-by to see and enjoy!
Maths On Toast is a UK charity with a mission to make everyone, kids and parents too, positive about maths. There’s tons of activities and resources, Stay-in sessions and How to videos.
Join a Royal Observatory Greenwich’s astronomer and embark on a tour of the Solar System, all from the comfort of your home in this live, online planetarium show.
Starting from Earth, you’ll travel through our celestial neighbourhood, visiting objects like planets, moons and asteroids, and ending with a fly-out to view our galaxy, the Milky Way.
Aimed at ages 7+. Tickets are free but you’ll need to book. To find out more, click here
The V&A is hosting an immersive live virtual reality event, providing a sneak preview of the forthcoming Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition due to open in March next year, and launching the Curious Alice VR experience.
Curious Alice encourages audiences to reward their curiosity by navigating a fantastical landscape, interacting with the book’s famous characters and completing a series of curious challenges. Race against the clock to capture the White Rabbit’s missing glove; solve the Caterpillar’s mind-bending riddles; defeat the Queen of Hearts in a curious game of croquet.
You’ll will need to download the free ENGAGE app, register your account, and create your own avatar before the event. A Recorded Live will also be made available via YouTube. Find out more here
OUR TOP PICKS OF THINGS TO DO
Explore Kew’s deep dark wood, pick up your trail pack and get set for an adventure. Follow footprints, marks and feathers and figure out clues on our family-friendly trail. Meet your favourite Gruffalo characters on the way, and keep your eyes peeled to spot the Gruffalo himself…the Gruffalo Adventures is taking place at Kew Gardens and Wakehurst. To find out more, click here
And why not enter our Gruffalo competition to win a family ticket and a Gruffalo scooter by Micro too. Enter here
The MAOAM Mischief Manor arrives in London Westfield, this weekend, before touring other venues around the UK. Wander through the ghoulish hall of mirrors and experience the wall of zombie hands – scares and sweet treats are promised.
If you’re not near Westfield, head over to the website that has activities, competitions and a Dick and Dom Make Mischief Challenge, explore here
Join the search for Wally at a museum near you this October – pick up a spooky activity sheet and get searching, museums across the UK need your help to find him.
Part of the national Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search, organised by Kids in Museums and Walker Books, to celebrate the release of the new Where’s Wally? book, Spooky Spotlight Search. Families can join in the search for Wally at over 75 museums across the UK with the event tailored within each museum to comply with their social distancing measures. Find out more and who’s taking part here
Join the Canal River Trust Plastics Challenge and make a global difference in your local community. Every year an estimated 14 million pieces of plastic end up in and around our canals and rivers. These plastic bottles, food wrappers and bags can harm the fish, swans and other wildlife that make the canals their home.The good news is that it’s the little things you do on your doorstep that can make a world of difference. If everyone who visited the canals nad rivers picked up just one piece of plastic, the water and towpaths would be clear within a year. You’ll need to read some safety tips before you set off, which are included in the Canal River Trusts free downloadable guide here
Start prepping your Halloween decorations and find out how to make these 3d paper spiders. With a step by step and tons more crafty ideas, click here
It’s time to invite some friends round for a meal, but make sure you’re the host with the most…hedgehogs are one of our cutest garden visitors and you can support the hungry hogs in your garden by helping them build the energy they need when raising hoglets, and their fat reserves for their long winter hibernation.
Did you know that a hedgehog’s spikes are called quills and an average hog will have between 5,000 and 7,000 of them on its back!
To find out more and to get involved in the RSPB Wild Challenge, click here
A cool alternative to pumpkin carving, although things could get messy! Be inspired here
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