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Chocolate eggs are nice, but not very exciting to look at. So this Easter skip along to WWT London Wetland Centre to see the duckling displays during which you can follow the progress of real-life Easter eggs. See ducklings developing inside their shells at ‘egg candling’ demonstrations. The technique is called candling (although candles are no longer used) because it involves shining a bright light onto the egg so you can see through the shell to discover how the duckling is developing.
When the ducklings have hatched, watch them taking their first swim in their very own pool. WWT wardens will be on hand to explain how the ducklings have developed and about their behaviour and habitats.
To keep your own brood amused during the school holidays you can also take part in the family activities at the London Wetland Centre. Take a self-guided Easter Egg trail around this beautiful wildlife haven to learn more about courtship displays; make your own fingerprint blossom picture or decorate eggs in the spring craft workshops or, for those with a sense of adventure, join in the scrap challenge.
April is the time when wild ducklings start to hatch. Fat, fluffy mallard ducklings chase after their mother across the ponds in the sunshine and stripey Great Crested Grebe chicks hitch a ride on their parents’ backs (right).
As warm sunny days become more frequent primroses poke their noses above ground, willow branches are decked in their soft, shiny catkin baubles and the first lizards wake from four months asleep. Other floral highlights at London Wetland Centre are daffodils, marsh marigold, blackthorn, colt’s foot, blue anemones, sweet violets and common field-speedwell.
The Easter duckling displays and family activities take place from Saturday, April 9 until Monday, April 25. For full details of events and times see www.wwt.org.uk/london
See Shakespeare’s popular comedy – a great one for kids – perfomed at the London Globe theatre this summer. 17 May-26 Aug. Book now!
A new wax figure of teen sensation, award winning singer and social media king, Justin Bieber will be unveiled at Madame Tussauds London this March!
Justin gave sculptors a sitting late last year in New York where hundreds of precise measurements were taken, the figure then took four months to complete at a cost of £150,000. Justin’s figure will be unveiled at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam and New York on the same day.
The 16 year old star’s figure will be “headlining” in the interactive music zone where guests can step on stage with a host of major music stars from Lady Gaga to Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix to Michael Jackson.
This February half term families can enjoy plenty of movie star fun at an A-list party full of some of the biggest Academy winners and nominees at Madame Tussauds London. As the film world prepares to go Oscar crazy, guests can indulge in some interactive red carpet fun by matching the glamorous leading ladies with their most famous Award Ceremony gowns. They can also practice their acceptance speeches alongside the likes of previous “Best Actresses” Dame Helen Mirren and Nicole Kidman, “Best Actors“ Morgan Freeman and Mel Gibson; and even get their own personalised Madame Tussauds Award!
And after posing with your favourite Hollywood star there is plenty more interactive experiences to enjoy. From posing with Lady Gaga to standing outside Number 10 with Prime Minister David Cameron, joining Britney Spears on stage to taking part in a penalty shoot out with Ronaldo! AND let your little heroes try out the heroic Marvel Super Heroes 4D. Three themed floors bring to life some of Marvel’s best loved heroes through a mix of fun interactives, startlingly realistic Madame Tussauds wax figures and an awesome 4D film finale. There’s really something to amuse the whole family at Madame Tussauds this half term.
Madame Tussauds is open seven days a week from 9am with last entry at 6pm. Tickets start at £14.40 with discounts for online booking. For further information check out www.madametussauds.com/London
Disney on Ice is coming to London soon and will be showing at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington from 9th to 13th March 2011. Make sure you don’t miss out.
If you want a taste of what the show is like have a look at this trailer
Go to this website for more details.
At the Southbank, from 12 to 27 February the Imagine Children’s Festival will take place. Musicians, storytellers, comedians, puppeteers and dancers will create the annual children’s festival. Listen to the best children’s authors and then meet them after the shows. Laugh your socks off with stand-up comedian James Campbell or let your hair down with Dan Zanes’ rock concert for tots. There are workshops with artists from around the world, free poetry, storytelling and dancing, and the return of Bookworm Babies.
There is something for everyone including many free events.
Look here for more details.
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Take the family down to London Wetland Centre on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December for the full Christmas experience. To begin your winter wonderland day out go and meet their cuddly huskies. Younger children will have the chance to go on a husky sleigh ride! Have your photo taken with one of these friendly dogs as a special seasonal souvenir.
Of course Christmas wouldn’t be complete without Santa, so bring the children to meet him in his cosy log cabin grotto set among the firs and pine trees. He’ll be there throughout the weekend (11am – 12.30pm, 1pm – 4pm). £5, includes goodie bag.
There is also a wide range of children’s activities and festive fun throughout December and the Christmas holidays.
Pick up the digital trail at the Museum of London with a PSP and learn more about what London was like 2000 years ago. How did Londoners live and what did they eat?
Minimum age: 7
Sunday, 12 December, 12.00 – 15.30
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