August events at Horniman Museum

August 1, 2009 1:00 amtoAugust 31, 2009 1:00 am

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Come on an amazing kids adventure every Friday in August!

The Moon Fish and the Sea with Whippersnappers Theatre
Fri 7 Aug
12.30 –1.15pm and 3.30–4.15pm

Two girls arrive on holiday in Guadaloupe and meet a local fisherman on the beach. It’s carnival time and the fisherman helps them turn rubbish in to carnival costumes and musical instruments to play.

The Peacock and the Dragon with Whippersnappers Theatre
Fri 14 Aug
12.30 –1.15pm and 3.30–4.15pm

When the Chinese Dragon borrows the peacock’s horns he likes them so much he doesn’t want to give them back! Who should keep the horns, the dragon or the peacock?

Gaiety Engine with The Strangelings

Fri 21 Aug
12.30 –1.15pm and 3.30–4.15pm

A wolf boy, a squeamish fakir, the world’s only feline escapologist, and a mermaid named Terence-half woman, half fish… and half man! “Impossible!” I hear you cry, “Possible!” retorts Isaiah Crank, the dapper and demented, moustachioed impresario of the world’s last Victorian freak show.

Darwin and the Dodo with Desperate Men
Fri 28 Aug
12.30 –1.15pm and 3.30–4.15pm

A dynamic and entertaining exploration of evolution and extinction, suit
Bandstand
Free admission

Dances of the World
This summer join our demonstration and participation dance sessions in the Gardens to learn African, Latin American and Indian dance. Each session contains a short talk about the dance’s origins and significance, followed by a demonstration to music and the opportunity to join in and learn steps.

Kpanlogo with Nzinga Dance Ensemble
Wed 19 Aug
2 – 2.45pm and 3 – 3.45pm

Kpanlogo is a celebratory dance and drumming style from Ghana performed by the ‘Ga’ people who mainly live in and around the capital city of Accra. Kpanlogo came to popularity during the 1960s as a celebration of Ghana’s independence.

Samba with Mandacaru Dance Theatre
Wed 26 Aug
2 – 2.45pm and 3 – 3.45pm

The national dance of Brazil was created by slaves brought over from Central Africa and is greatly influenced by the Semba dance from Angola.
Everyone welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Animal Encounters
Wed 5, 19 Aug
11.30am– 12.15pm and 1 – 1.45pm

Join animal expert Tim Maynard and a range of fantastic creatures for an exciting family interactive discussion.
Free admission

Nature Trail Discovery
Every Wed to 19Aug
2 – 3.30pm

Join Jim Murphy from the Trust for Urban Ecology at the Nature Trail and discover a summer environment alive with insects, animals, birds, trees, plants and amphibians.
Free admission.  Everyone welcome. Children must be aged 3+ and accompanied by an adult. Limited places. Tickets available from the Information Desk half an hour before the session.

Tours with Darwin’s Physician
Tues 18, 25 Aug; 1 Sept
Fri 21Aug
Mon 24 Aug
11.30am, 1.15pm and 3pm

Charles Darwin’s time-travelling Physician has stepped out of his time-machine to take you on an entertaining journey around our new Medicinal Garden.
Gardens Free admission

Capoeira Display
Wed 5 Aug
2.30–3pm and 3.15 – 3.45pm

Enjoy a dynamic display of capoeira, a combination of music, martial art and dance. Capoeira has its roots in Africa, and grew and flourished in Brazil. Grupo Casa do Tambor will move to the Gardens after the final performance, where they will be happy to welcome participants for an informal workshop, weather permitting.
Free admission.  Everyone welcome. Drop In.

Jerk Cookout in Association with Fairweather Productions
Sun 9 Aug
1–6pm

Come to the biggest and best Jerk Cookout competition live from the Horniman Gardens. Relax in our award-winning green oasis, listen to sizzling live music, sample the finest Jerk in south London from the many stalls competing, and buy fantastic gifts.  Free admission

Play Day
Wed 5 Aug
11am– 4pm

Celebrate national play day at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. Handle toys from around the world, make time to play fun-filled garden games, get crafty, hear magical storytelling and much more.   Free admission
Everyone welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Check at the Information Desk for activity locations and details.

Falconry Flight Display
Wed 12 Aug
2.45pm and 3.15 – 4pm

Join Ray Aliker on the Meadow Field for a spectacular live falconry display that showcases some of the most amazing birds of prey.
Free admission.  Everyone welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Nature In Focus: Tortoiseshell Butterflies
Thurs 27 Aug
11.30am– 4pm

Join Keeper of Natural History Joanne Hatton for a closer look at these beautiful British butterflies, and find out how you can help to protect them.
Natural History Gallery/Nature Base Free admission

Children’s and Families Activities

Family Storytelling – Tales from the Galleries
Every Sat from
2.15 – 3pm and 3.30 – 4pm

Our collections and Gardens come alive with enchanting stories from around the world.
Free admission
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in. Check at the Information Desk for the location of the session.

Nature Explorers
Every Thurs from 6 – 27 Aug
11.30am– 1pm and 2.30pm–4pm

Every Tues to 25 Aug; plus Mon 3, 10 Aug and Thurs 23,
11.30am–12.30pm, 1.15 – 2.15pm and 3– 4pm

Explore the natural environment and world around us with craft activities, bug hunts, games and other fun-filled activities inspired by our collections, Gardens and Nature Trail. Please visit www.horniman.ac.uk for detailed information about individual sessions.
Free admission.
For families with children aged 3+, some sessions more suitable for older children. Tickets available half an hour before the session from the Information Desk. Limited spaces.

Hands On
Every Sat to 29 Aug
11–11.45am and 12.15 – 1pm

Every Sun to 30 Aug
2 – 2.45pm and 3.15 – 4pm

Touch real objects from all over the world in these family sessions. Explore animals, toys, puppets, music, costume and much more in themed workshops using our amazing handling collection. Please visit www.horniman.ac.uk for detailed information about individual sessions and additional Saturday afternoon sessions.
For families with children aged 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets available half an hour before the session from the Information Desk. Limited spaces.

Family Art Fun
Every Mon, Tues and Thurs to  27 Aug
11.30am– 3.30pm

Join us in the school holidays for creative drop-in sessions. Create creeping critters, bird mobiles, animal headdresses and carnival masks. Please visit www.horniman.ac.uk for detailed information about individual sessions.
Free admission
For families with children aged 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in. Queuing may be necessary. Last entry 2.45pm.

Family Art Fun on the Nature Trail
Every Fri to 28 Aug
11am– 2pm

Get crafty with a variety of activities inspired by our Nature Trail, then try your hand at pond-dipping on our pond platform.
For families with children aged 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in. Last entry at 2pm.

Make and Create
Every Sat to 29 Aug
1.30 – 2.15pm and 2.45 – 3.30pm

Celebrate festivals and the changing seasons through art and craft each weekend. Make a lantern for Japan’s Tanabata festival, celebrate carnival with a pair of wings, make Jack climb a real beanstalk and create your own pop-up animal toy. Please visit www.horniman.ac.uk for detailed information about individual sessions.
For families with children aged 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets available half an hour before the session from the Information Desk. Limited spaces.

Busy Bees
Every Wed to 26 Aug
10.30am, 11.15am and 12pm

Fun sessions for Under 5s and their carers discovering the Museum. Creative play, enchanting stories from around the world, Museum objects and simple craft activities, changing every week.
Hands On Base/Education Centre Free admission
For families with children aged under 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets available from the Information Desk at 10.30am and 11.30am. Limited spaces.

Where can I find out more?
Read the Fun Kids review on the Horniman Museum