Tower Bridge may not be open, but there are plenty of activities you can dive into at home! Designed to compliment and enhance your a visit along with your knowledge of Tower Bridge, these family friendly activities are sure to do just that. Children’s Art Week 2020 Learn to marble, make your own comic strip and even try some origami! Learn Semaphore Semaphore is a way of sending messages to people who you can see but are too far away to talk to. Using your arms (or flags), you can spell out words – each position means a different letter. Before the radio was invented, semaphore was used to communicate with ships to check they were ready to pass through. Making a moving Tower Bridge Picture Got a printer, scissors and blutak to hand? Create your own moving Tower Bridge picture with this cut out. Make a stop motion film Recreate the moving bus that jumped over an opening Tower Bridge in 1952! Make an origami boat Thousands of boats pass under Tower Bridge every year. Follow the instructions to make your very own origami flotilla. Dot to dot and colouring sheets Pens and pencils at the ready! Enjoy a series of dot to dots and colouring sheets.
An online theatre experience about the infamous trickster spider. Created and directed by Justin Audibert Inspired by the 2019 five-star hit show, Anansi the Spider, about the infamous mischief-maker and master spinner of yarns, Unicorn have adapted these classic West African and Caribbean tales for Unicorn Online. Made with their film partner, Illuminations, Unicorn have creatively responded to the current situation – the cast filmed themselves in their own homes so that they can bring them to yours! The free Anansi videos are accompanied by free creative learning resources for teachers to use with pupils aged 4 – 8 to explore the Anansi tales and their place in Black history and culture. As part of Unicorn Online, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Unicorn are offering a range of free online theatrical experiences that we hope will be enjoyed by children across London, the UK and beyond. Anansi the Spider Re-spun is free to watch on our YouTube channel until 31 March 2021. Find out more.
Paper Circuits: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – 11:00 to 15:00 Learn how to create light-up paper creations using simple electric circuits. Bring your curiosity and your enthusiasm, and we’ll build some cool stuff together. We’ll also give you some instructions, so you can continue your experimentation at home! Torch Kits: Thursday, October 24, 2019 – 11:00 to 15:00 Get your soldering irons ready and learn how to make your very own mini torch. Bring your curiosity and your enthusiasm, and we’ll build some cool stuff together. We’ll also give you some instructions, so you can continue your experimentation at home! Doodlebots: Friday, October 25, 2019 – 11:00 to 15:00 Learn how to make a jiggling Doodlebot that comes to life to doodle its own piece of art. Bring your curiosity and your enthusiasm, and we’ll build some cool stuff together. We’ll also give you some instructions, so you can continue your experimentation at home! £10 per activity pack More information and to book click here.
A series of interactive workshop for families who want to discover something different this half-term at the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret. Frankenstein’s Methods Tuesday, 22 October & Thursday, 24 October, 2:00 PM -3:00 PM How did Frankenstein actually make his infamous monster? How did Victorian surgeons practice dissection? Where did they get dead bodies from? Do our bodies really have a spark of life? Join this interactive drama-based family workshop in our Victorian operating theatre and explore the science behind Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. Be ready for some gory details about dead frogs, dead bodies and things coming back to life! Double Double, Toil & Trouble Wednesday, 23 October, 12:00 PM -1:00 PM An interactive potions class and creative writing workshop in the atmospheric surroundings of The Old Herb Garret. Participants will learn about the use of animals and herbs in the history of medicine. They will then use our collection as the inspiration to create their own poetic variations on the famous witches spell from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Double Double, Toil & Trouble. Pomander Pumpkins Friday, 25 October, 2:00 PM -3:00 PM For hundreds of years it was believed that if you breathed in a horrible smell it would cause you to become very unwell. As a protection, people would carry a scented ball called a pomander, which would be held to their nose if they were entering into a smelly area. Join this crafty and creative family workshop to learn more about historical and contemporary herbal health and wellness and make your own Halloween themed ‘pumpkin’ pomander to take home with you. These family workshops are free but the general Museum admission applies. Please contact the Museum at email@example.com or call 02071882679 as booking is essential for this event and there are limited spaces available. All materials will be provided by the Museum, please note that sewing needles will be used in this activity. Please Note: *Access to the Museum is through a 52-step spiral staircase.
This wonderfully witty, delightfully spooky retelling of Oscar Wilde’s 1887 comic novel is brought to life this Christmas at the Unicorn Theatre with spine-tingling magic, spectacular illusions and ghoulish effects. Mr and Mrs Otis and their boisterous children arrive from America to move into Canterville Chase – a rather old, rather creepy Gothic mansion. Of course, like all the best old mansions, the Chase comes with its own ghost – the rather tormented Sir Simon Canterville. The spectral knight does his best to spook the trespassers from his ancestral home, but his ghostly machinations hold no fear for this rational modern family. Sir Simon succumbs to utter despair until he meets young Virginia Otis, who sees him for who he really is… For ages 7+ More Information and Tickets
A ONE-TIME ONLY EVENT FEATURING NEW SHORT RADIO PLAYS PERFORMED LIVE WITH AN ONSTAGE BAND By Slung Low The Unicorn has invited pioneering Leeds-based theatre mavericks Slung Low down to help open their new season. Slung Low have run these fun and informal 15 Minutes Live events for grown-ups for many years in a room above Britain’s oldest working men’s club and now, for the very first time, they are transporting their crew to London for this special family version in partnership with the Unicorn. Together they’ve commissioned some brilliant writers to create new 15-minute plays responding to the theme of ‘The Future’ which will be performed radio-play style with onstage sound effects, live music and occasional audience interaction. You’ll be guided through this riotous afternoon by lively comperes and there’ll be live music, bingo and some free treats in-between performances. Featuring plays by: Katherine Jakeways – major comedy writing talent for theatre & TV | Nima Taleghani – London-based writer, rapper & actor | Kenneth Emson – BAFTA-nominated writer for theatre & TV | Eve Nicol – up-and-coming young Scottish playwright | Olivia Poulet – acclaimed TV & theatre actor, with Laurence Dobiesz | Nina Segal – recently at the Royal Court & Bush Theatre. All the plays will be recorded that afternoon and be made available to download for free from the Unicorn Theatre website. Venue & Unicornershop open 12pm – 6pm | Event start time 2pm Please note: a photographer will be present and taking shots of the performance and audience throughout the event. The show has a limited capacity, so if you change your mind before the event, please let them know in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure we don’t turn others away unnecessarily. Please note that this is a cash only event.
Kids’ Choir; a key music education project for the Thames Festival Trust, will perform at The Scoop as part of Totally Thames Festival. Primary schools from all over London embark on a year-long singing programme under the guidance of conductor Richard Frostick. They learn new music and performance skills which they show off in an amazing concert at the Scoop, by the river Thames in front of a huge audience in September. Part of Totally Thames 2019. 1pm – 1.45pm
ALL THE MOST INTERESTING THINGS ARE AMBIGUOUS. Directed by Justin Audibert and Rachel Bagshaw 4-7 years and 8-12 years As far as we know, Aesop was a slave and storyteller who lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BC. But although we don’t know much about the man himself, we do still have over 725 of his stories – passed down from generation to generation. We considered doing all 725 fables and then thought better of it. What we’ve done instead is asked a few of our favourite writers to select one fable and to re-tell it for today’s audience. The Unicorn is presenting two versions of the results: one for ages 4-7 and one for ages 8-12. This production is a celebration of young and old, ancient and new – a tribute to how fresh, bold and vibrant the classics remain today. Plays in this show are: Filberts by Chris Thorpe, 2 Goats byNaomi Iizuka, Dog and Wolf by Kaite O’Reilly, [To Be An Ox] And Other Possible Aspirations by Somalia Seaton (with help from Ava Uzokwe), andThe Wolf & The Shepherd by Chris Goode. See unicorntheatre.com/whatson
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June, 10.00 – 16.00 When Tower Bridge lifted for the very first time on 30 June 1894, a flotilla of boats queued up to be among the first to pass underneath. Families are invited to help build our own fleet of ships to recreate this historic moment. All participating families will receive a Family Activities Pass, entitling you to free entry on any Family Activities Day in the next six months. Family activities are open to children of all ages but are particularly appropriate for those aged 6 to 10. No advanced booking is required and all activities are included in the price of your admission ticket. For more information on the 125 anniversary weekend visit: towerbridge.org.uk/125
By Filskit Theatre During the long, cold winter, Mr Penguin carefully guards his egg. Now this new dad needs to look after his newly born chick on his own and he’s not feeling confident. How will father and baby work it out together? A gorgeous, engaging and highly visual show by Filskit Theatre, the makers of Breaking the Ice (2015), whose signature style features playful and innovative projection and sound. This is a heart-warming tale about a child and parent learning how to thrive in spite of the odds. This is a deaf-friendly and autism-friendly show. Ages 2-5