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Plantastic! at the Horniman Museum and Gardens

Posted by on Friday, 6 March, 2015 in Featured, Museums, Parks, Rainy day, Sunny day

Plantastic! at the Horniman Museum and Gardens

This week we went Plantastic at the Horniman Museum. As the name suggests, the Horniman’s latest temporary exhibition celebrates the wonderful world of plants and their importance in everyday life.

Plantastic Food Chains Game

Having enjoyed the Horniman’s previous offerings Amazon Adventure (2013) and Extremes (2014), we were not disappointed this time. The exhibition space is a riot of colour with oversized flower sculptures, a root system tunnel to crawl through and a giant musical instrument tree.  As usual, the curators have dreamt up all manner of imaginative interactive games and exhibits to appeal to the Museum’s family audience – from a video game where you ride a bee to a giant pink man who gets tummy ache when you feed him poisonous plants. You can also build a flower, plant your own garden, create wind to disperse pollen, rummage in a dung pile, dress up as a flower and learn about food chains.

Our favourite game was a supermarket where you can find out about plant ingredients in everyday products using a scanner to read barcodes. Some of the software based games were a bit slow for G’s toddler attention span and MJ was freaked out by the aforementioned giant pink man, but other than that we had a fabulous time. And of course when you’ve seen the exhibition, you can check out the Horniman’s aquarium, gardens, animals and other delights.

Plantastic Supermarket Game

Plantastic! is at the Horniman Museum until 1 November 2015. Entry costs £6.50 (adult), £3.50 (child aged 3-16), £16.50 (family of 2 adults and 3 children), under 3s free. Book tickets here

For a general review of the Horniman Museum click here

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