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What’s on? – New Year’s Special Edition

Posted by on Thursday, 27 December, 2012 in What's on at the weekend?

What’s on? – New Year’s Special Edition

Christmas is over for another year, but the New Year festivities are fast approaching.  Here are some ideas to keep you and the family occupied until everything goes back to normal on 2 January 2013…

London New Year’s Day Parade, 11.45 am, 1 January 2013

The 27th annual New Year’s Day Parade takes place on 1 January 2013. The Parade starts at 11.45 am on Piccadilly and finishes around 3 pm at Parliament Street. More than 10,000 performers representing 20 countries world-wide will assemble for the Parade, including clowns, acrobats, cheerleaders and marching bands. More details here.

Christmas and New Year at Kew Gardens, until 6 January 2013

There’s something happening for all the family at Kew Gardens over the festive season.  Follow a winter trail, ride the carousel, attend magical storytelling sessions and discover festive facts in addition to the usual family activities.  Download the Kew Parents’ Survival Guide to help plan your visit. Admission costs £16 for adults and £14 for concessions, children under 16 are free. More details here.

The House Where Winter Lives, Discover Children’s Story Centre, 29 to 31 December 2012; 2 to 7, 12 and 13 January 2013

The Story Studio at Stratford’s Discover Children’s Story Centre is the venue for storytelling adventure, The House Where Winter Lives, until 13 January. Explore the magic and mystery of winter in an immersive and interactive storytelling performance aimed at children aged 3 to 6 years old.  Admission costs £8 for adults, £6 for children, admission includes entry into the rest of the Discover Centre. More details here.

Christmas Holiday Activities, Science Museum, 29 to 31 December 2012

Pop down to the Science Museum this weekend to find out why crackers bang and whether reindeers could really fly (5 years and over), find out about snow and make and decorate a snowflake (5 years and over) or enjoy some storytelling with the lifetime of a star (7 years and over).  There are also screenings of Santa vs. the Snowman in 3D at the IMAX theatre.  All sessions free, tickets for film screenings cost £5.  More details here.

Christmas Crafts and Seasonal Stories, Museum of Childhood, 29 to 31 December 2012

Visit the V&A Museum of Childhood this weekend to make seasonal crackers, retro decorations and listen to seasonal stories.  Suitable for all ages. Free. More details here.

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