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What’s on this week? – Olympics special edition

Posted by on Friday, 3 August, 2012 in What's on at the weekend?

What’s on this week? – Olympics special edition

I must admit to having been obsessed with the Olympic action this week and amazed by the fantastic atmosphere in London.  Quiet public transport, hardly any traffic – it’s easier to get about than ever before!  If you’re looking for ideas to entertain your kids this week, here are babydaytripper’s suggestions…

Olympics live sites, various locations until 12 August 2012

You may have noticed that the much-anticipated athletics events started today and tomorrow is “Super Saturday”, with 25 Olympic gold medals up for grabs.  If you’re not lucky enough to have tickets, head to one of the following public screens broadcasting all the action: Blackheath, Potters Fields, Hyde Park (partly ticketed – see our review here), Victoria Park (partly ticketed), Greenwich Peninsula, Woolwich, Waltham Forest, Shoreditch, Greenwich (Centre), Camden Roundhouse, Broadgate (City of London).

Craft Jam, Kingly Court off Carnaby Street, 12pm to 6pm, Saturday 4 August and Saturday 11 August 2012

Don’t like sport? Try a little retail therapy.  Carnaby Street’s Kingly Court is playing host to a craft fair featuring stalls of handmade crafts, one off designs and unique products, all handcrafted by UK designers.  More details here.

National Trust, Kids go free offer, until 31 August 2012

Two kids aged 5 to 16 go free with each paying adult or member at selected National Trust properties in August.  Check out the National Trust website for participating properties and download your voucher.  More details here.

Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, National Gallery until 23 September 2012

The Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 project consists of a range of contemporary artists – including choreographers, composers, poets and visual artists – responding to paintings by Renaissance master Titian. Their work is on display at the National Gallery and being performed at the Royal Opera House by The Royal Ballet.  The project demonstrates how masterpieces by Titian continue to inspire living artists today. Free.  More details here.

The Tanks: Art In Action, Tate Modern, until 28 October 2012

The former power station’s fuel tanks have been transformed into a new exhibition space and are hosting a 15-week festival of performance, film and installation as part of the London 2012 Festival.  More details here.

Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style, Barbican Centre, until 5 September 2012

Did you enjoy HM The Queen’s starring role with 007 actor Daniel Craig in the Olympic Opening Ceremony?  Go along to the Barbican for an exhibition celebrating the designs behind fifty years of Bond films.  From Bond’s famous gadgets and his adversaries’ weapons to the costumes that made style icons of “Bond girls” over the years, all manner of 007-related paraphernalia is on display.  Tickets cost £12 standard, £10 concessions, £8 under 16s.  More details here.

The Trojan Horse, Steam Industry Free Theatre, The Scoop at More London, Thursdays to Sundays until 5 August 2012, 6.30pm

Part of the Cultural Olympiad celebrating London 2012, The Trojan Horse is packed with toe-tapping songs, ingenious puppets, comedy and adventure – fun for all the family. Suitable for all ages.  Free.  More details here.

Olympics Through The Ages, Getty Images Gallery, Westfield Stratford City, until 30 September 2012

The Getty Images Gallery at Westfield Stratford City is hosting an exhibition of images of the Modern Olympics – from Athens 1896 to Beijing 2008.  Free.  More details here.

Mascots of the Olympic Games (until 18 October 2012), Beautiful Games (until 9 September 2012) and Playing In or Out? (until 4 November 2012), V&A Museum of Childhood

The Museum of Childhood, one of babydaytripper’s favourite London museums, is currently displaying 38 mascots from past Summer and Winter Olympic Games, including the mascots (Wenlock and Mandeville) for the 2012 London Olympics.  Free.  More details here.

The Museum’s other current exhibitions are Beautiful Games (exploring what it takes to become a top athlete) and Playing In or Out?  (considering the extent to which attitudes to indoor and outdoor play have changed over the last 50 years).  Admission free.

The Body Adorned, Horniman Museum, until 6 January 2013

Head to the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill to see its exhibition, The Body Adorned: Dressing London, which looks at influences on London dress in the past and explores body adornment in modern day London.  Admission free.  See here for more details.

At Home with the World, Geffrye Museum, until 9 September 2012

As London welcomes the world to the Olympic Games, the Geffrye Museum’s exhibition asks “How English are our homes?”.  The Geffrye’s “At Home with the World” exhibition considers the extent to which many of the familiar objects in our homes today have either come from distant lands or been influenced by other cultures.  Admission free.  See here for more details.

Andy Warhol: The Portfolios, Dulwich Picture Gallery, until 16 September 2012

Dulwich Picture Gallery’s latest offering is an exhibition of works by Andy Warhol from the Bank of America Collection.  The exhibition includes 80 works from the early 1960s to the mid-1980s.  In addition, don’t miss Philip Haas’ four fibreglass installations in the Picture Gallery’s attractive grounds.  Admission to the Warhol exhibition costs £10 (adults), children under 18 enter for free.  More details here.

Pop! Design – Culture – Fashion, Fashion and Textile Museum, until 27 October 2012

POP! explores the impact of music, art and personality on the development of fashion from the 1950s to the 1970s.  Highlights include items from Elton John’s personal wardrobe, alongside furniture, original posters and graphics and promotional materials.  Closed on Sundays and Mondays.  Admission costs £7 (adults), £5 (students and concessions), free for under 12s.  More details here.

The Queen: Art & Image, National Portrait Gallery, until 21 October 2012

The National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition brings together images that have been created of the Queen during her reign. Tickets cost £6 (adults), £5 (children aged 12-18), admission free for children under 12.  More details here.

Mind the Map: Inspiring art, design and cartography, London Transport Museum, until 28 October 2012

The Transport Museum’s summer exhibition explores the inspiration, history and creativity behind London transport maps.  Admission costs £13.50 (adults), £10 (concessions), children under 16 enter for free.  All tickets allow unlimited admission to the museum for a 12 month period.  More details here.

Royal River: Power, Pageantry & the Thames, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, until 9 September 2012

This exhibition at the National Maritime Museum shows how the Thames has been used over the years to celebrate coronations and other events, bringing together over 400 objects, including Canaletto’s The Thames on Lord Mayor’s Day.  Admission costs £11 for adults, £5 for children.  More details here.

A Summer Affair, London Fields Brewery, every Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 12am

London Fields Brewery is hosting a weekly Summer Affair throughout the season with food, live music, stalls, DJs and craft beer.  Free.  More details here.

Henry Moore: Late, Large Forms, Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street WC1, until 18 August 2012

Henry Moore is famous for his large-scale sculptures which grace public spaces across Britain and 38 other countries in the world.  Catch the last fortnight of an exhibition of his mammoth outdoor sculptures at the Gagosian Gallery in London’s King’s Cross.  Free. More details here.

For more summer events happening in London, check out babydaytripper’s Ten Budget Family Activities here.

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