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This week: 6 – 12 August
Image Credit: Eastern Electrics Festival. Photo: Sarah Koury

This week: 6 – 12 August

6 August 2018 Suzanne Frost

Wether you have the kids at home during summer break or looking for fun activities for yourself, the nights are warm and full of possibilities, so fill them with children and adult adventures alike!

'The Greatest Showman' Sing-a-long at The Grand


Who cares what the film critics said – The Greatest Showman with all those “whoohoo” choruses (trademark Alex Lacamoire who did the orchestration for Hamilton – fun fact to earn you some brownie points with the stagey crowd) is the perfect soundtrack to sing along to - as loud as you can! Wouldn’t it be amazing to be in, say, an old Victorian theatre full of fellow part time showmen and bearded ladies belting their hearts out? Yes. Yes it would. If you just thought “This is (so) me” or had “A Million Dreams” about duetting with Hugh Jackman, make your way to The Grand in Clapham and “Come Alive” at the after party with some more musical anthems from stage and screen, prizes for best costume and themed cocktails. The Grand has some more aces up its sleeve this summer (Harry Potter Party anyone?) so check out their full summer schedule!
 
The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long is at The Grand, Clapham, on 10 August. Tickets are £10 - £50.
 

 
The Royal Observatory


Inspired by the moon eclipse the other week? Intrigued by Mars being as close to Earth as it will ever be? The Royal Observatory Greenwich is hosting some special events this August including a designated version of their regular Sky Tonight show, held before the predicted sighting of the next New Crescent Moon. A Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer will guide you through the steps to observe this phase, discuss the difficulties in defining a first sighting and will provide a general overview of the sky this month. The astronomer will also highlight key stories from the history of Islamic astronomy. For families, there is also a Space Safari with song and dance, and look out for their selection of sci-fi movie screenings in the planetarium.
 
The Royal Observatory Greenwich is at Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, London SE10 8XJ. Ticket prices vary for each event, please check out their full programme.

 
Children’s Night Safaris WWT


Make the most of the warm summer nights and reconnect with nature at WWT London Wetland Centre, who are now offering adventurous children the chance to go on a night safari! When all the visitors have gone and the sun goes down, the nature reserve becomes a truly magical place. Expert guides will take you on an exciting night adventure, building dens in the little camp for the evening, exploring the centre, listening to wildlife and looking for bats and other nocturnal animals. If it’s a clear night you can learn how to recognise stars in the night sky and finish off with stories around a roaring campfire toasting marshmallows. We want to go but it’s for kids only, so if you don’t have any grab your nieces and nephews!
 
Children’s Night Safaris run every Friday night from 3 – 24 August, 7 – 10 pm. For children age 7+. Price per child including one accompanying adult: £25 and each family group must be accompanied by one adult. Places are limited so booking is essential.
 
Eastern Electrics


An adventure fairground for adults comes to Morden Park this weekend in the form of Eastern Electrics, a two-day electronic music festival where ravers can enjoy a full weekend of fun, mischief and debauchery. With eight epic stages, delicious street food, fairground rides, dress up tents and more, Eastern Electrics is not just a festival, but a kind of magical electronic hedonist’s playground, featuring the biggest names in house, techno, bass, garage, grime, disco, reggae and everything in between. Also, we are kind of intrigued by the promise of an Edible Bubble Volcano and the ‘adult flavour’ Candy Floss Whizzer installation, courtesy of LickMe.
 
Eastern Electrics is at Morden Park 4-5 August. Tickets start at £35.
 
 
Puppet making at The Natural History Museum


This October, the Natural History Museum will open its brand new 357-seat traditional performance theatre in the Jerwood Gallery to host the European premiere of the award-winning Darwin drama, The Wider Earth. An ingenious coming-of-age story, the production will tell of the rebellious young Charles Darwin who, aged only 22, he set out on his daring five-year voyage on the HMS Beagle. Written and directed by Dead Puppet Society’s creative director David Morton, the idea for The Wider Earth was conceived in collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company – the creative team behind War Horse. The show will feature over 30 handmade puppets that are being created in collaboration with the Museum’s scientists to ensure they will be rooted in authenticity – and it’s happening right now! This summer, families will be allowed to watch the skilled puppet makers hard at work creating their beautiful puppets in the Observation Lab of the Museum, an amazing and unique opportunity for children to see right to the heart of how puppets are made and get excited for the show!

The Observation Lab at the Natural History Museum is open from Monday - Saturday, 7 – 25 August. Entry to the NHM and the Observation Lab is free. The Wider Earth will open at the new theatre space in the Jerwood Gallery on 2 October.
 
 

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