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What’s happening for Kids at the Historic Royal Palaces from April – June 2017

The Historic Royal Palaces run a wide range of activities for children all throughout the year, but also put on special events in Children’s holidays like half term  or Easter. Many of the activities are included in the admission charge and offer a fun and exciting way of learning history.  The following is just a selection of some of the attractions at the Historical Royal Palaces.

Highlights

The Palace Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt

Saturday 1 – Monday 17 April, 11.00 – 16.00

Hampton Court Palace

Kensington Palace

Find the Lindt Gold Bunny’s hiding places as you explore the spring garden at Kensington Palace and take a peek into royal life inside the palace. Once you have found all the Lindt Gold Bunny’s hiding places, receive your delicious Lindt chocolate treat, lovingly created by the Lindt Master Chocolatiers.

Included in palace admission.

The Magic Garden

Reopens Saturday 1 April, open daily 10.00 – 17.30

Hampton Court Palace

The Magic Garden once again welcomes visitors to experience the legendary world of the Tudor tournament in this imaginative play garden setting. Inspired by the palace’s past, the Magic Garden is located in Henry VIII’s former tiltyard where Tudor tournaments were once held. Discover something new around every twist and turn in an immersive world populated by mythical beasts, including a 25m dragon! Take the family to become Tudor Knights, besiege the battlements, storm the Tiltyard Towers and explore a mysterious secret grotto!

Included in palace admission.

Magic Garden & Maze only ticket: £7.70 adult / £5.50 child / £22 family

Go Medieval at the Tower of London

Saturday 29 April – Monday 1 May, 10.00 – 17.00

Tower of London

It’s 1445 and England is celebrating the arrival of a new Queen, Margret of Anjou. Immerse yourself in the medieval world and join in the festivities with plenty of fun for the whole family. Take your chance to meet the new queen and don’t miss seeing her magnificent knights in full sword fighting action!

Included in palace admission.

Horrible Histories – The Best of Barmy Britain at Hampton Court Palace

Saturday 27 May – Saturday 3 June

Hampton Court Palace

From battling Boudicca to horrible Henry and the putrid plague, plunge into the history of Britain… with the nasty bits left in. Find out whether Parliament survived gunpowder Guy, and what made Dick Turpin so dastardly, as the popular Horrible Histories show comes to the gardens of Hampton Court Palace.

Tickets: £12 adult /£7 child. Under 5s free but require ticket.

Armoury in Action

Now Open

Tower of London

Hands-on exhibition Armoury in Action reveals the fascinating story of arms and armoury at the Tower of London. From shooting arrows to assembling firearms and brandishing swords, a thousand years of history is brought to life through a mix of historic objects, audio visual and interactive displays. Created in partnership with Royal Armouries – the national museum of arms and armour – Armoury in Action offers families the chance to discover the weapons, battle skills and royal armourers from the Normans to the Victorian era.

Included in palace admission.

Encounters with the Tudors

Daily from Friday 7 April

Hampton Court Palace

Henry VIII’s magnificent palace will be brought to life every day, and you are invited to join members of the court to explore the perils and intrigues of life as a Tudor.  The cooks in Hampton Court’s historic kitchens will also be roasting meat for the king’s table.

Included in palace admission.

Digital Missions

Daily

Go on an interactive adventure. Meet characters from history, explore all around you, do challenges and win badges! Download the free Time Explorers app and try our Digital Missions for children and their families..

Included in palace admission.

Events

Make History workshops

Saturdays: 29 April, 27 May, 24 June; 11.30, 12.45 and 14.30 (duration: 45 minutes)

Kensington Palace

Get hands on with the palace’s creative workshops for families. Be inspired by a new palace story each month, and make a piece of the past by taking part in a range of exciting activities, from gardening and painting to chocolate making.

Included in palace admission.

Time Explorers Station

Saturdays: 29 April, 27 May, 24 June, 11.00 – 16.00

Kensington Palace

Explore the palace and discover its stories using the palace’s themed activity bags, games, trails and ‘make and take’ activities aimed at babies to children aged 13, all available to collect from the palace’s Time Explorer Station.

Included in palace admission.

Tiny Explorers

10 May – 24 June, every Wednesday and Saturday excluding half term week (Wednesday 30 and Saturday 3 June); 10.30 (babies), 13.00 and 14.30 (walkers)

Kensington Palace

Explore and play in the palace together in one of these special multi-sensory sessions for under-4s! Discover the stories of Kensington Palace through music, movement, messy play and more.

Tickets: £6 per child (price includes up to two adults) / £5 per child for members

Tiny Explorers

11 May – 24 June, every Thursday and Saturday excluding half term week (Thursday 31 May and Saturday 3 June); 10.30 (babies), 13.00 and 14.30 (walkers)

Hampton Court Palace

Explore and play in the palace together in one of these special multi-sensory sessions for under-4s! Discover the stories of Hampton Court Palace through music, movement, messy play and more.

Tickets: £6 per child (price includes up to two adults) / £5 per child for members

Story Scramble – The Tower at War

17-21 April, 11.00 – 15.30

Tower of London

The Tower of London has lots of stories to tell. In this interactive trail and game for families, some of those stories have been scrambled up and must be put back together again. Meet characters from the past, handle objects, look for clues and see if you can connect the pieces as you explore 1000 years of history in a day.

Included in palace admission.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the HRP website here

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