Darwin for kids at London's Nat History museum

Fri Oct 24, 2008 2:56pm EDT
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By Charlie Breslin

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - An appearance by father of evolution Charles Darwin kicks off a week of fascinating activities for children at the Natural History Museum in London in time for the half-term school break.

The October break is often a source of much dread for British parents looking for something to keep their little monkeys entertained.

The Natural History Museum, located in the leafy west London neighborhood of Kensington is offering a wealth of activities for young visitors, including a number of insights into the working world of the man whose book "On the Origin of Species" caused a stir when it was published in 1859.

African storytelling to hands-on-nature specimen trolleys where you get to look at real scientific specimens will be on offer at the museum, said Family Program Learning Developer Loretta Windsor.

"It's wonderful that so many families choose to visit the Natural History Museum in the half-term holidays and we have lots of fun activities happening in the week," Windsor said.

On October 25-26, families will get the opportunity to meet the museum's popular gallery character Charles Darwin, recounting his theories and offering children a glimpse at his collection of beetles as he wanders the vast Central Hall.

The museum is also introducing a new character, the puppet Annie Darwin, who is based on one of Darwin's daughters.

"We're expecting her to be a big hit with our younger visitors," Windsor said.   Continued...