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Playgrounds around the planet A family workshop based on an exhibition of artwork inspired by children’s playground games takes place at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green this Wednesday. details below A week on the water Sign up for five days of fun at Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre this half-term. see page 34 Half-term out and about Tales Back in Time Join a Victorian chimney sweep and his puppet friends as they travel through London’s history using music, movement and magic. Free, but pick up tickets from front desk. Mon, Feb 17. 11am for under-5s, 2pm for age 5-plus. Museum of London Docklands, Hertsmere Road, West India Quay, E14. 7001 9844 www.museumoflondon.org. uk/london-wall/whatson/ events-calendar/ Comedy Club 4 Kids Comedy workshop for ages 7-18. 3-4.30pm. Tickets £5 for workshop, £10 for both events. Reserve in advance at arts& events@canarywharf.com Family show for kids aged seven and over. 6.30-7.30pm. Tickets £7; family of 4, £24. Mon, Feb 17. East Wintergarden, 43 Bank February 19. Entry is free. Dan will be hosting a family workshop at Rich Mix from 11am-2pm on Wednesday, February 19. Half-term sporting activities for under-16s John Orwell Sports Centre, Mile End Park Leisure Centre and St George’s Leisure Centre are offering a wide range of activities for children under the age of 16 – from swimming to football and trampolining to basketball (pictured above). Visit your local leisure centre or log on to www.better.org.uk/towerhamlets Street, Canary Wharf, E14. 0871 220 0260 www.canarywharf.com Centre of the Cell Family workshops throughout the week exploring the human senses and the power of the heart. Tickets £5 for under-16s & concs, £7 for ages 16 and over. Under-3s go free. Feb 17-21, times vary. Centre of the Cell, Newark Street, E1. http://centreofthecell.event brite.co.uk V&A Museum of Childhood It Came From Outer Space – stories, games and art inspired by science fiction. Drop-in sessions for all ages, 10.30am- 4pm. Play in a Day – storyteller Bill Dawson leads workshops exploring WWI. For ages 7-12, £25 per child. 10.30am-3.30pm. Feb 17-21. Cambridge Heath Road, E2. 8983 5200 www.museumofchildhood. org.uk Great Bridge of the World Get inspired to enter the Design a Bridge competition. Prices vary, under-5s free. Open all week, 9.30am-5pm. Tower Bridge Exhibition, Tower Bridge Road, SE1. 7403 3761 www.towerbridge.org.uk Amazing Animals Create pet ornaments from clay, make animal puppets, paint pet portraits and much more. Free. Tues-Fri, Feb 18-21. 12-5pm. Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, E2. 7739 9893 www.geffrye-museum.org.uk Eccentric Inventions Take a look at the wackiest, silliest and most confusing inventions of the Victorian era – from umbrella hats and spherical velocipedes, to steam-powered lawnmowers and moustache protectors. Free. Feb 19 & 20, 10am-5pm. Ragged School Museum, 46-50 Copperfield Road, E3. 8980 6405 www.raggedschoolmuseum. org.uk ARE children’s playground games of the 1950s to 70s disappearing? Have games such as hopscotch and marbles been replaced by handheld computer games? Artist Dan Jones believes that many of the games of his generation have gone, but at the same time new ones keep arriving. The Singing Playground is an exhibition of children’s playground games he has collected in east London and the wider world, giving an insight into the words, tunes, imagery and rules involved. “Children’s playground games don’t take place in silence. Most are accompanied by a wonderful cacophony of chanted rhymes, music, rhythms, clapping, stomping, poetry, parody, fun and delight,” the Shadwell resident observes. “Some are very old, some are brand new and many in a constant state of mutation, passed from child to child and from place to place round the planet.” The exhibition is in the café gallery at Rich Mix, 35 Bethnal Green Road until Bow School - An exciting future! Over the past year, a focus group of students from Bow School has had regular access to their new school building to meet with the builders and to photograph the progress of the impressive new structures. Following each visit they have reported back to classmates and staff, helping everyone to visualise themselves learning and working in their exciting new spaces. Georgina Woods, staff leader of the focus groups says that ‘all of the students, at Bow School, are really looking forward to using their new facilities and are very grateful for the investment being made in their future. They are also very excited about the transformation ahead which includes welcoming girls into Year 7 and the opening of Bow Sixth Form’. One of the most eagerly anticipated features of the new school is the roof top sports area and, as Joynul Hussain in year 10 put it, “I can’t wait to play football on these pitches with my friends because, amongst other things, a good football pitch is what we are missing at our current site”. The students also report looking forward to using the modern science labs which will stimulate their curiosity and encourage them to get involved in many exciting experiments. “I am looking forward to my science lessons in the new school because I will be able to do more experiments. It will be a fantastic experience in a brand new environment” explained Rajel Ullah, a student in year 10. Most of all the focus group of students are clear that they, their classmates and the school staff are focused and working hard to build upon the recent ‘good’ judgment awarded by Ofsted and they see the new school, and the outstanding opportunities that will come with it, as central in securing Bow School’s very bright future! 10 NEWS FROM TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 17 – 23 FEBRUARY 2014


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