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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Pop-up event for families this half-term

11th October 2012

London's Natural History Museum is offering a special pop-up event for families this half-term.

The Campsite is being organised by theatre company Field Trip and is designed to combine fun and education in a unique outdoor setting – perfect for families enjoying London central hotels during the holiday.

Opening on October 27th, the site outside of the museum's Darwin Centre will become home to a number of campervans, caravans and tents, each offering a different experience.

Children will be able to see inside an Antarctic research tent, enjoy a comedy all about Charles Darwin and his discoveries as well as watch films while eating popcorn in a 1970s campervan. There is also the chance to dress up and pose in a full-size specimen case.

"The Campsite is a brilliant chance for people to explore natural history in a fresh, playful way... We are working with some exciting young artists, so be prepared for a few surprises," explained Sarah Punshon, curator of the Darwin Centre arts programme.

The event is free to attend and the museum is a short walk to South Kensington London Underground station on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines. Another benefit of its location is that it is also close to the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Science Museum – so ideal for a London day out.

Special half-term backpack trails are also being offered at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Children are given the task to go exploring amongst the many exhibits using the information provided in the backpack.

The trails are on offer every day from 10.30am to 5pm and are available from the main entrance during the school holiday period.

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