Easter. A time for egg hunts and parades. But wait a minute. They take place outside and with Easter being so early this year, it would be good to check the weather forecast first before organising anything. We have and would you believe it? It’s not good.
According to the Met Office, ‘An easterly wind is set to persist around northern areas keeping temperatures chillier than average with a continued risk of snow. Things are slightly more promising for the south, where conditions should be milder – but the arrival of truly Spring-like conditions looks a while off yet”.
Well that’s just great. Yet more indoor play this Easter. Of course, there are plenty of things that can be done to amuse kids indoors. Like taking them to a museum. Before your kids run screaming from the room, they ought to check out online what museums are doing these days to appeal to younger visitors. Because most are taking huge strides (and spending huge amounts) to entertain, to amuse and to engage.
Long gone are the days when kids were dragged from one dusty exhibit hall to another one with the promise of a quick look round the museum shop their only reward for remaining upright. Most museums have now installed some pretty impressive ‘immersive’ technology which can make a trip to a museum a truly memorable experience.
We’re told that one of the best is the Big Picture Show at the Imperial War Museum North which has recently been upgraded to include the latest HD technology. Using surround sound, the show projects digital moving images and photographs onto 27-foot-high walls in the Main Exhibition Space, and according to the museum, ‘creates a complete sensory experience which is totally involving and often very moving’.
London’s Science Museum has gone one better and developed its first educational 360-degree Virtual Reality (VR) project featuring a 12-minute space experience. The Space Descent puts visitors inside the descent module of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft as it takes the 400km journey back to earth from the International Space Station. British astronaut Tim Peake explains the process of descent.
Something a bit more traditional, but no less fun, would be the ‘Pop-up Performance: Winnie-the-Pooh’ taking place at the V&A Museum where visitors can ‘experience a unique theatrical performance with music and puppetry’ This event is linked to the Museum’s latest exhibition, ‘Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic’.