Butterflies, bats and beetles

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 17.48.10Worms, bugs and bats feature in children’s holiday events at Holland Park Ecology Centre. Beetle Mania is a good workshop, lots of beetles to look at and the children make a beetle model too. One of the most popular ones in Survivor, where children build a shelter in the park. These are incredibly well-run and interesting but to qualify you have to be between  five and 10 years old and it only costs £4.10 for a two hour session. www.rbkc.gov.uk  Meeting place for all the activities is the Ecology Centre, next to the adventure playground. 14th-25th April and you must book. Also really good fun is the Children’s Night Safari, you listen to bats and see amazing moths caught in the insect light boxes. Parents go too.  £7.30-9pm.

Also, Sensational Butterflies is back at the Natural History Museum. A humid tropical enclosure is full of  free-flying fluttering butterflies, caterpillars and chrysalises. Now until 14th September, 10am–5.30pm daily, Natural History Museum, tickets £5.50 or £19 for a family. www.nhm.ac.uk

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