It may be snowing outside, but the season is marching on and somehow it’s nearly half term time already. Commuters rejoice, my bus will be significantly more on-time without the school traffic; but parents, what are you going to do? How about the Postal Museum?
If Postman Pat had been on the mean streets of East London rather than the mean streets of Greendale, he might have swapped his van for the Mail Rail, the 100 year-old post train that runs beneath the capital. No room for Jess, but room for you and your little ones. And that’s not all, the Postal Museum is running a schedule that will see you through the entire week.
On Monday 12th February storyteller, Olivia Armstrong, will be putting on 45 minute interactive sessions. The Legend of the Lioness sees children meet an escaped lion, a horse named Pomegranate and a postal cat. Tuesday welcomes an arts and craft workshop inspired by Quentin Blake’s BFG stamps, Paddington Bear and Peter Rabbit. Come Wednesday and it’s mask-making, with children creating images of the famous Post Office cat, Tibs the Great, the mouser of Post Office headquarters. Thursday’s Ani-Mail art, in which illustrator Susie Foster will be making pop-up cards and envelopes in an artist-led children’s activity inspired by stories of animal mischief and adventure from the museum. On Friday Tibs the Great will be back, this time in hand-puppet form. And finally, Saturday will see Joseph Pike, the fearless guard of the famous Quicksilver mail coach, describe what happened when he encountered a fearsome escaped lioness on his route.
In theory you could take the kids to The Postal Museum every day of Half Term. Sorted, right?
The postal museum is at 15-20 Phoenix Place, Clerkenwell, WC1X 0DA.