Take a step back in time at Eldon House over the March Break
Get your culture on this March Break
London, ON - You need not go far on March Break to have a fabulous, culturally-enriching time right here at home.
Got kids? Consider one evening – or one afternoon – already accounted for. London Community Player’s LYTE program is pulling out all the stops to bring Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. to life on the Palace Theatre main stage.
The participants of LYTE (which stands for London Youth Theatre Education) learn the ropes of mounting a full production over a series of weeks, and then perform it for audiences. This year marks the first time the decade-old program has taken on a musical, and the kids are raring to go.
Performances take place March 13, 14, and 15 at 7pm, and March 16 at 1pm. Tickets are a steal at $5 for kids and $12 for adults. Kids seeing their peers onstage is a fantastic way to encourage them to want to do the same.
There will be two rather wallet-friendly kids’ performances at the Wolf Performance Hall as well. On March 10, Robert Davis will take a big hunk of music and a little chunk of comedy and turn it into a whole lot of fun in The Robert Davis Kids Music and Comedy Show.
The show runs 2:30pm – 3:15pm and is $2 per guest. Peter Mennie and Steve Seguin appear onstage on March 15, 1pm – 2pm, for Magic and Mayhem. The duo combines magic, juggling, and silliness in a show that will appeal to all ages ($5).
There’s no end of fun to be had at the London Public Library’s various branches. See the Snake Lady or Sue the Ventriloquist, draw cartoons, learn to hand drum, watch movies, hear an Irish band, learn about butterflies, make a suncatcher or a mini race track – this is but a sampling of the free activities provided for youth of all ages at the library over the break.
Visit the LPL website or pick up a copy of Access Magazine at any branch for a full list of what’s on, when, and where.
‘Fin de Fiesta’ may translate to ‘end of the party,’ but if it’s dance that gets your fires burning, a presentation by Fin de Fiesta Flamenco at the Arts Project will be just the thing to get the party started.
Four artists – guitarist Dennis Duffin, singer Tamar Ilana, and dancers Lia Grainger and Alexandra Talbot divide their between Canada and Seville, Spain, performing their lively and unrestrained Flamenco dance.
The ensemble will present their latest show Mala Yerba Nunca Muere (Wild Flowers Never Die) one night only, March 14, 7:30pm ($20/general; $18/students, seniors).
London’s oldest home, Eldon House, has a drop-in program happening on the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the March Break.
Caregivers and young ones can take a step back in time from 12 noon to 5pm with a tour of the home, games, crafts, and activities (children must be accompanied by an adult). Admission is by donation.
The Museum of Ontario Archeology has a unique program planned for March Break. Kids between the ages of 5 and 9 can take part in the ‘MOA Olympics’ where they will learn about the history of the Olympic Games, make themed crafts and participate in team sports.
Parents can register their kids for the week (March 10 – 14, 8:30am – 4:30pm) or by the day. Rates are $30 per day/$125 week for Museum members, $35 per day/$135 week for non-members. Call 519-473-1360 for more info.
Museum London has a fine and wide-ranging selection of exhibitions that will be on during the March Break, including a little something for everyone – Inuit art, textiles, historical photographs, and contemporary paintings.
The newly launched Visible Storage Project on the museum’s lower level will provide visitors with the quintessential London experience – works by Paul Peel, Group of Seven, Jack Chambers, Greg Curnoe, Patterson Ewen and many more are hung salon-style in corridors – now giving art lovers the opportunity to see more than 150 prominent regional works at any time.
The display is sure to make everyone proud to call London home.