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Can you dig it? Interactive building exhibition opens in Ilford for summer holidays

PUBLISHED: 15:11 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:43 13 August 2018

The Build It exhibition at Redbridge Central Library. Shae aged 5 operating a crane

The Build It exhibition at Redbridge Central Library. Shae aged 5 operating a crane

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From the lost Roman villa in Wanstead to the Iron Age camp in Ilford, grab your little ones and a sense of adventure and head on down to an interactive exhibition about the borough’s buildings past and present.

The Build It exhibition at Redbridge Central Library. Suleman Ali aged 5 mixing concrete.The Build It exhibition at Redbridge Central Library. Suleman Ali aged 5 mixing concrete.

Build It, at Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, is being held throughout the summer holidays and each week there is a different focus.

Until August 11 children will be able to bring a former building back to life in the form of the Ilford Hippodrome Theatre.

From August 14 to the 18, little ones will be able to make their own train station and between August 21 and 25, budding designers can share their vision for a Redbridge of the future.

As well as the specially themed activities there is also some content that runs across all weeks including an interactive bridge building activity, driving a digger and laying walls, and a balance challenge to build a tall tower block.

The Build It exhibition at Redbridge Central Library. Alyssa 3 and Christiano Fernandes aged 8 pouring concrete.The Build It exhibition at Redbridge Central Library. Alyssa 3 and Christiano Fernandes aged 8 pouring concrete.

Alexandra Lyons of Redbridge Central Library said: “Build It has been a great success with our visitors.

“Families can become builders on a child-sized construction site, load barges at Ilford Wharf and design their own city in our soft play area.

“The exhibition is completely interactive to give kids hands-on experience with history. From puzzles and giant board games, to moveable cranes and diggers there is something for all the family in Build It.”

And visitors have given some great feedback.

The Build It exhibition at Redbridge Central Library.The Build It exhibition at Redbridge Central Library.

“Ideal for families with young children, we’ll be coming back,” said one.

“Gives children a fun physical experience with history and is accessible to all ages and 
abilities.

“It’s the only place I know that’s free and has this type of creativity for kids.”

And while you are at the library see if you have got what it takes to have a go at this year’s fun and educational reading challenge.

The Build It exhibition at Redbridge Central Library.The Build It exhibition at Redbridge Central Library.

Four to 11-year-olds can try and work their way through an adventure map and the only way to progress is by reading books.

This year’s theme of mischief makes is inspired by the much-loved children’s title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary and participant will explore a map of Beanotown to find a hidden treasure chest full of pranks.

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