Monthly Round-Up

Twenty awesome things to see and do with your little Londoner in June

Check out cute pop-ups, sprog-friendly theatre, inspiring exhibitions and interesting activities for you and your mini.
  1. Introduce the kids to your nineties cartoon heroes at the pop-up Powerpuff Girls Emporium, opening in Soho from 1st-3rd and featuring a nail bar, a ‘snake and rabbit’ petting area and a power science café.
  2. Pick up cute threads for them and unique jewellery for you at Urban Makers East on the 3rd and 4th, when the Mile End Ecology Pavilion will play host to a cool edit of contemporary designer-makers.
  3. Pop into the Rue Des Petits pop-up at The Corner House in Brook Green on the 14th to shop a gorgeous selection of luxury kidswear, toys and gifts from independent designers while the little ones run riot in the lush play area.
  4. Catch your breath while the sprogs let off some steam in the new Serpentine Pavilion. Created by Diébédo Francis Kéré, the structure opens on the 23rd and is designed to bring light and life to the surrounding lawns of Kensington Gardens.
  5. If pavilions are your thing, the Dulwich Picture Gallery is marking its 200th birthday with a new outdoor structure described as a “mirror maze… draped in a translucent table cloth”. The child-friendly construction opens on the 2nd.
  6. Pack up your bucket and spade and head to Fulham’s very own urban beach. Neverland is open to families every weekend afternoon before becoming an adults-only affair in the evening. It’s BYOB and you can hire your own beach hut.
  7. Play Hide-and-Seek at Polka. Belgian company Théâtre de la Guimbarde’s playful and inventive production for children aged 18 months to five years  is showing at the Wimbledon-based children’s theatre from the 7th to the 11th.
  8. Or, for slightly smaller ones, try Sponge at the Little Angel Theatre. Set to a funky seventies soundtrack, this exciting dance-based show by Turned On Its Head is showing on the 8th and is aimed at toddlers aged four months to three years.
  9. Turner Prize nominee Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s Dogsy Ma Bone will be at Tate Modern from 21st-25th. Made with and for children, the work involves a five-day film installation, a live performance on the 24th and a workshop on the 25th.
  10. Grayson Perry’s major new show The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! opens at the Serpentine Gallery on the 8th and will examine how art can resonate with the average joe and what it means post-Brexit. Vital viewing for Britons big and small.
  11. Find something for everyone at the Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition, a “panorama of art in all media” including painting, film, photography and sculpture. It opens on the 13th and is sure to inspire a mini masterpiece or two.
  12. Immerse yourself in Project Light – Absent Remains, an under-fives workshop inspired by painter Monique Frydman. The session takes place on the 15th at Hoxton’s Parasol Unit and is run by Natalie Zervou of the brilliant Starting With Art.
  13. Take baby sensory to a whole new level with the Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent exhibition at Somerset House. This sweet-smelling show starts on the 21st and includes an on-site perfume laboratory for fragrant fun.
  14. The National Portrait Gallery’s annual BP Portrait Award opens on the 22nd. Distract the little ones with a fascinating task, like who can find the ugliest face, while you peruse the pick of the competition’s 2,500-plus entries in peace.
  15. Treat the kids to a free feast at Carnaby Street Eat. On the 3rd, 30 of Carnaby’s restaurants, bars and cafes will be giving away delicious snacks for absolutely nothing. There will also be live music so you can rock out while you chow down.
  16. Explore London’s secret gardens at the Open Squares Garden Weekend. For one weekend only on the 17th and 18th, more than 200 of the capital’s squares and gardens will unlock their gates to the public. Perfect for feral children.
  17. Wine shop Bottle Apostle is holding a series of Mums’ Tasting Events across its London venues on the 28th and 29th. You’re encouraged to bring your child though snacks and spittoons are provided to stop you from getting mullered.
  18. The British Museum runs its varied Little Feet workshops for under-fives every week or so. June’s sessions include a plant-pot decorating morning on the 9th, an animal-themed badge-making class on the 18th and disco-dancing on the 23rd.
  19. London Fields-based kids’ bookshop Telling Tales is hosting a crafty workshop and story session with illustrator and picture-book creator Sandra Dieckmann on the 10th. The session is suitable for 3-10s and is free but places are limited.
  20. Get pampered at the Got This – Style charity event from The Beaubox x Mama Rules – a day of inspiring talks, beauty treatments and bubbles (the adult kind) on the 23rd. Kids are welcome and there’ll be plenty to keep them occupied on the day.

Bab surveys her kingdom from the top of Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath

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