Monthly Round-Up

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

This month, cool off in city fountains, relax on urban beaches and build your own ice lollies with your preschooler.
  1. Tour Tate Britain with your toddler at the gallery’s Under Fives Explore afternoon on the 1st. Guided by artist Ania Bas, this playful session is designed to help little ones make connections between their everyday lives and the art within the gallery.
  2. Whack out the glow sticks at the Baby Loves Disco Mini Roadshow at Shoreditch Town Hall on the 1st. Suitable for kids aged 0-6 and their carers, this two-hour dance fest will include play tents, inflatables, arts and crafts, games and giveaways.
  3. Starting on the 2nd, families are invited to drop in to Camden Arts Centre’s Sunday Studio Takeover sessions with artist Hannah Hewetson to take part in activities using paint and stencils to create immersive abstract environments.
  4. Kidswear boutique Ellie’s Heirlooms is holding its first-ever pop-up shop at Fount London’s shop space from the 4th-16th. The brand’s unique pieces are handmade using antique linen handprinted with patterns inspired by the natural world.
  5.  And from the 18th-30th, sparkly kids’ accessories and homeware brand Sparkle Child will be picking up the Fount London pop-up baton, with a promise of lots of exciting workshops, discounts and competitions during its residency.
  6.  Looking for some fun in the sun? The Roundhouse’s annual Camden Beach event becomes the Big Screen on the Beach for 2017, with a host of family-friendly films showing at the sandy open-air cinema throughout the summer. Starts on the 15th.
  7. Or if you’d rather just sit back and let them build sandcastles then JW3’s free Hampstead Beach venue launches on the 2nd, with a special Parent and Baby Fest for expectant parents and those with children under four on the 9th.
  8. Alternatively, head east to the Urban London Beach for sand, deckchairs and cable-car spotting fun from the 17th. While not quite Bournemouth, this free event’s waterfront setting makes it feel slightly more authentic than its urban beach rivals.
  9. If your child is more water baby than sand fairy then the South Bank’s Appearing Rooms by Jeppe Hein will keep them entertained (and soaked) all summer with its unpredictable water jets that rise and fall to create temporary ‘rooms’.
  10. Still need to cool off? The smutty-sounding but totally PG Magnum Pleasure Store will be serving up icy treats for sugar addicts of all ages throughout the summer with a dipping bar where you can coat your lolly in chocolate, sauce and toppings.
  11. Chickenshed Theatre will be roosting at the V&A on the 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd with its Tales From the Shed series of interactive shows for young children. Noise is encouraged at these vibrant events, which are packed with puppets and live music.
  12. Touched Theatre’s new production Twinkle Twinkle is showing at Little Angel on the 7th and 8th. Aimed at children aged 18 months to three years, this interactive tale of love, loss, loneliness and light boasts magical puppetry and an original score.
  13. And if that’s not enough drama for you try Polka’s Hatch show, starting on the 7th and running throughout the summer. A feast of sight and sound for 2-5s, this lush production follows the journey of an egg through different sensory worlds.
  14. Looking for a bit of calm amid the hustle and bustle? Hidden behind the hell that is Shaftesbury Avenue, the newly reopened Phoenix Garden is the perfect spot to release jaded, buggy-bound toddlers on days where Central London is unavoidable.
  15. Searching for an unusual picture book or the perfect nursery artwork? Then look no further than House of Illustration’s Illustrators’ Summer Fair. Popping up on the 9th, the fair will feature 150 stalls showcasing the best in contemporary illustration.
  16. Pop along to Bubble London on the the 16th and 17th. As well as showcasing the latest in kids’ fashion and interiors, this inspirational trade show will feature an exciting programme of talks, as well as music workshops to keep tinies entertained.
  17. The Michael Morpurgo: A Life in Stories showcase will open at the V&A Museum of Childhood on the 22nd. This tribute to the beloved children’s author will include manuscripts, artworks, an atmospheric soundscape and Joey the War Horse puppet.
  18. The Museum of London is taking part in the city-wide Archikids Festival on the 22nd and 23rd. This free family drop-in event will include tours, performances and art activities, all with a focus on the architecture that surrounds us.
  19. Beginning on the 24th, The National Gallery will be resuming its programme of Messy Mondays and Talking Tuesdays for under-fives. These themed school-holiday sessions are totally free, with activities including stories, art, play and song.
  20. The Whitechapel Gallery is running one of its occasional Crib Notes sessions on the 26th. Under-fours and their carers will be given a tour of the gallery’s current Emma Hart: Mamma Mia! exhibition, followed by refreshments and a chat.

Bab plays at the toddler playground, Hampstead Heath.

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