20 Things

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

Celebrate summer with family-friendly festivals, seasonal kids' shows, outdoor activities and school-holiday gallery specials.
  1. Running from the 2nd to the 4th and influenced by stories from Rudyard Kipling’s literary classic, Chickenshed’s summer show The Jumble Book combines puppetry and live projection to create a magical theatrical experience for 3-6 year olds.
  2. The theatre is also running a special edition of its Planet Play baby and toddler sessions for 0-3s inspired by The Jumble Book. The class promises a spectacular sensory experience and takes place alongside the big kids’ show on the 3rd and 4th.
  3.  Need another theatre fix? Tea Break Theatre’s Bobbin, an interactive, wordless show about the mischievous spirit of a shoemaker’s workshop, is showing at Little Angel Theatre from the 7th to the 10th, with a suggested audience age of 2-6.
  4. And if that’s still not enough, Unicorn’s popular Sensacional show for children aged 18 months to 3 years returns on the 10th. Fully immersive, this exciting show sees kids donning white suits and becoming part of a digital world of light and sound.
  5. Baby Broadway continues its programme of family concerts on the 10th. These show-tune-filled events feature real West End performers and take place in locations all over London, from Putney and Chiswick to Angel and Highgate.
  6. The Geffrye Museum is running a series of holiday events for 2-5s between the 1st and the 4th. The Nursery Rhyme Time lineup of interactive storytelling and craft sessions will cover topics as diverse as recycling and the seaside.
  7.  Museum of London Docklands is holding two 2-5s events this month: Time Tunnellers, an interactive show that invites toddlers to become archaeologists for the day (runs throughout August); and a Little Detectives workshop on the 29th.
  8. Join the RA for one of its family holiday workshops from the 2nd to the 9th, when families with kids of all ages will be invited to explore the gallery and create a collaborative artwork in response to its contemporary Summer Exhibition 2017.
  9. The V&A Museum of Childhood is hosting Summertime Story Weaving Family Days on Fridays throughout August. Inspired by the current Michael Morpurgo exhibit, these themed days are led by artists, writers and musicians, and are suitable for all.
  10. Tate Britain’s Under Fives Explore the Gallery afternoon is back on the 5th. This child-led session encourages little ones to experiment with materials while discovering connections between their everyday lives and the art within the gallery.
  11. The National Gallery is running its regular Family Walk and Talk event on the 6th. Attendees will be given a tour of the current Take One Picture exhibition and encouraged to share their thoughts on the artworks, in turn bringing them to life.
  12. Celebrate the start of the holidays in style at Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Family Summer Celebration on the 6th. Suitable for children of all ages, this early-evening event will include art-making, storytelling, dressing up and an on-site barbecue.
  13. DPG is also offering drop-in art-making sessions throughout August with the summer pavilion as their backdrop. Designed for kids aged 3+, Art in the Pavilion will explore themes taken from the gallery’s collection, as well as the pavilion itself.
  14. The British Museum continues its series of Little Feet sessions for under-fives with a special outdoor edition on the 11th. Taking place in the museum forecourt, the Make a Splash workshop promises to be a wet one, so be sure to bring a towel.
  15. The William Morris Gallery’s monthly Family Day takes a creepy crawly turn on the 26th. Brave little ones will be invited to handle snakes, snails and cockroaches at the Bugs and Beasties-themed session, before creating a tile design to take home.
  16. As part of the Mall Galleries’ new Parks: Our Shared Heritage exhibition, St. James’s Park is hosting a family Art in the Park day on the 9th, when children of all ages will be invited to draw their surroundings or create a placard-inspired artwork.
  17.  Hackney Showroom’s Disco Loco family festival returns to Springfield Park on the 12th. This brilliant free event will feature live music on the main stage, a theatre stage with cabaret, comedy and dance, a literature stage, food stalls and a bar.
  18. The fantastic Wake up Gigs is hosting its third event on the 13th, when London band Avec Sans will play a special set for parents and families. There will be buggy space, soft play, lifts, baby-changing facilities, a bar and Pizza East pizza available.
  19. The Mother Maker is holding its second pop-up market on the 5th and 6th. Hosted by Proud East, the weekend event will be packed with mother makers showcasing their wares, including children’s clothing labels, as well as kids’ activities and more.
  20. The Alligator’s Mouth is running a special author/illustrator event with Zehra Hicks, author of the brilliant Giraffe and Frog, on the 14th. Hicks will be reading and signing books, as well as joining in with drawing and puppet-making activities.

Bab dances in the fountain in Granary Square, King’s Cross.

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