Monthly Round-Up

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

Soak up some culture with your under-5s with vibrant kids' theatre, creative gallery sessions and immersive music mornings.
  1. Whitechapel Gallery is hosting a free Family Day inspired by its Emma Hart: Mamma Mia! exhibition on the 2nd. Children of all ages are invited to work with artist Emma McGarry to build a large-scale, multi-limbed rhizomatic structure.
  2. Tate Britain’s monthly Under Fives Explore the Gallery session returns on the 2nd. Artist Rosemary Cronin will be on hand to help families explore different ways of experiencing the galleries together and discover exciting routes through them.
  3. Starting on the 2nd, Little Angel Theatre will be inviting children aged 2-5 to experience a world of colour at its vibrant WOW! Said the Owl show, about a curious little owl who is determined to stay awake and see what daylight brings.
  4. The newly opened Postal Museum’s Sorted! play space for under-8s opens its doors on the 4th. Expect an immersive mini-town with streets, buildings, trolleys, pulleys, slides and chutes. Sessions are pre-bookable, cost £5 per child and last 45 minutes.
  5. Dulwich Picture Gallery continues its Mini Masterpieces sessions on the 5th and the 21st. Beginning with an inspiration-gathering cross-gallery toddle, these under-2s classes will be themed around Windows and Light: Exploring Architecture.
  6. Chickenshed’s ever-popular Planet Play sessions for 0-3s resume on the 8th. These hands-ons classes are designed to encourage little ones to explore the world around them through song, music, movement and a variety of sensory activities.
  7. The Old Vic will be the backdrop for a series of performances of Chickenshed’s Tales From the Shed beginning on the 7th. Aimed at under-6s, this vibrant, interactive show is filled with colourful puppets, live songs and enchanting stories.
  8. The British Museum’s Little Feet drop-ins for under-5s will be held on the 8th and 21st. In Creative Crafts, children will learn about the Scythian craftspeople of ancient Siberia, while Go Greek will involve movement and stretching.
  9. FUN DMC is hosting another of its family block parties at Last Days of Shoreditch on the 9th. Expect music from resident DJ Spin Doctor plus Russ Ryan, graffiti workshops, breakdance classes, a giant slide, food stalls and an on-site bar.
  10. Camden Arts Centre’s annual Summer Takeover is scheduled for the 10th, with a variety of artist-led activities taking place all afternoon across the venue. Children of all ages are welcome and entry and all activities are free – just drop in.
  11. Walthamstow’s William Morris Gallery continues its hands-on Creative Kids series with a Sinbad the Sailor-themed class on the 14th. This free session is particularly suited to 2-4s, but all children aged five and under and their carers are welcome.
  12. Watermans arts centre is hosting its fourth River Weekender as part of Totally Thames on the 15th. Suitable for all ages, the festival will include hair sculpture, an interactive journey down the river with Mr Gumpy and impromptu opera.
  13. The Southbank Centre is reintroducing its Friday Rug Rhymes for under-5s on the 15th, 22nd and 29th. Expect nursery rhymes, poems and rhyming stories in the company of Federico and Firebird, the National Poetry Library puppets.
  14. As part of its Gamelan season, the Southbank Centre is also hosting Dragon Babies classes for kids aged 3-5 on the 18th and 25th. These sessions will allow little ones to experience the sounds of a Javanese orchestra through song, movement and play.
  15. Over-3s will love Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tails, which is showing at North Finchley’s Arts Depot on the 17th. This beautiful puppet- and prop-filled show promises lots of fun and laughs plus an exciting gypsy soundtrack.
  16. Parasol Unit’s sporadic Project Light workshop for under-5s returns on the 21st. This immersive session will involve the exploration and manipulation of an installation specially constructed for the class by artist educator Natalie Zervou.
  17. Wigmore Hall’s ever-popular under-5s events continue with its For Crying Out Loud concerts for under-1s and Chamber Tots workshops for toddlers. Many dates are booked up for the year, but there are still tickets available for FCOL on the 22nd.
  18. The William Morris Gallery’s popular Family Days continue with a Tutti Frutti-themed event on the 30th. This free drop-in session will take inspiration from Morris’s Fruit wallpaper, with activities including drawing and soap-making.
  19. On the 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th, the Royal Albert Hall invites 0-4s and their carers to its Storytelling mornings, which are designed to encourage interaction between carers and little ones using musical instruments, singing, movement and stories.
  20. Baby Loves Disco returns to Shoreditch Town Hall on the 30th. Aimed at 0-6s and their carers, this family dance party will include play tents, balloons, bubbles, dressing-up boxes, arts and crafts, healthy snacks and a bar for the grown-ups.

Bab explores God’s Own Junkyard, Walthamstow.

4 comments

  1. Morning! I think I came across your blog on instagram? Anyway I just wanted to say thank you! Your reviews are informative, honest and hilarious! I’m a mum of a 2 year old and a newborn and I have both kids with me on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (my 2 year old goes to nursery the rest of the week).  I was feeling quite anxious about keeping a toddler plus baby entertained but I’ve taken a number of your suggestions (like Dreamcatchers, national army museum etc) and they’ve all been great.   Just thought I’d drop you a note to let you know to keep up the good work as it’s been a lifesaver for me! Cheers, Tamsin

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    1. Aw thanks so much Tamsin, that makes me really happy. I often wonder how successful some of the activities we do would be with an extra child in tow – you’ll have to let me know how you get on! Emmy x

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