Monthly Round-Up

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

Get into the festive spirit with magical theatre, Christmas markets, winter festivals and family-friendly parties.
  1. The Museum of London’s free Behind the Scenes of Paddington 2 exhibition is on now until 19th December. Suitable for all ages, the display will offer a glimpse into the making of the film, with a focus on the costumes and props used.
  2. Urban Makers East are taking residence at Fount London in Hackney throughout the festive period. This pop-up market will offer one-of-a-kind kids’ clothes and toys, homeware, accessories and gifts, all handmade by independent designer-makers.
  3. Hampton Court Palace is running its Tiny Explorers series of classes for under-4s on the 2nd, 4th, 9th and 11th. Classes vary from Movement and Music to Messy Play and are designed to bring the palace’s stories to life for young historians.
  4. Tate Britain is hosting a Library Archive Show and Tell seminar on the 3rd. Entitled Learning in the Gallery, the talk will offer attendees an insight into the diverse range of learning activities created at Tate – including the Start programme.
  5. Half Moon Theatre is staging Little Angel Theatre’s production of Handa’s Surprise on the 4th. Based on the book by Eileen Browne, this magical tale of friendship will be told through a blend of physical performance, puppetry, live music and song.
  6. The British Museum is holding two of its popular Little Feet workshops on the 5th and 24th. The first, Animal Homes, is a digital workshop based around the programming of a robot, while Colourful Creations will focus on colour and texture.
  7. Peut-Être Theatre’s Tidy Up will be showing at artsdepot on the 5th. Inspired by children’s logic, this joyful dance-theatre performance will investigate why some of us gravitate towards mess and whether anything can be ordered in the ‘right’ way.
  8. Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival begins on the 10th, celebrating the cold season with fun pop-ups and activities along a Nordic theme. The annual Christmas market will also be making an appearance, alongside an alpine pop-up lodge.
  9. The Enchanted Woodland returns to Syon Park for the 12th year running on the 10th. Ideal for all ages, this spectacular illuminated trail will bewitch kids and adults alike with its interactive lights and magical 600-year-old setting.
  10. Half Moon is the setting for Touched Theatre’s production of Twinkle Twinkle on the 11th. Aimed at children aged 1-3, this affecting tale of love, loss, loneliness and light offers an entrancing introduction to theatre for the very young.
  11. Over-threes are invited to explore their own shadows at Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Puppet Show on the 12th. Led by Drew Colby, this gentle sensory adventure leads children through magic shadow lands using amazing shadow hand puppets.
  12. Musicians Chris Sharkey and Heidi Heidelberg will be taking 2-5s on a jazz adventure on the 10th-17th. Part of Southbank Centre’s EFG London Jazz Festival, Jazz for Toddlers will include live music and fun ideas for adults to try at home.
  13. artsdepot will be the setting for a showing of Tam Tam Theatre and Half Moon’s production of Leaf on the 12th. Designed for under-3s, this intimate show is inspired by nature and the seasons, and framed within an evocative soundscape.
  14. Dulwich Picture Gallery is offering a family-friendly early viewing of its new Tove Jansson exhibition on the 17th. Buggies and roaming toddlers are encouraged, and there will also be a free art and play session for little ones in the gallery.
  15. Beginning on the 17th, Little Angel Theatre will be staging its in-house production of Sleepyhead. Designed for 2-5s, this entertaining tale follows the mischievous antics of a baby who refuses to go to sleep, despite his Dad’s best efforts.
  16. Hamley’s magical Christmas Toy Parade returns on the 19th. Head to Regent Street to meet a host of beloved children’s characters, including Ferdinand, Barbie, Paddington, Fireman Sam, Peppa Pig, Duggee from Hey Duggee and many more.
  17. Baby Loves Disco is hosting a special Pirates and Princesses Party on the 19th. Aimed at children under seven and their families, this fantasy-themed event will take place at Zebrano in Soho – with fancy dress strongly encouraged.
  18. Unicorn will present Travelling Light and Bristol Old Vic’s production of Boing! on the 22nd. Aimed at ages 2-6, this colourful piece of dance-theatre captures the excitement of two boys waiting for Father Christmas to arrive on Christmas Eve.
  19. London Symphony Orchestra is putting on a special Musical Storytelling session on the 24th. Suitable for under-5s and taking place at Jerwood Hall, this interactive concert retells Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonic fairy tale, Peter and the Wolf.
  20. Southbank Centre is hosting two special Only Dads Aloud versions of its Pram Jam song and dance sessions on the 25th and 26th. Part of the centre’s Being a Man festival, the workshop is open to dads, granddads, male carers and their under-5s.

Bab at Crib Notes at the Whitechapel Gallery.

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