Monthly Round-Up

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

Get ready for Christmas with magical markets, festive theatre, winter workshops and encounters with Santa himself.
  1. The British Museum is hosting two free Little Feet under-5s workshops this month. On the 1st, Objects From Kiribati will offer a sensory journey across the ocean, while Go Crawling on the 7th will involve crawling through Persian palace tunnels.
  2. The V&A will be staging free Pop-Up Performances: Festive Weekends every Sunday from the 2nd to the 23rd. Students from the Royal College of Music will provide the music while families take part in making and performance activities.
  3. Half Moon Theatre is running a Winter Arts and Crafts Fair on the 2nd. Suitable for all ages, this free event will feature an affordable art fair, local artists, children’s book illustrators, handmade crafts and a series of in-theatre events.
  4. The Museum of London is playing host to a Victorian Santa’s Grotto from the 2nd to the 23rd. Experience the museum’s Victorian Walk before finding Father Christmas in his Secret Grotto and receiving a special gift. Tickets cost from £10 per child.
  5. Polka Theatre is holding its World of Stories and Music event on the 2nd. This free morning of storytelling will feature some of the most dynamic spoken-word artists and storytellers in the UK today – plus it includes free ice cream.
  6. Luxury Children’s website Lobella Loves is hosting a Christmas Market in Finsbury Park’s Arts Building on the 2nd and 3rd. Expect Christmas gifts, breakdancing Santas, mulled wine, a glamorous choir, special guests and much more.
  7. The ever-brilliant Wake Up Gigs are putting on their fifth parent-focused event on the 3rd, featuring the biggest lineup ever. Enjoy four eclectic bands over the course of four hours, plus soft play, arts and crafts, balloon animals and baby changing.
  8. The Dot to Dot Christmas designer Market is being held at the V&A Museum of Childhood on the 3rd. The event will featuring a host of local designers and beautiful stores, including Telling Tales, Honey & Toast, Mootz and ToyDrop.
  9. Babyccino’s fabulous ShopUp event will be popping up at Chelsea Old Town Hall on the 3rd and 4th. Participants will include Greenberry Kids, Niddle Noddle and Scandi Mini, plus there will be plenty of activities to keep little ones amused.
  10. Direct from a smash-hit West End season, The Tiger Who Came to Tea is showing at artsdepot from the 5th-7th. Suitable for ages 3+, this musical play is based on the classic book by Judith Kerr, and adapted and directed by David Wood.
  11. Chickenshed will be hosting a festive version of its popular Tales From the Shed from the 5th to the 30th. Suitable for ages 0-6, this panto-inspired ‘Talesomime’ will include a host of familiar characters, as well as plenty of interactive silliness.
  12. In case you missed the first one, Dulwich Picture Gallery is offering another family-friendly viewing of its Tove Jansson exhibition on the 8thEarly Introductions welcomes babies and roaming toddlers, and includes a free art and play session.
  13. The V&A’s Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic exhibition opens on the 9th. This playful, multi-sensory exhibition explores the magical world of this much-loved bear through sketches, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion.
  14. Half Moon is presenting Long Nose Puppets’ production of Penguin on the 9th. Based on the book by Polly Dunbar and aimed at ages three and up, this exciting, surreal show is  full of surprises, with lively songs by Tom Gray of Gomez.
  15. As part of its Wintertime festival, Southbank Centre is hosting two special festive Pram Jam events on the 12th and 20th. The first of these sessions will focus on dance while the second will centre around singing. Suitable for under-5s.
  16. The 2017 Children’s Book Fair is being held at Parasol Unit on the 15th and 16th, with events including illustrator workshops, storytelling sessions and readings by favourite authors and poets, as well as signings and a live drawing session.
  17. Southbank Centre is running a special festive edition of its Rug Rhymes sessions as part of its Wintertime festival on the 15th. This free event will feature songs and poems celebrating winter and togetherness in the Nordic Room for Children.
  18. National Poetry Day Ambassador Joseph Coelho will perform Fairytales Gone Bad: Grannylocks/The Monstrous Duckling at Half Moon on the 16th.  The show is for ages 3+ and includes a chance to meet Coelho and buy signed copies of his books.
  19. Wimbledon’s Polka Theatre is offering a magical multi-sensory workshop on the 22nd. Designed for children aged 3-5, Snowy Stories will explore tales inspired by winter, helping to get little ones into the festive spirit.
  20. Royal Albert Hall will host Little Blue Monster Productions’ performance of Santa’s Little Helper on the 27th and 28th. This tale of festive adventure is set on Christmas Eve and designed for children aged 3+ and their grown ups.

Bab explores the Story Garden at Discover Children’s Story Centre, Stratford.

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