Monthly Round-Up

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

Resolve to have an exciting 2018 with family aerial classes, offbeat kids' theatre and spectacular light shows to enchant young and old.
  1. The Museum of London’s The City is Ours exhibition runs until the 2nd. This hands-on display explores the pleasures and challenges of urban living through a range of digital and physical interactives and films, and is suitable for all ages.
  2. BRICKLIVE, the world’s biggest celebration of LEGO, is on at the Saatchi Gallery until the 7th. Expect brick pits, a dance zone, professional LEGO builders, a giant LEGO map and a LEGO graffiti wall, as well as a chance to buy the latest sets.
  3. Treat your tiny to a £25 Yo! Sushi afternoon tea at Selfridges until the 31st. Mixing British tradition with Japanese omakase dining, the tea will feature tempura nori nachos as well as matcha green tea brownies and chocolate ganache mochis.
  4. Clapham Picturehouse is showing a selection of preschooler-friendly programmes on Tuesday and Saturday mornings throughout January. Toddler Time specials will include Sarah and Duck, Messy Goes to Okido and Hey Duggee: Hugging Day Special.
  5. tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal’s adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling is popping up at Half Moon on the 6th. Suitable for over-3s, this charming production explores the ideas of identity, self-worth and inner beauty.
  6. The Geffrye is hosting a Farewell Party Weekend on the 6th and 7th, before closing for almost two years. The celebrations will include live music and performances, craft workshops, street food, and a chance to go behind the scenes at the museum.
  7. The V&A is celebrating the opening of its Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic exhibition with a series of pop-up performances on Saturdays from the 6th. These unique 30-minute theatrical shows will include live music and puppetry.
  8. Corner Kitchen will be running special under-3s Toddler Yoga classes on the 9th and 30th. Little ones will learn yoga moves and breath-work through storytelling, rhymes and games, as well as discovering body awareness and ways of relaxing.
  9. Whitechapel Gallery’s Family Day with artists Melanie King and Almudena Romero takes place on the 13th. Kids of all ages will be invited to take part in a cyanotype workshop, experiment with pinhole techniques and visit a pop-up dark room.
  10. The British Museum is running three Little Feet under-5s sessions this month, including Animal Sounds digital workshops on the 13th, the Go on a Journey Siberian adventure on the 18th and a Celebrate China special on the 26th.
  11. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is putting on a special OAE TOTS: The Fairy Queen performance at the Southbank Centre on the 14th. Designed for 2-5s, this magical introduction to orchestra will feature the music of Henry Purcell.
  12. Circus Dreams is offering a taster for its new Circus Dreams Families class on the 14th. Designed for children aged 4 months to 5 years and their adults, the class will teach skills including aerial silks, hula hoops, rope climbing, juggling and trapeze.
  13. The Winter Lights festival is taking place from the 16th-27th throughout Canary Wharf. Featuring spectacular light installations and interactive art, this free showcase will delight young and old and can be seen from 5-10pm every day.
  14. And if that’s not enough, Lumiere – the UK’s largest light festival – returns from the 18th-21st. More than 40 UK and international artists will take part, reimagining London’s streets and transforming the city into a dazzling nocturnal art exhibition.
  15. V&A Museum of Childhood is running two special talks this month. Choose from The World of War Horse: Animals and Children in the East End, 1840 – 1919 on the 18th, or Growing up in London 1930 – 1960: The First Ten Years on the 31st.
  16. Dulwich Picture Gallery is running a special Tove Jansson and the World of the Moomins edition of its Mini Masterpieces sessions for under-2s on the 18th. Explore the world of the Finnish artist before creating your own Moomin-inspired work.
  17. Embark on a storytelling adventure for under 5s at Little Stories on the 22nd. Join Ruffio, a King Charles Cavalier puppy, as he guides you through the art at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, and brings the world of the Restoration to life.
  18. Half Moon will present Fairytales Gone Bad: Grannylocks/The Monstrous Duckling on the 25th. Join performance poet Joseph Coelho as he unravels familiar fairytales to create fresh, contemporary classics in this enchanting performance.
  19. House of Illustration will host a Family Workshop Exploring Neighbourhoods with Pen, Wash and Watercolour event on the 27th. Suitable for all ages, the session will draw inspiration from the gallery’s Lucinda Rogers: On Gentrification exhibition.
  20. The Albany in Deptford will be hosting its Disco Kids: Old Skool Disco on the 28th. Designed for under-7s and their carers, the event will feature music from the 1980s, with retro fancy dress strongly encouraged.

Bab explores Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic at the V&A, South Kensington.

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