Monthly Round-Up

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

This month, lose yourself in immersive theatre, get creative with gallery workshops, and check out new tot-friendly exhibitions.
  1. Parasol Unit’s occasional Project Light workshop for under-5s is back on the 1st. Inspired by the gallery’s Lisa Milroy exhibition, this session will see artist Natalie Zervou construct an immersive installation to evoke curious, sensory investigation.
  2. Stewart Melton’s Seesaw is showing at Unicorn throughout February. Suitable for ages 3-6, this beautiful performance wittily explores the ups and downs of being very young, and the concepts of sharing, cooperation and collaboration.
  3. Illustration Cupboard’s The Art of Printmaking exhibition runs from the 2nd-28th. Artwork includes hand-printed silkscreens by Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, and a rare selection of Miffy silkscreen editions signed by Dick Bruna.
  4. Pop-Up Opera will present its adaptation of Hansel and Gretel at the V&A on the 4th. Suitable for all ages, this retelling of the classic tale of siblings drawn into the forest is shown as part of the museum’s Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibit.
  5. Hackney Showroom’s popular Disco Loco family party returns on the 4th with a Rabbit Rave-themed event. Expect a specially mixed soundtrack packed with old-skool rave classics, as well as carrot cake, rabbit face painting and a bouncy castle.
  6. The Southbank Centre is hosting Snigel & Friends, a magical sensory performance for under-1s and their adults, from the 7th9th. Part of the centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival, this beautiful show stars disabled dancer Caroline Bowditch.
  7. Also part of Imagine, Whoosh! will be showing at the centre on the 8th and 9th. In this heartwarming wordless performance, three brass and woodwind musicians will enchantingly blow 1-5s and their adults into a warm world of breath and wind.
  8. On the 9th, the centre will host a free performance from Mil’s Trills, a Brooklyn-based children’s music project that invites families with under-5s to celebrate community through original interactive songs accompanied by an electric ukulele.
  9. Also on the 9th, the centre will present a special edition of Screaming with Laughter, a comedy club founded by comedian Lucy Porter. Aimed at parents of under-1s, this performance will feature comedy duo Scummy Mummies.
  10. The V&A Museum of Childhood’s Dream On exhibition opens on the 10th. An exploration of dreams and the unconscious, the display examines the power of the inanimate and the notion that objects come to life when we’re not looking.
  11. Discover’s London Children’s Book Swap 2018 takes place on the 10th. This event will be hosted by venues across the city, with children encouraged to bring along a book they’ve enjoyed and swap it for someone else’s recommended read.
  12. The Royal Academy of ArtS will be hosting its The Great Brush Up 4 family workshop on the 11th. Suitable for all ages, this free drop-in takes inspiration from Charles I: King and Collector and will involve portraiture, props and dress- up.
  13. The Museum of London is running a Little London drop-in for under-5s on the 14th. This free interactive session will see little Londoners selling fruit from a miniature market stall, driving a pint-sized London bus and dressing like royalty.
  14. House of Illustration is hosting Creative Fun for 2-5s workshops on the 14th and 28th. This fun introduction to the gallery offers a chance for children to develop their confidence and making skills, as well as socialising with other toddlers.
  15. Oily Cart’s production of Hush-A-Bye will be showing at Polka from the 14th18th. Presented in two versions for different age groups, this multi-sensory production will explore the sights, sounds and smells of the wood with live music and puppets.
  16. Aurora Orchestra’s Tchaikovsky and the Marvellous Kingdom is popping up at the Southbank Centre on the 15th16th. Under-5s and their adults will be introduced to singing ducks, dancing shoes and soaring space rockets in this multi-sensory show.
  17. Peut-Être Theatre’s production of Tidy Up is appearing at Polka from the 22nd25th. Inspired by children’s logic in creating order and patterns, this show for 3-6s makes orderliness exciting for children and chaos joyful for parents.
  18. Dulwich Picture Gallery is offering a family-friendly Early Introductions viewing of its David Milne exhibition on the 23rd. Buggies, roaming toddlers and excited squeals are encouraged, and there will also be an art-making activity to enjoy.
  19. The Southbank Centre will be presenting OAE TOTS: Funharmonics – The Fairy Queen on the 25th, with tots aged 2-5 encouraged to listen to and engage with the musicians of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and their instruments.
  20. Polka will present Half Moon and Daniel Naddafy’s production of Glisten on the 28th. Aimed at babies aged 0-18 months, this gentle and immersive play explores the world of reflective materials and is accompanied by a laid-back soundtrack.

Mummy and Bab keep it cereal at Cereal Killer Cafe, Camden Stables Market.

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