20 Things

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

This month, cuddle dogs at a canine creche, bop to Belle & Sebastian at an indie disco and ogle Lego at a Nordic design exhibition.
  1. The Illustration Cupboard’s Spring Cleaning With Shirley exhibition opens on the 1st. This rare chance to view Shirley Hughes’ original artworks will include nine never-before-seen pieces, with a book signing planned for later in the month.
  2. Shoreditch Dog House is popping up at The Canvas until the 30th. As well as paying for hot meals for Tower Hamlets’ homeless population, this canine community creche welcomes anyone (big or small) who just really needs to cuddle a puppy.
  3. Adapted from the bestselling books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales is showing at artsdepot on the 4th. This live-action show weaves together live music, puppetry and a host of colourful characters.
  4. Also on the 4th, artsdepot is hosting the Family Folk Show with Megson, an award-winning folk duo known for their heavenly vocals and lush harmonies. Devised specially for pre-schoolers, the concert will feature folk songs old and new.
  5. The British Museum returns with a trio of Little Feet under-5s workshops this month. Encounter incredible Indian objects on the 6th, use digital devices to make discoveries on the 10th and celebrate spring with a light-filled session on the 29th.
  6. William Morris Gallery is running one of its Creative Kids sessions for under-5s on the 8th. The workshop will take inspiration from Gayle Chong Kwan’s The People’s Forest exhibition and attendees will help to create a soaring tree sculpture.
  7. Coinciding with its Women of the World festival on the 10th11th, Southbank Centre is offering WOW Crèche sessions in partnership with Westway Trust Crèche. Craft and storytelling activities will be provided, with part- and whole-day slots available.
  8. Peut-Être Theatre’s Tidy Up is showing at The Albany on the 11th. Intended for ages 3+, this non-verbal performance focuses on colour and shape, and investigates why some of us gravitate towards mess and how balloons can create pandemonium.
  9. Hackney Showroom is the setting for Disco Loco’s Mind, Body & Soul family party on the 11th. Expect a mash-up of soul, rare groove, Motown, R&B and disco, as well as rave yoga and a special guest fortune teller. Remember, grannies get in free.
  10. Whitechapel Gallery is hosting one of its occasional Crib Notes sessions for adults with under-4s on the 14th. Attendees will be given a special tour of the gallery’s Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World exhibition, with refreshments to follow.
  11. Museum of London is running a Great Fire of London family walk on the 18th. Suitable for all ages, this interactive tour will explore how the fire started, spread and was finally stopped, with site visits including Pudding Lane and London Bridge.
  12. artsdepot will present Egg and Spoon, a gentle introduction to theatre for 1-5s, on the 18th. Run through the rain and sleep under the snow until the sun wakes everyone up for the butterfly party in this interactive romp through the seasons.
  13. Ministry of Sound will be the setting for Rave-A-Roo‘s monthly family party on the 24th. Expect top DJs, disco ball games, live stage performances, confetti mayhem, neon craft, a chillout room, a UV tattoo station and resident artists Go!Go!Go!.
  14. FUN DMC will host its Jazzie B Special on the 25th. Hip-hop fans of all ages will be invited to take part in a whole host of hands-on activities, including breakdance lessons, a graffiti train, hip-hop colouring in, a babies’ soft play area and lots more.
  15. How Does It Feel To Be Loved? is running its third child-friendly disco on the 25th. This alternative to rave-themed discos such as BFLF and Rave-A-Roo offers indie kids and their tinies a chance to bop around to The Smiths and The Ramones.
  16. Fuel your mini activists’ fire with a trip to The Design Museum’s Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018 exhibition. Opening on the 28th, this display will explore the role of graphic design in the major political moments of our times.
  17. Opening on the 30th, the V&A Museum of Childhood’s Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today exhibition will bring together some of the 20th century’s most iconic Nordic designs for children, from LEGO to the Moomins.
  18. A Big Day Out with Peter Rabbit opens at Kew on the 30th. Learn about the vegetables Peter found in Mr McGregor’s garden, follow a trail based on Peter and his friends, and discover Beatrix Potter’s links with Kew on this Easter adventure.
  19. As part of ZSL’s 2018 Superheroes Takeover, London Zoo is running a Superheroes Trail from the 30th. Children of all ages can take on the Capes of Confusion invisibility game and explore with a special comic book packed with fun activities.
  20. Battersea Arts Centre is holding a free Family Saturdays event on the 31st. Enjoy face painting, music, toy and clothes swaps, storytelling for under-5s, free entry to the centre’s The Bee’s Knees play space and artist-led crafty workshops for all ages.

Bab and her friend Wilde enjoy a lunch date at Sans Pere, Broadway Market.

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