20 Things

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

Stay on the sunny side up this Easter with toddler-friendly art installations, interactive baby theatre and egg-citing family festivals.
  1. Fred Butler’s Harmonics in Space installation is at NOW Gallery until the 29th. This soft and spongy, child-friendly space explores chromotherapy as an antidote to seasonal affective disorder, and includes a healing soundtrack and origami table.
  2. Monkey Business and The Birdman are showing as a double bill at the Puppet Theatre Barge until 13th May, telling the tales of a unified circus ape troupe that stages a rebellion and a rejected baby bird respectively. Both are aimed at ages 3+.
  3. Tate Modern’s Intergenerational Studio: Joan Jonas workshop is running until the 15th, inviting visitors of all ages to play with objects and materials, encounter
    artist performances, and create and share their own soundtrack or live video.
  4. The handcrafted sets from Wes Anderson’s new stop-animation film, dystopian sci-fi comedy Isle of Dogsare on show at The Store until the 5th. Models are displayed out of reach of tinies and you can even grab a bowl of ramen in the noodle bar.
  5. From the 2nd to the 13th, V&A Museum of Childhood is hosting drop-in sessions inspired by its new Nordic Design exhibition. Choose from folk stories, nordic arts and crafts, little hands playtime, a pop-up photo studio and museum playtime.
  6. The Pop-Up Poetry Playground will be resident at artsdepot from the 3rd to the 7th. Created with Discover Children’s Story Centre, this interactive playground invites visitors of all ages to create their own poem using foam shapes and colourful cards.
  7. Museum of London is hosting a storytelling event to celebrate the release of the new Little Miss Inventor book on the 4th. Tickets include a goodie bag and a picture of your favourite Mr Men character drawn by LMI creator Adam Hargreaves.
  8. The Camden Market Minis festival will pop up on the 6th, offering a wealth of fun activities for under-5s, including face-painting, trainer customising and an Easter egg hunt, as well as healthy-eating workshops, and zumba and street-dance classes.
  9. Tate Britain is running its monthly Under Fives Explore the Gallery session on the 7th. Join choreographer and artist Aya Kobayashi in exploring different ways of experiencing the gallery together, discovering exciting routes with other families.
  10. Celebrate the final weeks of the V&A’s Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic exhibition with an early-years Drop-In Design event on the 8th. Create your own mobile or storybook, make words bounce and climb around your favourite scenes.

  11. artsdepot will be welcoming The Amazing Bubble Man on the 10th. Louis Pearl explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and spellbinding bubble tricks. Suitable for all ages.
  12. Filskit Theatre’s production of Kaleidoscope will be showing at Half Moon on the 13th. Designed for ages 6-18 months, this colourful show is inspired by research into how a baby’s sense of sight develops, and includes an interactive play session.
  13. Rustle, an interactive show for 0-2s, is on at The Place on the 13th-14th. Two dancers from Swedish dance collective Räserbyrån will lead babies on a journey of discovery through a world made of paper where everything can be touched.
  14. The Albany will be hosting its occasional Disco Kids event for under-7s on the 15th. This Witches and Wizards-themed family party will feature themed videos, live performances and a wicked soundtrack, with fancy dress strongly encouraged.
  15. Dulwich Picture Gallery is running a The Great Outdoors-themed Family Day on the 15th. Inspired by its David Milne exhibition, the event will comprise a variety of workshops exploring how to make artwork in the wild, and is suitable for all ages.
  16. House of Illustration’s Creative Fun for 2-5s sessions return on the 18th. Expect to look at some amazing artwork with educator and illustrator Neysela da Silva-Reed, play games, listen to a story and make something great to take home.
  17. The British Museum’s popular Little Feet sessions are back this month with a Go Disco Dancing event on the 20th. This music and movement morning will take under-5s and their carers on a sensory journey through dance, light and sound.
  18. Tricycle Theatre’s Storylab is showing at Willesden Green Library on the 21st. Written by a group of 360 primary school children and suitable for all ages, the play follows a team of undercover story agents as they fight to stop the evil Storythief.
  19. Sensacional, Imaginart/Unicorn’s acclaimed show for ages 18 months-3 years returns to the Unicorn on the 25th. Watch as your child puts on a white suit and becomes part of a digital world of shapes and squiggles that won’t keep still.
  20. As part of its Concrete Dreams weekend, Southbank Centre presents its Little Movers Workshop with Rambert on the 29th. This creative, contemporary dance session is designed for 3-5s and encourages imagination and storytelling.

Mummy and Bab colour in at the Miffy Museum, which admittedly is not technically in London.

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