20 Things

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

This month, salute the spring with outdoor puppet shows, dragon trails and festivals - then escape the rain with indoor theatre, pop-ups and interactive art.
  1. Hypnotise your little one into eating their greens with Anthea Hamilton’s live sculpture, entitled The Squash. Running at Tate Britain until October, this mesmerising, root-vegetable-themed piece is performed daily by a solo performer.
  2. Royal Festival Hall is the backdrop for A Child’s Guide to Brutalism, a display created in partnership with local school children. Running until July, it offers insight into the history of Brutalism and young people’s creative responses to it.
  3. The British Museum is holding a special Exhibition Explorer-themed Little Feet session on the 3rd. Taking place inside the Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece exhibition, this under-5s drop-in will involve a variety of themed creative activities.
  4. parasol unit’s occasional Project Light sessions for under-5s return on the 3rd with a drop-in inspired by the gallery’s Carlos Garaicoa exhibition. The session will revolve around a process-driven architectural floor piece and focus on shadows.
  5. Polka will be the setting for Lori Hopkins’ Sourpuss from the 4th-6th. Written for ages 3-6, this beautiful production tells the tale of a grumpy ginger cat who becomes enchanted by a garden and its inhabitants after getting locked out of his house.
  6. Slime-loving tinies take note: the Slime London pop-up is taking over Fitzrovia’s Gallery Different on the 5th-6th. This free event will include a floam-inspired ball pit, a bath tub spilling with Orbeez, and unicorn food – whatever the hell that is.
  7. Whitechapel Gallery is holding an Artists’ Film International edition of its Crib Notes sessions for parents/carers of under-5s on the 9th. The screening will comprise three short films, with an introduction by Assistant Curator Candy Stobbs.
  8. Hand to Mouth Theatre’s production of Jack at the Beanstalk Cafe will be showing at Polka on the 18th-20th. This nourishing bean-feast of stories for 3-6s will include The Old Woman in a Vinegar Bottle and a tasty take on Jack and the Beanstalk.
  9. Polka will also be the setting for BonteHond’s presentation of iPet – a three-dimensional show with cuddly devices – on the 24th-25th. This unusual tale of a cheeky iPad who disrupts two magicians’ digitally assisted act is aimed at ages 2.5+.
  10. Dulwich Picture Gallery will be hosting Drew Colby’s Puppet Show on the 12th. Colby will conjure up magical images and stories, using shadows to create puppets that will delight children of all ages, with fruit provided after the performance.
  11. On the 13th The Albany will be showing Taking Flight Theatre Company’s You’ve Got Dragonsthe delightful tale of one child’s journey to come to terms with their dragons. The performance is based on the Kathryn Cave book and aimed at ages 3+.
  12. Also on the 13th, the Jewish Museum is running a The Kid’s Kitchen class for 2-5s. This free event will have a French theme, with children and their carers learning how to make edible sandwich ‘snails’ and their own Eiffel Tower.
  13. The Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival is also running on the 13th. This free event celebrates the 355th anniversary of the first sighting of Punch in England (by Samuel Pepys in May 1662) and takes place in the garden of St Paul’s Church.
  14. NOW Gallery will be welcoming Hattie Stewart’s I Don’t Have Time For This from the 16th. This immersive work invites viewers to participate with Stewart’s doodle-bombing illustrations, becoming part of an illustrated fantasy world.
  15. Musician David Gibb will present Climb That Tree at artsdepot on the 20th. The performance will take over-3s on a musical journey through Gibb’s often surreal imagination where bears live in cupboards and wolves roam school corridors.
  16. The gardens at Kew are the setting for a Little Explorers session on the 21st. Aimed at 2-5s, this fun-packed adventure can be followed by a hunt for dragon sculptures around the gardens as part of the Dragon Trail, which runs until September.
  17. David McKee’s iconic picture book Not Now, Bernard is coming to life in a new play for 3-6s. It’s on at Unicorn from the 27th and attendees will be able to take advantage of the theatre’s soft-play area before and after the performance.
  18. Half Moon’s Three – Fairytales Unpacked will appear at All Points East in Victoria Park on the 28th-29th. During the performance, which is aimed at ages 3+, three singing actors will weave together famous tales all featuring the number three.
  19. Explore new ways to produce and express ideas together with your tiny as part of Tate Modern’s Inside Out week. On the 29th and 31st, join in with a free interactive making session for all ages, guided by professional artists and writers.
  20. Museum of London is hosting a Twinkle Twinkle London night-time sensory room on the 30th. Designed for under-3s, this drop-in session will feature twinkly coloured lights, London shadow making, and plenty more to stimulate the senses.

Bab does some art at Purple Dragon, Chelsea.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s