Monthly Round-Up

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

This month, pop along to pop-up performances, run riot in private squares and check out this summer's most anticipated exhibitions.
  1. The V&A invites families to take part in an energetic sound and dance performance on the 1st. Created by House of Absolute, ‘Stardust‘ will move from the museum’s Sackler Courtyard to its John Madejski Garden over the course of 40 minutes.
  2. Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern is on at the Fashion & Textile Museum until 23rd September. Featuring over 150 patterns and products, this colourful exhibition explores the power of decoration to transform the way we feel. Under-12s go free!
  3. Until the 3rd, Kew’s larger-than life gnome puppet Gnomus will be showing visitors around the gardens’ Temperate House, and sharing stories that teach children the importance of learning about the world’s rarest and most endangered species.
  4. Polka will present its Join the Dots workshop in partnership with Techtopia Festival on the 1st. Designed for ages 3-4, this music and movement session will take children on an exciting journey through the worlds of light, colour and imagination.
  5. Whitechapel Gallery is hosting one of its popular Family Days on the 2nd. The Alone Together workshop will involve experimental face-painting and movement sessions, as well as creating a collaborative installation alongside other families.
  6. V&A Museum of Childhood invites you to Come and Play with Montessori on the 3rd. Designed for ages 0-4, this drop-in session provides an opportunity to spend time playing with your children whilst exploring Montessori activities and ideas.
  7. Experience the spontaneous alternative world of Pardip Kapil with Pop Up Pardip, as ActionSpace takes over Tate Exchange on the 5th-6th. Create and explore an immersive installation using costumes, props, found objects, projections and more.
  8. As part of its Architecture and Us Festival Day on the 9th, The National Gallery is offering a variety of activities for children, including the Deconstruct, Reconstruct creative drop-in and the Performing Spaces movement session for under-5s.
  9. As part of Open House Families weekend on the 9th-10th, Canary Wharf’s Jubilee Park will play host to Canary Woof!. This DIY kennel-building workshop is inspired by the area’s buildings and their histories, with kids (and dogs) of all ages welcome.
  10. Gather inside the V&A’s wooden globe to hear a Pop Up Performance on the 9th, 16th and 30th. Suitable for all ages, these sessions will include music-making inspired by objects in the gallery on the first two dates, and harp music on the 30th.
  11. Discover new green spaces on the 9th-10th, as Open Garden Squares Weekend unlocks the gates of more than 200 of London’s private gardens. Tickets buy you access to all of them plus a host of activities and experiences for all the family.
  12. The Royal Academy of Art’s hotly anticipated 250th Summer Exhibition opens on the 12th. Coordinated by Grayson Perry, the show will feature more than 1,200 artworks, and spill out of the RA and onto the streets of London’s West End.
  13. Fancy story time with a view? Prepare for some very tall tales as Time Out hosts tales for 0-3s on board the London Eye from the 12th-21st. Stories will have a London theme and be told by a line-up of brilliant storytellers and performers.
  14. Polka presents This is my Bed, an opera about bedtimes, bears and dreams, from the 13th-24th. Performed by three singers and two players, this award-winning show is and full of songs, characters and animation, and is suitable for ages 2-5.
  15. JW3 will play host to a Mothers Who Make peer support group meet on the 15th. Intended for artists of all kinds, MWM offers a friendly – and child-friendly – space where maker mothers can discuss the challenges that their dual roles present.
  16. The V&A’s fabulous new Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up exhibition opens on the 16th. On display will be a fascinating collection of the Mexican artist’s personal artefacts and clothing that has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.
  17. Tate Britain will run a special Queer Walk Through British Art version of its Under 5s Explore the Gallery sessions on the 23rd. Join artist Ashley-Louise McNaughton in discovering exciting routes through the galleries alongside other queer families.
  18. Little Angel will be presenting The Adventures of Pom, a visual and sensory exploration of the Greek myth Persephone, on the 25th. The performance is aimed at ages 4 months to 5 years, and will combine music, moving images and puppetry.
  19. Players from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will be presenting OAE Tots: King Arthur at the Southbank Centre on the 30th. Aimed at 2-5s,  this magical introduction to orchestra will feature the evocative English music of Henry Purcell.
  20. Also on the 30th, the Royal Academy of Art is hosting a willow bee family workshop. Attendees will be invited to help decorate the RA courtyard with bees, learn about the importance of protecting insects, and make pom pom bees to take home.

 

Babu explores Land of the Lions at ZSL London Zoo.

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