20 Things

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

This month, get messy with art in the park, check out the city's best outdoor installations and build sandcastles at a pop-up urban beach.
  1. Visit the 2018 Serpentine Pavilion between now and October 7th. Designed by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo, the pavilion’s maze-like structure and subtle interplay of light, water and geometry will appeal to adults and under-5s alike.
  2. The RA is offering two Family Studio workshops this month. Participants will be creating fantastical forests inspired by Tacita Dean in Forest in the Sky on the 1st and reworking the classics in Reconstructing the Collection on the 26th.
  3. Tate Britain is hosting The Giant Paper Caper in partnership with Shambush! from the 1st-2nd. Families with children of all ages are invited to drop into the gallery’s new garden to paint their own paper person to add to the giant paper chain.
  4. PlayPen Cowork & Creche will be popping up in Mile End from the 2nd-25th, giving parents the chance to leave children aged 6 months to 5 years with experienced childcare professionals while they grab some laptop time in the Paper & Cup cafe.
  5. Frieze Sculpture will return to Regent’s Park’s English Gardens for three months from the 4th. There will be a focus on emerging and female sculptors, with concepts spanning politics, architecture, animal forms and material experimentation.
  6. Whitechapel Gallery is offering a Crib Notes tour of its The London Open 2018 exhibition on the 4th, enabling adults with under-5s to explore the origins, uses and variety of materials that artists have used within the works on display.
  7. CGP London is hosting a series of Drop-In Family Workshops for Preschoolers on the 4th, 6th, 11th and 13th. Taking place in Southwark Park, these free sessions for 3-5s are artist-led and will focus on sounds, words and materials found in the park.
  8. The British Museum is running an Exhibition Explorer version of its free Little Feet sessions on the 5th. This creative session will enable under-5s and their adults to explore the museum’s major Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece exhibition.
  9. The Everywhere Bear is on at Polka from the 6th. Adapted from the book by Julia Donaldson, this beautiful show for ages 3-6 combines original music and expressive puppets to tell the tale of a lost bear who embarks on his own big adventure.
  10. Under-5s Explore the Gallery is back at Tate Britain on the 7th, offering minis and their adults the chance to discover the gallery with artist and choreographer Aya Kobayashi – and, if you’re really lucky, to meet Anthea Hamilton’s The Squash.
  11. SouthWestFest invites families to its Teddy Bear’s Picnic in Millbank Gardens on the 8th. Attendees are asked to bring their own picnics and dress as their favourite woodland creatures, and there will also be crafts, storytelling, games and more.
  12. Little Angel By the Sea will be popping up at Little Angel from the 13th. A playful and fully immersive mix of sand play, puppet-making and a whodunit mystery, this cleverly updated Punch & Judy show is designed for ages 3-9 and their adults.
  13. NOW! Gallery welcomes a new installation from the 12thIndirect Sunlight, an immersive sculptural garden installation by artists Laura Aldridge and James Rigler, will transform the gallery into a rural retreat from the hubbub of the city.
  14. The National Gallery is hosting a BabyJazz Summer Special session on the 18th. This seasonal workshop has been specially tailored to babies aged 18 months and under and their adults, inviting them to swing and sing their way into summer.
  15. Be beside the seaside without the trek to the coast when Urban London Beach returns to Royal Docks from the 18th. Laze in a deckchair while the little ones build sandcastles on this free-to-use stretch of sandy beach, open all day every day.
  16. Whitechapel Gallery’s monthly Family Day takes place on the 21st. This month’s workshop will involve creating props for a moving forest and include an evening performance that brings the forest to life on the streets of Whitechapel.
  17. The Place is hosting a Family Dance Day on the 21st. Watch Peut Etre’s dance-theatre performance of Tidy Up, join Protein for its The Little Prince-themed dance workshop, Romp and Roll with your tinies and take part in a break-dance class.
  18. Southbank Centre is running one of its popular Pram Jam sessions on the 22nd. Part of the centre’s Africa Utopia season, the session invites children aged 5 and under and their adults to move, groove and sing along to wonderful rhythms.
  19. Royal College of Music’s Little Sparkles session runs on the 26th. Kids aged 3-4 are invited to explore the sights and sounds of the RCM’s Indonesian gamelan before taking part in a Kodály and Dalcroze Eurhythmic music and movement session.
  20. On the 29th The Printworks will play host to Monstrous!, a brand new one-day family festival. Explore seven inflatable fantasy worlds before taking part in a variety of live shows and experiences designed for mini festival goers.

Bab checks out the Orla Kiely: A Life in Print exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum, London Bridge.

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