Monthly Round-Up

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

This month, make the most of the great outdoors with festivals, al fresco installations, park fun days and outdoor water-play.
  1. Head down to More London’s Summer by the River festival all month to take part in a variety of exciting events. Child-friendly activities include PG film screenings, kids’ gardening workshops, concerts, musical theatre, crown-making and lots more.
  2. Bourne & Hollingsworth’s Beautiful Allotment installation will be popping up in The Geffrye’s front garden until the 19th. Come for the barbecue then check out the cocktail bar while the little ones run amok through the vegetable patches.
  3. The original Islington Play Day returns to Barnard Park Adventure Playground on the 1st. Expect hands-on activities including messy play, arts and crafts, an obstacle course, cardboard city building and access to the playground’s fantastic facilities.
  4. Look Up, a beautiful blend of circus, puppetry and theatre, will be showing at the Rain or Shine Festival in Camberwell on the 1st. Taking place on a 5-metre-high aerial rig, the show celebrates what we see if we step outside of our everyday lives.
  5. Inspired by its temporary exhibition, V&A Museum of Childhood’s Nordic Summer Family Days programme runs every Thursday throughout August. Themes will include folk storytelling, design in the home, fashion, nature and ecological design.
  6. National Army Museum’s Parachute Games sessions will be taking place every Tuesday and Thursday morning throughout August. Suitable for ages 3-6, these fun, sensory classes enable little ones to hone their rhythm, agility and team skills.
  7. RA is running Stories in the Gallery workshops on the 3rd and 10th. Suitable for over-3s, these sessions give families the chance to explore the galleries together before creating a collaborative artwork in response to the Summer Exhibition 2018.
  8. Tate Britain’s ever-brilliant Under Fives Explore the Gallery workshop returns on the 4th. Join artist Aya Kobayashi to explore different ways of experiencing the galleries, discovering exciting routes and journeys alongside other families.
  9. The Postal Museum is including Object-Handling: Delivered From the Past drop-in sessions with general admission on Sundays throughout August. Children of all ages are invited to get close to real objects and discover their secrets and stories.
  10. The National Gallery’s popular Messy Mondays: Exploring the Gallery sessions for under-5s are running throughout August. Be inspired by a painting from the collection before getting creative in a tactile environment through messy play.
  11. Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall will be hosting Monstersaurus!, an energetic show for over-3s, from the 7th-12th. Join Monty the inventor as he creates a whole world of incredible monsters, accompanied by an original musical score.
  12. A new, humorous twist on Red Riding Hood will be showing aboard the Puppet Barge in Richmond from the 8th, with a mix of marionettes and shadow puppets telling the tale of an arty Granny, a feisty Red Riding Hood and a dark Wolf.
  13. Drop into Tate Modern’s 20 Days Tate Exchange workshop from the 8th. Here, visitors of all ages are invited to take a holiday from the usual and enter into a space, time and dimension where we can all creatively question normality.
  14. RA is hosting one of its regular Family Studio sessions on the 12th. This month, take inspiration from portrait/landscape painter Thomas Gainsborough and create a miniature garden using imaginative props before using it as inspiration to paint.
  15. Ace Hotel will be the setting for a special edition of Wake Up Gigs, in collaboration with Hoop, on the 12th. This two-hour ‘taster’ gig will feature singer/songwriter Rob Green and soulful newcomer Only Girl, and include kids’ activities and a bar.
  16. British Museum is running an outdoor version of its popular Little Feet sessions for under-5s on the 13th. Get Splashy invites little ones and their carers to explore the wonderful world of water with paddling pools, watering cans and buckets galore.
  17. The Geffrye is offering a variety of Holiday Activities for ages 2+ from the 16th-31st. Themed rhyme-time drop-ins and craft sessions will be on offer, along with free activity packs and trails to help little ones explore the museum gardens.
  18. Wild Child Festival will be popping up in Dulwich from the 17th-19th. Expect interactive storytelling, live music, theatre, yoga and even a Babes in the Burrow area for 0-3-year-olds featuring a sensory play space and a messy edible play area.
  19. The brilliant Indie Kids’ Kids is hosting a gig at The Finsbury on the 18th. Bring your kids, your mates and your mates’ kids, and dance along to tunes by Suede, The Strokes, The Pixies, Nirvana, The Stone Roses, Arctic Monkeys and loads more.
  20. FUN DMC is hosting a Carnival Special at PARADISE by Way of Kensal Green on the 28th, to coincide with the Notting Hill Carnival. Expect DJs plus three activity rooms with face-painting, hip-hop colouring-in, competitions and plenty of food and drink.

Bab checks out the toilets at The Breakfast Club, Hoxton.

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