Monthly Round-Up

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

This month, soak up some culture with tot-friendly LDF pop-ups, vintage toy and video-game exhibitions, and storytelling in the clouds.
  1. Barbican has announced it’s developing a new offer for under-5s, following on from its collaboration with Co-DB Play and Pop up Parks on Barbican Blocks. Activities will be introduced this month, with Barbican Blocks forming part of the new offer.
  2. Dulwich Picture Gallery is also introducing a new programme of activities this month. These sessions, aimed at 2-4s, will include an adventure through the gallery’s Old Masters collection, with storytelling, singalongs and art-making.
  3. Rich Mix is hosting one of its popular Storycraft for Under-5s workshops on the 2nd. Aimed at 2-5s and their carers, the sessions combine puppets, instruments, actions, music and discussion to encourage families to enjoy stories together.
  4. British Museum is hosting two Little Feet sessions for under-5s this month. Help create a Nile scene and make jewellery at Explore Egypt on the 7th, and help make a rainbow and dress teddies in colourful fabrics at Riotous Rainbows on the 21st.
  5. V&A’s Video Games: Design/Play/Disrupt exhibition opens on the 8th. Expect large-scale installations and interactives, and combine with a trip to see Pentagram x 14-18 NOW’s immersive Dazzle exhibition in the Creative Studio from the 15th-23rd.
  6. RA is running an interactive storytelling workshop with Lauren Grierson on The Tiger Who Came to Tea on the 8th. Suitable for ages 3+, the session invites families to help recreate Judith Kerr’s beloved story with music, props and movement.
  7. Whitechapel Gallery is offering a special London Art Book Fair 2018 edition of its monthly Family Day on the 8th-9th. Families with children of all ages are invited to join artist Sarah Carne to explore visual, audio and sensorial storytelling.
  8. Mini Wonders: Czech Toys Past and Present will be running at the Czech Centre from the 15th. The exhibition will include construction sets by Merkur, a balance bike by Re Pello, inflatable toys by Fatra and magnetic wooden puzzles by Detoa.
  9. Kellenberger-White’s Alphabet installation will be popping up at Broadgate from 15th-23rd as part of LDF. Visitors are encouraged to explore, interact, move and make words with the work, which consists of 26 bespoke colourful alphabet chairs.
  10. Es Devlin’s Please Feed the Lions will be popping up in Trafalgar Square from the 15th-23rd. Also part of LDF, this interactive lion sculpture will ‘roar’ poetry made up of words chosen by the public by way of LEDs embedded inside its mouth.
  11. Another LDF offering, The Paddington Central Flip Book Garden by Studio Appétit will appear on the Regent’s Canal from the 15th-23rd. Mimicking a pop-up book, the urban oasis will be ‘flipped’ during the day to create new interactive atmospheres.
  12. Head to Shoreditch Design Triangle from 15th-23rd for tot-friendly pop-ups such as mycoocoon’s sensory Colour Energy Hub, a Donna Wilson shop, Fernando Laposse x citizenM’s outdoor installation and CDH x Geronimo’s immersive light sculpture.
  13. V&A will run 45-minute pop-up performances for all ages on the 15th and 22nd. Directed by creative agency Scanners Inc. and dance company The House of Absolute, Stardust will ‘transport audiences into the future’ through lively dance.
  14. Project Light returns to parasol unit on the 20th. Suitable for under-5s, this creative session will take inspiration from the gallery’s current Heidi Bucher exhibition and comprise an installation filled with interesting materials to play and create with.
  15. This month, Half Moon will present Butterflies, an uplifting tale of friendship and courage for ages 3+ on the 21st-22nd, and Need a Little Help, an exploration of what it means to look after someone else when you’re young for ages 2+ on the 28th-29th.
  16. Sleepyhead is showing at Little Angel on the 21st-22nd. Designed for ages 2-5, this beautiful show tells the magical story of a tired dad who just wants his baby to go to sleep so he can catch up on a little shut-eye… but baby has other ideas.
  17. National Army Museum is hosting a Building Blocks Challenge as part of Open House London on the 22nd-23rd. This free session invites children of all ages to become architects for the day and build fantastic structures using wooden planks.
  18. From the 25th, Time Out’s Eye-Openers: Storytime sessions will return to the London Eye. Stories will be presented by a fabulous lineup of storytellers, have a London theme and complement the skyline views, with sessions for 0-3s and 4-7s.
  19. Page One Theatre’s Rise and Fall will be showing at Polka on the 29th-30th. Children aged 3-6 and their adults are invited to explore an ecosystem of balloons in this poetic and intriguing performance about holding on and letting go.
  20. Stratford Circus will play host to Dance Umbrella’s KoKERS, a show combining cardboard tubes, playful choreography and percussive sound, on the 29th. The performance ends with children being invited onstage to play among the props.

Babu explores 20 Days with Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, Bankside.

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