Monthly Round-Up

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

This month, remember, remember the 5th of November with family-friendly firework displays and get festive with seasonal skating at Somerset House.
  1. Catch some family-friendly fireworks: see a display put on by the people behind the 2012 Olympic fireworks in Coram’s Fields on the 2nd; dress as a film character in Clissold Park on the 3rd; and enjoy a Frankenstein party in Vicky Park on the 4th.
  2. Over the Moon, an interactive musical adventure for 0-2s, will be showing at Half Moon on the 3rd. This calm and creative opera for babies will combine classical music with familiar nursery rhymes, and include a play session at the end.
  3. Take part in a Families Classical Concert for Babies and Toddlers at JW3 on the 4th. Suitable for under-3s and their families, this fully interactive performance will combine opera with wriggling, crawling, stretching, dancing and singing.
  4. artsdepot will be hosting a theatre production of Helen Stephens’ much-loved picture book How to Hide a Lion on the 4th. See this magical tale of acceptance and friendship come to life with playful humour, dazzling puppets and jazz.
  5. British Museum is running four family events this month: Little Feet sessions Object Journeys on the 5th, Ashurbanipal Exhibition Explorer on the 16th and Help Run the Museum on the 23rd; plus a Celebrating the Work of Families event on the 11th.
  6. On the 7th, Whitechapel Gallery is hosting a Crib Notes sessions for under-5s to accompany its new Elmgreen & Dragset exhibition. Artist Jessie McLaughlin will lead a creative activity and there’ll be refreshments and a chance to socialise after.
  7. RA is running two Family Studios this month. Take part in Metropolis Makers and create a screen print inspired by Renzo Piano on the 11th, or upcycle broken action figures to make your own classical sculptures at Cast of Cast-Offs on the 25th.
  8. Pump House Gallery is hosting an Imaginative Cities-themed InHouse Family Workshop on the 11th. Gather building materials such as pipes, ropes and bricks, and work with artist Lily McGuire to assemble a landscape of playful structures.
  9. Unicorn is offering two new shows this month. From the 13th, Huddle (ages 2-5) tells the story of Mr Penguin and his newly born chick, while from the 14th Baby Show (ages 6-18 months) explores the joys of getting ready and exploring outside.
  10. Somerset House’s annual Skate festival opens on the 14th, with its famous ice rink plus Fortnum’s Lodge and Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade. Under-8s can take part in Polar Bear Club sessions on the training rink using fun polar bear stabilisers.
  11. Wigmore Hall will be the setting for an Into Space-themed Chamber Tots workshop on the 17th. This interactive music-making session for 3-5s will feature songs, percussion and the chance to meet some exciting instruments up close.
  12. Matt+Fiona and mu projects will be running South London Gallery’s Sunday Spot throughout November, and inviting 3-12s to transform the studio into a series of unusual spaces. The gallery is also hosting a Children’s Book Fair on the 17th-18th.
  13. Discover will present a special Jazz for Toddlers workshop on the 18th. Designed for ages 2-5, this interactive introduction to the world of jazz will include live jazz music and movement, plus lots of fun ideas for adults to take away and try at home.
  14. Join London Symphony Orchestra musicians on a magical musical journey at LSO St Luke’s on the 18th. Under-5s are invited to dance and sing their way through a playful production of Fergal is Fuming! as the instruments bring the tale to life.
  15. Head to National Army Museum on the 22nd for Kids in Museums Takeover Day. Designed for under-5s, the day will include storytelling, craft and rhyme time inspired by animals of the First World War and devised by local school children.
  16. Chickenshed is taking its popular Tales from the Shed to the beautiful Wilton’s Music Hall on the 22nd-23rd. Ideal for ages 0-6, these interactive theatre shows promise lots of fun, singing, dancing and puppetry in an informal setting.
  17. Testing, Testing, Testing will be popping up at Tate Modern on the 24th. Join artists and young people from three expert organisations for this pan-disability event for everyone as they test out multiple ways of taking up space in the gallery.
  18. Florence Nightingale Museum invites kids of all ages to Meet Miss Nightingale on the 24th-25th. Find out how she became known as the ‘lady with the lamp’ and how she became a nurse and improved conditions for soldiers and nurses in Crimea.
  19. Kew is running one of its Little Explorers learning sessions for 2-5s and their carers on the 26th. Connect with the living environment on a fun-packed adventure as you explore the gardens and take part in games, stories, crafts and dressing up.
  20. NOW Gallery’s latest exhibition, Richard Malone’s Rinse, Repeat, opens on the 28th. This interactive installation aims to create a conversation around fashion, movement and art, with visitors invited to interact with all the elements within.

Babu makes herself at home in the kids’ department at The Conran Shop, Chelsea.

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