Monthly Round-Up

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

Soak up some culture in 2019 with creative family workshops, engaging children's theatre, classical concerts and illuminating light displays.
  1. Science Museum’s new Experitots sessions for ages 18 months to four years begin this month. Exact dates haven’t yet been announced, but sessions will run on Tuesday mornings and involve imaginative play and stories within the museum.
  2. The Puppet Theatre Barge is introducing two shows from the 5th. My Shadow and Me is an engaging show involving shadows and reflected light, while The Butterfly’s Spell tells the tale of a young poet beetle who falls in love with an injured butterfly.
  3. Pickled Pepper Books will also be running two new productions this month. Join Grandma and Grandpa Frog for Ribbet Ribbet Croak, a multi-sensory adventure, on the 5th and 19th, or drift off to the Land of Nod, a story about tiredness, on the 26th.
  4. Artist Kara Chin will be taking over South London Gallery’s Sunday Spot from the 6th-13th. Create large-scale puppets, props and scenery, or invent fictional beings such as robots, ghosts or mythical creatures and bring them to life in the studio.
  5. Barbican is running a Baroque at the Edge Family Folksinging Workshop at LSO St. Luke’s on the 6th. Join singer/choir director Sally Davies for an inspiring session that will have you singing songs Purcell would have known in rousing harmony.
  6. The Mamahood Winter Pop-Up Shop will be reopening following the festive break on the 8th. Head to East Dulwich’s Lordship Lane for goodies by brands including Bimibamba, Cissy Wears, Clary & Peg and Lala & Pom, to name just a few.
  7. Morley Gallery is running a Clay Day-themed Mini Morley drop-in session on the 12th. Children aged 4+ are invited to join artist Nick Kidd to explore the gallery’s current In the Spotlight exhibition and then make their own clay masterpiece.
  8. There are three Half Moon shows for ages 3+ this month: explore love and loss in Snow Baby on the 12th; watch balloons in Rise and Fall on the 19th; or enjoy an update on Jack and the Beanstalk – Susannah and the Sunflower – on the 24th-25th.
  9. Join the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for OAE Tots: A World Around Us at the Southbank Centre on the 13th. This family concert will take mini music lovers on a whirlwind voyage through our universe, with plenty of action and activity.
  10. RA is hosting a Play with Places-themed Family Studio workshop on the 13th. Children of all ages are invited to create costumes and constructions based on the architecture of the gallery’s Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings exhibition.
  11. The National Gallery is also hosting a Family Studio session on the 13th, 20th and 27th. Green Screen Scenes will enable children to ‘jump into a painting’ or create costumes inspired by Rachael Maclean and photograph themselves wearing them.
  12. Moon Lane Books in Catford will be running one of its new Mini Write Sparks Mark-Making Workshops for 1-3s on the 15th. Get creative with paints, chalks, toys, foam and crayons in this messy session that’s all about process over outcome.
  13. Canary Wharf’s annual Winter Lights display comes out to play from the 15th.  The festival draws upon state-of-the-art light technology to deliver spectacular artworks, installations and experiences – many of them interactive or responsive.
  14. Chickenshed’s Planet Play sensory learning sessions for 0-3s and Tales from the Shed interactive theatre shows from 0-6s both open for the spring from the 18th. Expect to meet plenty of colourful puppets and join in with songs and movement.
  15. Tower Bridge will be hosting millennium-themed Free Family Activities on the 19th. Families with kids of all ages are invited to create a giant Tower Bridge fireworks picture to commemorate the turn of the century and the celebrations in London.
  16. On the 20th, Parasol Unit is running an Interactive Workshop for children at the London Art Fair 2019. The workshop is free with entry to the fair and participants will be asked to create a mural inspired by PU’s upcoming Hyon Gyon exhibition.
  17. Royal Albert Hall will present Classical for Kids: Fantastic Flutes on the 26th. Introducing little ears to the world of classical music, the concert will feature a special repertoire for kids to enjoy without any expectation to stay still or quiet.
  18. Also on the 26th, Museum of London is celebrating the launch of the book ‘London Folktales for Children’ with a day of storytelling and music. Discover local folktales and explore what it means to be a Londoner through interactive performances.
  19. House of Illustration is running an Illustrating Utopia Family Workshop on the 26th. Working with artist Soofiya Andry, participants will be invited to work together to turn their findings into colourful and collaborative large-scale illustrations.
  20. The Big Enormous Present will be showing at Artsdepot on the 27th. Aimed at ages 3-8, this exciting play by The Pied Piper Theatre Company explores the pressures of fitting in, where we find happiness and how giving can be as good as receiving.

Babu makes some calls at The Selfie Factory, Shoreditch.

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