Monthly Round-Up

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

This month, lose yourselves in immersive exhibitions, interactive theatre, cultural festivals and playful installations.
  1. V&A Museum of Childhood’s new Movement Play sessions begin on the 2nd. Led by artist Aya Kobayashi, workshops will take place on the first Saturday of each month and will encourage 2-4s to engage with the museum through movement and dance.
  2. Reckless Sleepers’ production of It’s Hot, It’s Not will be showing at Unicorn throughout February, beginning on the 2nd. Written for 2-5s, the performance explores the weather in all its forms and delights in discovering the world anew.
  3. Tots Gigs will be hosting a morning gig for preschoolers and their adults on the 5th. This month’s act is The Magic Lantern – aka singer song-writer Jamie Doe – who recently featured on 6 Music following the release of his album To the Islands.
  4. Little Angel Theatre will present Soap Soup Theatre and Tessa Bide Productions’ The Selfish Giant from the 6th-10th. Aimed at 3-8s, this twist on Oscar Wilde’s classic tale combines powerful storytelling with captivating puppetry.
  5. Half Moon will be showing Tam Tam Theatre’s Circles in the Sand on the 8th and 9th. Aimed at 0-3s, the play takes place in a world of buckets, castle building, spinning and tumbling, with kids invited on stage at the end to play with the sand
  6. Also on the 8th and 9th, Oily Cart’s sell-out success Hippity Hop will be showing at Stratford Circus. Designed for 2-5s, this ‘hip hopera’ combines fun lyrics written by acclaimed rap artists with graffiti-based designs in a celebration of street culture.
  7. Opening at the Barbican on the 11th, Unclaimed by The Liminal Space is a new free installation that puts forward new narratives about ageing. Expect talking shoes, binoculars that let you see through someone else’s eyes and books that read to you.
  8. Southbank Centre’s Imagine Festival runs from the 13th-24th. Get creative with Soundpit, comprising giant sandpits; a Giant Chalkboard; The Rig, a musical playground for all the family; and Outdoor Games on the Riverside Terrace.
  9. Also at Imagine, enjoy immersive shows including Hippity-Hop for 2-5s (13th-17th), Ready Steady Lift Off! for 3-8s (16th), Schumann and Pepper the Monkey for under-5s (18th-19th), and the Molly Spoon Workshop and Parade for over-3s (22nd).
  10. House of Illustration is running Family Workshop: Create a Parade of Curious Characters with Marianna Madriz on the 16th. Children of all ages will experiment with overlaying shapes and colour before illustrating a cast of curious characters.
  11. Also on the 16th, Whitechapel Gallery is hosting a Family Day based on its Is This Tomorrow? exhibition. Kids of all ages can join artist Albert Potrony to experiment with visions of the future, while artist Lucy McDonald will lead an under-5s session.
  12. Horniman Museum’s Brick Wonders exhibition opens on the 16th. More than 50 LEGO models will be on show, and visitors can build their own brick wonders in interactive play areas – including a graffiti wall and ‘big bricks for little hands’.
  13. Giant Games for Little Soldiers will be popping up at the National Army Museum from the 16th-24th. Step inside a life-size board game, take on family-friendly tasks and complete First World War-themed challenges to be the first over the finish line.
  14. Discover’s immersive exhibition The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat opens on the 16th. Join the tiger for tea, crawl through a cat flap and discover other Judith Kerr characters such as the Crocodile under the Bed.
  15. V&A will host two pop-ups from the 18th-22nd. Be part of an ever-expanding game with The Imagination Station, and watch a Pop-Up Performance of the Nightingale Game: a re-invention of a classic tale set in a world of shadows and songs.
  16. Families with under-5s are invited to Museum of London’s Pearly Kings and Queens craft workshop on the 18th. Wander the old streets of London finding buttons to decorate your own Pearly Box, then have fun filling it with yummy edible buttons.
  17. The Place is hosting a Kathak and Storytelling workshop for 3-5s on the 20th. Combining classical Indian dance and storytelling, the session is designed to ignite toddlers’ imaginations through expressive, creative movement and rhythmic play.
  18. National Portrait Gallery’s Rainbow Family Day is running on the 21st. Be inspired by stories of LGBT history and people in the collection, and take part in storytelling sessions and family tours based around the themes of diversity and acceptance.
  19. Barbican is hosting a Character Corner workshop with a special screening of Moomins and the Winter Wonderland on the 23rd. Make your own character inspired by the film and then settle down to watch the wintry tale with your family.
  20. Studio Morison’s The Mouse and his Child commission for NOW! opens on the 28th. This sculptural space will contain a library of children’s fiction written by adult fiction authors, and explore the relationship between adulthood and childhood.

 

Babu checks out Martin Eder’s Parasites at Newport Street Gallery.

 

 

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