Monthly Round-Up

Twenty awesome things to see and do with your little Londoner in April 2019

From immersive karaoke and a Disney/ska mashup show to skate-deck design and piñata making workshops, this month is all about trying new things.
  1. Head to 3 House Club in St. John’s Wood for an Explore Art Techniques workshop on the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd, when children aged 3-5 will be invited to join local artist Ashima Kumar to experiment with a variety of art techniques and media.
  2. The annual Somerset House games festival Now Play This returns from the 6th-14th. Look out for an immersive karaoke experience, the ultimate reaction test, virtual pets and an inhabitable enchanted forest, plus two free outdoor games.
  3. Southbank Centre will run a variety of family events from the 7th-13th, including a folk show on the 7th, a rock concert on the 8th, London Rhymes on the 9th, a cosmic gig on the 12th, a Disney/ska mashup on the 13th, and a daily Rise and Rave.
  4. Artist Roshni Bhagotra will be taking over South London Gallery’s Sunday Spot on April 7th, 14th and 28th, and May 5th. Join Bhagotra to play with textures and fill the studio with magical soundscapes from the wilderness, the city and outer space.
  5. The National Gallery’s Messy Mondays drop-in returns on the 8th and 15th with a Luminous Landscapes-themed workshop for under-5s. Fill the studio with light to bring the outside in, and experiment with sensory materials together.
  6. National Army Museum will be hosting one of its monthly Tiny Troopers sessions for under-5s on the 8th. This month’s workshop will draw inspiration from the war-propaganda posters of Abram Games, the subject of the museum’s new exhibition.
  7. Unicorn is running UpClub+ Bring a Bear Workshop editions of its The Polar Bears Go, Go Go! show on the 10th12th, 13th and 17th. Kids aged 2-5 are invited to bring a soft toy to the performance and take part in a story-dance session afterwards.
  8. In addition to a Family Music Making Workshop for ages 3-6 on the 11th, artsdepot is hosting performances of The Chit Chat Chalk Show for 3-8s on the 15th and 16th, with a Family Dance Workshop exploring the show’s themes on the 16th.
  9. On the 14th, Kings Place will be hosting Groove Baby’s Groove into Space show for 3-7s and their families, combining storytelling, interactive music-making and movement with outstanding moon jazz, interstellar soul and space funk.
  10. Royal Opera House is running its monthly Family Sundays workshop on the 14th. Ideal for all ages, this Staggering Seafarers-themed session will include creative and practical activities, plus the chance to enjoy live music in an informal setting.
  11. Head to Old Spitalfields Market for the FAM EAST Family Social from the 15th-17th. Workshops for ages 3+ will include Colour Me In T-shirt design and Puppet Making with Young Double, and Skate Deck design and piñata-making with Holly St. Clair.
  12. Little ones aged 18 months to 3 years and their carers are invited to take part in Sensory Storytelling sessions at The Place from the 15th-17th. Classes will draw on theatre performances, examining different perspectives and exploring new worlds.
  13. A Fine Mess is running outdoor Easter Messy Specials in the garden at Hargrave Hall in Archway on the 15th and 16th. Expect a combination of nature play, messy play and a few Easter-themed activities thrown in for good measure.
  14. The British Museum will host a Munch: Making Art family activity session on the 15th to coincide with the museum’s major new exhibition celebrating the Norwegian artist. Activities will include printing and creating your own artwork.
  15. The Place will be hosting a Tots-do-Disco event on the 18th. Aimed at 0-6s and their families, this afternoon party will include face painting, bubbles, balloons and a light show, and can also be combined with a trip to see family show Curiouser.
  16. Playing the System with Spike Associates will be popping up at Tate Modern’s Tate Exchange from the 18th-21st. Drop into this accessible and interactive space to participate in games examining subjects including disability, housing and DNA.
  17. V&A is running a Clara Button Early Years session for under-4s on the 20th. Go on a multi-sensory journey around level 0 of the museum, visit parts of the V&A and discover objects from the book, and take part in playful activities and drawing.
  18. Stratford Circus is hosting two exciting shows this month, on the 20th and 27th respectively. Shh… Bang! is a delicate dance-theatre performance for ages 3+, while

    Family Jazz Sessions combines jazz with interactive musical activities for all ages.

  19. Barbican is running a Family Film Club Workshop and screening of Mary Poppins Returns on the 27th. Make your own kite and sing songs in a free hands-on workshop led by Tea Dance for Little People before enjoying the film.
  20. London Transport Museum’s Acton Depot is holding a Love Your Line-themed Open Weekend on the 27th and 28th. See original transport treasures, catch a talk from the weekend lecture series and join in with creative activities for all the family.

Babu and Auntie Claire meet The Mother at Tracey Emin: A Fortnight of Tears, White Cube Bermondsey.

 

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