Monthly Round-Up

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

This month: light labyrinths, queer spaces, artificial intelligence, edible art, LEGO art, angsty art and a giant moon sculpture.
  1. Ensemble is running two Still in the City: Dance and Music for 0–4s sessions (for 0-2s and 2-4s) at Kentish Town Community Centre on the 3rd, offering an interactive way to explore how we move in an ever-changing urban environment.
  2. Bird’s Nest Billy is showing at Canada Water Theatre on the 4th. This playful show for 3-7s blends imaginative storytelling, puppetry and playful audience interaction to tell the tale of a little boy whose big hair houses a wish-granting bird.
  3. Colourscape is popping up in Wembley Park Play Park from the 4th-6th. Don a coloured cape and enter the labyrinth to explore the potentials of light, colour and space, encountering musicians and dancers around every turn.
  4. Whitechapel Gallery is hosting a Crib Notes tour of its Queer Spaces 1980s-Today exhibition for under-5s and their adults on the 8th, led by curator Nayia Yiakoumaki. There will also be a Family Day inspired by the exhibition on the 25th.
  5. Barbican is running two Family Film Clubs this month, with creative activities before the screenings. The first screening will be Nutcracker – The Motion Picture on the 11th, followed by Peter and the Wolf and Other Stories on the 25th.
  6. Pump House Gallery will host InHouse Family Workshops to tie in with its Public Routes exhibition this month. Design bus ads in Conducting Buses on the 12th, or help to celebrate the exhibition as a whole in the Final Workshop on the 19th.
  7. Get creative with National Army Museum’s Tiny Troopers session for under-5s on the 13th. May’s workshop will have a Music theme, and involve singing and sensory play. Make a day of it and book a session at NAM’s Play Base children’s gallery.
  8. Barbican’s AI: More than Human exhibition opens on the 16th. This interactive, ‘festival-style’ exhibition combines work from artists, scientists and researchers to offer an unprecedented survey of AI, with which you’re invited to engage head-on.
  9. Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon pops up at NHM from the 17th. This six-metre model features NASA imagery of the lunar surface, an evolving soundscape and ambient moonlight, and will be accompanied by a programme of events for all ages.
  10. Immersive exhibition Edible Goods: Tender Touches is on at AMP Gallery from the 17th. Visitors will be invited to engage in a multi-sensory experience through the works as everyday objects, and to engage with the food as they might view art.
  11. Mothers Who Make: North London Hub will be meeting at The Place on the 17th. Children are welcome at this creative exchange and support session, which offers artist mothers a chance to be visible and valued in their dual roles.
  12. Sadler’s Wells is offering a free Family Fridays session for 2-4s on the 17th as part of its Get Creative festival. Led by professional dancers, the workshop has been devised to nurture coordination, creative thinking and social interaction.
  13. Museum of London is running two under-5s workshops this month. Check out interactive time-travelling music show Tea Dance for Little People: Victorian Punk it up on the 18th; and the Beautiful Birds Sensory Room for 0-2s on the 30th.
  14. Head to Tate Britain for Building Constable with LEGO Bricks on the 18th. Participants of all ages are invited to create a section of Constable’s masterpiece, contributing to a real-life LEGO version of Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows.
  15. Raver Tots has partnered with Ladybird Books to host a special Rhyme and Rave event at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on the 19th. Expect all the usual fun, as well as an interactive story experience featuring books from the new Ladybird range.
  16. British Museum is running an Exhibition Explorer edition of its Little Feet workshops on the 20th, taking place within the Edvard Munch: Love and Angst exhibition. Join other families to explore and find out more about your emotions.
  17. The London Children’s Book Swap takes place across a variety of venues, including Discover, on the 25th. Children and families can exchange an unwanted book for a new one to replenish their libraries, with this year’s swap celebrating Elmer Day.
  18. Inside is on at Little Angel Theatre on the 26th-27th. Aimed at ages 0-2.5, this immersive performance is inspired by life inside the womb and features multi-sensory activities, shadow theatre, live soundmaking and object theatre.
  19. National Gallery is running a variety of activities this half term. On the 27th take part in a Colour Block-themed Messy Mondays session, then from the 27th-31st experiment with colour and abstract shapes in a What Shapes Can Say workshop.
  20. The Imagination Station is popping up at the V&A from the 27th-31st. Children of all ages and their families are invited to help make a collaborative magazine with art collective Fallen Fruit, using collage making and storytelling.

Babu poses by the Hove Lawns beach huts, which admittedly are not in London.

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