Monthly Round-Up

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

This month's highlights include secret gardens, colourful pavilions, a rooftop rave and womb-inspired theatre.
  1. The Feel Good Festival is on at The Geffrye Museum on the 1st. Enjoy Cypriot and Vietnamese food, try origami or Turkish marbling, play outdoor family games, relax in one of the chill-out deckchairs or treat yourself to a restorative foot massage.
  2. As part of its Summer of Space, Science Museum is hosting free Moon Mice Workshops for under-6s every weekend day in June. Find out all about rockets, make your very own rocket mouse and see how high you can blast them into space.
  3. Barbican is showing loads of great films as part of its Family Film Club this month. Accompanying activities include a show and tell with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home (101 Dalmatians) and a paper puppet-making workshop (The Princess & the Frog).
  4. The second instalment of Dalston Children’s Festival takes place on the 1st. Enjoy a free Tots Tunes class, drama with Immediate Theatre, Roma gypsy dancing, LEGO, cycling skills, a Pride in the Park picnic for LGBTQ families and loads more.
  5. Self Assembly with Simon Spain will run at Tate Exchange on the 2nd. Participants are invited to make a stick figure, assembling limbs, torso and head together with plaster bandages, and attaching it to other figures to create a ‘community’.
  6. Little Angel Theatre is showing both baby- and toddler-friendly versions of The Bed, based on the poem by Sylvia Plath, from the 6th-23rd. Venture underwater, to the North Pole and even outer space without ever leaving the comfort of your own bed.
  7. Queen’s Gate School is running two free Super Saturdays events for 2-7s on the 7th and 22nd. Take part in structured games and team exercises with TARKA London, or get to grips with willow platter-making with Nature & Bliss Forest School.
  8. Explore London’s hidden gardens on the 8th-9th at the Open Garden Squares Weekend. There will be musical performances as well as children’s activities and crafts taking place in some of the gardens, and many have their own playgrounds.
  9. On the 10th, The British Museum is hosting a free Little Feet: Exhibition Explorer session inside its new Manga exhibition. Under-5s can explore the exhibition, immerse themselves in a rainbow of colours and create a memento to take home.
  10. RA’s 251st Summer Exhibition opens on the 10th. Highlights will include an animal-themed ‘menagerie’ in the Central Hall, a group of large-scale sculptural works in the RA courtyard and a colourful installation of flags on nearby Bond Street.
  11. The 2019 Dulwich Pavilion opens at Dulwich Picture Gallery on the 12th. The Colour Palace will be a fusion of West African and European influences, with brightly coloured timber slats bringing the Gallery’s grounds into technicolour life.
  12. The BP Portrait Award returns to the National Portrait Gallery on the 13th. A great cue for getting little ones to think about faces, bodies and emotions, the exhibition features 48 portraits selected from 2,667 entries from 88 countries.
  13. Raver Tots is running a Drum and Bass Rooftop Rave at The Prince of Wales in Brixton on the 16th. This open-air summer party will feature music from drum and bass/jungle legend Kenny Ken, as well as plenty of food, drinks and entertainment.
  14. Head to V&A on the 16th to take part in the Grounding Project workshop with artist Julie Nelson. Make your own ceramic bird and add it to the ‘Flock’; a larger installation of migrating birds representing individual journeys of hope.
  15. NAM’s monthly Tiny Troopers workshop for under-5s takes place on the 17th. This session will draw inspiration from the posters of Abram Games, the subject of the museum’s new exhibition. Why not follow the class with a trip to NAM’s Play Base?
  16. Open House Families weekend is taking place on the 22nd-23rd, with dozens of architecture-themed activities to choose from. Highlights include The Day the Flowers Came Back in Canary Wharf, a RIBA family day and a big LEGO build.
  17. Inside, an intimate, interactive show inspired by life inside the womb, will be showing at artsdepot on the 22nd-23rd. Devised for 1-4s, it will feature multi-sensory activities, shadow theatre, live soundmaking and object theatre.
  18. To mark 150 years of the District line, LTM is running steam services between Ealing Broadway and High Street Ken on 22nd-23rd. Tickets are crazy expensive, but follow the timetable and you could at least see one of the vintage trains go past.
  19. Head to the Great Exhibition Road Festival on 29th-30th for a celebration of curiosity, discovery and exploration in the spirit of the Great Exhibition. Highlights include Serpentine Gallery’s big family weekend and RIBA’s family fun day.
  20. Aurora Orchestra will be performing Mozart in the Garden at King’s Place on the 29th and 30th. This immersive concert features new arrangements of Mozart’s music, with audiences invited to enter a magical world of music and discovery.

Babu and Sprog explore Colourscape, Wembley Park.

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