Monthly Round-Up

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

This month's picks include Kinska's ceramic universe, Olafur Eliasson's immersive world and a colourful family day at the Barbican.
  1. Check out Museum of London’s Beastly Family Challenge, a digital treasure hunt inspired by the Beasts of London exhibition. On until 1st September, the route will help families with kids of all ages discover Culture Mile’s best child-friendly spaces.
  2. Waterstones Gower Street is hosting a special Pride storytime with Mama G on the 1st. Suitable for ages 3+ and their families, the event will feature uplifting stories about loving who you love, told through the colourful arts of drag and pantomime.
  3. The Cartoon Museum relaunches in a new location in Fitzrovia on the 1st. Opening exhibitions include Comic Creators, the Famous and the Forgotten, and The Cartoon Museum – Drawing Life, showcasing the best of the museum’s collection.
  4. Head to the Greenwich & Docklands International Festival from the 4th-5th for My House, a pop-up circus/theatre installation. Families can enjoy a 30-minute circus performance followed by an opportunity to get stuck in to some DIY tricks.
  5. London Children’s Theatre will present Ballet Shoes, the classic tale of three determined sisters who take to the stage to support their adopted family, from the 4th-7th. The performance is showing at The Peacock and is aimed at ages 3+.
  6. Kinska will present My Opera House at Now Gallery from the 4th. The artist’s first large-scale exhibition brings together around a thousand handmade ceramic pieces and includes a wooden house under a rainy sky of hundreds ceramic tear drops.
  7. Royal Opera House is running two Family Sundays this month, with Family Pride, featuring a Big Tea Dance and making activities, on the 7th; and Fabulous Creatures, including pop-up performances and singing workshops, on the 28th.
  8. British Summer Time Festival’s free Open House events run from the 8th-11th. Expect children’s theatre from Chickenshed, a family-friendly drag show from DENIM, performances from West End Kids, and screenings of family film classics.
  9. Olafur Eliasson’s In Real Life opens on the 11th. A highly sensory experience, the exhibition will include installations that introduce natural phenomena such as rainbows to the gallery space, as well as those that create reflections and shadows.
  10. On the 11th, British Museum is running Little Feet: Exhibition Explorer, offering under-5s and their carers another chance to see the Edvard Munch: Love and Angst exhibition for free whilst stopping off at a variety of fun activity stations.
  11. Royal Albert Hall is running a Jazz for Kids concert for all ages on the 13th. A carefully selected repertoire will be presented in an informal environment where little ones can express themselves with no expectation to stay still or quiet.
  12. Head to ONBlackheath on the 13th-14th and check out The Family Playground, featuring Andy Day, Maynard’s Mini Zoo, workshops from the Science Museum, and music and dance with Boppin’ Bunnies and The Flying Seagull Project.
  13. LTM Depot is hosting a Family Fun open weekend on the 13th-14th. Highlights include a percussion party with Bell Music Academy, little engineer activities with the Institute of Civil Engineers, a family craft activity and miniature railway rides.
  14. Southbank Centre will present free Disco Loco family parties on the 14th, 21st and 28th as part of its Summer programme. Revellers of all ages are invited, with music from the Disco Loco Allstar DJs as well as live music, dance and cabaret.
  15. In collaboration with the National Trust, Polka is hosting a child-centred Family Exhibition at Morden Hall Park from the 16th, as well as taking over the park to host a programme of activities, including a storytelling picnic and arts and crafts.
  16. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, Tate Britain is running The Space Station workshops on the 20th-21st. Kids of all ages can help build a giant artwork and collect stickers to become a qualified Sham-Astronaut.
  17. The Place will host a Family Dance Day on the 20th. Aimed at 0-8s and their families, the day will include Romp & Roll workshops, family breakdancing, a performance of the Nest baby theatre show, a wig show and lots of free activities.
  18. Head to Barbican on the 21st for a Lee Krasner-inspired Living Colour Family Day. Join Feminist Library for a day of ‘Craftivism’ activities, and explore collage, large-scale painting, Krasner costume-making and a giant 3D abstract installation.
  19. Join favourite CBeebies presenters at the Royal Albert Hall for A Musical Trip to the Moon, a family Prom, on the 21st and 22nd. Young musical astronauts can follow in the footsteps of the Apollo 11 mission, experiencing new adventures along the way.
  20. Shakespeare’s Telling Tales family festival takes place at The Globe on the 26th-28th. Under-5s performances and workshops will include How to Hide a Lion (4+), Oi Kes! (4-7), You Can Be Anything! (4+) and What the Ladybird Heard (3+).

Babu gets stuck into a print workshop at the OKIDO popup shop, Hammersmith.

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