20 awesome things to see and do with your little Londoners in November 2019

  1. London’s most toddler-friendly fireworks display takes place on the 1st. Unlike most evening displays, Coram’s Fields Fireworks Night runs from 3.30-7.30pm, with 100% of premium viewing zone ticket sales going back into the Coram children’s charity.
  2. Whitechapel Gallery is hosting a Bauhaus Baby Ballroom-themed Family Day on the 2nd. This arts-extravaganza-meets-family-disco will include geometric mobile and badge making, architectural collage, abstract costume creation and mocktails.
  3. October Gallery is running a Family Art Day for 0-7s and their families on the 2nd. Expect an imaginative multi-sensory session designed to engage with the gallery’s Life Through Extraordinary Mirrors exhibition through art making and storytelling.
  4. Theatre picks include Lily & the Baby Albatross (18m-4) and Glisten (0-18m) at Half Moon on the 2nd and 29th-30th; Stella (3-8) and Under the Frozen Moon (3+) at artsdepot on the 17th and 24th; and Scrunch (6-18m) at Unicorn on the 27th.
  5. Head to The Place on the 6th for a Parent and Baby Matinee of Frauke Requardt and Daniel Oliver’s Dadderrs. Join the couple in their fantastical escapist world and encounter awkwardly intimate interactive actions and other ‘grown-up’ activities.
  6. The British Museum is running a Little Feet: Exhibition Explorer special for 0-5s and their adults on the 7th. Discover the Inspired by the East: How the Islamic World Influenced Western Art exhibition, playing and making as you go.
  7. Tate Modern will run two free workshops on the 9th. Go on an immersive journey inspired by Olafur Eliasson and make a dance inspired by the collection in Testing Testing Testing, then join in with fun activities with the Southwark Showcase.
  8. The National Gallery’s Leonardo: Experience a Masterpiece exhibition opens on the 9th. Explore da Vinci’s studio, an imagined chapel and a room-sized experiment in this immersive exhibition that explores his masterpiece, The Virgin of the Rocks.
  9. Celebrate the City: Lord Mayor’s Show family festival will take place in and around the Museum of London on the 9th. Go on family-friendly tours, listen to stories and design new buildings – all under the theme of ‘the London that never was’.
  10. Also on the 9th, the Guardian is hosting a Cartoon & Art Family Day at Kings Place. Designed for all ages, the event will include cartoon design, learning new drawing techniques, and participation in drawing activities inspired by live classical music.
  11. Skate at Somerset House is back from the 10th. Head down for skating, shopping at the Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade, a hot chocolate at the Skate Lounge or special under-8s sessions on the training rink featuring fun polar bear stabilisers.
  12. Southbank Centre is offering a ton of musical fun this month, including OAE Tots: Mozart’s Cat for 2-5s on the 10th, Jazz for Toddlers for 2-5s on the 15th-16th and Groove Baby Presents Groove Onto the Moon for 3-7s on the 17th.
  13. Under 5s at Whitechapel Gallery is taking place on the 16th. Babies, toddlers and their adults are invited to join artist Ash McNaughton in finding fun and playful ways to explore the gallery’s current Anna Maria Miaolino exhibition.
  14. Head to Kew from the 20th for Christmas at Kew Gardens. Expect a Victorian carousel and helter skelter, dynamic laser projections, a tunnel of light, singing holly bushes and a flickering fire garden on this magical after-dark trail.
  15. WOW: City Lights and Woodland Shade, Digital Art Encounters with Japan opens at Japan House on the 21st. This 360-degree immersive motion-graphics exhibition invites visitors to explore Japan’s urban future versus its rural traditions.
  16. Celebrate 50 years of The Clangers with the Big Fish Little Fish Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Family Rave on the 23rd. Make plant-inspired decor, decorate pots, explore the world of the sewer in the sensory room and play in the Mudlarks gallery.
  17. Soundpit is back at the Southbank Centre from the 23rd. Play in giant sandpits illuminated by beautiful graphics, creating music with your own movements.Run your hands through the sand, sit in it or even walk across it.
  18. Head to Barbican on the 30th for its LIAF 2019: Amazing Animations Family Film Club for for 0-7s, featuring 12 of the best, most recent short animated films. Get there early for a drop-in drawing workshop with illustrator/author Lizzy Stewart.
  19. Tate Britain will unveil its Winter Commission on the 30th, as artist Anne Hardy transforms the gallery’s iconic Millbank facade into a marooned temple in an exploration of the natural rhythms of the Earth, tides, and the winter solstice.
  20. Christmas comes early at ZSL London Zoo from the 30th, with the chance to meet Santa, enjoy festive crafts with Mrs Claus, become Keepers’ Little Helpers, enjoy Free Festive Film Screenings and listen to the 12 animals at Christmas talk series.

Babu builds a den at the Museum of Childhood’s Festival of Play.