20 awesome things to see and do with your little Londoners in January 2020

  1. Omnibus, an exhibition celebrating 25 years of Berlin-based art collective Honey-Suckle Company is at ICA until the 12th. Expect large-scale installations including an immersive white room and a Moon-like set featuring a band of mannequins.
  2. London’s New Year’s Day Parade 2020 on the 1st will include 10,000 participants from across the globe, and feature marching bands, inflatables, musicians, animals, Chinese dragons, skaters, vintage cars, pearly kings and queens, and lots more.
  3. Celebrate with cake and children’s author and illustrator Salvatore Rubbino of the “A Walk in…” books on the 4th with a drop-in where children of all ages can learn about cakes from all over the world and create their own towering cake collage.
  4. Half Moon is hosting lots of exciting shows this month, including Thumbelina for ages 2+ on the 11th, Mimi & the Mountain Dragon for ages 3+ on the 18th, Tom Thumb for ages 3+ on the 25th and Igloo for 0-3s from 30th January-1st February.
  5. OAE Tots: The Patient Horse and the Dutiful Donkey is on at the Southbank Centre on the 12th. This interactive music-making session for 2-5s introduces Telemann’s noble steed, guiding the audience through Don Quichotte’s wacky escapades.
  6. Head to Somerset House from the 13th to check out Rowdy SS‘s sound installation as part of the Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy series. The work synthesises the ceaseless urban noise of London to create a new soundscape of refuge and respite.
  7. Canary Wharf’s annual Winter Lights display will be switched on from the 16th-25th, when the area will be transformed by 26 spectacular installations. Expect a family-friendly trail, interactive works and Winter Light Bites street food hubs.
  8. Oily Cart’s All Wrapped Up will be at Stratford Circus on the 17th-18th. Unwrap a world of imagination in this mischievous show featuring light, shadow and music. Uncover sensory stories in scrunched-up paper then create your own afterwards.
  9. RA’s Family Studio: Climate Champions takes place on the 19th. Take part in team activities, discover practical resources and share ideas about how art and design can make a difference in this workshop inspired by the Eco-Visonaries exhibition.
  10. Star in the Jar is showing at artsdepot on the 19th. Based on the book by Sam Hay, this warm-hearted story for 3-8s captures the friendship between two siblings and features a beautiful set that takes the action from park to school, and back home.
  11. Head to the British Museum with your 0-5 on the 23rd to take part in a Little Feet session inside the Inspired by the East: How the Islamic World Influenced Western Art exhibition, where you’ll be creating your own colourful geometric artworks.
  12. Somerset House will host I Should Be Doing Something Else Right Now from the 23rd. Combining digital collage, print material, sound and sculpture, it will explore the idea of change and its violent power through dynamic layered compositions.
  13. Head to Jeannie Avent Gallery from the 23rd for Housekeeping!, a fine art exhibition responding to the theme of domesticity that’s set up as a temporary home space featuring cosy blankets, sofas, TVs and lots of contemporary art.
  14. Portraying Pregnancy: From Holbein to Social Media will be at The Foundling Museum from the 24th. The exhibition features diverse representations of pregnancy from paintings to photographs to clothing from the 1400s to the present.
  15. Head to the RA from the 25th for Picasso and Paper, an exhibition featuring more than 300 works spanning the artist’s entire career. Expect expressive drawings, collages, studies, sketchbooks, letters, illustrated poems and photographic work.
  16. The Tiny Groovers daytime party for under-5s and their adults will be popping up at V&A Museum of Childhood on the 25th. Enjoy a DJ set from Mr Manic, storytelling, a movement session, arts activities and sensory experiences for babies.

  17. Celebrate the Year of the Rat with Chinese New Year at the National Maritime Museum on the 25th. Enjoy a dance performance on the Great Map before getting crafty with flag printing, a collaborative firework artwork and origami rat making.
  18. The National Gallery’s Chinese New Year Family Festival takes place on the 26th, with activities including storytelling, a zoo of the zodiac game, paper-cut decoration making, Chinese dancing, dumpling making and Mandarin rhyme time.
  19. Sam Avery (AKA The Learner Dad)’s stand-up show Toddlergeddon is on at artsdepot on the 30th. Strictly designed for over-16s, this hilarious new show explores how to negotiate with a pre-schooler who knows you’re clueless.
  20. Mushrooms: The Art, Design & Future of Fungi is showing at Somerset House from the 31st. The exhibition will bring together the work of over 40 leading artists, designers and musicians to look at fungi’s colourful cultural legacy.

Babu immerses herself in the shiny world of Paraíso By Natalia Stuyk at Galeria Melissa, Covent Garden.