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

  1. NOW Gallery presents Emmanuelle Moureaux’s Slices of Time from the 5th. Step inside a large-scale installation made up of colourful paper numbers before adding your own significant date to a timeline that stretches along the gallery window.
  2. House of Illustration’s Mini Change-Makers workshop for 2-5s runs on the 6th. The session will take inspiration from the work of George Him, with games, stories and activities used to introduce concepts such as equality and the environment.
  3. Head to Upper Ground from the 7th for Meet Vincent Van Gogh, a “magical, multi-sensory journey through the artist’s life”. Visit Van Gogh’s bedroom and be given an art lesson by the man himself during this immersive audiovisual experience.
  4. Also from the 7th, Fashion Space Gallery presents The Real Thing, an exhibition exploring the disruptive power of fashion bootleg. Highlights include an installation by ‘brandalist’ Dr Noki, who pioneered influential takes on brand appropriation.
  5. V&A is hosting one of its Under-Fives Play Sessions on the 7th. Step into the amazing world of Amy  De La Haye and Emily Sutton’s Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day, taking part in playful sensory activities as you move around the museum.
  6. Theatrical highlights include Boh Boh’s New Friends at Little Angel (8th-9th), POP! at artsdepot (9th), Chopin & the Dragonfly at Kings Place and the Southbank Centre (15th-23rd), Igloo at Stratford Circus (28th-29th) and toooB at Half Moon (29th).
  7. Head to the British Museum on the 12th for another chance to see Troy! for free with Little Feet: Exhibition Explorer. Take part in themed under-5s activities with your little one whilst taking in the exhibition in a relaxed environment.
  8. Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival is back from the 12th-23rd, with top picks including Lullaby: Sonic Cradle on the 12th, the Imagine Wellbeing Zone on the 14th, and a Giant Chalkboard and Face Painting with Glitterbox from the 15th.
  9. From the 12th, Tate Modern will present the first major exhibition of Steve McQueen’s artwork in the UK for 20 years. Expect 14 major works spanning film, photography and sculpture, including his first film shot on a Super 8 camera.
  10. GENDERS: Shaping and Breaking the Binary is at Science Gallery from the 13th. Expect non-binary Instagram filters that immerse visitors in an augmented reality environment, and an interactive animation exploring life as a trans person.
  11. Discover’s Fairy Tales exhibition opens on the 15th. Settle down for a story before entering an immersive world of trolls, giants and magic beans. A visitor’s map and breadcrumb trail will help you explore, with plenty to see and do for all ages.
  12. Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs opens at the Horniman on the 15th. Fossil skeletons, models and animatronics will help bring the creatures back to life, plus you can sift through interactive dig pits and get creative in the art area.
  13. Wellcome Collection is hosting Permission to Play, inspired by its Play Well exhibition, on the 15th. Expect a forest installation that responds to light, pop-up play boxes, live art performances and a chance to play with giant cuboids.
  14. The Design Workshop with Hey Duggee and free Designing Duggee display are back at The Design Museum from the 15th-23rd. Learn about the making of Hey Duggee before designing a new squirrel and hanging out in a special themed soft-play area.
  15. The National Gallery is running one of its open-ended Studio Play sessions for under-5s on the 17th. Little ones will be invited to investigate installations and sensory materials, discovering colourful new takes on the works of the Old Masters.
  16. Head to the Bargehouse at OXO Tower Wharf from the 20th for the Mars & Beyond immersive art experience. Set over five floors, the show will examine the rise of global warming and the revival of the space race through a series of installations.
  17. Inspired by its Picasso and Paper exhibition, RA is running a Family Studio: Paper Pushers session on the 21st. Make and illustrate a pop-up book and create a miniature stage set using the cut-out and collage techniques used by the artist.
  18. Also on the 21st, Canada Water Theatre is hosting two Drag Queen Story Time sessions. Conventional, feminist and gender-fluid fairytales aimed at young children will be brought to life by local drag queens in this session for ages 3+.
  19. National Army Museum’s new Mini Marchers session for ages 6-24 months runs on the 24th. This fun sensory session will combine singing with creative play, and can be followed up with a visit to the museum’s army-themed Play Base soft-play area.
  20. The V&A’s major Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk exhibition opens on the 29th. The exhibition will present the kimono as a dynamic icon of fashion, revealing the significance of the garment across the globe from the 1660s to the present day.

Babu makes friends with giants outside The Hoxton, Holborn.