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

  1. Watermans is putting on two excellent performances this month, with family puppet show Woodland Tales with Granddad for ages 3+ on the 1st and classical music adventure Meet me a Tree: A Very First Opera for 0-2s on the 17th.
  2. The largest exhibition of Aubrey Beardsley‘s drawings for 50 years will be at Tate Britain from the 4th. Covering his intense and prolific career as a draughtsman and illustrator, it will be Tate’s first exhibition dedicated to the artist since 1923.
  3. Also from the 4th, Hayward Gallery’s Among the Trees exhibition will explore our relationship with trees and forests. Expect a monumental sculpture cast from a 2,000-year-old olive tree, and a vast forest of trees constructed from cardboard.
  4. House of Illustration’s Mini Change Makers: March Workshop for 2-5s runs on the 5th. Educator Grace Holliday will use stories and games to introduce topics around the environment, with this session inspired by the gallery’s Quentin Blake display.
  5. V&A’s Under-Fives Play Sessions return on the 6th, with toddlers and their adults invited to become museum explorers and go on an adventure. This workshop will take the form of a music-making journey through the Europe 1600-1815 galleries.
  6. Celebrating World Book Day, British Library’s Family Takeover: Make and Create takes place on the 7th. Enjoy playful multi-sensory activities, pick up the Building Family Trail, read a book from the collection or make something to take home.
  7. Museum of London is hosting its #Identity Festival in celebration of International Women’s Day on the 7th-8th. Designed for all ages, this drop-in workshop will explore the experiences of British-Bangladeshi women and children in east London.
  8. On the 8th, RA’s International Women’s Day-themed Family Studio event will take inspiration from women who call the shots in the art world, with attendees invited to make wearable body sculptures out of paper and fabrics like artist Rebecca Horn.
  9. The Florence Nightingale Museum’s Nightingale in 200 Objects, People & Places bicentenary exhibition opens on the 8th. See the original Lamp she carried in the Crimean War and a family album containing unseen sketches of her and her family.
  10. artsdepot is hosting two exciting shows this month, with puppet fun for 3-6s from Little Monster on the 8th, and sell-out immersive baby show Kaleidoscope (in which a multi-coloured kaleidoscope is brought to life) for ages 6-18 months, on the 26th.
  11. Launching at Wimbledon’s The Woodman on the 12th and Colliers Wood’s The William Morris on the 18th, play-ground baby-play sessions combine a relaxed pub environment with stylish wooden play equipment and design-led soft-play pieces.
  12. Tate’s Andy Warhol exhibition opens on the 12th. See portraits of black and Latinx drag queens and trans women, play with his floating Silver Clouds and experience the psychedelic multimedia environment of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable.
  13. Royal Albert Hall’s Opera for Kids: Serenades and Songs runs on the 14th. The concert will feature a carefully selected classical repertoire presented in a relaxed environment where kids can express themselves with no expectation to be quiet.
  14. A new theatrical adaptation of Chris Haughton’s excellent Oh No, George! will show at Half Moon on the 14th. Designed for ages 3-8, the show uses acrobatics, slapstick comedy and live music to bring George’s chaotic and joyful escapades to life.
  15. Dabbers is back with its Family Brunch Bingo on the 15th. Animal riddles replace bingo lingo in this family-friendly show, which is followed by a bonus round of Musical Bingo, plus pre-show Slime Making and Craft Stations, and a tuck shop.
  16. From the 17th-19th Tate Modern is hosting Power Games with Thomas Tallis School. Designed for all ages and abilities, this drop-in workshop focuses on the importance of play for young people with SEND – particularly those on the autistic spectrum.
  17. Drop in to Beija Coal Drops Yard on the 21st for Not So Mumsy Now, an all-day baby-friendly event for new mums featuring a nursing-bra forum with the London College of Fashion, bra fittings, 20% off purchases, drinks and a chance to chat.
  18. Old Royal Naval College is running a workshop for families with autistic children on the 21st. Family Activity Session: Treasure Jars will include a sensory tent and a chance to make treasure jars filled with coloured sand, shells and sea objects.
  19. The Royal College of Music is running its Sparks at Keyboard Festival: Family Create event on the 22nd. Encounter an outsized floor keyboard, live performances, Steinway grand pianos, electronic keyboards, arts and crafts, and storytelling.
  20. London Symphony Orchestra’s termly Interactive Concerts for Mini Music-Makers will take place on the 29th. Go on a magical musical journey with LSO musicians, dancing and singing your way along as the instruments bring the story to life.

Babu and Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Night of Stars’ at the Moco Museum, Amsterdam.