20 awesome things to do (at home) with your little Londoners in June 2020 and beyond

  1. Head to the National Portrait Gallery website to enjoy a virtual tour of the BP Portrait Award 2020. Step into the online gallery space to view the portraits, read the labels, gain insight from the featured artists and explore each work in detail.
  2. Mayfair’s Stephen Friedman Gallery is hosting David Shrigley’s Lockdown Drawings until the 7th. Head to the gallery’s website to view Shrigley’s 340 new Covid-themed works, then enjoy a video tour of the artist’s home studio in Devon.
  3. Contribute to the V&A’s collection by sending them – either via email or social media – the homemade signs and rainbow drawings you’ve created during lockdown, then head to their blog to check out their fascinating series of Pandemic Objects posts.

  4. The Southbank Centre website is where it’s at this June, with plenty to occupy you little ones, from their Imagine a Story project featuring draw-alongs and comic-book making to musical challenges including jam sessions and dance workouts.
  5. Pitzhanger has updated its site with lots of fun activities this month, including a buildings quiz, a poster-making task, ode writing, a chance to design your own fantasy land and a downloadable colouring book inspired by Pitzhanger’s interiors.
  6. Head to Tate’s website to discover what Pop Artist you are, enjoy a virtual walk through Tate’s Aubrey Beardsley exhibition, check out some famous rainbow paintings, draw your own fairy tale and even build your own self-portrait house.
  7. The Little Angel website is packed with ideas for fun things to do, with a total of 27 tutorials. Highlights include how to grow a beanstalk, a lion-mask how-to, paper-kite making, egg-box hen puppets, and how to make a woodland maze.
  8. There’s lots to do on the Museum of London website, from costume creation to a London vehicle-themed Move and Make game, penny plain colouring, storytelling games, a Tube station naming activity and a Docklands-themed memory game.
  9. Top online Babble talks for June include ‘Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias’
    with behavioural scientist Dr Pragya Agarwal on the 3rd, and ‘Fleabag and Friends: The Women Behind the TV Revolution’ by film lecturer Dr Julia Wagner on the 17th.
  10. Head to the Bring Your Baby site on the 7th for The Big Buffy the Vampire Slayer Quiz Live Stream. This all-Buffy quiz special will be accessible via Zoom and last for two hours, comprising six rounds of 10 questions with a break in the middle.
  11. It’s World Oceans Day on the 8th, and Royal Museums Greenwich will be partnering with organisations from across the world to offer a whole day of exciting virtual events, activities, debates, music and discussions across its site in celebration.
  12. Royal Albert Hall has become Royal Albert Home during lockdown, with exclusive sessions recorded at artists’ homes available online. Kids’ highlights include Classical for Kids, Jazz for Kids, and Samuel West Reads The Great Jelly of London.
  13. Hop onto artsdepot’s website on the 4th and/or 11th to take part in Homeskool Beatbox Adventures with Shlomo, a live-streamed interactive show empowering kids aged 4+ and their families to find their true voices and create their own music.
  14. NOW Gallery has teamed up with some of our favourite artists to offer a variety of at-home activities. Download Kinska’s memory game, make a cat mask and craft a crocodile with Margaux Carpentier, then get colouring with Manjit Thapp.
  15. There’s loads to keep little ones busy on the Foundling Museum website, with video tutorials for each activity. Choose from paper portraits, fantasy bedroom making or soundscape creation, plus ideas for outdoor games the whole family can play.
  16. The V&A Museum of Childhood website is also packed with crafty ideas, from jigsaw puzzle making to specimen box creation, as well a hanging mobile tutorial, step-by-step mashup monster making and even a Clanger Ears how-to.
  17. Missing London adventures? Head to Look Up London to enjoy short but informative virtual London walks every Monday at 2pm, then check out the archive for walks from Borough to Bethnal Green and Spitalfields to South Kensington.
  18. If you live in Canary Wharf (or own a car) you’re in luck, as sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld’s Looking Up outdoor exhibition will be in situ around the area until 18th September. For everyone else, the exhibition is now available to view online.
  19. Head to Dulwich Picture Gallery’s website and social media to take part in its Creative Wednesdays activities, recreate a painting from the gallery’s collection, design and make your own deck of cards, build a bird feeder and loads more.
  20. The Young Design Museum is full of ideas for a creative lockdown, boasting dozens of exciting video tutorials and worksheets, plus a page full of Hey Duggee tasks that, once completed, can be rewarded with downloadable badges.

Babu and Roro get creative with chalk at home.