20 awesome things to do with your little Londoners in October 2020

  1. The Puppet Theatre Barge is hosting its Cinema Season – Children’s Animation until the 25th. Designed for ages 3+, this programme of award-winning animation from across Europe comes courtesy of the London International Animation Festival.
  2. Barbican will host two new installations from the 1st. Ling Tan’s Playing Democracy explores the principles of democracy, while Nye Thompson’s INSULAE (Of the Island) investigates the impact of island geography on national identity in the age of Brexit. 
  3. Head to The Sunday Painter from the 2nd to check out Be Some Body from ceramicist Emma Hart. The artist is known for her playful installations that address her own social awkwardness and raise questions about class and social hierarchies.
  4. Fun Palaces are back on the 3rd-4th, with highlights including the National Maritime Museum Fun Palace, Little Angel Theatre’s Puppetry Fun Palace and West Silvertown Foundation x Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Carnival of Costume Fun Palace.
  5. Apple Day returns to Fulham Palace’s walled garden on the 4th, featuring a family-friendly programme of live folk music, beekeeping, green woodworking, garden tours, children’s activities, a food and crafts market and even a pop-up palace.
  6. Frieze Sculpture is back in Regent’s Park’s English Gardens from the 5th-18th. The 12 new works will be accompanied by a free audio tour by curator Clare Lilley of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and will also have a virtual presence on Frieze Viewing Room.
  7. The Summer Exhibition returns to the RA from the 6th, featuring new work by Tracey Emin, Rebecca Horn, Anselm Kiefer, Julian Schnabel, Gillian Wearing and Ai Weiwei. You can also catch the RA’s Young Artists’ Summer Show from the 19th.
  8. Head to King’s Cross Tunnel from the 6th for Face to Face, a free exhibition curated with the Fund for Global Human Rights and featuring social documentary and portrait photography from Africa, Latin America, and South and Southeast Asia.
  9. Newport Street Gallery is back with an exhibition of more than 50 works by Damien Hirst on the 7th. Featuring installations, sculpture and paintings, End of a Century will include Hirst’s Spot Paintings, Spin Paintings and Medicine Cabinets.
  10. Wellcome Collection reopens on the 7th. Head there to check out the Being Human gallery, which features 50 artworks and objects including a refugee astronaut, an epidemic jukebox and a perfumed bronze sculpture that smells of breast milk.
  11. Bruce Nauman opens at Tate Modern on the 7th. The first major exhibition of the artist’s work in London in more than 20 years, it will feature immersive installations with a strong emphasis on sound and moving image, as well as sculptures and neon pieces.
  12. Head to Zabludowicz Collection from the 8th for Trulee Hall‘s first UK exhibition, which will transform the gallery via a series of self-contained, elaborate vignettes comprising video, sculpture, paintings, soundtracks and kinetic mechanisms.
  13. The Where’s Wally Spooky Museum Search kicks off from the 9th, with participating museums including the Cartoon Museum, MoL Docklands, The Postal Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich, the Horniman, the V&A and the Museum of Water & Steam.
  14. Alice in Hackneyland’s immersive Octagon 300 exhibition opens at Twickenham’s Orleans House Gallery on the 13th. Drawing on the Octagon room’s 300-year history, the work combines colour and illusion to create a mesmerising sculptural tableau.
  15. The October Gallery in Holborn is running a Family Art Day for 0-7s and their adults as part of the Bloomsbury Festival on the 17th. The theme of the session will be ‘Vision’, and how we as spectators become the ‘art’ in the current exhibition.
  16. Track down Billy Brown of London Town at LTM and the LTM Depot from the 17th. Take part in an exciting trail, enjoy craft activities and check out the refurbished London Transport at War gallery with its new interactive sheltering experience.
  17. Head to Kew from the 17th for the woodland Gruffalo trail. Discover the secret world of plants and animals and how their lives are interconnected. Meet your favourite Gruffalo characters and keep your eyes peeled for the Gruffalo himself.
  18. The Design Museum presents two new exhibits from the 21st. Beazley Designs of the Year will feature innovations across fashion and product design, while Margaret Calvert: Woman at Work will celebrate the work of the prolific graphic designer.
  19. Arctic: Culture and Climate opens at the British Museum on the 22nd. From ancient mammoth ivory sculpture to modern snow mobiles, the objects in this immersive show reveal the creativity and resourcefulness of Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic.
  20. The Foundling Museum will present The Covid Letters from the 24th. Gathered during lockdown, these customised versions of the PM’s Covid letter offer insight into young people’s feelings about the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis.

Ro and Jo check out Hunto’s London Mural Festival offering in Renness Road, Walthamstow.