20 awesome things to do with your little Londoners in August 2021

  1. Head to Croydon’s Centrale & Whitgift until the 16th for the Brickosaurs Trail – a Dinosaur-themed trail featuring 13 life-sized Lego dinosaurs. Pick up a trail map and follow the dinosaur footprints to each exhibit, before taking part in an interactive paleontology workshop. Free.
  2. Kids’ Summer Splash is at Royal Victoria Docks until the 22nd. Expect sandpits, a lido with a shallow end for younger kids, plus family chill-out zones and a snack shack. Upswing circus performances will take place on the 1st, and you can even book swimming lessons. Free.
  3. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience has landed in London. Described as a “20,000-square-foot light-and-sound spectacular”, the exhibition will feature two-storey projections of the artist’s most compelling works, separate galleries chronicling his life, and a unique VR experience. Paid.
  4. Summer of Play at the National Maritime Museum runs on Sundays throughout August. Experience a 1930s cruise ship on the 1st, have a pirate adventure on the 8th, make ship-shape hats on the 15th, create shadow puppets on the 22nd and play board games on the 29th. Free.
  5. Chisenhale Artplace will play host to an exciting variety of workshops this summer through its Summer of Art programme, including artist-run family workshops throughout August, and a Summer of Play day with Chisenhale Dance and  V&A Museum of Childhood on the 25th. Free.
  6. There’s tons going on in the Royal Parks this month. Highlights include the Mission: Invertebrate Roadshow (various sites/dates), Play Day: Pirate Go Karts in Greenwich Park on the 4th, Discovery Day: Peter Pan in Hyde Park on the 10th and Make, Race & Play in Regent’s Park on the 21st. Free.
  7. Sir John Soane’s Museum is running two workshops for children of all ages in Lincoln’s Inn Fields this month. Create an architectural masterpiece out of Lego bricks in Lego City on the 5th, or recreate a Regency town house in Recency Square Junk Modelling on the 12th. Free.
  8. Tate Britain will run a drop-in Blast Off! reading library every Thursday-Sunday throughout August, beginning on the 5th. The space will celebrate books that centre children of colour and host storytellers such as Joseph Coelho and Sue Pickford Cheung every Saturday at midday. Free.
  9. They say you should never meet your heroes, but what toddler could resist a trip to Meet Peppa Pig? Peppa will be appearing in her unique Olympics outfit at the FAO Schwarz toyshop at Selfridge’s on the 7th – part of the store’s Summer of Family Fun. Free.
  10. The Canary Wharf Summer Family Festival continues throughout August with a sun-catcher workshop on the 7th, Greenhouse Theatre shows on the 7th and 14th, West End performances on the 14th-15th, ballet from Let’s All Dance on the 22nd and a Peter Rabbit tale on the 28th. Free.
  11. Head to the V&A for Epic Iranian Storytelling inspired by its Epic Iran exhibition on the 7th and 14th, and Drop in Design: Wonderland Picnic Baskets inspired by Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser on the 12th-13th, or go on a self-guided digital Curious Family Trail whenever you like! Free.
  12. Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Family Festival: Inside Out runs from the 9th-14th. For younger kids, head to the Under 5s: Nature’s Stories, Music & Movements storytelling event on the 10th, or the Under 5s: Explore Nature with The Creation Station sensory session on the 11th. Paid.
  13. Nation’s Favourite Paintings, a giant alfresco exhibition of life-size replicas of National Gallery Paintings, will pop up in Trafalgar Square from the 10th. Walk through centuries of iconic works, experiencing them up-close against the majestic façade of the National Gallery. Free.
  14. Unicorn presents Congregation from the 11th-15th. Let a magical sonic sphere take you on a journey to a secret location in London Bridge, guiding you through familiar and unfamiliar terrain by sound alone. Can you keep the sphere ‘happy’ by going in the right direction? Paid.
  15. The Salter’s Company will host its first Early Explorers storytelling sessions on the 12th. Designed for babies and toddlers, these sessions will explore the architecture and social histories of incredible buildings through sensory storytelling and musical activities. Paid.
  16. The Uniqlo Tate Play Mega Please Draw Freely Picnic takes place on the 14th and 15th. Enjoy an indoor picnic, draw on the Turbine Hall floor, take part in performances led by Ei Arakawa and experience a recreation of Motonaga Sadamasa’s performance work, Work (Smoke) 1957. Free.
  17. The Garden Museum’s Festival of Fairytales takes place on the 15th. Children will be free to explore the museum, which will be transformed into a magical fairy wonderland, and discover pop-up performers, craft workshops, storytelling, music and circus performances. Paid.
  18. Artist Chila Burman’s new large-scale immersive art installation will take over Covent Garden Market from the 26th. The neon wonderland will feature sculptures of peacocks, tigers and snakes, plus uplifting words and collages, all inspired by Burman’s Hindu Punjabi heritage. Free.
  19. The Greenwich & Docklands International Festival starts on the 27th, with family-friendly highlights including the nightly Borealis light installation at the Old Royal Naval College, On Your Doorstep events at various locations, and the Greenwich Fair on the 29th. Free.
  20. All Points East In the Neighbourhood is back in Victoria Park from the 31st. Highlights will include puppet shows from Bus King Theatre, music workshops from School of Noise, storytelling with Queen of Sheba International and theatre from Half Moon. Free.

Roma checks out Rafał Zajko’s Amber Waves (Bursztynowe Fale) exhibition at Public Gallery, Shoreditch.