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

  1. Half Moon is putting on two free shows at All Points East NBHD: The Lost Colour on the 1st and Family Jukebox on the 2nd – both aimed at children and adults of all ages; as well as a production of Jack and the Beanstalk at its studios on the 25th – aimed at ages 3+. Free/paid.
  2. Assemble Play is running loads of free sessions throughout the month. Head to Toynbee Hall on the 4th and 25th, The Strand on the 11th-19th, Kentish Town Health Centre on the 14th and Chingford Mount on the 26th. Check @assembleplay for full details. Free.
  3. I’m Yours & You’re Mine, Stay Curious – The House of Do Your Own Thing is on at South London Gallery from the 4th-5th. Produced by the Feel Good Designers, this immersive exhibition will feature art and performances from the various rooms of a house. Free.
  4. Open City Families SEND Weekend runs from the 4th-5th. Head to RIBA for a creative workshop for families with visually impaired children; Pitzhanger Manor for an Architecture Stories SEND workshop; and Museum of London for SEND: Morning Explorers. Free.
  5. There are dozens of family events taking place as part of Open House London from the 4th-12th. Highlights include planting at the Garden of Earthly Delights, drawing in Rochester Square, a family day at Streatham Space Project and loads at Museum of London. Free.
  6. Open City Families at Canary Wharf takes place on the 11th. Create a miniature cardboard city, take part in a high-rise LEGO challenge, go on an immersive architectural adventure, get involved with some musical storytelling, design a bug hotel and loads more. Free.
  7. Head to the Chisenhale Gallery’s Learn+Play+Create Outdoor Playground for its Summer of Art Festival Day on the 11th. Details are yet to be announced, but if its amazing August programme is anything to go by then this event is going to be epic. Free.
  8. Whitecross Street Party #11: Rise of the Non-Conformist is taking place on the 11th-12th. Expect live street artists, art installations, food stalls, art stalls, family activities, a music stage and a words stage. We went two years ago and it was the best thing ever. Free.
  9. The Flight of Babuscha Baboon opens at The Puppet Theatre Barge from the 11th. This magical combination of string marionettes, shadow puppets, haunting music, beautiful lighting and moving poetry will captivate adults and children (3+) alike. Paid.
  10. Baby Barrier Reef will be showing at Pickled Pepper Books on the 11th and 18th. Journey to the Great Barrier Reef and meet a special fish and his friends, then help them clean up the ocean and save all the sea creatures in this magical sensory adventure for 0-3s. Paid.
  11. There’s lots of fun for little ones at the Underbelly Festival Cavendish Square. Choose from Mama G’s Story Time Roadshow on the 12th (4+), Baby Loves Disco on the 25th (0-7s), or Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on the 29th-30th (4+). Paid.
  12. LEGO lovers, head to the Royal National Hotel for London Brick Festival on the 12th. This celebration of all things LEGO is open to fans of all ages and will include loads of incredible LEGO builds, activities, build challenges and lots of LEGO available to buy. Paid.
  13. Frieze Sculpture is back in Regent’s Park from the 14th. This year’s works address themes including architecture, geopolitical power structures and environmental concern, and include installations by Vanessa da Silva, Rasheed Araeen and Rose Wylie. Free.
  14. LDF returns from the 18th-26th, with its 10 Design Districts named as Brompton, Clerkenwell, Greenwich Peninsula, Islington, Kings Cross, Mayfair, Park Royal, Shoreditch, Southwark South and the William Morris Design Line. Keep an eye on the website for further info. Free.
  15. V&A will be hosting an exciting variety of installations as part of LDF from the 18th-26th, with highlights including an immersive, low-carbon aluminium pavilion and an installation exploring the role of nature in modern architectural spaces, plus lots more. Free.
  16. Groove Into the Woods premieres at artsdepot on the 19th. Designed for ages 3-7, this animated and live-action musical adventure follows three friends into a fairytale forest where they learn important lessons about who you can trust and who your friends are. Paid.
  17. Meet Bing and Flop at ZSL London Zoo from the 20th. Follow a self-guided trail and help Bing and his friends complete the zookeepers’ daily checklist, with an activity to do at each checkpoint, then settle down for an interactive storytime session. Included with zoo entry.
  18. The RA’s Summer Exhibition is back from the 22nd. The exhibition will feature more than 1,000 works spanning print, painting, photography, film, sculpture and architecture, selected by Yinka Shonibare and a panel of artists under the theme of ‘Reclaiming Magic’. Paid.
  19. Chamber Tots is back at Wigmore Hall with Chamber Tots: Autumn for 3-5s on the 22nd. Join music leader Esther Sheridan and explore the sounds and stories of Autumn in this interactive session. Sing, play and move together, listening to live music along the way. Paid.
  20. Head to the Mosaic Rooms on the 25th and join artist Dia Batal for an afternoon of creative play. While you’re there, check out Alaa Satir’s family installation – The Dancers’ Garden, a multi-sensory artwork featuring a sand pit, musical instruments and drawing activities. Free.

Roro tests out the new Howl’s-Moving-Castle-inspired play structure at Discover Children’s Story Centre, Stratford.