20 awesome things to do with your little Londoners in February 2022

  1. Bob Marley: One Love Experience arrives at the Saatchi from the 2nd. Visitors will be taken on a journey through Marley’s lifestyle, passions and influences, with giant art installations, a multi-sensory One Love Forest and a live Soul Shakedown Studio listening experience.
  2. Little Feet: Terrific Tigers comes to the British Museum on the 3rd. Children aged under 5 are invited to spot the hidden tigers in the pop-up rainforest, create a stunning tiger-striped bracelet to wear home, and take part in a story session about the 12 zodiac animals.
  3. Lunar New Year 2022 comes to the Museum of London Docklands on the 5th-6th. Families with children of all ages can enjoy free performances and celebratory community activities, as well as discovering the museum’s historic connection to this spectacular festival.
  4. Head to the Cutty Sark for a Family Fun Weekend on the 5th-6th. Take part in a Sailors’ Valentines workshop and make a special love token, sing along to some sea shanties on Tween Deck with Swinging the Lead, and meet colourful characters from Cutty Sark’s past.
  5. There’s lots on at Little Angel for all ages this month, including a production of Handa’s Surprise for 2-5s from the 9th, a Story Superstars Fun Day puppet-making workshop for 5-11s from the 17th-18th, and a production of The Singing Mermaid for 3-8s from the 25th.
  6. Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child opens at the Hayward Gallery from the 9th. The first major retrospective to focus exclusively on Bourgeois’ work using fabrics and textiles, the exhibition will feature monumental installations, figurative sculptures and abstract collages.
  7. Imagine Children’s Festival is back at the Southbank Centre from the 9th-20th. Highlights include Shape the World with OKIDO, Little People, BIG DREAMS: Guess Who?, Palaver Party, Cosmic Kids Yoga, Club Origami, Big Laughs for Little Bellies and YolanDa’s Band Jam.
  8. Two Temple Place will host five family workshops inspired by its Body Vessel Clay exhibition this half term, including Crafty Creatures on the 12th, Block Printing on the 14th, Decorating Cardboard Pots on the 16th, Fun Phrases on the 17th and Pots as People on the 18th.
  9. Horniman’s Cats and Dogs exhibition opens on the 12th. This immersive exhibition explores the role that cats and dogs play in our world, and invites visitors to go on an exciting, sensory journey. The museum will also be hosting a Sweet Making Workshop from the 14th-18th.
  10. Tate Modern introduces two Uniqlo Tate Play workshops this month. From the 12th-20th, use recycled materials to create a futuristic life-size artwork in Holiday Make Studio, then from the 26th rip, snip, stick, cut and create wonderful collage in Make Studio: Celebrate.
  11. The Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature exhibition opens at the V&A from the 12th. The museum is also running family workshops inspired by the show – Digital Kids: Grow Your Own Digital Garden from the 18th-20th and Drop-In Design: Become a Bio-Designer from the 17th-20th.
  12. Vets in Action is back at ZSL London Zoo from the 12th-20th. After arriving at the zoo vet centre, junior vets will help to examine, diagnose and treat soft toys, assisting with everything from microchipping meerkats to ultrasounding pregnant sloths.
  13. Head to the Museum of the Home for Welcome Home Friend Chào mừng bạn về nhà from the 15th-19th. Taking inspiration from The Doll by Nhung N. Tran-Davies, activities will include storytelling, artist workshops and sessions celebrating Vietnamese culture and creators.
  14. Head to the Foundling Museum for family workshops this half term. Make models in Sea Soundscapes on the 15th, design uniforms in DIY Portraits on the 16th, make instruments in Which Way the Wind Blows on the 17th – or compasses in Navigate, Fabricate on the 18th.
  15. Barbican will host two LSO family concerts this month. On the 17th, Musical Storytelling for Under-5s: Jemma’s Journey will follow a typical family day, including a trip to the zoo; then on the 27th, How to Build an Orchestra will offer a chance for everyone to get involved.
  16. artsdepot is running a SEND Family Workshop with Institute of Imagination on the 17th. Explore light boxes and get creative with shadow theatre in this inclusive session. This activity is taken from the iOi: Imagination Box, which you’ll receive at the end of the session.
  17. Drag Queen Storytime is back! Head to West Norwood Library or Tate Streatham Library on the 21st, Durning Library on the 22nd or South Lambeth Library on the 23rd, or attend a special session with Apple Derrieres and Adam All at Caledonian Park on the 21st.
  18. Artist Jasmin Bhanji will lead Under 5s at Whitechapel Gallery on the 26th. This season, sessions will take place inside The Living Studio, a live pop-up making space filled with inspirational objects, books, artistic materials and prompts for activity.
  19. Pinocchio is on at Half Moon Theatre on the 26th. Join the puppet on a fast-paced adventure for ages 4+ as they try, fail and try again to find their heart and become a real person. This playful story explores what it means to love, with slapstick humour and a very big fish.
  20. Head to the South London Gallery for Sunday Spot with Maya Gurung-Russell Campbell on the 27th. Create abstract drawings inspired by each other’s emotions, using coloured inks and pastels to create artworks exploring what love, happiness and anger can look like.

Roma checks out a mural by Israeli graffiti collective Broken Fingaz on Wilmer Gardens, Hoxton.