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

  1. Family Takeover: A Patterned World with Sarina Mantle will be taking place at Camden Arts Centre on alternate Sundays from the 1st. Experiment with pattern making and structures to generate objects for play, which can be used for collaborative games. Free.
  2. Join dancers Colleen Joseph and Kerri De Aguiar for Families Workshop: Dance Pioneers at V&A on the 1st. Children aged 5+ and their adults are invited to explore Waacking and Jazz Fusion, be brave, celebrate and become a dance pioneer in this drop-in session. Free.
  3. There’s loads on at artsdepot this month, with shows including SPLAT!, Little Grimm Tales, Roald Dahl & The Imagination Seekers, Aidy the Awesome and The Gruffalo, an immersive Finger Sports exhibition and a Superpowering Girls and their Grannies workshop. Paid/free.
  4. The Story Den is back at Sir John Soane’s Museum on the 3rd and 17th. Children aged 2-5 are invited to use the museum’s den-making kit to build a home for an adorable woodland creature. Expect songs, magical lights and lots of sensory objects to play with. Free.
  5. Queer Britain, the UK’s first LGBTQ+ museum, opens in Kings Cross (on the old House of Illustration site) from the 5th. We’re not sure what to expect yet, but anyone can make a donation or become a Founding Member and help fund exciting new exhibitions. Free.
  6. The Barbican’s Our Time on Earth exhibition opens in The Curve from the 5th. Engage with our shared habitat like never before in this immersive exploration of radical ideas for the way we live, with perspectives spanning art, science, activism and more. Paid.
  7. Mess It Up In The Park is back in Crouch End’s Priory Park on Fridays from the 6th. Expect a wide range of messy-play activities, including paint, edible items, rainbow spaghetti, sand, jelly, mud, foam, flour and plenty of water play. Paid.
  8. British Museum will host two of its popular Little Feet drop-in workshops for under-5s this month. Learn more about The World of Stonehenge in a special Exhibition Explorer session on the 5th, then celebrate World Bee Day in Busy Bees on the 20th. Free.
  9. Head to the V&A for Design Baby: Imagine and Make on the 11th. Children aged 0-3 and their adults are invited to join early-years musical maestro Emma and accordionist Aine on a magical musical adventure with boxes of all sizes, instruments and more. Paid.
  10. Experience the world of ASMR IRL in the Design Museum’s Weird Sensation Feels Good exhibition from the 13th. Enter an acoustically tuned environment and understand how people are using new and existing tools and materials to navigate our complex world. Paid.
  11. Get Dressed! arrives at the Unicorn from the 13th. Aimed at ages 2-5, this exciting new production tells the familiar story of a young girl who is obsessed with her very favourite outfits, whatever the weather, despite what her Dad thinks. Paid.
  12. Artists Craig & Karl, famous for their fun, bold and colourful designs, will transform Canary Wharf’s Montgomery Square with an exciting new minigolf course from the 17th. The course will include joyful novelty features, and clubs and balls will be provided. Free.
  13. Cornelia Parker opens at Tate Britain from the 19th, bringing together the artist’s iconic suspended works, her immersive War Room and Magna Carta, her monumental collective embroidery, and her films, drawings, prints and photographs. Paid.
  14. Pip & Pop’s When Flowers Dream opens at Kew’s Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art from the 21st. This ethereal exhibition will showcase an eclectic mix of vibrant artworks made from everyday materials such as sugar and candy. Free with paid admission.
  15. Party! is on at Half Moon from the 27th, featuring striking, colourful designs, a glorious contemporary soundtrack and lots of quirky humour. Let the warmth of a Portuguese summer take you to a place where difference is something to celebrate. Paid.
  16. Foundling Museum is back with more amazing workshops from the 28th, including two with illustrator Salvatore Rubbino. Choose from immersive superhero storytelling, shadow-puppet making, comic-strip creation, cape making and bunting building. Free.
  17. Mexican Geniuses: A Frida & Diego Immersive Experience opens in Canada Water from the 28th. The exhibition is first of its kind showcasing the life and work of the two Mexican artists, and will feature projections of over 300 of their paintings and portraits. Paid.
  18. Chisenhale Gallery in Bow is running an Outdoor Family Workshop on the 28th. Artist Alicia Reyes McNamara will lead the drop-in activities, which will begin with a child-friendly guided tour and also involve family art-making. Free.
  19. Head to the Museum of London for Catch a Con-Artist, a fun family session that moves through the museum galleries, from the 29th-31st. There’s a clever con-artist on the loose in the museum and the police need your help to catch them – but which side are you on? Free.
  20. Museum of the Home is running Back to Nature-themed holiday activities from the 31st. Create a communal garden artwork, become part of nature in an interactive performance, and follow a museum-gardens trail exploring different types of gardens. Free.

Babu & Ro explore Heidi Pierce’s Lights on Blue Dogs installation at Bermondsey Project Space (now finished).