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

  1. British Museum is hosting two Little Feet under-5s events this month: Creative Cosmos in the Clore Centre on the 1st and Exhibition Explorer: Feminine Power: the Divine to the Demonic on the 14th. There’ll also be a family-friendly Festival of Archaeology on the 16th. Free.
  2. Head to Allen Gardens in Shoreditch for Art Play’s Art and Circus Mini Festival on the 2nd. Families with children of all ages are invited to join in with circus activities including juggling and diablo, plus music, instruments, bubbles and face painting. Paid.
  3. The Fandangoe SKIP, an ‘ice cream truck for mental health’, will be in North Greenwich from the 2nd-10th and Canary Wharf from the 21st. Founded by artist Annie Nicholson, the project seeks to smash taboos around grief and mental health. Free.
  4. Hampstead Beach is back at JW3 from the 3rd. Expect sand, deck chairs, a paddling pool and an indoor café, plus free Beach Club activities on Mondays and Wednesdays for 0-4s with Families Programmer and Early Years expert Chloe, featuring crafts, singing and yoga. Free.
  5. Garden Museum’s immersive and family-friendly The Secret Garden exhibition opens from the 6th. There will also be a Peephole Boxes Family Workshop on the 3rd and a Focaccia Family Cooking Workshop on the 9th – both inspired by the exhibition. Paid.
  6. artsdepot’s family-friendly Summer Sizzler mini festival takes place on the 9th. Expect club classics, a confetti-filled dance floor, soft play, a bamboo forest, and an arts-and-crafts space featuring face painting, henna design, glitter tattoos and nail art. Paid.
  7. In celebration of Eid, NHM will host Explorers Family Festival: Natural History in Islam on the 9th. Activities will include a Bollywood Silent Disco, a DIY Henna Workshop, a Pollination Station, storytelling and a Wildlife Garden Explorer session. Free.
  8. Whitecross Street Party: The Rise of the Nonconformists returns for its 12th edition from the 9th-10th. Expect live street painting, market stalls, large-scale community art creation, immersive installations, street food, soft play and lots more. Free.
  9. The Royal Opera House Family Pride event takes place on the 10th. Families with kids of all ages are invited to celebrate the triumphs of the LGBTQ+ community through performances of specially commissioned works, as well as lots of singing, dancing and making. Paid.
  10. The Together Space will launch its first event at new venue Higham Hill Hub on the 10th. Expect jungle-themed soft play with a bouncy castle, immersive painting, filmmaking, storytelling and a pop-up cafe (there’s even talk of Hackney Gelato bringing ice cream). Paid.
  11. Hobbledown Heath Hounslow opens from the 11th. Climb towers, crawl through tunnels and step inside one of the largest indoor play arenas in London – all while coming face-to-face with goats, alpacas, meerkats, lemurs and many other zoo and farm animals. Paid.
  12. Ichiba at Westfield London launches its Miffy popup from the 11th. Expect Miffy-shaped buns and Miffy-inspired lattes, plus a giant Miffy lamp to welcome visitors. Head down on the 23rd for family activities including origami and a chance to meet Miffy herself. Free.
  13. Whitechapel Gallery will host its Summer Families and Community Day on the 16th. Create and inhabit a soft den sculpture with artist Anna Crystal Stephens, go on a tour of The London Open exhibition and take part in artist-led storytelling sessions. Free.
  14. Head down to Chelsea Theatre on the 16th for the launch of The House of Many Ways, a new Outdoor Play Commission from The Mosaic Rooms, designed by the centre’s resident family artist, Sahra Hersi. The installation will then be open for play all summer from the 17th. Free.
  15. The RA’s Young Artists’ Summer Show is back from the 19th. Head down on the 24th and combine with one of the gallery’s Family Studio: Have Your Voice Heard sessions and design slogans, banners and placards that tell the world about the issues that impact you. Free.
  16. Festival14: Family Fun takes place across Canary Wharf from the 21st-24th, featuring immersive storytelling, the Bus King Theatre, Big Fish Little Fish, dance and theatre performances, plus David Gibb’s magical musical Family Jukebox. Free/paid.
  17. Yayoi Kusama’s Obiteration Room arrives at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall from the 23rd. Transform a completely white domestic apartment into a sea of colourful dots. Families can also create their own work of art to add to an ever-growing garden in the hall. Free.
  18. Planning a trip to the V&A this summer? Be sure to check out the museum’s Family Display: Pattern Studio drop-in space from the 23rd, where you can design your own colourful textile patterns inspired by the Africa Fashion exhibition to add to the display wall. Free.
  19. Mini mountaineer in the family? Get them down to NAM from the 27th-29th, where they can hone their scaling skills on the Mission Everest: Climbing Wall (ages 6+) or Baby Bouldering Wall (0-5s). There’s even an interactive Everest tour for families with kids aged 7+. Paid.
  20. Stuart Semple’s Festival of Happiness takes place at Dulwich Picture Gallery on the 30th. The festival will premiere Semple’s Something Else, a playful series of sculptural installations, and there’ll also be family-friendly workshops and the artist’s famous Happy Clouds. Free.

Babu and Ro hang out on the pink steps at Bold Tendencies, Peckham.