20 awesome things to do with kids in London: September 2022

  1. Barbican & Community Libraries will host a Gadgeteers Fun Day inside the beautiful Barbican Conservatory and Garden Room on the 2nd. Activities will include crafts, face-painting and storytelling. We went a couple of years ago and it was brilliant. Free.
  2. Lucy Air Ambulance for Children is hosting the Lambeth Palace Garden Open Day on the 2nd. Explore the beautiful, historic grounds of Lambeth Palace while enjoying children’s entertainment, face painting, an ice-cream van and even a prosecco tent. Paid.
  3. Tate Modern is back with another recurring Uniqlo Tate Play session from the 3rd. This time, participants are encouraged to take inspiration from abstract artworks by Agnes Marten, Cy Twombly and Huguette Caland, and get Painterly with their hands or a brush. Free.
  4. GDIF continues until the 11th. Highlights from the last days of the festival will include the mesmerising Island of Foam: Version XVIII from the 3rd-4th and Unfurl, an installation combining light, colour and sound with soft robotics from the 9th-10th. Free.
  5. Camden Art Centre is hosting two workshops in its beautiful garden this month. On the 4th, connect with nature through sensory activities in Rest (is a political act), then on the 18th, explore clothing through fabric decoration and movement activities in Clothing. Free.
  6. British Museum will host two Little Feet workshops this month. On the 5th, experience stories, myths and legends of female leaders in Little Leaders; then on the 23rd, make an autumn wreath or a sun catcher to hang in your home in Autumn Arrives. Free.
  7. Head to Canary Wharf from the 5th-11th and check out State of Play, a collection of 11 contemporary sculptures themed around play, as well as sculptor Angela Glajcar’s Scale Matters, an immersive installation crafted entirely out of paper. Free.
  8. Sir John Soane’s Museum will host Let’s Play at Open House in Lincoln’s Inn Fields on the 10th. Join the excellent Assemble Play for free play featuring colourful sheets of fabric, foam construction blocks, dressing-up clothes, wheely toys and lots more. Free.
  9. Autograph Gallery is hosting one of its brilliant Family Workshops for Children with SEND and their families on the 10th. Play is designed to be inclusive, creative and sensory, with opportunities to explore texture, light, sculpture and a variety of art materials. Free.
  10. Colourscape returns to Clapham Common from the 10th-18th. This eye-poppingly colourful immersive experience will take place in Colourscape’s newly designed 70-chamber Festival Two structure, with music concerts to enjoy on weekend days. Paid.
  11. Frieze Sculpture is back in Regents Park from the 14th. The display will feature 19 large-scale works by international artists including John Giorno, Ro Robertson and Ugo Rondinone, and will form part of the new Sculpture Week London. Free.
  12. Head to The Design Museum from the 15th and immerse yourself in the colourful world of artist/designer Yinka Ilori through joyful installations and playful patterns. Combine with the museum’s brilliant WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD: The World of ASMR exhibition. Free.
  13. Little Angel Theatre’s Miniature Travelling Circus runs from the 16th. Aimed at ages 3-6, this mesmerising show promises beautiful puppets, nostalgic magic tricks and acts so tiny you may wonder how you can possibly see them. Paid.
  14. As part of Open House Festival, Bell Phillips Architects will be leading a Build Your Own Model Tree House session at Elephant Park on the 17th. Children of all ages are invited to build a model lantern, inspired by the park’s Tree House, and learn about architecture. Free.
  15. The Mosaic Rooms’ Sensing our Way workshop will run on the 17th. Join artist Sarah Marsh to create a ‘sensory language’ through play and exploration, using your senses to decide what smells, colours and textures help you to connect to the galleries. Free.
  16. Head to Cromwell Place from the 17th-25th and check out Sony Design’s Into Sight – part of London Design Festival. This life-sized media platform installation will feature light, colour and sound effects that continuously evolve through your interactions. Free.
  17. Also part of LDF, Immersive Installation by Patrick Nash will bring a series of neon figures to Borough Yards from the 17th-25th. The installation will offer a mesmerising interactive element, responding to the movement of the viewer as they engage with the space. Free.
  18. Also on from the 17th-25th, V&A’s LDF offering, Awakening, invites viewers to experience an entirely digital fashion shoot, immersing themselves in the virtual set and trying on digital garments, then capturing the look using smart-screen technology. Free.
  19. Head to Islington Square from the 17th-25th to experience Celestial Nest by the Architecture Story, an immersive installation celebrating an ancient mirror-making process. Also part of LDF, the installation is designed to create a heightened perception of the environment. Free.
  20. Angel Exit Theatre’s toooB arrives at Canada Water Theatre on the 27th. Designed for ages 6-24 months, this gentle sensory adventure will feature a performer costumed inside a giant caterpillar-like tunnel creation, with a stay-and-play session after the show. Paid.

Roma works the till at Role2Play, Walthamstow.