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

  1. Ghost Show: The Haunted House runs from the 1st to the 5th. Residing within a bespoke theatrical horror setting in Copeland Park (i.e. a spoof haunted house), this immersive show will feature the work of 70 emerging artists, inviting a fresh perspective to viewing art. Free.
  2. Design Baby: Music and Mindfulness is at the V&A on the 3rd and 16th. Join Early Years practitioner Anjana Rinne in a multi-sensory session featuring mindfulness, free play and music. Make an animal mask, re-imagine stories and take a moment to be present. Paid.
  3. Coram’s Fields Fireworks – central London’s only free fireworks display – returns on the 4th. Alongside the spectacular display, expect a host of fairground rides and a merchandise stand. Premium Viewing Zone tickets are sold out, so get there early to secure a good spot. Free.
  4. There’s loads of great kids’ theatre on at Chats Palace in October, including The Midnight Mission (6-8s) and The Creatures of Hackney (3-8s) on the 5th, Meet Me a Tree (0-2s) on the 12th and A Square World (3-6s) on the 19th. Paid.
  5. Family Studio: Make-Do Landscapes will run at the RA on the 6th. Join artist Rachel McGivern to test a range of printmaking techniques using found and everyday objects, creating interesting effects and printing your own textured landscape. Free.
  6. Bad Art Presents: Touch Me Baby! will be at The Bomb Factory from the 9th-13th. Imagine a jungle of body parts through which the viewer has to weave – not necessarily touching the art but being touched by the art, in a terrifically tactile nod to post-Covid life. Free.
  7. Artists Lucy Sparrow and Yinka Ilori are both running their own pop-up shops this month. Sparrow’s Felt ‘R’ Us superstore will be appearing at Bloomsbury’s Brunswick Centre from the 12th and Ilori’s pop up will be at 9 Club Row in Shoreditch from the 30th. Free to visit.
  8. Air Giants: Vines is on at Watermans from the 12th-13th. This collection of 5.5-metre robotic plants is capable dynamic flexing and arching motion, inspired by the movement of plant tendrils and vines​, and is interactive and playful with visitors. Free.
  9. Head to the Charles Dickens Museum on the 12th for a Ghost Writers writing workshop for families with kids aged 6+. Join poet and author Claire Collinson and hear about the Victorians and supernatural beliefs, while you learn how to conjure with words. Paid.
  10. The Websters Movie + Kids’ art workshop is on at the Czech Centre London on the 13th as part of the Made in Prague Festival. See a screening of the film (in Czech with English subtitles) before creating your own spider world full of cheeky spiders and cobwebs. Paid.
  11. Twist Museum opens on the 16th. Developed in collaboration with artists, neuroscientists and psychologists, this immersive experience explores the joy and wonder of illusion with mind-bending immersive rooms and unexpected interactive illusions. Paid.
  12. Magdelena Abakanowicz’s Every Tangle of Thread and Hope will be at Tate Modern from the 17th. Visitors can explore “a forest of towering woven sculptures” as the artist’s most significant works are brought together in the Blavatnik Building’s 64m gallery space. Paid.
  13. There’s loads of family-friendly stuff going on at Barbican this month, from a showing of Studio Ghibli classic Ponyo on the 19th to a Rebel Rebel: Family Day celebrating Soheila Sokhanvari plus a screening of Amazing Animations for 0-7 year-olds on the 26th. Free/paid.
  14. Bring Your Baby is hosting Bring Your Kids Scavenger Hunt Guided Walk: The Great Fire of London on the 19th. Written for ages 5+, the walk would be ideal for kids who have studied The Great Fire of London at school, and will also touch on The Great Plague. Paid.
  15. Head to The Mosaic Rooms on the 23rd for The Fabric of Family workshop for parents and carers with 0-1s. Join artist Aya Haidar for this new inclusive session, where you are invited to share and support one another through collective creativity and conversation. Free.
  16. Head to the British Museum on the 24th for Little Feet: Exhibition Explorer, a chance to visit the museum’s Hieroglyphs: Unlocking Ancient Egypt exhibition for free, with a chance for under-5s to engage in themed sensory and craft activities. Free.
  17. Back in Time: A Tribute to Back to the Future is arriving at Hawley Wharf in Camden Market from the 26th. Said to be Europe’s largest collection of memorabilia from the films, the exhibition will feature more than 70 items used by the cast and crew. Paid.
  18. Celebrate the closing of Museum of London’s London Wall site at London’s Greatest Weekends: Family Festival on the 26th-27th. Expect creative fun with crafts, face painting, a baby rave, theatrical performances, immersive tours and musical performances. Free.
  19. Bow Families: building 3D worlds and model making with Carlos Cortes will be on at Bow Arts Courtyard on the 27th. Get creative using a range of materials to build the unexpected and create miniature models, worlds, shelters, refuges, or places of your dreams.  Free.
  20. Head to NOW Gallery from the 30th for RIBBONS, an exhibition from designer and artist Matty Bovan consisting of a monumental, ceiling-height hand-knitted multicoloured jumper that visitors are invited to enter and relax inside on handmade tufted rugs. Free.

And if you’re wondering where all the festive activities are at, don’t panic. There were just so many I had to do a separate roundup, and you can read it here.

Babu & Ro check out Ralph Anderson’s Like and Subscribe and Where We Don’t Belong at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea.

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