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

  1. Little Feet: Welcome Winter will be running at the British Museum on the 1st. With the change of seasons, the Little Feet teddies are feeling the cold. Help to wrap them warmly, snuggle by the fire and tell them a story inspired by the museum. Free.
  2. Grandad, Me and Teddy Too is on at Polka from the 2nd. Designed for ages 2-5, it takes place in Polka’s Adventure Theatre, which has been transformed into a magical wintry world with magic carpet rides, journeys to the Northern Lights and a twinkly, snowy garden. Paid.
  3. Head to Zabludowicz Collection for Families Create: DIY Avatars, inspired by the gallery’s current LuYang exhibition, on the 3rd. Join artist Anne Harild and create real-life costumes for your avatar, then perform in a collaborative film performance. Free.
  4. The Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City is back from the 3rd. Check out five miniature cities across five different climate zones: Polar, Continental, Temperate, Dry and Tropical, then join in with a festive gingerbread house-making workshop. Paid.
  5. V&A is running a Family Drop-in: Christmas Decorations workshop on the 3rd-4th. Kids aged 5+ are invited to drop in and create their own reindeer or gingerbread-man Christmas decoration using paper, conductive tape and LED lights. Free.
  6. British Library is running Family Workshops: Winter Tales for 5-11s on the 4th. Join author and illustrator Rose Robbins and playwright Reuben Massiah as they play drama games, tell stories and draw live, then create your own literary masterpiece to take home. Free.
  7. There’s loads going on at Discover this month, including Drag Story Time with Adam All and Apple Derrieres on the 4th, Not Yet a Yeti for 2-5s from the 5th and the Who Wants to be an Olympian? interactive game show for ages 6+ from the 11th. Free with paid admission.
  8. Chats Palace is staging two festive productions for little ones this month. From the 5th-7th, babies aged 0-18 months and their grown-ups can enter the immersive world of Glisten, then from the 13th-18th families with kids aged 3+ can check out Whisker’s First Winter. Paid.
  9. Drop in to the Postal Museum for Post and Play Festive Fun on the 8th and 15th. During these sessions, under-5s and their grownups will be invited to wrap and post festive gifts, and even build a sleigh to deliver them in wintery weather. Paid.
  10. Head to Westminster Abbey for Family Day: Carols with the Choir on the 10th. Make a decoration to take home, take a festive family tour of the Abbey, hear cosy Christmas stories and sing your favourite carols with the Westminster Abbey Choir. Free.
  11. Families Workshop: Moving Bodies, Moving Images is at the Whitechapel Gallery on the 10th. Join one of the gallery’s inspiring artist educators and collaborate and play using unusual objects and materials inspired by the Moving Bodies, Moving Images exhibition. Free.
  12. On the 10th, William Morris Gallery hosts its Family Day: Winter Crafting. Be inspired by the gallery’s The Legend of King Arthur: A Pre-Raphaelite Love Story exhibit and Yule Christmas traditions, and create tree decorations out of winter greens, dried fruit and flowers. Free.
  13. Also on the 10th, Charles Dickens Museum is hosting a Kids’ Christmas PJ Party. Expect games, hot chocolate, Christmas crafts and a screening of The Muppet Christmas Carol, plus a prize for the most festive pyjamas. Paid.
  14. And, as if there wasn’t already enough going on on the 10th, the National Gallery is also running its Festive Family Day on that date. Expect music, movement, making, storytelling and sensory spaces in this artist-led activity day (some activities are sold out). Free.
  15. Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon will be at the Old Royal Naval College’s Painted Hall from the 13th. This large-scale display features minute detail of the lunar surface using NASA imagery, and a surround-sound composition by composer Dan Jones. Paid.
  16. Sharky & George Christmas Club is at Spitalfields Market from the 15th-22nd. Drop your kids off for festive-themed crafts and activities including Reindeer Antler Making, Hot Chocolate Creations, Snowman Wrapping Races and Snow Ball Fights while you shop. Paid.
  17. Head to artsdepot from the 15th-17th for SNOW, a magical, immersive, multi-sensory adventure featuring live music and puppetry. The show is aimed at 2-5s and their families, and designed to offer the perfect introduction to live theatre. Free.
  18. The Lost Rhino – an Art Installation with Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg will be at the Natural History Museum from the 16th. At the centre of the display, a video installation will bring visitors face-to-face with a digitally recreated, life-sized northern white rhino. Free.
  19. Museum of London Docklands is running two free workshops on the 17th. Make your own wintry crafts inspired by the tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker in A Cosy Winter Craft, then go on magical, interactive journey of singing and storytelling in A Cosy Winter Tale. Free.
  20. Head to the South London Gallery on the 18th for its popular creative Sunday Spot workshop – hosted this month by collage artist Theresa Weber. This drop-in session will be self-directed and is designed for families with children aged 5-12. Free.

Find lots more festive fun in our special seasonal round-up, packed with 40+ magical activities.

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