20 awesome things to do with kids in London: March 2023

  1. British Museum is running two Little Feet sessions for preschoolers this month. Dance underneath the colourful disco lights at Play with Colour on the 2nd, then join the LF teddies in a giant game of snakes and ladders in Play Games on the 24th. Free.
  2. To celebrate World Book Day, London Eye is offering 150 free rides every day between the 2nd and 5th for children who turn up in costume. London Eye will also be donating £1 per adult ticket sold to World Book Day. Free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
  3. Julian Opie: OP.VR@LISSON/London opens at Lisson Gallery from the 3rd. The exhibition begins with a ground-breaking new virtual-reality experience where visitors are invited to journey through a new dimension, encompassing multiple realms. Free.
  4. Museum of London Docklands is running a Speak Cockney Day on the 3rd. Kids of all ages are invited to drop in to learn about Cockney life, meet London’s Pearly Kings and Queens, improve their Cockney rhyming slang and take part in ‘The Cockney Apprentice’. Free.
  5. Assemble Play will be popping up in the Garden of St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden every Sunday this month, beginning on the 5th. Expect a relaxed environment where children are free to play with a huge selection of loose parts as they see fit. Free.
  6. Philo is hosting its Play Space & Supper Club every Monday afternoon throughout March, beginning on the 6th. This amazing free event for local SE6 families with under 8s (older siblings welcome) will include free play, story time and dinner at the supper club. Free.
  7. We Touch, We Play, We Dance is on at The Albany on the 7th. Conceived for 0-3s, this warm-hearted and playful show is filled with surprises and joy, offering children and their adults the chance to listen and watch, or to let loose and join in. Paid.
  8. Anthony Caro: The Inspiration of Architecture opens at Pitzhanger Manor from the 9th. The earliest work on display, the Child’s Tower Room, features spiral steps and hidden chambers that children will be invited to explore within the exhibition. Paid.
  9. Families Create returns to Zabludowicz Collection on the 11th. The workshop will be led by brilliant artist-educator Rosie Gibbens and inspired by the world of Shanghai-based multi-media artist LuYang, whose exhibition LuYang NetiNeti will be in its final weekend. Free.
  10. The V&A is running two great kids’ events this month. On the 11th, join prop maker Isobel Irwin and build puppets from all sorts of weird and wonderful materials; then on the 15th, join artist Matt Shaw for a multisensory session for 0-3 year olds. Paid.
  11. Southbank Centre is hosting two WOW Under-10s Feminist Corner for Girls workshops this month – one for 6-7s on the 11th and one for 8-10s on the 12th. Attendees will be invited to debate a series of questions around feminism and gender equality. Paid.
  12. Creative Kids: William Morris’ Birthday Party is on at the Morris Gallery on the 16th. Under-5s and their adults are invited to use decoupage patterns and party animals to decorate party plates, before celebrating with a tea party, plus songs and games. Free.
  13. Head to The Beams from the 17th for Thin Air, an immersive art exhibition bringing together work by seven artists and collectives. The exhibition will explore the boundaries between art and technology, combining light, atmospherics, sound and experimental new media. Paid.
  14. RIBA’s Clore Learning Space will be the setting for RIBA Baby: Bricks and Bubbles on the 21st. Designed to embolden babies and toddlers through play and exploration, this drop-in session will feature blocks, bubbles and a host of other props. Free.
  15. Peter Rabbit’s Easter Adventure opens in Covent Garden from the 21st. Through a magical mix of live performance and puppetry, the world of Beatrix Potter will come alive as you embark on a mission to rescue Jemima Puddle-Duck from the clutches of Mr. McGregor. Paid.
  16. Mosaic Rooms’ Sensing our Way Launch Party takes place on the 25th. Join artist-educator Sarah Marsh to launch this new sensory toolkit. Expect sensory-led play and creative activities, designed with children and suitable for all. Free.
  17. October Gallery is hosting a Family Day in on the 25th. Children of all ages are invited to draw inspiration from the work of Juhkee Kwon, making paper sculptures and creating their own paper characters to journey through the exhibition with them. Free.
  18. The BBC Earth Experience opens in Earl’s Court on the 30th. Experience an unforgettable immersive journey through the natural world and explore the diversity of our seven unique continents on the most epic scale, with bespoke narration from David Attenborough. Paid.
  19. Wellcome Collection’s major new exhibition, Milk, opens on the 30th. Featuring over 100 items, including historical objects, artworks and new commissions, this will be the first museum survey to consider the complexity of this everyday substance. Free.
  20. Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur opens at NHM from the 31st. In this interactive exhibition, families will be invited to size themselves up against the Patagotitan Mayorum’s huge thigh bone, stare into its gigantic sauropod skull and even smell its poo. Paid.

Image: Beyond the Streets, Saatchi Gallery