8 Things to Do With The Kids in London: January 2017

Christmas is over, everyone’s feeling a little blurgh, the saddest day of the year is approaching (Monday 16th if you’re wondering) and you might be feeling stuck for things to do in London with the kids.

But shake it off, I say. We are in the coolest city in the world and there's plenty to keep the smalls occupied!

Keep reading for our countdown of the eight things to do with the kids in London this month.

We chose 8 so you’re covered for every weekend (we omitted Jan 1 which is a Sunday but figured you wouldn’t be trying to take the kids anywhere on New Years Day!)

Sweet Masterpieces

Saturday 7 Jan, 1200 - 1300 and again at 1430 - 1600

Museum of London, Docklands

Sugar isn't just for making food sweet; it can be used as paint too! Join the museum to paint a London masterpiece with sugar. What amazing artwork will your little ones produce?

Suggested Ages: 5+

Admission free. Book here.

Skate at Somerset House

Saturday 7 + 14 January
Sunday 8 January

Polar Cub Club features a 30-minute, single lesson for 4 - 8 year olds on the Somerset House training rink.

Time: 0830 - 0900 or 0910 - 0940

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Ticket price: £8.50 per lesson + booking fees (booked via Ticketmaster). Book here.

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Saturday 14 January at 1100

Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2BP

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is revived through puppetry and physical theatre by Box Tale Soup and music by Purcell performed by members of the world-renowned choir The Sixteen. Join them and be transported to a world of magic and mishap in The Fairy Queen, an interactive concert for families with children aged 6+.

Book here.

Adventures in Moominland

Check website for dates and times

Southbank Centre, Exhibition Space, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall

Adventures in Moominland is the first major UK exhibition on The Moomins which explores the internationally-recognised stories of the Moomin family through the life of its author Tove Jansson. More than 40 items of archive material will be on display including original drawings, paintings and personal items, many to be shown in the UK for the first time. Suitable for kids age 7 +

Tickets from £13.50. When purchasing tickets ticket online, customers can also receive a 20% discount on The Moomin Colouring Book, making it £8 rather than £10. Book here

Great Fire Family Walk

Saturday 21 January

Museum of London

Visit the sites struck by the fire in this fun and interactive family walk. Special lunch deals are available. Suggested ages: 5+

£5 children/ £7 adults. Book tickets here.

Studio Sundays at The National Gallery

Sunday 22 January: 11am–1pm. 

Learn how the Impressionists painted people and places quickly to create incredible impressions. These hands-on workshops start in the Gallery and are followed by a studio session. Suitable for kids aged 5 to 11. Sessions are 2 hours long: 1100, repeated at 1400.

Admission free. Book here.

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Rooster

Friday 28 January: 1200 - 1600

Museum of London, Docklands

Celebrate the year of the rooster at this special family festival. Fill a tray of togetherness, try your hand at paper cutting, fashion a zodiac-inspired mobile, listen to traditional Chinese stories, take part in a dragon dance and more. Suitable for all ages.  

Admission free. Book here.

The Fox + The Star

Until 29 January 2017

William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4PP

The William Morris Gallery will be holding an exhibition of The Fox and the Star with award-winning illustrator and author Coralie Bickford-Smith. Visitors will get the opportunity to see how the best-selling book was conceived and produced, with original illustrations, proofs and sketches on display for the first time. Admission free.

More info here.

Disco Kids: Fairy Tale Frenzy

Sunday 29 January – 1400 – 1700

The Albany Theatre

Calling all princesses, princes, knights in armour and little jesters! Join The Albany for a fairy tale themed disco with live dancers, video art and more while you are transported to a new magical world. £6 each or £20 for a family ticket.

Suitable for kids age 7 and under. Book here.

This is part one of our monthly list of things to do with kids in London. Make sure you join our mailing list to find out what's on in February.