Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic
Jan
1
to Apr 8

Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic

Enjoy a multi-sensory and playful exhibition exploring the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh – one of the most adored fictional characters of all time.

Kids can learn about the story behind the creative partnership of A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard through sketches, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion.

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Tickets from £8. Book here.

There's also a competition for children aged between 2 and 12 years old to create a completely original, fictional character. The winning entry gets their illustration framed and displayed at the V&A and featured on their website. More info here

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Pinocchio
Jan
1
to Apr 11

Pinocchio

With songs and score from the Walt Disney film - including I’ve Got No Strings, Give a Little Whistle and When You Wish upon a Star - this spectacular new production brings together the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the writer of Matilda the Musical.

We all know the story, on a quest to be alive, Pinocchio leaves Geppetto’s workshop with Jiminy Cricket in tow. Their adventure takes them from alpine forests to Pleasure Island to the bottom of the ocean.

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Certain themes, characters and events in the story may be a bit scary for children of eight and under. 

There are half-price tickets for under-18s for all performances (excludes tickets under £30).

After the show, you can enjoy a unique afternoon tea experience inspired by the show. 

Book tickets here

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Cirque du Soleil - OVO
Jan
7
to Mar 4

Cirque du Soleil - OVO

A colourful carnival of crazy crickets, amazing ants and flexible fleas, OVO uncovers the natural world at our feet. Rush headlong into an ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and love. 

Crawling with fun, OVO is a non-stop riot of energy and movement featuring many of Cirque du Soleil’s mind-blowing signature acts including a stunning 14m high flying trapeze act – the biggest of its kind.

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Suitable for kids age 3 and over. Children aged 3 or over must have own seat. The show lasts 2 hours and 20 minutes (including interval).

Tickets from £57.50. Book here

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Seesaw
Jan
26
to Mar 11

Seesaw

Ask your toddler - being little can be hard work! There are holes to dig, sand castles to make, treasures to find, adventures to be had. It's much easier when you have a friend to help. But what if making friends is hard work too?

Seesaw explores the push and pull of friendship and the ups and downs of being very young.

Tickets from £10.

Book here.

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London A Cappella Festival Kids Day
Jan
27
11:00 AM11:00

London A Cappella Festival Kids Day

Pitch Perfect fans at home? They'll love the London A Cappella Festival Kids Day. The festival runs from 24 to 27 January and the 27th encourages the next generation of a cappella singers to learn what it takes to get ahead in the a cappella world.

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Kids will learn, from acclaimed vocalist and human beatbox OxBox, the sounds they can make just with their voice. British a cappella ensemble Apollo5 will take the kids through some fun jazz arrangements – culminating in a performance for the LACF audience in the foyer.

There are free foyer performances throughout the day from children's choirs and family-friendly groups, plus opportunities to meet stars from the a cappella world.

Suitable for kids aged 5 to 11.

Tickets from £5.50. Book here

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Monkey Puzzle
Jan
25
to Feb 5

Monkey Puzzle

Can butterfly help little monkey find his mum? Yes, but only after a lot of trial and error as butterfly misunderstands monkey’s descriptions and leads him to all sorts of unsuitable animals. 

Enjoy this classic story by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler with the Centre's Story Builders.

The sessions run:

  • Monday to Thursday: 11 am + 1.30 pm
  • Friday - Sunday and school holidays: 11 am, 1 pm + 3 pm

Suitable for kids age 0 - 3. Book here.  

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Fairytales Gone Bad
Jan
25
10:30 AM10:30

Fairytales Gone Bad

Performance poet Joseph Coelho, National Poetry Day Ambassador, unwinds the true stories behind the happily ever afters and discover they may not be as charming as you remember!

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Did you know that the ugly duckling was never ugly? He was truly monstrous! Or that Goldilocks was never a tale about a little girl. It was always a tale about a granny – a mean, thieving granny who has plans for something quite nasty.

After the show, there will be a chance to meet Joseph and purchase signed copies of his books.

The show lasts 45 minutes and is best suited for kids age 3+.

Tickets from £7. Book here.

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Great Fire of London Family Walk
Jan
21
11:00 AM11:00

Great Fire of London Family Walk

Was the baker of Pudding Lane to blame? What did Samuel Pepys bury in his garden? Find out on a 45 minute interactive family walk exploring how the Great Fire started, spread and was finally stopped.

You can also take part in mini challenges as a family as you visit sites including Pudding Lane, Monument and London Bridge.

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Suggested ages: 5+

Tickets: £5 children, £7.50 adults.

Advanced booking advised at museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london.

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For Crying Out Loud!
Jan
19
11:00 AM11:00

For Crying Out Loud!

Hear performances by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music, in concerts presented especially for babies under 1.

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The concerts are specifically devised to be appropriate for this age, so consider the impact older children may have on the overall experience. If your child is over the age of 1, you may be interested in booking a Chamber Tots workshop targeted at 1 – 5 year olds.

The concert lasts approximately 45 minutes and has no interval. If you can't make the 11:00 am performance, there's another at 12:30 pm.

Tickets £8.50 per adult, babies are free.

Book here

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Lumiere London
Jan
18
to Jan 21

Lumiere London

London's free light festival - Lumiere London - returns for its third year and transforms the capital into a city of lights. From north to south across the river Thames, you can enjoy the sights in any of the following six areas: 

  • King’s Cross
  • Fitzrovia
  • London’s West End (including Carnaby, Leicester Square, Oxford Circus Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, St James’s and St James’s Market)
  • Mayfair
  • Westminster + Victoria
  • South Bank + Waterloo. 

More than 40 UK and international artists will reimagine London’s iconic architecture and streets, transforming the city into a dazzling nocturnal art exhibition.

Check out the Family Itinerary here.

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Where’s My Igloo Gone?
Jan
13
to Jan 14

Where’s My Igloo Gone?

Where’s My Igloo Gone? is an interactive show for children 5+ and their families, where everyone gets involved. It’s a hopeful tale, with original sound and music, about caring for our world and for each other. The show’s visual style also makes it accessible to d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences (without the need for a signer or captions) as well as non-English speakers.  

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In a dazzling, icy world of soaring snow geese and starry nights, the show tells the story of a girl called Oolik, who discovers one day that her igloo home is melting, and so goes off on an adventure to find help.  On her way, she meets some exciting friends – including the audience!

There are Relaxed Performances which are open to all, but are specifically designed to welcome those who would benefit, for whatever reason, from a more relaxed environment, such as people with sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability or autism spectrum condition.

You can also play the super-sized Climate Change puzzle that uses facts and figures about how the world is changing to create a fun, learning experience for all involved before and after the show.

Tickets from £7.

Find out more here.

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Woodcuts from Wonderland
Jan
10
to Jan 28

Woodcuts from Wonderland

Eames Fine Art presents a show of John Tenniel’s whimsical and nostalgic original wood engravings for Lewis Carroll’s incomparable stories: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (1871).

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After being presumed lost for decades, the original wood blocks from the nineteenth century were rediscovered unexpectedly in the books’ publisher’s old bank vault.

Carroll himself directly guided Tenniel in the depiction of each character, and Tenniel’s images have endured for a century and a half, becoming the inspiring basis for countless reproductions and adaptations of Carroll’s stories.

Exhibition opening times: 

  • Tuesday – Saturday: 11.00 am – 6.00 pm.
  • Sunday: 12.00 am – 5.00 pm.
  • Monday: Closed.

More info here

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Game Design Workshop
Jan
6
11:00 AM11:00

Game Design Workshop

Kids aged 13 to 15 can draw characters and settings inspired by Mayan objects from Mexico to feature in their own computer game. They'll also learn programming skills on tablets to create games for other people to play. 

Photo: Benedict Johnson.

Photo: Benedict Johnson.

Participants must bring a permission form that can be downloaded from the website.

Entry is free but booking is essential. More info here.

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Roman London Family Walk
Jan
6
11:00 AM11:00

Roman London Family Walk

Travel back 2000 years and walk the streets of Roman Londinium. From the Museum on London Wall to Leadenhall Market, you will see the size of Roman London AD 120 and discover its landmarks, now hidden beneath our 21st century skyscrapers.

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©Museum of London

On the way, the kids can imagine they're Roman soldiers at the fort gate into the city or a gladiator as they enter the remains of the city’s amphitheatre. Listen to fascinating facts and surprising anecdotes as you explore Roman London together as a family.

Suitable for children age 5+.

Tickets: £5 children, £7.50 adults.

Advanced booking advised at museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london

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Bananaman
Jan
2
to Jan 20

Bananaman

Bananaman makes his live action debut in an all-singing, all-flying new musical. With supervillains Doctor Gloom and General Blight attempting world domination, who can we call? Superman’s on holiday, Spiderman’s not picking up – our only option, our very, very last option is… Bananaman.

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Bananaman is one of the flagship characters in the world’s longest running comic, The Beano, and was also the star of the TV cartoon that ran on the BBC during the 80s.

This is the potassium powered musical for a new generation of banana fans.

Recommended age 6+.

Tickets from £20.

Book here

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Aladdin
Jan
1
to Jan 31

Aladdin

An oldie but an absolute goodie - Disney’s spectacular musical Aladdin is everything you could wish for when it comes to theatre for kids.
 
Breathtaking sets, mind-blowing special effects, over 350 lavish costumes and a fabulous cast and orchestra bring the magic of Disney’s Aladdin to life on the West End stage.
 
Featuring all the songs from the classic Academy Award®-winning film including ‘Friend Like Me’, ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Arabian Nights’, bring your singing voice!

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Tickets from £30.

Best suited to children age 6 and over, under 3s not permitted. The show lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes (including interval).

Book here

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