Young Frankenstein
Sep
28
to Feb 10

Young Frankenstein

Legendary filmmaker and comedian Mel Brooks brings his classic monster musical comedy Young Frankenstein to life on stage in an all-singing, all-dancing musical collaboration with Tony-award winning Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman.

Suitable for kids age 7+.

Tickets from £20.

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Three
Sep
29
to Sep 30

Three

Three wishes, three witches, three sisters, three pigs, three bears and three musketeers are brought to life with original sing-a-long songs, live music and inventive storytelling. 

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You'll hear the familiar stories of Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks and Grimms’ Three Wanderers retold in a new and exciting way.

Suitable for children age 3 to 8.

All tickets are priced at £7 and are available at halfmoon.org.uk (no booking fees).

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Sep
27
to Sep 30

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Christopher Wheeldon’s family favourite Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland returns to the Royal Opera House with a familiar cast of characters, including the tap dancing Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the villainous Queen of Hearts. 

The ballet brings Lewis Carroll’s classic tale to life with imaginative choreography and stunning set designs.

Performances:

  • Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 September at 7.30 pm
  • Saturday 30 September  at 1.30 pm  and 7 pm

Tickets range from £6 to £125.

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HighTide Family Festival
Sep
26
to Oct 8

HighTide Family Festival

HighTide, one of the UK’s most prominent arts festivals, comes to Walthamstow for the first time with a wide range of performances for families, pre-school children and school groups. 

Waltham Forest has a younger than average population with increasing numbers of families with young children moving to the area, which is reflected in the Walthamstow strand of the festival’s programme. 

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Highlights of the festival include:

Shark in the Park

Suitable for all ages

Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope –but wait, is that a Shark, in the Park!?  From the creative team behind ‘The Hairy Maclary show’ - see all 3 of Nick Sharratt’s ‘Shark in the Park’ books live on stage.

Vikings and Valkyries

Suitable for ages 6-13

Go on an adventure through the classic Icelandic sagas and discover how the legendary Volsung warriors came to be in this puppet and live action show featuring heroes, magic, a mythical wolf, and Mr William Morris himself! E17 Puppet Project is a travelling theatre company producing professional children’s theatre. They create original interactive shows using rod puppetry, object manipulation and physical theatre to introduce young audiences to complex narratives.

BeBop Baby

Suitable for all ages. Babes in arms and or those under 12 months can be accompanied by an adult and do not need a ticket.

Enjoy a daytime BeBop dance for all the family, with the  Tongue Fu band and their freestyle rap, poetry and improvised music live, lively and colourful props and inventive musical play. There's also a multi-sensory dance floor filled with bubble machines and giant balloons, dressing up, face painting and more.

Free and discounted tickets are available to those with a Waltham Forest postcode.

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Autumn Ambles
Sep
23
to Sep 24

Autumn Ambles

Enjoy one (or more) of 40 free guided walks being put on by Transport for London over the weekends of Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September.

Mayor Khan would like us Londoners to walk for at least 20 minutes each day to keep mentally and physically healthy and has arranged new walks for the season including a dementia-friendly stroll, a tour through Camden’s rock ’n’ roll history and a Piccadilly line walk.

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Saturday 23 September:

  • Sensory Walk – dementia-friendly stroll at 11.00 - exploring the history, flora and fauna of Southwark Park. On the walk, learn how to support people living with dementia to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors.
  • Animal I-Spy in the City at 10:30 – a family-friendly walk, exploring the city and discovering where animals are hiding. This walk is perfect for children between the ages of fourandseven
  • Camden Rock ’n’ Roll at 14:30 – enjoy a walking tour of the famous and infamous sights of Camden's rock ’n’ roll history and discover the area and the musical roots that grew out of north London

Sunday 24 September:

  • The Piccadilly line at 10:00 – ever wondered why there are no flower beds in Green Park? Join this walk to learn more as the route follows the Piccadilly line above ground from Green Park to Covent Garden station. Hear the history of the Tube line and the Underground in general
  • The Spooky City – ghosts, body snatchers and public executions at 11:00 and 14:00 – a walk exploring London’s sinister secrets, visiting the Old Bailey, the site of the former Newgate Prison, and many other creepy locations
  • Shoreditch Tour of London’s coolest streets at 13.30 - discover hidden areas and lesser-known streets around Shoreditch and see work by some of the world’s greatest street artists. A perfect walk to learn about the area’s rich historical sites including William Blake’s grave and Shakespeare’s first London theatre
  • Family Favourites – the walk that's also a quiz at 16.00 – see the Tube station that Harry Potter and Mr Weasley use and learn how it could have made Big Ben fall over, and see a location visited by Paddington Bear and its clever trick for staying lucky.

There is something to suit all ages and abilities, with levels ranging from challenging treks to short strolls, and each walk is led by an experienced Walk London guide.

Book your free space here.

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Open House Junior
Sep
16
to Sep 17

Open House Junior

Open House Junior is a weekend of fun-filled, free architecturally inspired workshops and activities for 5 - 11 year olds and their families, during Open City's annual Open House London event. 

City Hall, the Leadenhall Building (the Cheesegrater) and Paddington Central will be hosting free activities to bring the excitement of design to little Londoners, alongside 50+ other buildings hosting their own children's activities during the Open House London weekend.

Highlights include:

  • City of a Thousand Architects at City Hall, where children can plan, design and build a future London skyline from the heights of London’s Living Room
  • Build a View Shaper at the Leadenhall Building, using the Sculpture in the City project as inspiration to create a framed view of the City.
  • Paddington Central festival hub where children can become the engineers of the future constructing a gigantic city of bridges
  • On your marks, get set, LEGO! - a competition to build the biggest LEGO superstructure.

All activities are drop-in and free of charge, but times and age suitability vary.

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More info available on the Open House London website openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk.

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Dawnosaurs
Sep
16
8:00 AM08:00

Dawnosaurs

Dawnosaurs gives autistic children and their families the chance to explore the Museum away from the hustle and bustle of the general public. 

Experienced, autism-aware facilitators will be on hand to assist with a wide-ranging programme of activities. A sensory room will also be available to those needing a calmer space. 

Best suited to children aged 5 to fifteen. Siblings are welcome.

Tickets are free and are allocated on a first come, first served basis via dawnosaurs@nhm.ac.uk. You can apply online three weeks before each event. Spaces are in high demand and priority is given to first-time attendees.

Find out more here

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Bach to Baby
Sep
14
10:30 AM10:30

Bach to Baby

Discover the award-winning classical concert series for babies, toddlers and parents. Performed by pianist Miaomiao Yu along with other internationally-renowned musicians, each concert is themed. 

Tickets: Adults £12, children free.

We recommend you book tickets online as there are only a limited number of tickets available on the door.

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Dino Snores for Kids
Sep
9
to Sep 10

Dino Snores for Kids

Find out what really happens in the Natural History Museum when the doors have closed and the lights are out.

Kids can explore the corridors, join a torch-lit trail in the Dinosaurs gallery, watch an amazing live show by museum scientists and snuggle down at midnight among some of nature’s greatest characters. The next morning, there’s time for one more activity before the doors open to the public.

Tickets: £60 each, £54 for members, booking and transaction fees apply.

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OnBlackheath Festival
Sep
9
to Sep 10

OnBlackheath Festival

The children’s line-up includes comedian and writer Julian Clary reading excerpts from his book series, a visit from children’s Laureate (2007-2009) novelist, poet and author of the classic We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Michael Rosen and an appearance by CBeebies favourite Mister Maker and 80s/90s classic Basil Brush.

Families can take part in the festival’s Village Green Sports Day with egg and spoon races, three-legged races and tug-of-war. The children’s area will include festival favourites face painting, a craft zone with Daemon and Doppelganger, Hugh Jart painting wall, flower creation workshops, circus workshops, a pirate ship for climbing adventurers, wandering performers and soft play areas for under 5’s.

Bring your John Lewis card - OnBlackheath, in partnership with John Lewis, will have an impressive food demonstration and tasting stage in the John Lewis Food Village.

More info here.

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Great Fire of London Family Walk
Sep
9
11:00 AM11:00

Great Fire of London Family Walk

Was the baker of Pudding Lane to blame? What exactly 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 you visit sites including Pudding Lane, Monument and London Bridge.

Suggested ages: 5+

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Tickets: £5 children/£7.50 adults. Book here.

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The Night Pirates
Sep
6
to Sep 16

The Night Pirates

The Night Pirates tells the tale of a group of little girl pirates who descend on a young boy called Tom at bedtime.

Eager to join the pirate adventure, Tom uses his house as a pirate ship and sets sail to retrieve stolen treasure from Captain Patch and the bumbling grown-up pirates. 

Find out what happens when the young pirates make a surprise attack on the lazy Captain Patch and his bumbling crew.

Suitable for any budding young pirates up to 6 years old, the production combines original songs with swashbuckling adventures.

Tickets from £10. Babies under 18 months old need a free ticket which must be collected from the Box Office. 

Patrons with disabilities enjoy half price tickets and a digital hearing system is available for patrons with a hearing aid. Sennheiser headsets are available for patrons without a hearing aid. Guide and hearing dogs are welcome. Please let the Theatre know in advance and they will provide a dog-sitter and water bowl.

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Junior Tennis Courses
Sep
4
to Sep 30

Junior Tennis Courses

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre is running a series of eight-week, coached courses designed to teach children aged three years and over the basics of tennis.

Led by Lawn Tennis Association qualified coaches, players are taught in group sessions, each lasting between 45 and 60 minutes. 

Sessions include:

Little Smashers Tots Tennis for three to four year olds

  • An eight week course to introduce toddlers to tennis whilst developing their basic skills. 

Mini Tennis Red for five to seven year olds

  • Ideal for slightly older beginners, the eight week Mini Tennis Red course utilises short racquets, soft balls and smaller courts to get players learning the basics of the game.                                        

Mini Tennis Orange for eight to nine year olds

  • An eight week programme of hour long sessions designed to progress players from the Mini Tennis Red course. Courts are bigger and wider, but still smaller than full-size tennis courts, to allow players to develop game play.

Mini Tennis Green for ten year olds

  • Played on full size courts, the third course in the Mini Tennis series prepares participants for more confident game play, utilising bigger racquets and balls. Players will further develop and improve all aspects of their game before moving onto the Junior Tennis courses.

Courses are priced from £40 and all equipment is provided by the venue –just bring your own comfortable sports clothing and non-marking trainers or tennis shoes.

More info here.

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Great Fire of London Family Walk
Sep
3
11:00 AM11:00

Great Fire of London Family Walk

Was the baker of Pudding Lane to blame? What exactly 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 you visit sites including Pudding Lane, Monument and London Bridge.

Suggested ages: 5+

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Tickets: £5 children/£7.50 adults. Book here.

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Parallel London
Sep
3
10:00 AM10:00

Parallel London

The world's first fully accessible fun run/push, Parallel London heads to London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park  for a second year where disabled and able-bodied people of all ages and abilities can join the run side-by-side, running, walking, pushing or being pushed with no cut-off times and the choice of 10 km, 5 km, 1 km or 100 metre challenges. 

You can also try the Super Sensory 1km course, full of multi-sensory experiences, from sound and scent to textures and colour including smell and light tunnels, bubbles, a ribbon canopy, parachute and wind chimes. 

The event also features the Active Lifestyle Zone, Innovation Culture Zone, Family Zone, Workshop Zone, Personal Development Zone, Technology Zone, Food & Drink Zone, Travel & Leisure Zone, Mobility Zone, and Livability Community Zone. 

Tickets from £11.

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Roman London Family Walk
Sep
2
12:00 PM12:00

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. 

On the way, children can fire up their imagination by pretending to be a Roman soldier at the fort gate into the city or a gladiator as they enter the remains of the city’s amphitheatre.  You'll learn fascinating facts and surprising anecdotes as you explore Roman London together as a family.

The Roman Family walk is also happening on the following dates in September:

  • Sunday 10
  • Saturday 23 
  • Sunday 30

Suitable for children aged 5+.

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Tickets: £5 children/£7.50 adults. Book here.

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STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition
Sep
1
to Sep 3

STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition

Last few days to see the STAR WARS exhibition developed in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd. 

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Explore over 200 props, models, costumes and artwork from the original STAR WARS films, go on an interactive identity quest and follow the dramatic journeys of Luke and Anakin Skywalker. You'll leave with a better understanding of what makes the characters of STAR WARS who they are and will rediscover the unforgettable characters of STAR WARS in a completely new way.

A must for all STAR WARS fans.

Tickets from £15.

For the complete schedule and ticket information, visit theo2.co.uk/starwars or starwarsidentities.com.

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What the Ladybird Heard
Sep
1
to Sep 10

What the Ladybird Heard

Join two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun as Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len try to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: The Ladybird!

Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog in a glittering stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ farmyard adventure. Enjoy live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs.

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Tickets from £17.50. Book here.

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Hetty Feather Exhibition
Sep
1
to Sep 23

Hetty Feather Exhibition

You have a couple more weeks to see how Dame Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather has brought the history of The Foundling Hospital to life.

Get stuck in with rarely-seen archival items and hands-on fun including creative writing workshops, arts and crafts, filmmaking, doll making, dressmaking, drama and other interactive activities. 

We are giving away a Dame Jacqueline Wilson signed copy of Hetty Feather soon!

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Free Theatre Workshops
Sep
1
to Sep 2

Free Theatre Workshops

Enjoy the last two days of Unicorn Theatre's 70th season celebrations.

Choose from dance workshops, puppet making, clay creation, circus skills with Albert and Friends and special performances of the hit play for the younger audience members, Baby Show. 

A number of the workshops are free of charge, others are priced from £3. For free workshops you are limited to booking 2 places for 2 workshops per day. There will also be a number of free drop-in arts, crafts and games each day.

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Workshops include:

Theatre: Baby Show | 6 - 18 months

A sensory performance with captivating images and intriguing sounds to keep your little ones rapt. 

Circus: Join The Circus! | Ages 6+

Join Albert & Friends for a acro-balance, rolla bolla, unicycle, tightrope walking, balance ball, and juggling skills extravaganza.

Puppetry: Puppet Soup | Ages 7+

An hour of glove puppet magic with Puppet Soup. Create a puppet pal and give him a story to tell. 

Dance: Mini Movers & Shakers | 18 months - 5 yrs

Join a sensory contemporary dance story where you will pick up more than just a few new moves. You'll be visiting the dragon in the mountains, swimming in the lake and ice skating on the moon.

Dance: Family Fever | All ages
 

Disco and street dance for the whole family. A workshop where everyone is the best dancer and all moves are the right one. (Babes in arms welcome)

Arts + Crafts: Paper Unicorns | All ages

Lots of scissor action needed for these paper craft sessions. From finger puppets to hug-o-grams, everyone will make something they can show off.

Arts + Crafts: Clay Creations | Ages 4+ 

Get hands on with keepsakes of hand prints made from air drying clay.

Arts + Crafts: All Day Art! | All ages

A space and dog themed arts and crafts. You don't need a ticket - just pop down and join in.

Book here.

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ParkLives
Sep
1
to Sep 30

ParkLives

Enjoy the final weeks of ParkLives, delivered by Newham Council in partnership with Coca-Cola Great Britain, designed to encourage people to make the most of their local parks.

Choose from a host of free activities including paddle boarding, pony rides, karate, tag archery (think dodgeball meets archery) all sorts of yoga classes and even sumo-wrestling.

Sessions last for around one hour and are hosted by trained and friendly leaders and volunteers from the local area. 

Activities run daily across more than 14 parks and green spaces across Newham- including Plashet Park, Plaistow Park, Stratford Park, Docklands Equestrian Centre and Central Park.

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Find out times and dates here.

 

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