Screaming With Laughter
May
6
to May 28

Screaming With Laughter

MC London’s original comedy club for new parents at the Underbelly Festival features one hour of entertainment for the parents – not the babies.

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Parents aren’t the target demographic at ‘Rhyme Time’ or ‘Burps and Giggles’ and this gig aims to make new parents feel human again - to remember what it felt like to be a grown-up and to laugh. The comedians don’t care about your baby’s naptimes, which brand of nappy leaks or gives baby a rash. They don’t care if you’re doing attachment, detachment or catchment parenting - they just want to make you laugh.

With kid friendly extras like baby change facilities, and a play area for little wrigglers, it’s a relaxed performance space so you’re free to get up and move around.

Comedians perform their adult material; this is the only comedy gig suitable for under 13 months!

Tickets from £11.50 - Book here.

 

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The Owl and the Pussycat
May
17
to May 22

The Owl and the Pussycat

Join Owly-cat and fellow family members, Jumblie and Quangle Wangle Quee, in a story inspired by the nonsense world of Edward Lear. The spongetaneous trio travel to the dolomphious land where the bong tree grows, learning all about the creatures who live there and their curious habits.

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Will this meloobious family return together, will they always be a three?

A fun show by Full House Theatre all about where, what and who our family really are.

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You’re Safe with Me
May
26
2:00 PM14:00

You’re Safe with Me

When the moon rises high and the stars twinkle, it is bedtime for the baby animals of the Indian forest. But tonight, when the skies turn dark and the night grows stormy, the little ones can’t sleep. Kids get to listen to songs and folktales and make beautiful masks, whilst Chitra and Poonam tell you about what happens in their fabulous new book - You're Safe With Me.

The event will be followed by a book signing.

Suitable for kids age 5 and over, this venue has a limited capacity and pre-booking is essential. Book here.

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Half Term at Museum of London Docklands
May
26
to May 30

Half Term at Museum of London Docklands

To celebrate the launch of the new exhibition Roman Dead, you can choose from a host of free family events (for kids age 5+) related to the exhibition. Our favourites include:

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The Southwark Sarcophagus

Saturday 26 + Sunday 27 May

3-3.30pm

Learn about the amazing sarcophagus that is on display in the exhibition Roman Dead and create your own mini sarcophagus to take home.

Sweet Smells

Monday 28 May

11-11.45am, 1-1.45pm

2- 2.45pm

Learn more about Roman perfume and create a unique fragrance to take home.

Suggested ages: 5+

The Little Old Boy

Tuesday 29 Wed + 30 May

  • 1-1.30pm
  • 2–2.30pm
  • 3-3.30pm

Meet Mandy the Mudlark who discovers a mysterious Roman face pot. Listen as she tells the tale of the Little Old Boy.

Bones and Burials

Thursday 31 May

  • 12 - 1.30 pm
  • 2.30 - 4.00 pm

What can buried objects tell us about Roman Londoners? Make an artistic excavation in this drop-in art session.

Find out more here

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Half Term at Unicorn Theatre
May
27
to Jun 3

Half Term at Unicorn Theatre

On Sunday 27 May, Not Now Bernard, David McKee’s iconic picture book is brought to life in a clever, sometimes melancholic and outrageously funny play for children over 3. The Theatre's soft play area will be available in the foyer during the run of the show. 

The play lasts 50 minutes and tickets start at £6.

Older children (age 7 to 16) can choose from one and two day workshops led by professional theatre-makers where each workshop leads to a performance on the Unicorn stage for friends and family. 

What Are Teenagers For? Drama Workshop
A two-day workshop using sound and multimedia to create an original performance from scratch.
Tueday 29 - Wednesday 30 May | Ages 12 - 16

Shake, Juggle and Roll: Dance, Circus and Movement Two Day Workshop
A two-day workshop exploring the world of dance, circus movement and performance.
Thursday 31 May - Friday 1 Jun | Ages 7 - 11

Take A Risk: Drama Workshop
A  mini-play-in-a-day for aspiring theatre makers. 
Saturday 2 Jun | Ages 8 - 12

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The workshops run as follows:

  • 9.30 am - 4.30 pm Monday – Thursday
  • 10.30 am - 5.30 pm on Saturday

Prices:

  • 1 day workshop £55 per child
  • 2 day workshops £100 per child

More info at unicorntheatre.com/MayHalfTerm18. 

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Shakespearience
May
27
1:15 PM13:15

Shakespearience

Join Shakespeare's Men as they fly through classics Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and Twelfth Night in a whirlwind hour of mischievous storytelling. With lots of audience interaction,a dash of mayhem and a star turn from one lucky adult, Shakespearience brings the bard alive for the entire family.

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Suited to kids 7+.
Tickets from £10.25. Book here

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Transbook
May
28
to Jun 1

Transbook

Transbook is an exhibition designed by the Salon du Livre et de la Presse Jeunesse en Seine-Saint-Denis (France) in the framework of the Transbook European project. Transbook, Children’s Literature On the Move was created to promote the digital transition and internationalisation of the children’s publishing industry.

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Different children’s authors from Europe will take you and your family on a sensory adventure through different materials, textures, cut paper, inks and transparencies with a fantastic exhibition that invites you to experience books in new and unexpected ways.

Transbook is a drop-in event and pre-booking is not required.

More info here

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Half Term at Horniman Museum
May
28
to Jun 1

Half Term at Horniman Museum

You can always rely on the Horniman Museum to put something on for the school holidays and this half term is no exception.

Our favourites include:

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Megan Taylor

Family Art Fun

Monday 28, Tuesday 29, Thursday 31 May and Friday 1 June

  • 11am
  • 11.45am
  • 12.30pm
  • 1.15pm
  • 2pm
  • 2.45pm

Enjoy free craft activities inspired by the exhibitions and Gardens. Suitable for children for aged 3+.

Pond Dipping

Tuesday 29 May

  • 11am
  • 12pm
  • 2pm
  • 3pm

Explore nature and wildlife in the pond on the Horniman Nature Trail. Suitable for children for aged 5+. Tickets from £3 for a child.

Big Wednesday: The Great British Bee Count

Wednesday 30 May

10.30am-3.30pm

The museum will be buzzing with free family-friendly bee activities as part of the annual Great British Bee Count initiative. Go along to discover all there is to know about bees.

Mini-beast Safari

Thursday 31 May

  • 11am
  • 12pm
  • 2pm
  • 3pm

Hunt for mini-beasts in the Horniman Gardens. Suitable for children for aged 3+.

Tickets: Child £3

Hands on Base: Horniman Explorers

Friday 1 June

  • 11am
  • 2pm

Discover the collections that make the Horniman special! Explore and touch things from African masks to sharks jaws in the free Hands on Base.

Find out more at horniman.ac.uk.

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Watch Early Man For Free at Museum of London
May
28
11:00 AM11:00

Watch Early Man For Free at Museum of London

Head back to the Stone Age with free screenings of Aardman's Early Man.

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Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (Academy Award®-winner Eddie Redmayne) and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

Alongside the screenings, there will be a range of drop-in, family-friendly activities where you can learn the art of flint-making using soap, get the chance to touch and hold real prehistoric artefacts and more.

Film screenings will take place at 11 am and 2 pm and tickets are free but should be booked in advance. More info here.

Tickets will be made available on Wednesday 23 May to those who pre-register their interest. Pre-register your interest here.

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Lab Liftoff: Puppetry Storytelling
May
29
to May 31

Lab Liftoff: Puppetry Storytelling

Join masters of puppetry brunskill and grimes for a three-day workshop during May half term. Jimmy and Andy have worked on an amazing range of puppetry shows, including working as Associate Director and Associate Puppetry Director on the critically-acclaimed National theatre production of War Horse.

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These workshops explore the many possibilities working with puppets allows: moments of connection, exploring empathy and creating secret worlds. Children will be introduced to the principles behind Brunskill and Grimes approach to puppetry, which has been seen across stages internationally and the most well known theatres in London. 

They will learn how to devise stories and performance with puppetry at its heart, using the techniques of the professionals. 

The camp is suitable for children aged 9 to 12 years old and is £180 for the three days. Children do not need to be accompanied at the sessions, but must be dropped off and picked up by an adult or carer at the beginning and the end of each day. All participants must bring a packed lunch.

Book here

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Family Clown Class with Spymonkey
May
29
to May 30

Family Clown Class with Spymonkey

Spymonkey Clown Class has been designed to help you discover what makes you and your family funny. You get to develop your comedy skills through improvisation, games and clowning – and be ready to laugh until you cry.

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This fun and practical workshop is led by Toby Park and Petra Massey from Spymonkey, a physical comedy company who have been making hilarious and ridiculous theatre since 1998.

This workshop is for children aged 6 – 12. Children under 6 will not be admitted.

Tickets from £3. Book here

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Casting Traces
May
29
11:00 AM11:00

Casting Traces

Inspired by Jodie Carey’s sculpture Cord, join Sculpture Lab for a fun plaster casting workshop. Using rope, create a collaborative work of art that will grow throughout the day. Suitable for age 5+.

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©The Foundling Museum

More info here. https://foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/casting-traces/

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Drawings of Discovery: Penguins to Polar Bears
May
30
11:00 AM11:00

Drawings of Discovery: Penguins to Polar Bears

Could you draw a kangaroo from memory? What if you were seeing it for the first time? Experiment with drawing animals through playful challenges. Gather your sketches in a traveller’s portfolio and hear how Captain James Cook’s artists drew animals to amaze their friends back home.

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This free event is repeated at 13.30 and is suitable for kids aged 5 – 11.

Places are limited to 40 people per workshop and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

More info here

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Dino Snores for Kids
Jun
1
to Jun 2

Dino Snores for Kids

Dino mad kids will love the chance to sleep over at the Natural History Museum. The night begins with camp set up in one of the Museum's spectacular galleries, including Hintze Hall.

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Kids will also get to stalk the galleries as the night draws in and look for T. rex in hidden in shadows. They'll also have the chance to:

  • explore a torch-lit trail
  • take part in a dinosaur t-shirt-making workshop
  • enjoy an educational science show presented by a Museum scientist

At midnight, it's time to settle down to sleep. In the morning, breakfast is served bright and early and you'll get to experience a live animal show before waving goodbye to the Museum when it opens to the public at 10:00.

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Tickets from £54. Book here.

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Moana Family Sing Along
Jun
2
2:00 PM14:00

Moana Family Sing Along

The British Library is holding a special screening of the Academy Award-winning Disney animation Moana (PG) set in Ancient Polynesia

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In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui (for stealing the heart of the goddess Te Fiti) reaches Moana's island Motunni, she answers the ocean's call to seek out the Demigod and make things right, setting off on an epic adventure across the Pacific.

This sing-along screening of the film hosted by Hanalee Vaike is held in association with Beats Of Polynesia Dance Troupe.

The film lasts 107 min and tickets start at £5.

More info here.

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Cartoonito’s Living Colouring Book
May
13
2:30 PM14:30

Cartoonito’s Living Colouring Book

Cartoonito is turning the real world into a canvas at a one-off pop up where children aged three to six (and their grown-ups) can unleash their creativity and transform the black and white line drawn ‘clubhouse’ - compete with giant cartoon style 3D props - into a vibrant and colourful masterpiece. 

Kids get to run wild and colour the world - the one time in their ives where they have free reign to colour the wallpaper and the furniture. There’ll also be a ‘creativity corner’ with face painting and other colour based activities.

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The immersive experience celebrates the launch of the channel’s new Cartoonito Club, an online resource where children can explore their creative side, stimulate their creativity, and spark their imagination.

The pop-up will be held at Gallery Different, 14 Percy Street, Fitzrovia London, W1T 1DR and admission is free.

 

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Planet Earth II – Live in Concert
May
13
2:00 PM14:00

Planet Earth II – Live in Concert

Planet Earth II Live in Concert, from BBC Worldwide and the acclaimed BBC Natural History Unit that created this year’s TV sensation, Blue Planet II, has its UK premiere at the Royal Albert Hall, bringing audiences closer to the planet’s spellbinding animals, landscapes and wildlife dramas.

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The event will feature, specially-selected HD footage from the BAFTA and EMMY award-winning BBC series, as the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers, conducted by Jessica Cottis, play the remarkable music by Oscar winner Hans Zimmer.

Tickets from £20 - £63.

Find out more at royalalberthall.com

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You've Got Dragons
May
13
1:00 PM13:00

You've Got Dragons

A delightful tale of one child's journey to come to terms with their dragons - aka their anxieties and worries. Based on the book by Kathryn Cave, the show has live, original music and is a highly visual and sensitive production with a humorous and touching exploration of the dragons we all face.

With captioning, interwoven BSL and audio description, tickets are from £7 or £24 for a family.

More info here.

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London Craft Week
May
12
to May 13

London Craft Week

To celebrate London Craft Week 2018 (May 7 to 13), take on arts and crafts with free family workshops led by artists, curators, ceramicists, dancers, mixologists and animal keepers.

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The drop-in weekend events on 12 and 13 May are inspired by the ‘fantastical beasts’, animals and symmetrical patterns in the ceramics of William De Morgan. The leading ceramicist of the Victorian arts and crafts movement, 80 of De Morgan’s most sought-after works will be celebrated in Sublime Symmetry, a new exhibition opening on Friday 11 May.

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The De Morgan-themed events offer all sorts of creative and visually engaging activities. The family workshops and activities include expressionist acrylic painting and drawing workshops with inspiring visual artist Rachel Gadsden; inventive clay tile and plate designing with ceramicist and teacher Adrienne Roberts; kaleidoscope-crafting, colouring-in, dance classes to the rhythm of De Morgan’s symmetrical shapes with dance artist Wendy Steatham; and for those brave enough, the unique opportunity to hold and learn about reptiles, amphibians and bugs with the helping hand of a keeper from Maynard’s Mini Zoo. 
 
Find out more here.

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The Big Space Day
May
6
11:00 AM11:00

The Big Space Day

The Big Space Day takes over nine spaces around the Hall – including the famous auditorium – showcasing everything from astronaut dress-up to a HD screening of Pixar’s WALL-E and an encounter with Apollo satellite thrusts brought back from the far reaches of the galaxy.

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Other attractions on the day will include a ‘space walk’, a gadget workshop and Jon Spooner’s one-man show about trying to be an astronaut, How I Hacked My Way into Space, which will take place in a portable shed on the venue’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Steps.

Activities on the arena floor include the chance to become a space photographer – with the National Centre for Earth Observation – test a pair of robotic arms, and check out some space food, as well as experiencing an International Space Station via augmented reality.

The Big Space Day is free but ticketed: the event pass permits access to all activities except WALL-E, which requires a separate free ticket.

Highlights include:

Lunar Landing Zone
11am - 5:30pm
Main auditorium
Step into the iconic auditorium and be immersed in a range of activities including:

  • Exploring outer space in the planetarium show.
  • Discovering a real Mars Rover called 'Bruno'.
  • Learning about life on the International Space Station through augmented reality.

Space Camp Zone
11am - 5:30 pm; rocket building sessions every 30 mins
Arena Bars
Join the Institute of Imagination in designing and inventing gadgets to explore space, hear stories from the far-flung corners of the our solar system and build your own rocket with experts from the National Space Centre.

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Deep Space Zone
11 am - 5:30 pm
Gallery
Walk in the shoes of an astronaut and orbit the Hall’s main auditorium on this interactive 'space walk'.

Outer Space Zone
Eight performances from 11 am - 5:30pm
QEII Steps
Go outside for a special one-man show about trying to be an astronaut, How I Hacked My Way into Space, taking in a portable 'space shed' on the venue’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Steps.

Further info available at royalalberthall.com.

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OKIDO Get Into Science
May
6
10:30 AM10:30

OKIDO Get Into Science

This Get Into Science session is all about scientific exploration and families get to:

  • Watch a fascinating, science show from Alom Shaha - author of the fabulous science book for children - Mr Shaha's Recipes for Wonder. 
  • Watch an episode of Messy goes to Okido
  • Participate in science experiments and inspired craft and science activities
  • Play with electro dough
  • Join in with a giant height chart
  • Make a working lung model
  • Create their own scientific callipers
  • Meet Messy Monster
  • And most importantly – learn all about science and have a lot of fun
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Get Into Science events are suitable for children aged age 3 to 7 but younger and older children are also very welcome. Each session lasts 90 minutes and tickets are £8 per child, £4 per adult (babes-in-arms are free).

Book here

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