Happy International Women’s History Month!

It’s March and that means it’s International Women’s History Month. East London will be out in force with some excellent ways to celebrate the stronger, more intelligent and definitely better half (sorry Tower Hamlets dads). All one up “womanship” aside, the scourge of gender prejudice can reveal itself in the very young and all little boys and girls need to be taught that women can do anything men can.  Other than all that much needed International Women’s History Month empowerment, we have sleeping pirates, pancakes to flip, plenty of laughs, brilliant family theatre, sunny days on the farm and more.

1. V&A Museum of Childhood Pirate’s Sleepover 

If you’re quick you might be able to pick up a ticket for the Pirate’s Sleepover this weekend at the V&A Museum of Childhood. The Museum of Childhood is hosting a rare event for children aged 6-12 years to experience their latest exhibition, A Pirate’s Life for Me, after dark! Your little buccaneers will love their sleep over at the museum celebrating the pirates of fiction throughout generations.

When: Sat 2nd March 2019 7pm- Sunday 3rd March 9am

Where: V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA


2. Flippin’ Good Fun

Pancake day has 2 days of celebration at Greenwich Market this Saturday 2nd March and Shrove Tuesday 5th March 2019. Come for 12 noon for some Flippin’ Good Pancake races. Join in as a team, with friends or on your own. There are medals to be won and pancakes will be served all day on both days. Everyone who enters gets a free pancake to eat!

Fancy dress optional and donations to The Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice.

When: Saturday 2nd March and Shrove Tuesday 5th March 2019 12pm

Where: College Approach, Greenwich, London, SE10 9HZ


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3. Cutty Sark Carnival

Whilst in Greenwich, check out the Cutty Sark Carnival this Saturday. Inspired by the ship’s journeys to Brazil whilst she was sailing under the Portugese flag as the Ferreira. Children aged 4 and over are invited in fancy dress.

Let your little ones take the helm at the ship’s wheel, climb into the crew’s bunk beds and meet her famous figurehead Nannie the Witch. Follow the free family trail or borrow a backpack of toys and stories.

When: Saturday 2nd &  Sunday 3rd March 11.30am – 13.30pm & 2pm – 4pm

Where: Cutty Sark, King William Walk, London SE10 9HT


4. Women in Focus Festival at Poplar Union  

Visit Poplar Union the weekend of the 9th and 10th of March for the Women in Focus Festival celebrating International Women’s Week.

Saturday 9th, 10am-11:30am families can enjoy a screening of the Disney film Brave (PG) about the fantastic heroine Merida- one Princess who doesn’t need her Prince Charming to save her!

The screening will be followed by a family workshop at 12pm, from critically acclaimed clowning company Silent Faces. Inviting audiences to playfully explore what it means to be a boy or a girl or a someone in-between in today’s world. Gender will be poked, prodded, picked apart and played with in this inclusive and interactive session for little ones and their grownups.

Sunday 10th, 1-4pm Magic Me invites women of all ages (7+ but younger children are welcome) to this intergenerational creative workshop to make and create, through words and art. Working with artists Sue Mayo and Mia Harris, you’ll make your own empowering ‘necklace of declaration’

Followed by an introduction to Capoeira from a leading female Capoerista. Discover your physical force with this Afro-Brazilian practice that combines combat, dance, music and theatrical expression in a dynamic, flowing interaction.

When: 9th & 10th March 2019 various times

Where: Poplar Union, 2 Cotall St, Poplar, London E14 6TL


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5. Little Miss Inventor Museum of London

Get your inventing hats on for International Women’s Week! Children aged 3+ are invited to the Museum of London for a special workshop celebrating the release of the NEW Little Miss Inventor Experiments Book. Little Miss Inventor is intelligent, ingenious and inventive. You’ll get to find out more about her and the inventions she makes for her friends in this special storytelling adventure. There will be a chance to meet Little Miss Inventor herself and have a photo taken with her. All ticket prices (£3) include a copy of the activity book ‘Little Miss Inventor’s Experiments’. In partnership with Egmont and Sanrio.

When: 9th March 2019 10:30 am & 2pm

Where: 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN


6. Museum of London Docklands East End Entertainments

Roll up, roll up at the Museum of London Docklands on March 16th & 17th for a free weekend jam-packed with jokes and laughs celebrating the cabaret and comedy of our East End. Get your giggle on together and explore the origins of our world-famous British export, entertainment!

The museum has teamed up with Comedy Club 4 Kidz to roll back the years and usher in some family-friendly classic theatrical entertainments. Visit a build-a-joke workshop, listen to side-splitting stand-up performances and sing songs from this unique time in London’s history.

When: 16th & 17th March 2019 various times

Where: Museum of London Docklands, No1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL


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7.Need a Little Help Stratford Circus 

Coming to Stratford Circus Saturday, the 16th March, Need a Little Help is a deeply moving and joyfully uplifting piece of interactive and physical theatre for ages 2-7 years.

In a joyful and immersive space, the young audience will help the performers look after each other, stepping into the shoes of young carers.

Created by the award-winning ensemble in collaboration with young carers, Tangled Feet and children’s theatre specialists, Half Moon.

When: Saturday 16th March 2019 11am and 2pm

Where: Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX


8.Inspirational Women and How They Changed the World with Genevieve Robinson

A high energy interactive storytelling session coming to Discover Children’s Story Centre, exploring the phenomenal achievements of some of the most inspiring female figures from around the world. Children will launch a rocket with Mae C. Jemison, make scientific discoveries with Marie Curie and celebrate the achievements of female inventors, dreamers and rule breakers! A great way to celebrate International Women’s History Month.

Make sure to book in advance along with a trip to see their latest Story World from the imaginative books of Judith Kerr, Tiger and Mog.

When: 23rd March 2019 1:15pm & 3:15pm

Where: Discover, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4QZ


9. Big Up Stratford Circus

No matter whether you are big or small, the world is full of rules. Sometimes we make our own rules, sometimes we don’t know the rules and sometimes we want to play by different rules.

What happens when a beatboxer, a singer and a puppeteer arrive on stage but nothing is ready for them? No set, no instruments, no puppets. No rules.

Watch as they create a world full of joy and chaos, where objects come to life and everything is possible.

When: Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd March 2019 11am and 2pm

Where: Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX


10.Mother’s Day at the Stepney City Farm Family Farm Club

If mum’s in town a trip to Stepney City Farm ‘s Family Farm club is a great way to celebrate together and work up an appetite for a delicious brunch. The Farm hosts free drop-in activities for children of all ages (plus their accompanying adults) on the last Sunday of every month. Get back to nature, get crafty and enjoy your time together in amongst the animals on the farm. The start of spring is always a great time to visit our city farms.

When:31st March 2019 1-4pm

Where: Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London E1 3DG


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