We’ve got so many amazing EAST END family events to share with you this month!

“Remember, remember…now what was it I was supposed to remember?” Don’t worry if your brain hasn’t quite recovered from having children. Not too sure if it’s the constant requests for snacks but holding a thought for more than 30 seconds is sometimes quite an amazing accomplishment. This month all you’ll need to remember, when it comes to things to do, is to keep visiting Tower Hamlets Mums for inspiration. There will be another round up all about upcoming festive East End Family events but in the meantime…

Family Day : Bauhaus Baby Ballroom

When: 2nd November 2019 11am -1pm & 2-4pm.

Where: Whitechaple Art Gallery,

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Free – Booking required.

Arts extravaganza meets family disco. Go and celebrate 100 years of Bauhaus with music, art, dancing making and mayhem. Expect geometric mobiles, architectural collage, abstract costume creation and bauhaus badges. The Gallery will be serving mocktails  – try a Walter Gropius Glass or a Kandinsky Mix. Promising you an event bursting with form, function and fun.

Lily & the Baby Albatross

When: 2nd November 2019 11am, 1pm and 3pm

Where: The Half Moon Theatre 

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Lily and Nina are out on their fishing boat, off on another voyage full of music and song! Their latest adventure is all about birds; big and small, fast and slow, flapping and gliding and pecking at the carefully placed bait. What makes the perfect bait? Does bigger bait mean you can entice bigger birds – even an albatross? Suitable for ages 18mths- 4yrs with post performance play.

Watch the birds appear, take a close look at how they fly, and then give it a go yourself in a show about bird spotting, flying and feeling free! You’ll meet all sorts of feathered friends and you might even solve the mystery of what’s inside the colourful eggs.

Tall Tree Theatre creates original stories full of live music and puppetry, all about exploring the big wide world.


ZAPPY Halloween!

When:  Saturday 2nd November 2019 3-5pm

Where: 369 High St, London E15 4QZ

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Halloween’s not over until the Fireworks go Bang!
Bring your Little Monsters for some ghoulishly good times at ZAPspace this Saturday 2nd between 3-5pm!
Jump right out of your skin and dance like a skeleton. ZAPspace party hosts will be transforming sweet little faces into zombies, vampires and witches. A fun costume parade on their battle beam and oozey Gooey slime making fun will add to the spooky fun. At 5pm you can hop on the DLR for Newham London’s FREE firework display!

Fireworks Display : Silvertown Quay

When: 2nd November 2019 at 5.30pm

Where: Silvertown Quays, Royal Docks, E16 2BU (off North Woolwich Road)

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The theme for Newham’s Fireworks Night this year is the Moon Landing to mark the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11. The display will be full of sequences and special features designed to shock the senses with its intense brilliance across the Royal Docks’ skyline. The show will be choreographed to a musical soundtrack carefully chosen for an exhilarating journey through space which will have a lasting impression on everyone watching in the audience.

The event will also include children’s funfair rides and food stalls plus a bar selling mulled wine and your favourite tipple, while DJ Roberto from HEART FM will keep you dancing all night.

In addition to an explosive fireworks display there will be some electrifying performances from Lords of Lightning as well as additional entertainment reflecting the Moon Landing theme. Lords of Lightning are a duo who melds creative genius with electrical wizardry to create a breath-taking show called the “Dual”. All the makings of an unforgettable East End family event.


Spooktacular Fun with Antonia Lloyd-Jones

When: 3rd November 2019 at 11.15am-12.15pm

Where: Discover Children’s Story Centre

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Join Antonia Lloyd-Jones as she reads from Oscar Seeks a Friend and shares some fun facts about this spooktacular time in Poland, where the story of Oscar is from. Then, make your very own Day of the Dead mask.

Antonia Lloyd-Jones is a leading translator of Polish literature. Her award-winning work includes fiction, reportage, poetry and children’s books. Introduce your children to other cultures through books in translation to encourage empathy and understanding.

A Giant Leap : Fireworks Display

When: 3rd November 2019 at 5.30pm-9pm

Where: Victoria Park, Grove Road

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Tower Hamlets Council is set to host a spectacular free fireworks night.

Organised by the council’s arts, parks and events team, this year’s display has the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing as its theme.

Residents can expect an astronomical explosion of space inspired fun, with music tracks, soundscapes, spoken word storytelling and special effects created by Walk the Plank – a leading pyrotechnical and outdoor theatre company.

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When: Saturday, 9th November 2019 11am and 2pm

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

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Stella  is a Star Engineer. From her home on the Moon she keeps the stars shining bright for when we need them most, to make a wish or find our way back home. 

But down on Earth things are changing. The world is becoming bright, busy and people aren’t looking up. The stars are burning out and it’s up to Stella to save them, but she can’t do it alone. 

Using projection, playful performance and aerial circus, children ages 3+ are introduced to the idea that sometimes it is important to turn out the lights and wish upon a star. 

Ludotecnia – Music Performance

When: 9th -10th November 12pm (40min)

Where: V&A Museum of Childhood

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Children ages 5+ are invited to join Buenos Aires-based artist Jorge Crowe for an electric music performance on a mixing desk made from toys and gadgets. A free drop in performance that is colourful, playful and quirky for children and adults alike, ‘Ludotecnia’ has been performed in 25 cities overseas and is being brought to the UK for the first time with this free, live set for children and adults at the V&A Museum of Childhood.

Crowe spent over a decade working at his toy lab (Laboratorio de Juguete) in Argentina, teaching the use of electronics as creative tools – a project which informs Ludotecnia.

A cross between a sound engineer’s mixing desk and a toymakers workbench, Crowe will activate an army of plastic robots and gadgets adapted to produce and respond to sound, building up a chiming electronic soundscape, while psychedelically colourful projections generated from filming the devices at workflow over the walls of the performance space.

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Lord Mayors Show

When: Saturday 9th November 2019 11am

Where: The Parade sets off from Mansion House

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Watching this the Lord Mayor’s Show, the world’s oldest, longest and most splendid civic procession has been a part of East End family tradition going back 800 years! Marching bands, floats and stage coaches representing the Worshipful this and that along with representatives from charities and the armed forces. An hour and a half of old London pomp and pageantry will lead up to the newly restored State Coach. This year brings exciting new festival spaces offering food and drink, live entertainment and places to shelter from the rain.

After the procession families can also now head to the Museum of London for a fun afternoon exploring fantastic things about London.

Rumpelstiltskin and the Snail of Destiny

When: Thursday 14th November – 16th November 2019 (Times vary)

Where: The Half Moon Theatre

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Poor Polly Buckwheat, the Miller’s daughter, is in a bit of a pickle! If she doesn’t turn a roomful of straw into gold by morning, the greedy King will turn a bit nasty. But should she accept the kind help of an eccentric man who mysteriously appears in her prison cell?

Of all the fairytale characters, Rumpelstiltskin has got to be the most mixed up. He is helpful yet demanding; secretive yet nosy; short yet owning a name as long as his beard. Not surprisingly, this story of transformation will make you laugh and gasp at the same time!

Using its trademark puppets, music, storytelling and transforming sets, Theatre of Widdershins will create gold on stage with their version of the Grimm’s classic tale.

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Ice Skating at The Tower of London

Where: Tower of London Ice Rink, London, EC3N 4AB

When: Saturday 16th November 2019- 5th January 2020

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Grab your loved ones and create truly unforgettable memories at the Tower of London Ice Rink

As you glide around the spacious rink, take in the ambience of the fortress beside the Thames, which offers a unique and remarkable setting. The rink gets an extra helping of spectacular in the evenings when the lights, set against the fortress wall, adds to the dramatic jaw dropping views.

Family Rave: Reduce, reuse, recycle with The Clangers

When: Saturday 23rd November 2019 at 2pm

Where: Museum of Docklands, London

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Celebrate 50 years of The Clangers! Come rave with award-winners Big Fish Little Fish as they bring bangin’ tunes back to the museum with world-famous DJ Barry Ashworth (Dub Pistols). Joining us this time are The Clangers – turning 50 this year! Make animal and plant inspired decor with Captain Cookie Crafts and in the special Clangers room decorate eco-friendly plant pots and take a pack of seeds to grow at home. Explore the fascinating and surprising world of the sewer in our sensory room while little ones can enjoy our Mudlarks children gallery. With a sensory light, confetti, balloons, bubbles and music from acid house to drum and bass plus a licensed bar to enjoy it’ll be a fantastic party for all the family to enjoy.


Same Same but Different

When: Saturday, 23rd November 2019 11am & 2pm

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

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Inspired by the well-known Anglo-Asian phrase ‘same, same…but different’ three dancer-musicians conjure a magical atmosphere to celebrate our individuality, diversity and the bonds which connect us all. A feel-good celebratory dance theatre performance perfect for children ages 5 and up from the award-winning Sonia Sabri company.

With kathak, hip hop, contemporary dance, hints of live music and physical storytelling, enter a playful and colourful world to explore curiosities and fears, the times we feel different and when we belong.

Dick Whittington

When: Saturday 23 November 2019 – Saturday 11 January 2020

Where: Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN

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An East End family tradition, Stratford East has been bringing us the panto for over 100 years! Join Dick Whittington on his quest to find adventure, fame and fortune in London, at Stratford East’s annual must-see pantomime. Will he defeat the villainous rodent who’s taken control of the city?

Expect our much-loved mix of original show-stopping songs, belly-tickling laughs and sprinkle of magic (and perhaps a bit of snow) in this year’s festive treat for all ages.

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

When: Thursday 28th November – Tuesday 24th December 2019 11am & 2pm

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

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Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s classic will be brought to life in all its swishy swashy splendour this Christmas Season! After wowing audiences across the country, the award-winning Little Angel Theatre will bring their smash hit show We’re Going on a Bear Hunt to Stratford Circus Arts Centre for a very special festive adventure.


When: Friday 29th – Saturday 30th November

Where: The Half Moon Theatre

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An interactive performance for babies aged 0-18 months and their grown-ups. The audience is taken on a sparkling and shimmering immersive journey exploring the world of reflective materials wrapped up in an ambient soundscape of evocative yet laid-back music. Watch as the empty space of the theatre fills with colour, sounds and surprises, creating a multi-sensory landscape ready to explore after the performance is over.

The perfect East End family experience for those with young children, Glisten is performed to a small audience creating an intimate and welcoming theatrical experience. At the end of the performance, babies and parents are invited onto the stage for an interactive play session. Early booking is advised.

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The Sleeping Beauty

When: 30th November 2019 – 5th January 2020

Where: Museum of London Docklands

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When will the princess awaken?

Experience the classic fairy tale of the princess cursed to sleep for a hundred years, performed by local ballet group Ruggieri Dance Academy. RDA International Ballet Company is a semi-professional dance company, composed by adults of different ages who share a love for classical dance.


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