Family Friendly

Give yourself a pat on the back for surviving January! The most depressing month of the year with tight finances and too tight clothes and not enough daylight hours to do anything about it. Roll on February! This month is packed full of family-friendly events you will all love. Winter is nearly (dare we say it?) coming to an end. One short month before we start to see the flowers popping up and the days stretching out again. Here’s how to make the most of it!

The Little Prince

When: Saturday 1st February 2020

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

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Broken down in the Sahara Desert, desperate to repair her fighter jet, a pilot meets an extraordinary Little Prince. As he recounts his adventures, the pilot re-discovers the power of imagination, the importance of doing what we can to protect our natural world, and the true meaning of friendship.

This is award winning poet and playwright, Inua Ellams’, debut theatre piece for a family friendly audience. Children aged 7 + and their grown ups will be transported to the world of The Little Prince but this time with puppetry, music of North African heritage and a rich Afrofuturist aesthetic.

See our feature for more information

Art Explorers Family Workshops

When: Saturday 1st February 2020 11 am – 12.30pm 

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

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Explore and experiment with colour, pattern and texture, using paint and mixed media collage to create fun projects with artist Kulwinder Bajar.

Recommended for 4+. Booking required £3 child, £5 adult.

Everyone A Maker

When: Sunday 2nd February 2020 1 pm & 2.30 pm

Where: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA

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Round up your family and listen to happy stories, join in with props, toys and share your own happy memories! Families are encouraged to bring an object from home: maybe a photo, a souvenir or toy which inspires a happy memory.

Family art activities include drawing, inventing, storytelling, sewing, cooking, building, messy crafts and good old fashioned playing! Part of National Storytelling Week, booking required. 

Paper Aeroplanes 

When: Friday 7th February – Saturday 8th February & Thursday 27th February 2020.

Where: Half Moon Theatre, 43 White Horse Rd, Limehouse,  E1 0ND

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Take flight with two new friends as they soar through clouds, fly over distant seas and circle faraway lands. They touch down in mysterious new places and discover oceans to swim in, rocks to clamber over and bridges to cross. But where will they fly to next?

Lift-off on a musical journey full of puppetry, physicality and fluttering paper aeroplanes, where sometimes the skies are not as clear as we first think.

Developed with children who have shared their experiences of losing loved ones, Paper Aeroplane sensitively explores loss and bereavement, the challenges we face when trying to move on, and how we can help one another along the way. Ages 3-7 years

Baby Loves Disco

When: Saturday 8th February 2020 10am 

Where: Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, Hackney, EC1V 9LT

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You can check out our feature here for the complete low down on Baby Loves Disco!

A family friendly Shoreditch Daytime Disco! Baby Loves Disco’s resident club DJs mix feelgood chart floor fillers with nostalgic pop classics from the years before parenthood struck – for parents and babies, toddlers and young children to enjoy together. There are play tents and inflatables, balloons, bubbles, dressing up, arts and crafts, healthy snacks and dancefloor fun with games and giveaways. Suitable for 0-6 year olds but older siblings are welcome. Price £4 (Tickets are required for all adults and walking children. Non-walking babies can attend for free.)

Ribbon Dance Workshop: Chinese New Year Family Festival

When: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th February 2020 

Where: Museum of London Docklands, 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Hertsmere Rd, E14 4AL

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Discover the world of Chinese ribbon dancing. Immerse yourself in the music and learn the graceful moves to this beautiful dance in this interactive workshop. This workshop is suitable for children aged 5+ and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Younger siblings are welcome to observe the session and do not require a ticket. £5 per child.

See our calendar for a complete list of events for Chinese New Year Family at the Museum. 

Raver Tots– Brit Pop Family Party and Reggae Tots

When: Sunday 9th February 2020 12 pm & 3pm

Where: Colours Hoxton, 2-4 Hoxton Square, Hackney, N1 6NU

Booking required, tickets £9-12 + booking fee. 

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Join Raver Tots at 12pm as they join forces with Star Shaped to bring you the best family friendly party for lovers of the golden era of Britpop. Loads of kids fun and a big dance floor playing the best music from the likes of Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and loads more!

From 3pm, Reggae Tots takes over with a crazy party full of multi-sensory kids fun suitable for all ages 0+ with a headline set from REGGAE ROAST!

Tickets for these events are separate and will need to be bought in advance only and will not be available on the door. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

When: 12th February – 14th February 2020 (see webpage for times)

Where: Purcell Room, South Bank Centre,  Belvedere Road; SE1.

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The caterpillar who first munched its way into our hearts 50 years ago comes to life in a show featuring a menagerie of 75 loveable puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by author and illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers, selling more than 43 million copies worldwide since it was first published in 1969.

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, this critically acclaimed production faithfully adapts four of Carle’s stories: Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

£10.50 per child, £14 adults suitable for 0-5 years old, babes under 18 months are free with a paying adult. Booking is required. 

Nest– Part of Imagine Festival

When: Wednesday 12th February – Friday 14th February 2020 (times vary)

Where: South Bank Centre (Royal Festival Hall) Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX

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Wonder at the world in a multi-sensory experience for pre-walking babies and their parents, guardians or carers.

Unfolding in a custom-built performance tent, Nest takes audiences on a journey through the seasons, using playful poetry supported by an original score, captivating movement, puppetry and tactile and sensory play.

Gentle, surprising and magical, Nest has been called ‘exceptional’ and ‘the best half-hour of my child’s life’ by past audiences. £14 adult & child ticket. Booking required. Aimed at 0-14months

The Bird Show

When: Saturday 15th February 2020 

Where: Half Moon Theatre, 43 White Horse Rd, Limehouse,  E1 0ND

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Follow Henry the Heron and Sally the House Sparrow on a zany journey to become friends. With frolics and foraging, flitting, flying and two unusual feathery friends, this is a madcap and touching show about birds facing changes to their habitat.

Using live music, puppetry and lots of silly bird jokes, The Bird Show is a heart-fluttering physical comedy that gently explores the impact of humans on nature and asks the question – what can we do differently? Ages 3 +

Fairy Tales

When: From 15th February 2020 onwards

Where: Discover Story Centre, 383-387 Stratford High St, E15 4QZ

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Join Discover for a tall tale about the magical characters who have stayed in their guest house. Then step into the fairy tale town and through into the woods to discover a world of giants, palaces, gingerbread houses and treasure caves.

A visitor’s map and a trail of breadcrumbs will help you explore the Fairy Tale world, with plenty of play and things to see and do for all ages. Suitable for 0-8 years. Booking required. 

This new immersive exhibition has been designed by Discover with illustrator David Litchfield, creator of the award-winning The Bear and the Piano, and author Ross Montgomery, who has worked with David on the picture books The Building Boy and Space Tortoise.

Protest! Family Friendly Workshop

When: Saturday 15 February, 11.00am-1.00pm

Where: Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archive, 277 Bancroft Rd, E1 4DQ

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Join Activist Julie Begum in this family friendly workshop creating protest placards exploring activism in Tower Hamlets. This workshop is FREE and suitable for 8+ All children must be accompanied by an adult. All materials are provided. Booking required: please email localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk 

StoryPlay for Under 5’s

When: Sunday 16th February 2020 10.30 am 

Where: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA

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Richmix are hosting The StoryPlay workshops which are interactive, fun and will spark your imagination!

Led by Amber-Rose Perry, StoryPlay is aimed at dads, mum, friends and carers with children aged 2 – 5. The sessions use puppetry, craft and stories to encourage families to bond, talk, grow and play in an exciting and creative way.

Priority is given to local Tower Hamlets families with children 2 – 5 years old.

Family Jazz Sessions

When: Saturday 15th February 2020 2 pm

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

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Our ever-popular jazz sessions get a family friendly twist, where adults and little ones can bop away to live world-class jazz together and take part in interactive musical activities.

Carnival Mask Making

When: Saturday 15 February, 2:30 – 3:30pm

Where: Idea Store Whitechapel. 321 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BU

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Making festive masks for the carnival

Spring Art Club [Ages 5+]

When: Sunday 16 February, 2:15 – 3:30pm

Where: Idea Store Canary Wharf, Churchill Place, E14 5RB

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Celebrate the start of Spring by drawing birds, flowers and animals to put up on our spring mural

See our calendar for a complete list of events at the all the Idea Stores this half term. 

Rainbow Week – Character Encounters

When: Saturday 15th February -23rd February 2020 various times

Where: National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 9NF

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This half term families are invited to celebrate 20 years of inclusion within the Royal Navy at the National Maritime Museum. With family friendly events running throughout the week celebrating LGBTQ pride. Families can have fun creating rainbow ships and badges or have a tour of the museum with a fabulous character. The event will culminate with a fantastic OUT AT SEA party celebrating LGBT History Month with an action-packed day of family fun, including dancing, performance, music, workshops and storytelling. With exciting events happening all throughout the week the National Maritime Museum will offer all their usual entertainment and so much more!

See our calendar for a complete list of Rainbow Week events in Greenwich. 

Shoe Box Doll’s Houses

When: Sunday 16th February, 1-4pm 

Where: V&A Childhood Museum, Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9PA

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FREE, drop-in, recommended for ages 4+

Meet artist Kat Picot who makes magical, beautiful doll’s houses entirely from recycled materials. Bring your old present boxes or wrapping paper and cut, stick and re-use them to create your own doll’s house.

There is limited space in our studio, so although this session is free and drop-in, please note that you may have to wait to get in this activity.

Night-time Lantern Making Workshop

When: Monday 17 & Friday 21 February, 10.40, 12.30 & 14.40 (80 mins)

Where: V&A Childhood Museum, Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9PA

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Make your own ‘museum at night’ light inspired by the museum’s kaleidoscopes, zoetropes and magic lanterns. Work with designer Rebekah Lidwell to create a rotating scenic, story lantern. £7 per child, ages 4+

For more events at the V&A please see our calendar

Space Tortoise : Storytelling with David Litchefield & Ross Montgomery

When 21st Feb 2020

Where: Discover Story Centre, 383-387 Stratford High St, E15 4QZ

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A little tortoise longs to get to the stars… but how will he ever get there?

Join Ross Montgomery and David Litchfield, as they share their picture book Space Tortoise.

Hear how Tortoise uses rubbish and recycled items to make all kinds of creations… then it’s your turn.

Igloo 

When: Friday 28th February & Saturday 29th February 2020 

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

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Anticipation is building for Ira and Sadie. How can they build an igloo if there isn’t any snow? They need it to snow. They want it to snow.

But sometimes you don’t get what you want, even when you’re made to wait…

and wait…and wait…

Sometimes what you end up with is something even better…

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