Fight the January Blues with Fun Family Outings!

We hope you had a wonderful break of the festive season and if you celebrate Christmas, we hope it was a merry one! To ensure your January continues to be happy one take a look at all the fabulous activities happening close by, below!

Little Mudlarks : Interactive session for children under 5 (walking – 5 years) and their carers.

When: 13th January – 30th March 2020

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

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Join the Museum every morning during term-time for an hour of fun and stimulating activities, designed so you and your toddler can play and learn together in their unique museum environment. It also includes exclusive time to play in the Mudlarks gallery before the activity. This is a free session for children from walking to five years. The session themes are as follows: First Monday of the month is messy play, second Monday is Storytelling or Music and Movement, third Monday is Musical and the fourth Monday is gallery explore. Families should book in advance and tickets are released on the Friday before the session.

Winter Lights

When: Thursday 16th – Saturday 25th January 2020 4 pm – 10 pm

Where: Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB

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The award-winning Winter Lights returns to Canary Wharf in January for a sixth year. Canary Wharf will be transformed by over 25 spectacular installations, leaving the dark winter evenings aglow. The Spectacle will showcase light art and interactive installations by some of the most innovative artists across the globe working in light art today. The whole route will take around 90 minutes to complete. If this seems a little long you can check out their family-friendly tour for those with little ones. Free event. 

All Wrapped Up

When: Friday 17th & Saturday 18th January 2020

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

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Unwrap a world of imagination with Oily Cart’s new mischievous, wintery show where magical characters, hilarious creatures and hidden lands are brought to life through light, shadow and music. Uncover the sensory stories hidden in scrunched up paper, and create your own after the show.

All Wrapped Up welcomes young children and their families into an inclusive, accessible environment, designed specifically for under 5s, including those with a range of additional support needs. Audience members should feel comfortable making noise and moving around as and when they need to.

Please note: this show uses strong, directional light and gets very dark at points. Ear defenders and options for those who are light-sensitive will be provided. A quiet space will also be available during the performance for audience members who may need it. We recommend an adult accompanies each child where possible.

The Little Prince

When: Friday 17th January to Monday 20th January 2020 (*not inc Sunday)

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.

In Inua Ellams’ magical retelling of the much-loved story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince descends from an African race in a parallel galaxy. He travels across time and space seeking help to bring peace to his warring planet. His journey as a galactic emigrant addresses climate change, morality, takes us through solar systems of odd planets with strange beings and shows how even a little thing can make a big difference.

Children and adults will be transported to the world of The Little Prince with puppetry, music of North African heritage and a rich Afrofuturist aesthetic.

Mimi and the Mountain Dragon

When: Saturday 18th January 2020 

Where: Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, 43 White Horse Road, London E1 0ND

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Each year high up in the snowy mountains of Switzerland the villagers of Dorta bang their drums, blow their horns and make a noisy ruckus to keep the fearsome Mountain Dragon away. But this year is different.

One cold winter morning Mimi discovers something extraordinary- a baby dragon asleep in the woodshed! The little creature is lost and frightened. But how did he get there and what happens if his mother comes looking for him? Mimi must be extremely brave if she is going to reach the Dragon’s castle at the very top of the mountain and return the baby dragon safely home.

Adapted from the book by Michael Morpurgo, this heart-warming tale springs to life in an epic mountain adventure about friendship and courage, that’s packed full of snow, dragons, lively songs and captivating puppetry.

Radical Roots: Researching your Family History day

When: Saturday 18th January 2020 11 am – 4 pm

Where: Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, 277 Bancroft Road, E1 4DQ

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A day of talks and workshops introducing how you can research the rebels in your family. Sessions will range from a beginners guide to family history, special sessions exploring Afro-Carribean and Somali family history to writing and publishing your research! There will have stalls from Friends of Island History Trust, The East of London Family History Society, The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain and others. For younger family historians, they will be welcome to join the family history zine workshop.

Drop-in session, no booking required. Arrive early to benefit from all workshops!

Pop-up Pantomime: Cinderella

When: Tuesday 21st January 2020 10-11 am

Where: Bromley by Bow Centre, St. Leonard’s Street, E3 3BT

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Roll up, roll up!

Christmas season is passed but it’s still chilly outside so come and join the  pop-up Panto and have some festive fun at the Bromley by Bow Centre.

M & M Productions are putting on this very special production of Cinderella, with support from the centre’s friends The Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Everyone is welcome and it’s FREE to attend!

Arrive early to secure your space.

Tiny Groovers: A day-time party for Under 5s and their adults

When: Saturday 25th January 2020 1 – 3 pm

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

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Visit the V&A Museum of Childhood to let loose and stomp your feet with your Tiny Groovers*. Dance away the January blues and enjoy a DJ set from Mr Manic of Lucky Dip Disco and the surreal and spectacular storytelling from The No-Shamen. Other activities include a movement session with a contemporary dancer, arts activities and sensory experiences for babies.

Booking information

Adult £10 + £1.37 Booking fee

Child £ 8 + £1.21 Booking fee

Babies under 1 Free, booking required

* Whilst aimed at under 5s and adults, the museum is flexible and older siblings are welcome.

Tom Thumb

When: Saturday 25th January 2020 11am & 2pm

Where: Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, 43 White Horse Road, London E1 0ND

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One night tiny Tom overhears Mum and Dad talking – there’s nothing left to eat so they are going to leave him and his six brothers in the forest! Outwitting his parents and the ogre, Tom shows everybody that even though he is small he is still mighty, as he protects his brothers, finds the treasure and makes sure they’ll never be hungry again.

Performed entirely on and under a kitchen table, this classic story is brought to life in a playful and fascinating show full of magic with feathery spinning birds, a flying house and a portable forest. Come and join tiny Tom on his very big adventure! For ages 3+ years

Chinese New Year: The Year of the Rat

When: Sunday 26th January 2020 11:30 am – 4 pm

Where: Idea Store, Whitechapel

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Tower Hamlets Council is supporting a host of free, family-friendly events across the borough to welcome in Chinese New Year, the ‘Year of the Rat’. Vibrant and colourful performances, as well as interactive activities, will celebrate the Lunar New Year in keeping with this annual tradition and is delivered in partnership with the Chinese Association of Tower Hamlets.

11:30 am to 4 pm – Chinese Calligraphy Writing Stall

11:30 am to 4 pm – Fundraising Arts & Crafts Stall (selling Chinese New Year goods)

11:30 am to 4 pm – Children water painting workshop

1 pm – Lion Dance performance

2 pm – Children’s Dance performance.


Really Big Pants presents: Plundered

When: Sunday 26th January 2020 11 am and 3 pm

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

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Whilst searching for hidden treasure, a famously selfish pirate captain has left a once beautiful tropical island littered with rubbish and its inhabitants struggling to survive. It’s up to Maggie and Roy to save it. The trouble is….they’re REALLY not friends.

Teleported from their school trip at a maritime museum into the centre of swashbuckling adventure in the Amazon, can they earn to work together, win the race to find the legendary gold – and restore the place ti its natural glory?

Can YOU defeat this dastardly litterbug pirate….?

And come dressed as a fearsome member of his crew if you dare! Arrrrrr!

Please note, this is a relaxed performance. Sessions are 50 minutes and for ages 6+ 

Adults £5-7 and children £3-£5. 

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