Ice Skating fun for London kids

It’s beginning to look a bit more like Christmas, some of the places you’ll go. While we have had to look a little farther and a little wider we think we have found some great examples of fun for London kids this festive season. Keep checking this round up as we’ve got our ear to the ground. Many venues are waiting to announce if they are going ahead once we all know whether or not lockdown is lifted. If you hear about anything fun in the neighbourhood please get in touch to let us know.

Get Your SKATES ON!

One of the most beautiful outdoor ice skating settings in London. The Queen’s House Ice Rink in Greenwich is opening for Christmas 2020. 

Located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the spacious grounds of Royal Museums Greenwich, the Queen’s House Ice Rink is a magical place to skate.

With fantastic views of the River Thames and Greenwich Royal Park, which you’ll hopefully be able to see once you find your feet. Take in the cool crisp air and feel the thrill of getting over the fear of falling as you weave (or wobble) your way around the rink. Penguins and sleighs for kids (and parents) who need a bit more support.

Just minutes from London Bridge, it really isn’t too far to travel from Tower Hamlets. Safety measures are in place to ensure you can skate with confidence.

When: 5 December 2020 – 24 January 2021

Where: Queen’s House Ice Rink, Royal Museums Greenwich, Blackheath Ave, Greenwich, London SE10 8XJ

Booking

Words to the World Exhibition

Coal Drops Yard is getting its twinkle on so why not check out this exhibition and see the pretty lights while you’re there? Inspired by Oliver Jeffers’ fantastic book “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth, Kings Cross Academy School took part in a national literacy project at the end of the first lockdown. The project helped children ease back to school as they processed their experiences through their creativity. Engaging in activities to help them make sense of the changing world around them.

The children’s efforts were joined by parents, staff, authors, poets and artists including Michael Rosen, Konnie Huq, Shirley Hughes, Benji Davies, Viv Schwarz and Andy Leek. A collaborative community effort that resulted in a great collection of notes for living on Planet Earth. All are on display until the end of December for you and your family. Perhaps it will get you and your children talking about your own notes for living on Planet Earth?

When: Now until December 31st

Where: Lewis Cubitt Square, Stable Street, King’s Cross N1C

W:https://www.kingscross.co.uk/event/words-to-the-world

Connected By Light

Connected by Light is a specially curated collection of light artworks, bringing nine new stunning illuminated installations to the Canary Wharf estate.

These new works aim to bring a sense of calm and reflection in these difficult times as well as a much-needed splash of colour as the winter nights draw in. They are also designed to be able to be appreciated from a distance so to encourage social distancing.

The artworks will be on display from Wednesday 2nd December until the 27th February so that you can take your time to enjoy them. To experience these works of art at their dazzling best, head to Canary Wharf after sunset. East London kids will find thrill enough just being up past their bed times. All installations will be switched off at 10pm daily.

Wednesday 2 December – Saturday 27 February

Where: Canary Wharf, London, E14

W:https://canarywharf.com/whats-on/connected-by-light-dec-jan-2021/

Greenwich Christmas Market

Head to Greenwich Market to shop while you bop along to Festive tunes. Spend an evening sipping mulled wine while you peruse at the 3 Christmas Late Shopping events this December before Christmas. With British designer-makers showcasing their beautifully handcrafted gifts to inspire you on your gift buying journey. Eco-friendly candles, handmade jewellery and leather accessories, homeware and interior. Some shops open too. Over 150 shops and market stalls with fresh hot and cold food stalls.

When: Wednesday 9th, 16th, 23rd December 2020 All day until 8pm

Where: Greenwich Market London SE10 9HZ

W:https://www.greenwichmarket.london/events

Victorian Christmas

Our friends from Tea Dance for Little People partnered up with Museum of London and they’re determined to bring families a Christmas show this year! Are you up for a festive challenge? Travel back in time to Victorian London where you will be set a festive mission. Complete fun and festive challenges in the museum galleries in this trail for all the family to enjoy. Prepare for mission launch in December. More info to come soon. Join them on Instagram to be the first ones to find out!

Dick Whittington

Is Christmas Cancelled? Oh no it isn’t! The show must go on at the National Theatre! One of the few venues to risk it and still sell tickets for their shows in December, which unsurprisingly, are all sold out. If you’re quick you might be able to get you and your family some bums on seats from January.

Should further measures lead to any changes in the performance schedule, The National Theatre reassures ticket holders they will be entitled to a full refund.

They’ve also put in place some changes to ensure your safety and wellbeing, all based on UK-wide COVID-19 industry standards.

When: December 11th -23rd January

Where: National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

W:https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/dick-whittington

Online Events & Activities

Disco!

Break up the monotony of lockdown life and join the party online with DanceWest and DJ Reverend Milo Speedwagon of Disco Loco and Bestival fame. Throw some shapes with the kids Friday December 11th from 4:30pm-5pm with all ages joining in an intergenerational disco from 6-6:45pm.

http://www.dancewest.co.uk/dwonlinedisco

Madame Kalamazoo’s Magical Mail

The National Theatre are using their online platforms to host a free storytelling adventure. Children are invited to take part in creating imaginative stories to help them through the unusual times they are living in.

Madame Kalamazoo is a mysterious storyteller who arrived from the Blue Moon at the start of lockdown. She writes funny daily stories for children and will send them to you for FREE via the National Theatre by email. The magical thing about her stories is that they have your children in them as the main characters!

If your children choose to, they can contribute artwork and ideas to help move the stories along. Their artwork can be sent via a magical route to other children also receiving Madame Kalamazoo’s Magical Mail. Inviting them into a community of children, all receiving their own special Kalamazoo adventures.

Choose from daily or weekend delivery

https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/madame-kalamazoo

To be continued…