If you haven’t managed to get crafty this week in aid of Children’s Art Week, there’s still time this weekend. Here are our top picks for arts and crafts events happening in London. If you’re staying at home, don’t miss our round up of Nanny Anita’s best arts and crafts tutorials here.
The Tate Britain offers a whole host of activities for young children up to those in their teens. For your under fives, the Tate has an artist who leads children through the gallery and teaches them about the works and collections. Pick up an art card from the reception desk filled with family activities and inspirations to get the whole crew thinking about art from different perspectives. Check out their top tips to make the most from your family visit.
WHERE: Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG
Image credit: Roger Sinek
Each weekend the National Portrait Gallery puts on free drop-in sessions for families. Their family art workshops include drawing, painting and animation – there’s no excuse to not get creative this weekend. If you’ve never truly explored the gallery, we recommend the family and children tour — great for sparking their interest in all things creative.
WHERE: St. Martin’s Pl, London WC2H 0HE
We love Hackney City Farm, not only for its farm animals but also for its fantastic children’s activities which take place each weekend. Every Wednesday and Sunday the farm host children’s pottery sessions for your little ones to make their own clay creations. For the adults we recommend the mosaic-making classes — we bet this isn’t something you do everyday!
WHERE: 1a Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QA
This Leicester Square gallery is bound to be jam-packed with activities for all the family. Every Sunday the gallery holds hands-on art and drawing classes for 5-11 year olds. Based around the art collections on display, the theme of this class varies from month to month. For the younger ones, don’t miss the Musical Magic Carpet which takes place each Sunday and transports them into the art collections around the gallery.
WHERE: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
As you’ll probably know, My Baba are huge fans of The Bright Emporium because they’re alway hosting hugely impressive kids events. This Sunday join Kim Hillyard for a creative writing course. The Bright Emporium provides a relaxing and fun environment for kids to let their imaginations run free. Watch out for their Storytime Sundays too which sees a children’s author read their book, then a creative workshop for the children to learn more.
WHERE: 103-105 St John’s Hill, Clapham, London SW11 1SY
This exhibition has recently opened in London and is a must for anyone who is familiar with Hokusai’s wave painting. This iconic exhibition is happening until mid-August. Beyond this, the British museum have many family activities taking place each week. For the younger ones, the Little Feet programme allows them to create and make while learning about history.
WHERE: Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG
This incredible workshop is taking place this weekend in Shoreditch and will allow your child to create a whole film over the course of a day. Beginning with the planning and storyboard through shooting and filming, and finalising with the edit, the children will create a film in a day. They have the chance to act and add in sounds and music — don’t pretend you don’t want to get involved as well!
WHERE: 24 Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia, London W1T 6EP
If you don’t fancy getting creative in the conventional arts and crafts way, try your hand at chocolate making! This is really one for both children and adults to get involved with. Head along to one of the Chocolate Museum’s drop-in sessions this weekend. Choose decorations, fillings and create some fabulous chocolate creations!
WHERE: The Chocolate Museum, 187 Ferndale Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8BA
One for the adults: Christabel’s Cocktail Masterclass
Getting creative isn’t just for the kids. Christabel’s ever expanding menu of cocktail and food workshops is a must for grownups wanting to do something a little different. With the likes of Pimp My Pineapple, Grand Slam Martini Masterclass, and Edible Vacation all coming up, Christabel’s is the place to be to release your inner creative and then drink your delicious creations. If you’re heading along to Electric Forest this weekend, be sure to drop by Christabel’s cocktail pop up.
Further afield: Landmark Arts Centre
The creative hub in the South West brings the community together to get creative with art events and fairs throughout the year. This weekend until 17 June, there will be a botanical exhibition depicting a variety of floral paintings abstract and life-like. There is a children’s art club every Saturday which gives children the chance to draw, paint and create. Be sure to check out their other workshops too — there’s so much going on!
WHERE: Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington TW11 9NN
Restaurant of the week: Rainforest Cafe
In line with our creative theme, we picked out our favourite quirky restaurant in London in appreciation of the designer’s creative idea. Located two minutes away from Piccadilly Circus, the Rainforest Cafe transports you to the heart of the forest while also serving up some delicious treats. The menu comprises of American and International cuisine – fortunately the exotic animals just form part of the exotic indoor forest. Don’t miss the indoor waterfall and clashes of tropical thunder and lightening.
WHERE: 20 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 7EU