Once again London is bursting with things to do, so here are our favourite ways to make the most of January with the family in tow.
Play is a fantastic way for children to learn and develop their confidence. Gymboree gives children aged 10-15 months the opportunity to explore and play in a safe and fun environment. Parachute time, imaginary games, energetic activities and storytelling are all part of the Gymboree discovery session.
WHEN: Mon-Fri, times vary — see website for details
WHERE: Gambado Chelsea
GREAT FOR: Ages 10-15 months
Composed of more than 100 specimens from the Natural History Museum’s research collection, this exhibition will take you on a deep sea adventure and teach you some seriously interesting facts about whales, dolphins and even porpoises. Check out the whale song jukebox and play an echolocation game to discover how whales hunt their prey.
WHEN: Open daily
WHERE: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, Kensington, SW7 5BD
GREAT FOR: All the family
Family-friendly gigs are always a favourite in our book. MiniJam offer an excellent space for children and adults to enjoy music and relax with other children and families. They’ll be jazz, show tunes, pop-up holistic beauty for adults, and much more.
WHEN: Fridays, 10.15-11.15am
WHERE: The Plough, 89 St Johns Hill, Battersea, SW11 1SY
GREAT FOR: Up to 5 years
One for the older children, this robotics class is a seriously cool way to get hands on with tech and ultimately learn how to build your own robots. The aim of the workshop is to encourage creativity and imagination, as well as teaching children the basics of coding and engineering. With one tutor for every five children, Inspired Minds ensure their teaching is invaluable to everyone.
WHEN: 20 Jan, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Imperial College, Exhibition Road, SW7 2AZ
GREAT FOR: Ages 7-12 years
Let the little ones take part in a magnificent theatre performance with music and puppetry. Through interactive storytelling the performance will tell the tales of Winnie-the-Pooh.
WHEN: 20 Jan, 1-3pm
WHERE: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
GREAT FOR: Ages 3 years and above
If you’re keen to keep your little one active or into football, Little Kickers is the ideal place to get the ball rolling. Their motto is ‘play not push’ and the sessions are based around enjoying and learning about football without the pressure to excel or pick up skills very quickly. Book a trial session and you’ll understand more about what we’re talking about.
WHEN: Saturdays, various sessions — see website for details
WHERE: Haberdashers’ Aske’s Sports Ground, St Asaphs Road, SE4 2ED
GREAT FOR: Ages 24-42 months
Sharky & George will be hosting a super-fun 30-minute session the Trotters High Street Kensington store. Children will be invited to make rocket balloons, play show buckaroo, meet the life-sized Trotters pig and whatever else the party-planners Sharky & George have up their sleeve. Sessions are 30 mins from 10am – midday on a first come first served basis.
WHEN: 21 Jan, 28 Jan and 4 Feb from 10am
WHERE: Trotters, 139-141 South Kensington High Street, W8 6SU
All children love playing with LEGO. The Bright Emporium know this better than anyone and have designed a workshop specially around playing, building and getting creative with these coloured blocks. The gallery assistants will come up with a theme for the session and then it’s ready, set, go as the children getting drawing and then get building to truly bring the theme to life.
WHEN: Sundays, 12.30-1.15pm
WHERE: The Bright Emporium, 103-105 St John’s Hill, SW11 1SY
GREAT FOR: 5-7 years
Looking for something to do without the children? Check out Things To Do In London (Without The Kids) This January