Looking to keep the little ones entertained this January? Here’s what you shouldn’t miss in London this month.
Life in the Dark, Natural History Museum
Enter a world of nocturnal animals and discover what they get up to after dark. Learn about how they move around their environment, hunt, mate and evade predators. Smell the distinctive aromas of the bat cave, watch live footage from the deep sea and see yourself through the eyes of a cave boa. Kids go free, open until 24 February.
Visit NHM.ac.uk to find out more
Room on the Broom, Lyric Theatre
The magical picture book from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler comes to life in this stage adaptation of Room on the Broom. The witch and her cat are flying on their broom when they decide to take a bird, dog, and frog along for the ride. The broomstick isn’t meant for five and ‘crack!’ it snaps in two. Suitable for 3 years and above, showing until 13 January.
Book tickets through NimaxTheatres.com
My Shadow and Me, The Puppet Theatre Barge
A cartoon created from nothing but darkness and light is the premise of My Shadow and Me. A man and his shadow take an imaginative and incredible adventure. The show features minimal speaking, non-verbal voice effects and electronic music. Perfect for the little ones, showing from 12 January until 14 April.
Find out more on PuppetBarge.com
Crafty morning, Market Hall Fulham
Get creative at Market Hall Fulham in this fun class for families. It’s a chance for your little ones to make their own masterpieces and take them home afterwards. Parents can enjoy a coffee or breakfast nearby from one of the brilliant street food vendors in the market hall. Class takes place between 10am and 11.30 on 13 January.
Book your place with Paperbirds-London.co.uk and discover their other classes around London.
WOW! It’s Night-time, Little Angel Theatre
Tim Hopgood’s curious little owl is back in a delightful performance at the Little Angel Theatre. WOW! Said the Owl is an adorable tale of a young owl who is ready to discover the wonders of the nighttime. The one-woman show is aimed at children ages 2-5 years old. Showing until 26 January.
Visit LittleAngelTheatre.com to book tickets now
Roaring Stories On The Go, Bishop’s Park
Join Roaring Stories on-the-go in Bishop’s Park for a nature walk wrapped up with a storytelling session. Packed with fun characters, nursery rhymes, sensory points and an exciting story, join the Roaring Stories team rain or shine for some adventurous and immersive fun. Walk takes place on 19 January, starting from Fulham football ground.
Find out more and book your place on RoaringStories.co.uk
Crepe Cooking Class, Chelsea Creperie
Get cooking up some crepes with at the Chelsea Creperie. The masterclasses include crepe cooking, chocolate cooking and a chance to pick up some other skills. They’ll be a chance to cook, bake and decorate crepes with Nutella, chocolate, strawberries and more. Watch out for their waffle classes too. The next Crepe Making Class takes place 4pm on 19 January.
Book your place on ChelseaCreperie.co.uk
Cat and Hutch Drama Extravaganza, Bright Emporium
Cat & Hutch bring children’s stories to life through creativity and imagination. The workshops use drama games to explore new worlds and characters. There may be a tiger for tea or a talking cat, your imagination knows no limits! Join Cat & Hutch at the Bright Emporium on Sundays, 10.30-11.30.
Find out more at TheBrightEmporium.com
Baby Jazz Family Pop-Up, The Woodsman
Enjoy some great, baby-friendly live jazz music in Islington. The musical experience is led by Baby Jazz founder Ruby and includes live guitar music, children’s songs, colourful props and bubbles. Sessions take place every Tuesday and are aimed at children from 2 months to four years old. Visit the website to find out more.
Book your place on BabyJazz.co.uk
In The Winter Wood, Polka Theatre
Snuggle up in the Adventure Theatre for tales of bravery and friendship. The interactive story In The Winter Wood is inspired by stories all around the world. Pig and Goat discover they’re being fattened up for a winter feast, so the pair decide to run away and live happily together in the winter woods. Aimed at children aged 3-6 years, showing until 17 Feb.
Book your tickets on PolkaTheatre.com
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