Looking for plans for the weekend? You’ve come to the right place. Here are our top things to do in London this weekend with the children.
Saturday Messy Toddlers
It’s that time of week again where it’s time to head down to the Bright Emporium and get messy. Bring your aprons and the Bright Emporium team will take care of the rest. Each week covers a different theme where the little ones will work together on their own projects, as well as coming together to work on one big masterpiece.
WHEN: Saturdays, 9.15-10am
WHERE: The Bright Emporium, 103-5 St John’s Hill, London, SW11 1SY
GREAT FOR: 12 months-4 years
This exhibition at the Natural History Museum is a great way to enjoy a family day out amongst nature. Discover hundreds of types of live moths and butterflies. Learn about the butterfly habitat and diet, and ask any questions you’ve ever had about the flying creatures. Under 3s go free.
WHEN: Until 16 Sept
WHERE: Natural History Museum, East Lawn, Exhibition Rd, London SW7 5BD
GREAT FOR: All the family
Join in the interactive family concert of show tunes. They’ll be a chance to sing and dance along to the hits of you and your children’s favourite West End musicals, including hits from Mary Poppins, Grease, and Frozen. Children of all ages are welcome and baby change and buggy parking is available.
WHEN: Sat 21 April, 11-11.45am
WHERE: OSO Arts Centre, 49 Station Road, London, SW13 0LF
GREAT FOR: Up to 8 years
The Birdman And Monkey Business
Enjoy two very different puppet plays. The Birdman is poetic and emotive, with beautiful lighting and music. Meanwhile Monkey Business is filled with hilarious tricks, dancing monkeys, and circus skills.
WHEN: Sat 21 April, 11am-12.15pm (other dates available)
WHERE: The Puppet Theatre Barge, 35 Blomfield Rd, London W9 2PF
GREAT FOR: 3 years and above
READ MORE: Our Favourite London Museums For Families
Creative Coding Club
Get them involved in some creative and fun coding activities. It’s a great way to stimulate young minds and get them thinking deeply about technology and how it is used in daily life. Part of the sessions are “unplugged” and feature storytelling and jokes to help children get imaginative and social about coding.
WHEN: Saturdays, 11am-12.20pm
WHERE: Studio B, 154-8 Kensington High Street, W8 7RL (classes also available in Herne Hill, Peckham Rye, and Highgate)
GREAT FOR: 3-8 years
Shakespeare’s Birthday Storytelling
In celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday, sign up for a storytelling session at the Globe theatre. The fun-filled session will introduce children to the world of Shakespeare, his characters and themes.
WHEN: Sun 22 April, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, London, SE1 9DT
GREAT FOR: 5-12 years
This unique experience will give the kids the chance to taste in the dark and learn about how a visually impaired person experiences food. This experience aims to raise awareness about the disability and connect children with their senses. There will also be a chance to learn some braille through games and activities.
WHEN: Daily 11am-2pm
WHERE: Dans le Noir? restaurant, 30-31 Clerkenwell Green, EC1 R0DU
GREAT FOR: 6-15 years
Space Boogie for International Astronomy Day
Go on an out of this world adventure in celebration of World Astronomy Day. Join the space boogie for interactive drama games, dances, poetry, puppetry and much more! They’ll be a bar serving food and drinks for you and your little ones too.
WHEN: Sun 22 April, 2-4pm
WHERE: East Dulwich Tavern, 1 Lordship Lane, London, SE22 8EW
GREAT FOR: 3-9 years