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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

28th-30th January 2022

Address: Nationwide

Joining in with the Big Garden Birdwatch is simple and enjoyable, and a great excuse to watch your garden birds. Grab a hot drink, your favourite biscuits and settle into a comfy chair to watch and count...

Free Kumon Trial

1st February-15th March 2022

Venue: Kumon Upney Study Centre

Kumon believe all children deserve the opportunity to grow on both an academic and personal level and are offering a free trial to all new students. For more information, contact your local Instructor,...

Number Day

4th February 2022

Address: Nationwide

Take part in ‘Dress up for Digits’ and have a fun-filled day of maths activities and games, while raising money to support services such as Childline.  For more information and to sign...

Lunar New Year

5th February 2022

Venue: Museum of the Home

11am-5pm. Welcome in the Year of the Tiger and celebrate the arrival of spring and the beginning of the new lunar year. There will be free activities for all ages, including a creative workshop with artist...

Lunar New Year 2022

5th-6th February 2022

Venue: Museum of London Docklands

Address: West India Quay

Take the family to celebrate Lunar New Year together with a weekend of free activities for the whole family.  Enjoy free performances, get stuck in with celebratory community activities and discover...

National Storytelling Week

5th February 2022

Address: Nationwide

We all have a story to tell….what’s your story? What will you be telling and where will you be telling it? For more information and to sign up for a starter pack for your school visit www.sfs.org.uk

Sea Shanties Workshop

5th February 2022

Venue: The Foundling Museum

2pm and 3.30pm.  Enjoy learning and singing shanties with the London Sea Shanty Collective, a community choir based in East London. Each workshop runs for 35 minutes and is suitable for all ages....

Luminescence

6th February 2022

Venue: St Margaret’s House

Address: Bethnal Green

11-2pm.  Ring in the Year of the Tiger with this special paper lantern making workshop.  Each participant takes home their own lantern, adorned with their wishes for the new year.  Recommended...

Imagine Children’s Festival

9th-20th February 2022

Venue: Southbank Centre

You will find the best children’s theatre, comedy, music, literature, dance and full-on fun for children with over 160 events jam-packed into 12 days and over 50% is free.  For more details...

Drawing and Eco-print Making

12th February 2022

Venue: St Margaret’s House

Address: Bethnal Green

(10-11.45am) Children will learn about colour theory in a fun, playful way and learn how to make colour-graph prints using recycled materials and produce their own set of prints. For 7-11 years. Charges...

Storytelling and Crafts

12th February 2022

Venue: Discover

Address: Stratford

1pm.  Join Husna Rahman as she reads from ‘I Lost Something Special’, her very special debut story about coping with bereavement, and make your very own time-capsule in a craft activity....

Vets in Action

12th-20th February 2022

Venue: ZSL London Zoo

Address: Regent’s Park

Kids will be able to truly step into the role of a vet during a fun week of interactive family events celebrating their incredible work, the perfect experience for budding veterinarians! All activities...

Creative Writing for Kids

13th February 2022

Venue: St Margaret’s House

Address: Bethnal Green

(Also 16 and 19 Feb) Join award-winning writer, Simon Maeder, for a creative writing workshop where you can learn how to build worlds. Learn the basics of how to design a world from scratch and start telling...

Family Forest School Fun

14th February 2022

Venue: Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre

Address: Hornchurch Country Park

1.30-3pm.  Look for minibeasts, build dens, use tools, dig, swing, climb and create!  Take some lunch to eat together around the fire.  Suitable for children ages 3-7 years accompanied by...

Picture the City Family Workshops

14th-18th February 2022

Venue: Brunel Museum

Address: Rotherhithe

1.30-3.30pm. Learn to master the arts like Marc Brunel and create your own watercolour wonder. Explore the Museum to find out just why the Thames Tunnel was described as the Eighth Wonder of the World....

Snot, Sick and Scabs Show

14th February 2022

Venue: Centre of the Cell

Address: Whitechapel

(Also 16 Feb) If you have ever wondered what snot, sick or scabs are made of, why cheesy feet smell so bad or how your body fights off microscopic monsters when they invade your body then this is the show...

DIY Portraits: Fighting Talk

15th-18th February 2022

Venue: The Foundling Museum

(11am-1pm and 2-4pm).  Inspired by naval uniforms in the Foundling exhibition, design your own uniform and model it for a photograph with photographer Marysa Dowling. Suitable for ages 5+. Booking...

Sea Soundscapes Family Workshop

15th February 2022

Venue: The Foundling Museum

(11am-1pm and 2-4pm).  Make 3D models of seascapes from the exhibition ‘Fighting Talk’ and learn how to be a foley artist by making a soundtrack.  Suitable for ages 5+. Booking is...

Storytelling: Yes You Can, Cow!

15th February 2022

Venue: Discover

Address: Stratford

1pm.  It’s the nursery rhyme’s big performance but Cow is having second thoughts.  She’s too scared to jump!  What if she crashes? Join Rashmi Sirdeshpande & Rikin...

Welcome Home Friend

15th-18th February 2022

Venue: Museum of the Home

11am-4pm.  A week of family activities exploring how we make ourselves and others feel at home.  Expect beautiful storytelling, artist-led workshops and family activities celebrating Vietnamese...

Bird Box Making

16th February 2022

Venue: Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre

Address: Hornchurch Country Park

(10-11am and 11.15am-12.15pm). Make a nest box for a robin or blue tit.  Children must be accompanied by an adult and dress for the weather as the session will be outside.  Suitable for children...

River Dipping

16th February 2022

Venue: Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre

Address: Hornchurch Country Park

(1.30-2.30pm). Meet at Hacton Lane car park and walk to a natural meander, where you will use nets and ID charts to discover and identify the creatures that live in the River Ingrebourne. Wellies are essential! ...

Drag Pirates

17th February 2022

Venue: Discover

Address: Stratford

1pm and 3.45pm.  Hear the story of The Drag Pirates from their captain: The Admiral Half-Nelson.  Then get crafty and make yourself some Drag Pirate headgear.  Free with your session pass,...

Which Way the Wind Blows

17th February 2022

Venue: The Foundling Museum

In this noisy practical workshop musician Sam Mumford will teach you how to make your own musical instrument inspired by nautical wind instruments.  For more information, visit www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk.

Gut Feeling Show

18th February 2022

Venue: Centre of the Cell

Address: Whitechapel

This show will unravel the fascinating structure and function of the digestive tract, why ‘we are what we eat’, what happens to the gut of patients with bowel diseases, and what makes the perfect...

Navigate, Fabricate

18th February 2022

Venue: The Foundling Museum

Become a master navigator by making your own compass and telescope.  Join artist Julie Vermeille and create your own personal compass and telescope to navigate your way around the museum.  Suitable...

Drawing and Eco-print Making

19th February 2022

Venue: St Margaret’s House

Address: Bethnal Green

(10-11.45am) Children will learn about colour theory in a fun, playful way and learn how to make colour-graph prints using recycled materials and produce their own set of prints. For 7-11 years. Charges...

Quest for the Windrush

19th February 2022

Venue: St Margaret’s House

Address: Bethnal Green

12.30-1.30pm. Journey back in time to the Windrush voyage, learn about the famous musician passenger Lord Kitchener and explore what settling in Britain was like for the Windrush’s passengers. Visit...

Relaxed Opening

19th February 2022

Venue: Tower Bridge

10.30, 10.50 and 11.10am. Experience a quieter and calmer Tower Bridge.  Families are able to explore the towers, glass floor and engine rooms and also take part in a family trail if they wish. ...

From LT to LRT

20th February 2022

Venue: Epping Ongar Railway

Address: Ongar

Go along to the first bus event of 2022!  The running day will feature vehicles operating additional routes through the glorious Essex countryside, with a dusk photo run.  Further vehicles will...

London Film and Comic Con

26th-27th February 2022

Venue: Olympia London

9am-6pm.  An event that brings some of your favourite stars from TV, film and comics as well as a whole host of fun activities including photoshoots, panels, autograph sessions and hundreds of stalls...

Sea Shanties and More

26th-27th February 2022

Venue: Old Royal Naval College

Address: Greenwich

An interactive musical workshop for children aged 3-8 and their grown-ups.  Go on a musical journey with Mambo Jambo in this interactive session with sea shanties, steel drums, body percussion and...

SPINE Festival 2022

3rd March 2022

Address: Various Locations

The SPINE Festival is for children and families with the theme ‘Kindness’ and will take place throughout the month across libraries in the heart of London’s communities, both digitally...

World Book Day

3rd March 2022

Join in this celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration...

Childcare & Education Expo

4th-5th March 2022

Venue: Olympia London

10am-4pm.  A popular show for everyone working in the early years and primary sectors.  The events are designed to inform and inspire visitors giving them fresh ideas, activities and resources...

British Science Week

11th-20th March 2022

Address: Various Locations

Join in a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. The theme for the 2022 poster competition is ‘Growth’ and the poster competition deadline is 15 April. For more...

MOVE IT

11th-13th March 2022

Venue: ExCel London

The world’s biggest dance event is a celebration of all things dance, welcoming all styles and dancers together under one roof.  No matter what level you are MOVE IT promises to bring some of...

Yard Sale

12th March 2022

Venue: Museum of the Home

Prepare your home for spring and visit Kingsland Road Gardens as they are transformed into a giant yard sale. You’ll find an eclectic mix of attic clear out gems alongside exclusive homewares from...

London St Patrick’s Day Festival 2022

13th March 2022

Venue: Trafalgar Square

12noon-6pm.  This pinnacle event in London's cultural calendar showcases the best of Irish arts, performance, culture, food, and music from both Britain and Ireland.  For more information...

Red Nose Day 2022

18th March 2022

People across the UK will be coming together to do things big and small, that will add up to something massive. Comic Relief spends the money raised to help people living tough lives across the UK and...

Plundered!

19th March 2022

Venue: St Margaret’s House

Address: Bethnal Green

2.30-3.30pm. When searching for hidden treasure, a famous selfish pirate captain has left a once beautiful tropical island littered with rubbish and its inhabitants struggling to survive. It’s up...

Relaxed Opening

19th March 2022

Venue: Tower Bridge

10.30, 10.50 and 11.10am. Experience a quieter and calmer Tower Bridge.  Families are able to explore the towers, glass floor and engine rooms and also take part in a family trail if they wish. ...

Shakespeare Week

21st-27th March 2022

An annual celebration giving primary school aged children opportunities for enriching and enjoyable early experiences of Shakespeare. For more information and to register for free resources and events...

Bank Street Basketball

Venue: Canary Wharf

Fusing his British and Nigerian heritage artist Yinka Ilori has designed an eye-catching and vibrant 3×3 basketball court unique to Canary Wharf. You are welcome to bring your own ball and play anytime...

Children’s Choir Every Mon (Term Time)

Venue: Cayley Primary School

4.30-5.30pm. Free for 7-11 yr olds who live or attend school in Tower Hamlets.  Each session includes fun singing warm-ups, learning new songs and working towards performances.  For more details...

Children’s Floor Games

Venue: Canary Wharf

Alongside Minigolf in Columbus Courtyard, children’s fun floor games are making a return. Whether it’s a colourful hopscotch or space invader line maze, the games are the perfect afternoon...

Crown Making

-26th February 2022

Venue: Westminster Abbey

Address: Deans Yard

10am-1pm. This year we celebrate 70 years of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. Join in to make a crown fit for a coronation. Ages 3+. For more information about this free event and to book tickets to...

Family Sundays

-8th May 2022

Venue: Royal Opera House

Address: Covent Garden

Explore the Royal Opera House, its artists and the world of opera and ballet.  Each Sunday will be packed with creative and practical activities for all the family.  Suitable for all, but activities...

Feeding Black: Community, Power & Place

-17th July 2022

Venue: Museum of London Docklands

This brand new, free display spotlights four African and Caribbean businesses and their owners, exploring how they are much more than the services and goods they provide. For more details visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk.

Hilarity Academy

-28th March 2022

Venue: The Chapel at St Margaret’s House

Address: Bethnal Green

(Mondays only) 3.45-5pm. Hilarity Academy is a free, fun space for young people to learn and engage in the skill of making people laugh. Workshops include lessons on learning how to tell jokes, creating...

KidsTime Workshop, Every 3rd Tues

Venue: International Praise Centre

5-7.30pm. Fun group workshops for children aged 5-18, where a parent or carer in the family has a mental illness. They offer a safe, non-judgmental place where families can come together to talk and learn...

Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s Globe (Online)

-1st April 2022

To help teachers, parents and students with the challenges of teaching during the pandemic Shakespeare’s Globe are making their 2021 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream available to watch...

Mighty Mega Digital Sessions, Discover Children’s Story Centre (Online)

-9th April 2022

For people unable to return to the in-person Mighty Mega sessions, join Embracing Arts’ Artisitic Director, Claire Sundin, and take part in a series of interactive sensory stories. Explore a different...

Mighty Mega In-Person Sessions

-9th April 2022

Venue: Discover Children’s Story Centre

Address: Stratford

(Every Sat) 10am-12noon. This is a free club for disabled children and children with SEN, and their families or carers. Create special, inclusive performances together using textures, puppets, music and...

Picture the City, Bank of England Museum (Online)

-20th March 2022

This digital exhibition brings together eight landscape paintings showing us the beautiful scenery historic London has to offer. For more information visit www.bankofengland.co.uk/museum/whats-on

Roman London Family Walk

-17th February 2022

Venue: Museum of London

Go back 2,000 years and walk the streets of Roman Londinium!  Visit the remains of a Roman city wall, the location of a long lost fort and Londinium’s hidden amphitheatre on this interactive...

Short Story Stations

Venue: Canary Wharf

Bringing literature to unexpected places, the delightful vending machines with a difference are back at Canary Wharf.  Choose the length of your story, from classic to new writers and genres including...

Street Athletics

Venue: Roding Valley Recreation Ground

10.15-11.15am. Epping Forest’s Street Athletics sessions for children age 4-12 years will help improve their co-ordination, balance and speed through athletics games, whilst having fun. Charges apply....

Street Tennis

Venue: Roding Valley Recreation Ground

8.45-10am. Street Tennis is about having fun and playing games whilst improving skills such as co-ordination, movement and improving your tennis ability. This session is the perfect introduction to tennis...

Teen Talk Online Workshop

Young people (10-16 years) can connect with peers in similar situations, share what's on their mind and get helpful answers, information and support to cope with some of the challenges of having a...

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