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Family Games, V&A Museum, SW7 2RL

2nd September-31st March 2020

Address: SW7 2RL

10am-5.45pm Play the museum with our digital games. Go online to seek out the V&A’s secrets, get creative and take the apprentice challenge. For more details visit www.vam.ac.uk

City Children’s Trail, City of London

3rd February-22nd March 2020

Pick up a free illustrated map at the City Information Centre next to St Paul’s Cathedral and start your day out. From gladiators to breathtaking views, this trail takes about 5-7 hours to complete...

Family Games, V&A Museum, SW7 2RL

3rd February-31st March 2020

10am-5.45pm. Play the museum with our digital games. Go online to seek out the V&A’s secrets, get creative and take the apprentice challenge. For more details visit www.vam.ac.uk

Great Fire of London Family Walk, Museum of London, EC2Y 5HN

3rd February-29th March 2020

Address: EC2Y 5HN

Join in on a fun, family-friendly walk exploring The Great Fire of 1666. Ages 5+. For more information and to book visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk

‘Fairy Tales’ Exhibition, Discover, Stratford, E15 4QZ

15th February-22nd March 2020

Address: E15 4QZ

Visitors to this new, fully immersive exhibition will be transported to the magical world of The Three Bears, Jack and his Beanstalk, Anansi and his stories, and many more. Visitors can dress up as fairy...

Conservation Week, Lee Valley Park Farms, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EF

15th-23rd February 2020

Address: EN9 2EF

10am-5pm. Enjoy a great family fun day out building habitats for the critters in your garden. Or just go along and enjoy the farm being open again and make some memories. For more details and to buy tickets...

Imagine This..., V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, E2 9PA

15th-23rd February 2020

Address: E2 9PA

Marionettes, doll’s houses, clockwork toys…just imagine if the museum’s collection came to life at night. Step into a world of fantastical storytelling, workshops and activities to spark...

Signs and Symptoms, London Transport Museum, WC2E 7BB

15th-23rd February 2020

Address: WC2E 7BB

Pick up a Museum Mission from the Family Desk and explore the Museum and look out for the activities you and your family can take part in: discover the collection with object handling, take part in games...

Wild Families, RSPB Rainham Marshes, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ

15th-23rd February 2020

Address: RM19 1SZ

Hire an explorer pack (charges apply) from the visitor centre to help you adventure into nature. Tues-Thurs why not try pond dipping? Investigate the creatures you can find living in the ponds –...

Mini Detective Training Trail, The Postal Museum, WC1X 0DA

17th-22nd February 2020

Address: WC1X 0DA

10am-5pm. Spy details, crack clues, solve crimes. Pick up a sheet on your visit and follow the trail to begin your detective training around the museum. Ages 5-8. For more details visit www.postalmuseum.org

Kids for a Quid, Epping Ongar Railway, Essex, CM5 9BN

19th-23rd February 2020

Address: CM5 9BN

Keep the kids entertained over half term with child tickets for just £1. The regular steam and diesel hauled services will be in operation together with the connecting heritage buses from Epping...

Trojan Tales: Making and Myths, The British Museum, WC1B 3DG

19th-22nd February 2020

Address: WC1B 3DG

11am-4pm. Enjoy family activities inspired by Trojan tales of gods and heroes, amazing adventures and mythical monsters. Ages 5+. Free, drop-in. For more details visit www.britishmuseum.org

Imagination Zine Making, V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, E2 9PA

20th-23rd February 2020

Address: E2 9PA

11.15am-12.45pm and 2.45-4pm. Create collage pictures and patterns inspired by the museum collection to create your imaginary magazine to take home. For more details visit www.vam.ac.uk/moc

London Classic Car Show, Olympia London, W14 8UX

20th-23rd February 2020

Address: W14 8UX

The event is an international celebration from across the UK and Europe, brought together by the very best dealers, manufacturers, restorers and car clubs. For more details and to buy tickets visit https://olympia.london

Storytelling Sessions, V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, E2 9PA

20th-23rd February 2020

Address: E2 9PA

10.30am and 2pm. Join in for an interactive storytelling session inspired by the museum’s collection. For more details visit www.vam.ac.uk/moc

Adventure at the Docks: Family Quest, Museum of London Docklands, E14 4AL

21st-22nd February 2020

Address: E14 4AL

11am. Travel around the museum solving puzzles as you go, gather some incredible characters and earn special cards to complete the quest. Also take part in workshops with games and mini-challenges in this...

Crowns and Coronations, The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA

21st-22nd February 2020

Address: SW1A 1AA

11am-3pm. Be inspired by the beautiful jewellery of George IV to design and make a stunning crown fit for a king or queen to wear at their coronation in this glittering craft session. For more details...

What Lives in the Thames?, Museum of London Docklands, E14 4AL

21st-22nd February 2020

Address: E14 4AL

12.30pm. Explore the watery world of the Thames and the plants and animals that live there by creating a giant collage map of the river. Ages 5+. Free, drop-in. For more details visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Build a Toad House, Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre, Hornchurch Country Park, RM12 6DF

22nd-23rd February 2020

Address: RM12 6DF

12.30-3.30pm. Discover the amazing life of toads and frogs. Learn how they survive in the wild and how you can help. Build your own Toad House to take home. Charges apply, booking essential. For more information...

Dots Day, Royal Opera House, WC2E 9DD

22nd February 2020

Address: WC2E 9DD

11.30am. The Royal Opera House invites its youngest audiences to a specially-curated morning of dance, music and song performances, workshops and activities for families with tiny Dots up to 5 years old....

Exploring the Museum, V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, E2 9PA

22nd February 2020

Address: E2 9PA

1-4pm. Join artists William Redgrove, Marcus Foster and dance artist Darcy Wallace from community art project ASYMBAL for special activities and games to see favourite museum objects in different ways....

Fan Fest, ExCeL London, E16 1XL

22nd-23rd February 2020

Address: E16 1XL

Get access to the stars of the Marvel and DC television and cinematic universes with meet and greets, autographs, photo ops, panels, vendors and more. For more details and to buy tickets visit www.excel.london

Gone Fishing, Museum of London, EC2Y 5HN

22nd-23rd February 2020

Address: EC2Y 5HN

11.30am and 2pm. Discover the history of fish and fishing in the Thames at this art drop-in. Ages 6+. Free, drop-in. For more details visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Morning Explorers: Chinese New Year, Museum of London Docklands, E14 4AL

22nd February 2020

Address: E14 4AL

9am. Explore the museum at this relaxed early opening, sensitive to the needs of children with autistic spectrum conditions. Ages 5+. Free. For more details and to book visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Secrets and Lies, The Royal Institution, W1S 4BS

22nd February 2020

Address: W1S 4BS

11am-4pm. Drop in for an action-packed day of talks, demonstrations and experiments all exploring the curious and unexpected maths that governs our world. Ages 7+. For more details and to book tickets...

Storytelling with Beverley Naidoo, Discover, Stratford, E15 4QZ

22nd February 2020

Address: E15 4QZ

11.15am-12.15pm. Join Beverley Naidoo as she tells the story of Cinderella of the Nile, bringing to life people and places from an ancient 2000-year-old Greek version of the tale. You will even meet the...

Talking Drums, Wigmore Hall, W1U 2BP

22nd February 2020

Address: W1U 2BP

3pm. Join percussionists Owen and Toby, otherwise known as O Duo, for a whistle stop tour through 350 years of music all played on percussion instruments. From Bach to Bongos and beyond. Ages 7-11. For...

Top Secret Letter, The Postal Museum, WC1X 0DA

22nd February 2020

Address: WC1X 0DA

11am-1pm and 2-4pm. For centuries different techniques have been used by individuals to outwit spies who may try to read private messages. Create a letter with a hidden wallet in the back of the card to...

Bus Running Day, Epping Ongar Railway, Essex, CM5 9BN

23rd February 2020

Address: CM5 9BN

Celebrating 50 years of London Country Bus services. Based at North Weald Station, this event will feature new routes running to local towns and villages. Expect visiting vehicles and possibly a surprise...

Kids’ Club, Exchange, Ilford, EG1 1RS

23rd February 2020

Address: EG1 1RS

11am-4pm. On Level 3 in the Loft, the activity is all about Mothers’ Day. Create a felt flower bouquet with buttons, fabric and straws – be creative. For more information visit www.exchangeilford.com

Ballet Dots, Royal Opera House, WC2E 9DD

24th February 2020

Address: WC2E 9DD

12.30pm. Discover the world of ballet through creative, fun and sensory dance workshops for children and adults. Ages 2.5-5. For more details and to book visit www.roh.org.uk

Family Day: Self Portraits, William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, E17 4PP

29th February 2020

Address: E17 4PP

1-4pm. The Gallery will be packed full of fun activities for families to make and do together. To coincide with a new exhibition why not have your self-portrait taken against a Morris pattern? Free, drop-in....

Hooves and Horses Family Saturdays, The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, SW1W 1QH

29th February 2020

Address: SW1W 1QH

11am-3pm. Enjoy a fantastic variety of art activities, handling collections and trails, inspired by the people and animals who call the Royal Mews home. For more details and to book visit www.rct.uk

London Film and Comic Con, Olympia London, W14 8UX

29th February-1st March 2020

Address: W14 8UX

Promising to bring some of your favourite stars from TV, film and comics as well as a whole host of fun activities including photo shoots, panels, autograph sessions and hundreds of stalls full of merchandise...

Storytelling with Eva Bland, Discover, Stratford, E15 4QZ

29th February 2020

Address: E15 4QZ

2.15-3.15pm. Join Eva Eland as she shares her picture books Where Happiness Begins and Where Sadness Comes to Call – two beautiful books for little ones that deal with big emotions. Ages 4+. For...

Opera Dots, Royal Opera House, WC2E 9DD

2nd March 2020

Address: WC2E 9DD

12.30pm. Discover the world of opera through fun participatory workshops for children and adults, full of singing, music and stories. Ages 2.5-5. For more details and to book visit www.roh.org.uk

World Book Day

5th March 2020

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...

British Science Week, Various Locations

6th-15th March 2020

Join in a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. For more details and to view the full programme of events visit www.britishscienceweek.org

10km Series, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, E20 2ST

7th March 2020

Address: E20 2ST

9.30am. Go at your own pace along the beautiful route and pass through peaceful parklands and take in views of the iconic buildings from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For more details and...

Binocular and Telescope Open Weekend, RSPB Rainham Marshes, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ

7th-8th March 2020

Address: RM19 1SZ

9.30am-4.30pm. There’ll be a variety of binoculars and telescopes for you to sample, whether you’re looking for a first pair or to upgrade. Experts will be on hand to guide you through the...

Family Concert, Barbican Hall, EC2Y 8DS

7th March 2020

Address: EC2Y 8DS

2.30pm. Take in the spectacle of a live symphony orchestra, sing along and join in with free workshops in the Barbican foyers before the concert. For more details and to book visit www.lso.co.uk

Family Festival, Museum of London Docklands, E14 4AL

7th-8th March 2020

Address: E14 4AL

12noon. Celebrate the experiences of British-Bangladeshi women and children in east London. Suitable for all ages. Free, drop-in. For more details visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Family Festival, Museum of London Docklands, E14 4AL

7th-8th March 2020

Address: E14 4AL

12noon. An exciting festival weekend celebrating International Women’s Day while exploring the experiences of British-Bangladeshi women and children in East London. The festival will be full of creative...

London Children’s Book Swap, Discover, Stratford, E15 4QZ

7th March 2020

Address: E15 4QZ

11am–4pm. Join in a free day at Discover to recycle and renew your personal library. Plus, play all day in the Story Worlds, Fairy Tales immersive exhibition (advance booking highly recommended). Ages...

Muddy Matters; Art in the Park, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Mile End, E3 4PX

7th March 2020

Address: E3 4PX

(Also 21 Mar). 10.30am-12.30pm. Join Artist in Residence, Louise Hildreth for a series of workshops where you’ll be making earthy artworks for the park. She’s been gathering natural materials...

Pursuits for Princesses, The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA

7th-8th March 2020

Address: SW1A 1AA

11am-3pm. Join the storyteller to find out about the amazing lives of George IV's six sisters, Charlotte, Augusta, Elizabeth, Mary, Sophia and Amelia. Have a go at a variety of Georgian pastimes which...

International Women’s Day 2020, Museum of London Docklands, E14 4AL

8th March 2020

Address: E14 4AL

11.15am. Free talks and tours throughout the day will celebrate women through history. Please ask at front desk on the day for more information. Ages 7+. Free, drop-in. For more details visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk

International Women’s Day 2020, Museum of London Docklands, E14 4AL

8th March 2020

Address: E14 4AL

11.15am. Free talks and tours throughout the day to celebrate women through history. Ages 7+. Free, drop-in. For more information visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Roding Valley Half Marathon, Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford Green, IG8 8AA

8th March 2020

Address: IG8 8AA

9am. Now in its 40th year, The Roding Valley Half Marathon is a very popular race. Many runners have it on their ‘must do’ list. Why not go along and cheer on the runners and their chosen charities?...

Ballet Dots, Royal Opera House, WC2E 9DD

9th March 2020

Address: WC2E 9DD

12.30pm. Discover the world of ballet through creative, fun and sensory dance workshops for children and adults. Ages 2.5-5. For more details and to book visit www.roh.org.uk

Mothers’ Day Cream Tea, Thames Chase Forest Centre, Upminster, RM14 3NS

13th March 2020

Address: RM14 3NS

2.30-4.30pm. Celebrate Mothers’ Day with a tasty cream tea in the beautiful Forest Centre in the heart of the Thames Chase Community Forest. Booking essential. For more information and to book visit...

Sport Relief, Nationwide

13th March 2020

Whether you walk, dance, swim, floss or round up your mates for a match, order your free fundraising pack, have fun and help to make a real difference. It’s Game On. For more information visit www.sportrelief.com

Mini Maestro Family Concert, St Martin in the Fields, WC2N 4JJ

14th March 2020

Address: WC2N 4JJ

4.30pm-5.30pm. Go on an exciting journey through Spring and Summer from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, with barking dogs, chattering birds, raging storms and all the glories of nature. For more details...

Science City, Various Locations

14th March 2020

11am-4pm. Discover science across the City with a forensic investigation at the City of London Police Museum, creative chemistry at The Salters’ Company, and cunning conservation at Guildhall Art...

Sleepover: How to be a Pharaoh, The British Museum, WC1B 3DG

14th March 2020

Address: WC1B 3DG

After an evening of ruling your kingdom, you’ll then spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries, surrounded by kings and gods from the ancient world. In the morning enjoy breakfast...

Viola’s Time-Travelling Musical Adventures, Wigmore Hall, W1U 2BP

14th March 2020

Address: W1U 2BP

3pm. Join presenter Lucy Drever and the fantastic Diphonon Duo on this exciting musical journey suitable for children aged 5-7 and their parents and carers. Arrive early for free arts activities in the...

Wildlife Explorers Club – Work as a Warden, RSPB Rainham Marshes, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ

14th March 2020

Address: RM19 1SZ

10.30am-12.30pm. Discover nature in fun and exciting way. Get the chance to experience nature and the reserve through activities, games, walks and so much more. Ages 8-12. For more information visit www.rspb.org.uk/rainhammarshes

Sunday Market, Thames Chase Forest Centre, Upminster, RM14 3NS

15th March 2020

Address: RM14 3NS

10am-2pm. Visit this Sunday Market for fresh local produce and handmade crafts, all brought to you by local people. Free entry. For more information visit www.thameschase.org.uk

Where’s Wally? Fun Run, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, E20 2ST

15th March 2020

Address: E20 2ST

There's a 5km or a 10km course to choose from, plus a 1km route for little legs. Every runner will receive a Where’s Wally? Costume, a collectible medal, chip timed results, support and a goody...

Opera Dots, Royal Opera House, WC2E 9DD

16th March 2020

Address: WC2E 9DD

12.30pm. Discover the world of opera through fun participatory workshops for children and adults, full of singing, music and stories. Ages 2.5-5. For more details and to book visit www.roh.org.uk

Shakespeare Week, Nationwide

16th-22nd March 2020

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...

Childcare Expo, Olympia London, W14 8UX

20th-21st March 2020

Address: W14 8UX

10am-4pm. A popular show for all those working in the Early Years sector, from nursery to primary and everything in between. Meet education experts and have your questions answered, enjoy fantastic onsite...

Adventures at the Docks, Museum of London Docklands, E14 4AL

21st-22nd March 2020

Address: E14 4AL

11am. Travel around the museum working with your family to complete challenges as you go. Gather some incredible characters to complete the quest. Ages 5+. Free, drop-in. For more details visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Easy as Pi, Ealing Road Library, Wembley, HA0 4BA

21st March 2020

Address: HA0 4BA

2-5pm. Test your recall skills playing a fun Pi memory game, design and create your own Pi jewellery to take home and more. Ages 5-12. For more details visit www.mathsontoast.org.uk

Family Activity Day, Tower Bridge Exhibition, SE1 2UP

21st March 2020

Address: SE1 2UP

10am-4pm. Go along and enjoy some fun family activities inside Tower Bridge. All activities are included in the price of your admission ticket. For more details visit www.towerbridge.org.uk

World Poetry Day

21st March 2020

World poetry day is an invitation to reflect on the power of language and the full development of each person’s creative abilities. Celebrate in your school by organising poetry readings, or investigate...

Mothers’ Day Afternoon Tea, Rainham Hall, Havering, RM13 9YN

22nd March 2020

Address: RM13 9YN

12.30-3pm. Treat your mum to a lovely afternoon tea where you will receive a selection of sandwiches, cakes, cream scone and hot beverages in the beautiful surrounding of the Hayloft Gallery. Booking essential....

Mothers’ Day Dining Trains, Epping Ongar Railway, Essex, CM5 9BN

22nd March 2020

Address: CM5 9BN

Why not treat your Mother with a dining experience as you travel through the Essex countryside on board one of the heritage trains. There is a choice of three dining options: brunch, three course lunch,...

Mothers’ Day, Lee Valley Park Farms, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EF

22nd March 2020

Address: EN9 2EF

10am-5pm. Take advantage of the ‘one parent goes free offer’ and enjoy all the fun activities on the farm from tractor rides, falconry displays, indoor and outdoor play areas and more. For...

Mothers’ Day, RSPB Rainham Marshes, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ

22nd March 2020

Address: RM19 1SZ

Enjoy a lovely stroll around the reserve then enjoy lunch in the café or a special Mothers’ Day cake. Buy your mum a gift from the shop – beautiful scarves, smellies, a candle or something...

Wear A Hat Day, Nationwide

27th March 2020

Wear A Hat Day is one of the UK’s biggest and most important brain tumour research fundraising and awareness-raising days. Join thousands of people across the UK and organise your own amazing event....

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