WHAT’S ON

THE BIG DRAW
1 TO 31 OCTOBER
THE BIG DRAW

Venues across London and nationwide – www.thebigdraw.org
A month-long celebration of arty activities taking place all over London and indeed the country. See website for further details.

APPLE DAY CELEBRATION
8 OCTOBER
APPLE DAY CELEBRATION

Fulham Palace – www.fulhampalace.org
This annual festival celebrates the apple orchard in the walled garden, with seasonal displays, live music, children’s activities and more!

DANCE UMBRELLA FESTIVAL
11 TO 28 OCTOBER
DANCE UMBRELLA FESTIVAL

Venues across the capital – www.danceumbrella.co.uk
London’s international dance festival takes place all over town. Includes some unique family-friendly performances, including Origami and DOT.

AFRICA ON THE SQUARE
14 OCTOBER
AFRICA ON THE SQUARE

Trafalgar Square – www.london.gov.uk/events
Celebrate African arts and culture with a fantastic day of entertainment, a market, food stalls, fashion and loads for kids.

LITTLE FEET: 
ANIMAL PATTERNS
14 OCTOBER
LITTLE FEET: ANIMAL PATTERNS

The British Museum, Bloomsbury – www.britishmuseum.org
Under-fives with parents are invited to spot different animal patterns and use tablets together to make a 3D animal model.

BRICK OR TREAT
14 TO 30 OCTOBER
BRICK OR TREAT

Legoland Windsor – www.legoland.co.uk
Brick or Treat is Legoland’s fantastic Halloween event. Expect new themed fireworks to celebrate the opening of Ninjago World.

EUKANUBA DISCOVER
DOGS 2017
21 TO 22 OCTOBER
EUKANUBA DISCOVER DOGS 2017

ExCel London – www.discoverdogs.org.uk
A weekend full of doggie displays and competitions, or go along to find your perfect pet pooch.

KIDTROPOLIS
23 TO 26 OCTOBER
KIDTROPOLIS

ExCel London – www.kidtropolis.co.uk
The definitive event for all Lego lovers – young and old. Expect brick pits, incredible models and loads of fun for all the family.

FILM QUIZ FOR KIDS WITH PATRICK MONAHAN
24 OCTOBER
FILM QUIZ FOR KIDS WITH PATRICK MONAHAN

Royal Albert Hall – www.royalalberthall.com
Hosted by the hilarious stand-up comedian, this quiz goes where no quiz has gone before – and it’s just for kids.

BURGLAR BILL
24 to 28 OCTOBER
BURGLAR BILL

Lyric Hammersmith – www.lyric.co.uk
Burglar Betty tells the story of Burglar Bill as he creeps from house to house. Adapted from the classic book.

ILLUMIDOO
28 OCTOBER
ILLUMIDOO

St Saviour Lower Hall, W12 – www.illumidoo.com
Take Me To The Moon launches kids into space, speeding past stars and seeing the earth from afar using dynamic 3D light effects and a dramatic soundscape. Other dates 23 Sept, 8 Oct & 19 Nov.

WHY THE WHALES CAME
2 TO 5 NOVEMBER
WHY THE WHALES CAME

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – www.polkatheatre.com
Multi-award-winning performer Danyah Miller vividly brings to life this enchanting tale by beloved children’s author, Michael Morpurgo.

BATTERSEA PARK FIREWORKS
4 NOVEMBER
BATTERSEA PARK FIREWORKS

Battersea Park – www.enablelc.org
Watch the sky light up above the capital for this colourful whizzing, fizzing and popping annual display.

10 TO 19 NOVEMBER
EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL

Venues across London – www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk
There are several kid-friendly events at this annual jazz festival, which celebrates its 25th year this autumn.

ENCHANTED WOODLAND
FROM 10 NOVEMBER
ENCHANTED WOODLAND

Syon Park – www.enchantedwoodland.com
Ticketed event where an illuminated trail winds round the ornamental lake and through the historic arboretum of Syon House, ending at the spectacular Great Conservatory. Suitable for all. From 10 Nov.

LORD MAYOR’S SHOW
11 NOVEMBER
LORD MAYOR’S SHOW

The City of London,starting out from Mansion House – www.lordmayorsshow.london
From the Lord Mayor’s arrival by river to the fireworks finale, the annual pageant is packed with spectacle for all.

LAIKA
Until 12 NOVEMBER
LAIKA

Unicorn Theatre – www.unicorntheatre.com
Inspired by Laika, the first dog in space. A moving sci-fi adventure, inventively told using puppetry, movement and music.

WINTER WONDERLAND
FROM 17 NOVEMBER
WINTER WONDERLAND

Hyde Park – www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
Sooty, Zippo’s Circus, Cinderella on Ice, Cirque Berserk and Santa Land are just some of the attractions at this year’s festival of Winter.

CHRISTMAS AT KEW
19 NOVEMBER
HAMLEYS CHRISTMAS TOY PARADE

Regent Street – www.hamleys.com
Regent Street will be transformed in a traffic-free, all-day extravaganza for the biggest toy parade London has ever seen!

CHRISTMAS AT KEW
FROM 22 NOVEMBER
CHRISTMAS AT KEW

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – www.kew.org
The festive adventure begins with a path lit by hundreds of illuminated globes winding through glittering and singing trees.

IDEAL HOME SHOW AT CHRISTMAS
22 TO 26 NOVEMBER
IDEAL HOME SHOW AT CHRISTMAS

Olympia London – www.idealhomeshowchristmas.co.uk
How better to start the festive preparations? Highlights for youngsters include The Christmas Arcade, filled with toys, games and more.

THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD
FROM 24 NOVEMBER
THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD

Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue – www.gruffaloschildlive.com
Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel to The Gruffalo hits the West End.

FAR, FAR AWAY:
TCHAIKOVSKY AND THE MARVELLOUS KINGDOM
25 & 26 NOVEMBER
FAR, FAR AWAY: TCHAIKOVSKY AND THE MARVELLOUS KINGDOM

King’s Place, King’s Cross – www.kingsplace.co.uk
Join the Aurora Orchestra on a glittering adventure. Spy the Sugar Plum Fairy and prepare to tussle the Mouse King.

THE IMAGINATION STATION
NOW
THE IMAGINATION STATION

V&A, South Kensington – www.vam.ac.uk
Enjoy a musical Christmas and make and play your own musical instruments. Drop in. From 28 November to 2 January.

TUDOR MARKETS
NOW
TUDOR MARKETS

Tower Bridge – www.tudormarkets.com
Discover wooden cabins by the river and in Hays Galleria and get all Christmassy with the shopping and food on offer. From 30 November to 3 January.

WINTER WONDERLAND
NOW
WINTER WONDERLAND

Hyde Park – www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
Sooty, Zippo’s Circus, Cinderella on Ice, Cirque Berserk and Santa Land are just some of the attractions at this year’s festival of Winter. From 17 November to 1 January.

GREENWICH WINTER TIME FESTIVAL
FROM 1 DECEMBER
GREENWICH WINTER TIME FESTIVAL

Old Royal Navy College – www.greenwichwintertime.com
Find ice skating, shopping, food, live entertainment and a visit from the man himself in this new winter festival for London.

HARRY POTTER  FAMILY DAY
2 DECEMBER
HARRY POTTER FAMILY DAY

British Library – www.bl.uk
Visit the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition, get creative in hands-on workshops and delve into the magical world of storytelling. Create your own puppets, make and gaze through your own star telescopes and hear some amazing stories.

LEGOLAND CHRISTMAS
FROM 2 DECEMBER
LEGOLAND CHRISTMAS

Legoland Windsor Resort – www.legoland.co.uk
A Christmas land with over 30 rides available, elves to help build Lego gifts to take home, and Father Christmas in his grotto. Also 3, 9, 10, 16-24 December.

2 & 3 DECEMBER
SANTA & HUSKIES

Wetland Centre, Barnes – www.wwt.org.uk
Meet Santa, help the elves in their workshop and take home small gifts. Must be pre-booked.

DOT TO DOT CHRISTMAS MARKET
3 DECEMBER
DOT TO DOT CHRISTMAS MARKET

V&A Museum of Childhood – www.dottodotlondon.com
Largely made up of independent retailers and small businesses, up to 30 stall holders will be selling clothing, accessories and toys just in time for Christmas.

LU OVER THE WALL
FROM 6 DECEMBER
LU OVER THE WALL

Various cinemas – www.luoverthewallmovie.co.uk
Award-winning tale of mermaids and love directed by Masaaki Yuasa gets its nationwide release.

WIFI WARS
FROM 18 DECEMBER
WIFI WARS

Royal Institution – www.rigb.org
One for older kids, Steve McNeil and Rob Sedgebeer return with comedy guests where the whole audience will get to play on their World Record-breaking gaming technology.

HAMPTON POOL
25 DECEMBER
HAMPTON POOL

Hyde Park – www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
Whatever the weather’s doing, the outdoor pool here will be heated and people will be swimming.