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VENOM KILLER & CURE
NOW
VENOM KILLER & CURE

National History Museum – www.nhm.ac.uk
Encounter some of the world’s most venomous creatures and discover their surprising connection to human health. Specimens include snakes, centipedes, snails, scorpions and the unassuming platypus. From 10 Nov till 13 May.

VENOM KILLER & CURE
NOW
VENOM KILLER & CURE

National History Museum – www.nhm.ac.uk
Encounter some of the world’s most venomous creatures and discover their surprising connection to human health. Specimens include snakes, centipedes, snails, scorpions and the unassuming platypus. From 10 Nov till 13 May.

VENOM KILLER & CURE
NOW
VENOM KILLER & CURE

National History Museum – www.nhm.ac.uk
Encounter some of the world’s most venomous creatures and discover their surprising connection to human health. Specimens include snakes, centipedes, snails, scorpions and the unassuming platypus. From 10 Nov till 13 May.

THE BOX OF DELIGHTS
1 DEC – 6 JAN
THE BOX OF DELIGHTS

Wilton’s Music Hall – www.wiltons.org.uk
John Masefield’s Christmas classic starring Matthew Kelly and Josefina Gabrielle. A City Kids favourite childrens’ novel.

PINOCCHIO
NOW
PINOCCHIO

National Theatre – www.nationaltheatre.org.uk
World premiere! From the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the writer of Matilda the Musical, this classic features music and songs from the Walt Disney Film.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
NOW
A CHRISTMAS CAROL

The Old Vic – www.oldvictheatre.com
Starring Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge, this is a festive treat targeted at older kids (11+) as we follow the life of the cold-hearted miser on Christmas Eve.

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.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
NOW
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

The Lyric, Hammersmith – www.lyric.co.uk
Having now seen this year’s offering by The Lyric, let’s just say that Vikki Stone steals the show. For the second year running she brings her humour, wild eyes and crazy head gear (well done to Susanna Peretz) to Hammersmith, seeing parents and kids alike crying with laughter. Added tears of joy were provided this year by Daniel Fraser, playing Jill, whose wig flew off to the merriment of the audience and his co-stars Kayla Miekle and Cherelle Skeete, who somehow managed to get through the rest of their scene. Pure professionalism!

Kids’ favourite bits: Fleshcreep, Hammersmith sing-along.
Would have liked more: sweets, current songs.

 

See here for more in December

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.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
3 DECEMBER
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush – www.musichouseforchildren.com
Families, friends and kids welcome to enjoy carols and performances and readings by children and artists. Expect You Know Who to make an appearance.

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.

ALICE IN WINTERLAND
7 DEC TO 7 JAN
ALICE IN WINTERLAND

Rose Theatre, Kingston – www.rosetheatrekingston.org
Follow Alice to the curious world of Winterland based on Lewis Carroll’s timeless books. Expect a Bandersnatch and a Jabberwock amongst mad hatters and cruel queens.

ALADDIN
9 DEC TO 14 JAN
ALADDIN

Richmond Theatre – www.atgtickets.com
With Christopher Biggins as Widow Twankey and an assortment of flying carpets, genies, sorcerers and a love story, this panto has all the ingredients for a family Christmas show.

MOTHER GOOSE
14 DEC TO 1 JAN
MOTHER GOOSE

Questors Theatre, Ealing – www.questors.org.uk
A fun, family adventure where you can sing along, shout at the nasty troll, meet the Giant Geese of Boundtobiteyou and even do some yodelling! Oh – and don’t forget to wear your Christmas jumper!

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
16 DEC TO 30 DEC
A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Windsor Castle – www.royalcollection.org.uk
Nine family-friendly evening shows of Charles Dickens’ classic taking place in the Castle’s two largest rooms, where Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret performed Christmas pantomimes during WW2.

RECCE RACERS
16 DEC TO 7 JAN
RECCE RACERS

National Army Museum – www.nam.ac.uk
Learn about army reconnaissance and have a go at making your own mini vehicle to take home.

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.

THE CHRISTMASAURUS
21 DEC TO 28 DEC
THE CHRISTMASAURUS

Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith – www.eventimapollo.com
Debut novel by McFly star Tom Fletcher transforms to a live show featuring the man himself and Father Christmas and special guests.

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.

THE NUTCRACKER
28 DEC TO 31 DEC
THE NUTCRACKER

Royal Albert Hall – www.royalalberthall.com
Spectacular performance, with its Tchaikovsky score, brought here by Birmingham Royal Ballet for the first time.

GRAND NEW YEAR STEAM UP
29 DEC TO 1 JAN
GRAND NEW YEAR STEAM UP

London Museum of Water and Steam – www.waterandsteam.org.uk
A chance to see all the museum’s engines powering into action. Seasonal activities and refreshments.

MOTHER GOOSE
1 JANUARY
MOTHER GOOSE

Questors Theatre, Ealing – www.questors.org.uk
A fun, family adventure where you can sing along, shout at the nasty troll, meet the Giant Geese of Boundtobiteyou and even do some yodelling! Oh – and don’t forget to wear your Christmas jumper!

VENOM KILLER & CURE
NOW
VENOM KILLER & CURE

National History Museum – www.nhm.ac.uk
Encounter some of the world’s most venomous creatures and discover their surprising connection to human health. Specimens include snakes, centipedes, snails, scorpions and the unassuming platypus. From 10 Nov till 13 May.

SPACE DECENT VR WITH TIM PEAKE
DAILY
SPACE DECENT VR WITH TIM PEAKE

Science Museum – www.sciencemuseum.org.uk
Tim Peake is your guide on an out-of-this-world virtual reality mission that puts you in the pilot’s seat of a Soyuz capsule – just like the one that brought him home. 13yrs+

GRAND NEW YEAR STEAM UP
1 JANUARY
GRAND NEW YEAR STEAM UP

London Museum of Water and Steam – www.waterandsteam.org.uk
A chance to see all the museum’s engines powering into action. Seasonal activities and refreshments.

PINOCCHIO
NOW
PINOCCHIO

National Theatre – www.nationaltheatre.org.uk
World premiere! From the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the writer of Matilda the Musical, this classic features music and songs from the Walt Disney Film.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
18 NOV TO 6 JAN
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

The Lyric, Hammersmith – www.lyric.co.uk
Having now seen this year’s offering by The Lyric, let’s just say that Vikki Stone steals the show. For the second year running she brings her humour, wild eyes and crazy head gear (well done to Susanna Peretz) to Hammersmith, seeing parents and kids alike crying with laughter. Added tears of joy were provided this year by Daniel Fraser, playing Jill, whose wig flew off to the merriment of the audience and his co-stars Kayla Miekle and Cherelle Skeete, who somehow managed to get through the rest of their scene. Pure professionalism!

Kids’ favourite bits: Fleshcreep, Hammersmith sing-along.
Would have liked more: sweets, current songs.

THE BOX OF DELIGHTS
1 DEC – 6 JAN
THE BOX OF DELIGHTS

Wilton’s Music Hall – www.wiltons.org.uk
John Masefield’s Christmas classic starring Matthew Kelly and Josefina Gabrielle. A City Kids favourite childrens’ novel.

ALICE IN WINTERLAND
7 DEC TO 7 JAN
ALICE IN WINTERLAND

Rose Theatre, Kingston – www.rosetheatrekingston.org
Follow Alice to the curious world of Winterland based on Lewis Carroll’s timeless books. Expect a Bandersnatch and a Jabberwock amongst mad hatters and cruel queens.

RECCE RACERS
16 DEC TO 7 JAN
RECCE RACERS

National Army Museum – www.nam.ac.uk
Learn about army reconnaissance and have a go at making your own mini vehicle to take home.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
20 NOV TO 20 JAN
A CHRISTMAS CAROL

The Old Vic – www.oldvictheatre.com
Starring Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge, this is a festive treat targeted at older kids (11+) as we follow the life of the cold-hearted miser on Christmas Eve.

LONDON BOAT SHOW
10 TO 14 JANUARY
LONDON BOAT SHOW

ExCel – www.londonboatshow.com
With a beach club and an activity pool this isn’t just for multi-millionaires. Try kayaking and paddling amongst other things.

LUMIERE LONDON
18 TO 21 JANUARY
LUMIERE LONDON

Various locations – www.lumiere-festival.com
If you missed the first one last year, you get a second chance to see the UK’s largest light festival.

YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGISTS’ CLUB
FROM 20 JANUARY
YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGISTS’ CLUB

Fulham Palace – www.fulhampalace.org
Termly course for 8-16 year olds starts with excavating a grain storage and using Iron Age recipes to make traditional food.

TOWER BRIDGE GLASS FLOOR
DAILY
TOWER BRIDGE GLASS FLOOR

Tower Bridge – www.towerbridge.org.uk
Test your mettle by standing on a glass floor above London’s iconic bridge. There’s also the chance you’ll be there when the bridge opens!

CUTTY SARK
NOW
CUTTY SARK

Greenwich – www.rmg.co.uk/cuttysark
Take the helm at this record-breaking tea clipper’s wheel on main deck, climb into the crew’s bunk beds and follow the family trail.

VENOM KILLER & CURE
NOW UNTIL 13 MAY
VENOM KILLER & CURE

National History Museum – www.nhm.ac.uk
Encounter some of the world’s most venomous creatures and discover their surprising connection to human health. Specimens include snakes, centipedes, snails, scorpions and the unassuming platypus.

PINOCCHIO
NOW UNTIL 10 APRIL
PINOCCHIO

National Theatre – www.nationaltheatre.org.uk
World premiere! From the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the writer of Matilda the Musical, this classic features music and songs from the Walt Disney Film.

NATIONAL KITE FLYING DAY
5 FEBRUARY
NATIONAL KITE FLYING DAY

Hobbledown Farm – www.hobbledown.com
Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height! The Mary Poppins amongst you won’t be able to resist a day on the farm with a kite.

THE JUNGLE BOOK
6 TO 10 FEBRUARY
THE JUNGLE BOOK

Richmond Theatre – www.atgtickets.com
A new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic featuring live music on stage as Mowgli battles for survival in the jungle.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA
14 FEBRUARY
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA

Royal Festival Hall – www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Part of the Imagine Children’s Festival, spend your Valentine’s Day with the Emma Watson film and a live orchestra performing the score.

I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS
14 to 18 FEBRUARY
I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS

Polka Theatre – ww.polkatheatre.com
An enchanting tale by Michael Morpurgo about the power of books and one boy’s bravery.

ARENACROSS TOUR
17 FEBRUARY
ARENACROSS TOUR

SSE Wembley Arena – www.arenacrossuk.com
This is the crazy indoor off-spring of motocross racing– short, sharp and shockingly spectacular with huge triple jumps, killer mogul sections and banked corners. Fab family fun.

PEPPA PIG ADVENTURE
21 & 22 FEBRUARY
PEPPA PIG ADVENTURE

New Wimbledon Theatre – www.atgtickets.com
Join Peppa as she prepares for a camping trip with all her friends. Bing bong bingly bungly boo!

LPO: FUNHARMONICS
25 FEBRUARY
LPO: FUNHARMONICS

Southbank Centre – www.southbankcentre.co.uk
The London Philharmonic Orchestra invites you to a super-sized orchestral party celebrating the best of young music-making. Day starts with a workshop, followed by performance.

VENOM KILLER & CURE
NOW UNTIL 13 MAY
VENOM KILLER & CURE

National History Museum – www.nhm.ac.uk
Encounter some of the world’s most venomous creatures and discover their surprising connection to human health. Specimens include snakes, centipedes, snails, scorpions and the unassuming platypus.

PINOCCHIO
UNTIL 10 APRIL
PINOCCHIO

National Theatre – www.nationaltheatre.org.uk
World premiere! From the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the writer of Matilda the Musical, this classic features music and songs from the Walt Disney Film.