The Little Guide to

THE BEST THINGS

to do...

 Early Autumn 2019

OUTDOOR Adventures

THEATRE shows for kids

MUSEUM Shenanigans

Handpicked with love.

Here's a selection of events and other lovely things to do with the kids, near or easily accessible from Canary Wharf,  handpicked just for you. 

Remember, it's always best to double check with the venue/ organisers before you plan your trip to avoid disappointment.

OUTDOOR Adventures.

FUN FAIR

Learn about amazing local bats and use bat detectors to listen to them as they hunt for their insect prey.

Thurs 13 - Sun 16 Sept, from 1pm

Mile End Park North

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BAT WALK

Learn about amazing local bats and use bat detectors to listen to them as they hunt for their insect prey.

Sat 14 Sept, 7.15 - 9.15pm

Swedenborg Gardens

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THE SOUND JOURNEY

Sound Nature will take you on a journey using voice, gongs, Himalayan bowls, chimes and an array of other instruments...

Sun 15 Sept

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

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THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON FAMILY WALK

Was the baker of Pudding Lane to blame? What did Samuel Pepys bury in his garden? Interactive family walk exploring how the Great Fire started, spread, and was finally stopped.

Sat 14 Sept (45 mins)

Age: 5+

Museum of London, Barbican.

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ANIMAL FEEDING TIME at Mudchute

Ongoing

Typical daily routine:

9am-9:45am Animal Feeding Time

9:15am-9:30am Sheep are turned out to the fields

3pm-4pm Animal Feeding Time

3:15pm-3:30pm Sheep move back to their home for the night

Mudchute Farm, Isle of Dogs.

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PICK YOUR OWN at Stanhill Farm

September - October 

Sweetcorn, Runner Beans, Raspberries, Tomatoes and Pumpkins end of October. 

WIllmington, Kent.

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GRUFFALO TRAIL in the deep, dark woods.

Ongoing

Discover the magic of the Deep Dark Wood with this self-led trail searching for the amazing hand-crafted carvings of Gruffalo characters.

This trail helps children understand our native woodland and see it as a welcoming place. 

Thorndon Lodge, Brentwood (Essex)

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FAMILY CYCLING at Lee Valley VELOPARK.

Ongoing

Track cycling, road racing, BMX or mountain biking: get your two-wheeled thrills!

  • Bring your own bike or hire one for all four of the tracks

  • Go BMXing on the remodelled and floodlit Olympic track

  • Go mountain biking on five miles of outstanding new trails in the heart of east London

Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford

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HORNIMAN'S GARDENS & NATURE TRAIL

Ongoing

Wander through grassland, display,wildlife and sound gardens, the meadow field and London's oldest nature trail. 

Horniman Museum, Forest Hill

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THEATRE shows for Kids.

ANANSI THE SPIDER 

People say that a time long, long ago, animals walked on two feet and spoke with words, like we do. And back then it was known by everyone that the cleverest of all the animals in the kingdom was a spider – the infamous Anansi – the original trickster and the master spinner of yarns.

Wed 18 Sept - 27 Oct

Age: nursery to school year 2.

SEN Performances: 

Friday 11 October 2019, 11.00

Sunday 13 October 2019, 11.30

Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge. 

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KALEIDOSCOPE 

Inspired by research into how a baby’s sense of sight develops and how they instinctively begin to categorise colour, watch as a multi-coloured kaleidoscope is brought to life for you and your baby.

Fri 20 Sept

Age: 0 - 18 months

Half Moon Theatre, Limehouse. Blog Post here

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MAGGOT MOON

"The best thing we have is our imagination."

n a sinister 1950s Britain, dark government forces are at work and spies and surveillance are everywhere. Standish tells us his story as he begins to unravel the dark secrets of the violent and oppressive Motherland and form a plan to try save his best friend and uncover the truth, no matter what.

26 Sept - 27 Oct

Age: 9 - 13.

SEN Performances: 

Saturday 19 October 2019, 13.30

Friday 18 October 2019, 11.00

Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge. 

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NEUROHACK

 

Thurs 3 Oct at 4.30 pm (40 mins)
Age: 11+ 


How do we stay connected to one another, our surroundings and ourselves when our screens constantly compete for our attention? An inclusive performance that tackles the question of how to be human in a digital world.

Half Moon Theatre, Limehouse

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THE LAST SUPPER

 

Thurs 3 Oct at 7pm (60 mins)
Age: 15+ 

Death comes to us all in the end, but for them, the end is just the beginning. And the middle. And the end. A man and a woman are preparing dinner, but they forgot the key ingredient – each other. Can they remember in time?

Half Moon Theatre, Limehouse

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AFTER THE RAIN

 

Fri 4 Oct at 11.30 am (25 mins)
Age: 2+ 

A playful journey through the water cycle, where, after the rain, comes the sun. A poetic dance-theatre production exploring the ever-changing formation of clouds, and the importance of weathering the storm.

Half Moon Theatre, Limehouse

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FEEL  MY BASS...HIT!

 

Fri 4 Oct at 4.30 pm (35 mins)
Age: 11 - 16 

An autobiographical memoir of self-discovery, acceptance and friendship from a neurodiverse performance artist at the intersection of sexuality, race, gender and disability. Feel My Bass… Hit!features spoken word, choral singing, movement, puppetry and immersive drumming.

Half Moon Theatre, Limehouse

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GIVE ME A MINUTE

 

Fri 4 Oct at 7 pm (40 mins)
Age: 13+

Are we defined by ourselves or by other people? Why do we try so hard to shed the labels we’re given; and why are there others that we’re eager to cling onto? Give Me A Minute is a new piece of music theatre that explores identity, womanhood and how we make ourselves heard.

Half Moon Theatre, Limehouse

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THE SCARECROW'S WEDDING

22- 23 Oct
Age: 3+

This heart-warming and award-winning adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling book is bursting at the seams with inimitable style.

This epic love story promises wit, drama and wedding bells! Packed with live music and laughter, this is one hour’s magic that you and your children will never forget!

Greenwich Theatre, Greenwich

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CAPTAIN FLINN AND THE PIRATE DINOSAURS

24 - 25 Oct
Age: 3+

When Flinn, Pearl and Tom are in the middle of their school play their old nemesis, Mr T the T-Rex, appears and kidnaps the children forcing them to hunt for the secretive Magic Cutlass; a sword that grants the holder any wish! 

 

The children are whisked away for another fantastic adventure to a world of devious dinosaurs, deep sea dangers and smelly sausages! It's all aboard, me hearties, for a real live pirate adventure!

Greenwich Theatre, Greenwich

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RISE AND FALL

26 - 27 Oct

Age: 2+

Come and explore an ecosystem of balloons: universes in miniature.

In Rise And Fall you’ll meet all manner of balloons from small floating moons to vast bouncing orbs. Forever expanding and contracting, balloons are free to float, fly and sway. Hold your breath and go sailing away. Rise and Fall is a poetic and intriguing performance for young audiences about holding on and letting go.

Greenwich Theatre, Greenwich

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SLEEPOVER Shenanigans

all over London...

DINO SNORES FOR KIDS  

This action-packed night is not for the faint hearted, and there will be plenty to learn and discover during your stay at the Museum.

At midnight, it's time to settle down to sleep. 

20 September

Age: 7 - 11

Natural History Museum, South Kensington

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BED BUGS 

Guests get to stay overnight in the BUG house have a torchlight tour and get woken up to the sounds of ZSL London Zoo, residents!

20 September & 25 October

Age: 7 -11

London Zoo, Regent's Park.

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LONDON ZOO LODGES

Guests staying at the ZSL London Zoo Lodges will enjoy three educational and entertaining tours around the Zoo including a sunset tour, torch lit night tour and an early morning tour. 

From February to December

 

London Zoo, Regent's Park.

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BRITISH MUSEUM SLEEPOVER: SILK ROAD

Young Friends and their guests are invited to follow in Marco Polo’s footsteps and travel along the Silk Road at our autumn sleepover!

Sat 26 October

Age: 7 -11

British Museum

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ASTRONIGHTS

If your child has ever wanted to explore the Museum after dark, or if the idea of spending the night in one of our iconic galleries fills them with excitement, then they’ll love Astronights, our sleepover for children.

Fri 11 October

Sat 7 December

Age: 7 -11

Science Museum, South Kensington

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KIP IN A SHIP

Sleep overnight on board HMS Belfast and experience life below deck in this adventure on the River Thames.

Ongoing

Age: 7 -18

HMS BELFAST, Bankside.

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