From teddy bear’s picnic theatre shows, to immersive art installations, there’s plenty on this month… Scroll down for our round-up of what’s on in London for families this September.
Beats and Blooms Family Rave with Big Fish Little Fish
9 September | Horniman Museum
Big Fish Little Fish is celebrating 10 years of family-friendly raves in the gardens of the Horniman Museum. Perry from Pendulum will be behind the decks, as well as Atlanta Allure & Mark Force, and DJ Chefal. Nifty Natty Crafts will be making colourful floral rave crowns, Bring Your Baby will be running park quizzes, and there’s a book signing from acclaimed author Uju Asika. You’ll also be able to join The Skipping Sikh, explore the Butterfly House, and have your face painted by Doxa Faces. There’s food and bars too.
Ongoing | Young V&A
Now the school holidays are coming to an end, it’s a great time to visit the new Young V&A (if you haven’t already). There’s three new galleries to explore: Play, Imagine, and Design with lots of interactive elements for little ones. You can catch the last Story Telling Saturdays event with Arkem Mark Walton and Laura Sampson on September 2nd, where the storytellers will be using objects from the Young V&A’s collection to tell original stories.
Rooted at Kew Gardens
Until Sunday 17 September | Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens’ ‘Rooted’ art installation inspired by trees runs until 17th September. For children, there’s the ‘next Nature Heroes badge’ where little ones can take part in the ‘Tree Champion’ mission.
REPLAY: A Limitless Recycled Playground
Until 30 September | Southbank Centre
Built entirely out of waste materials, the Southbank’s recycled playground has been extended until 30 September. Part installation, part playground, the open space is suitable for little ones aged 6 months – 11 years and there’s plenty to explore.
Until 16 September | Various London locations
The revival of London’s historic Batholomew Fair will take place at iconic locations throughout the City every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until 16 September. From night time illuminations, to circus shows, and performers there’s plenty on to delight families. ‘Follow Me Into by imitating the dog’, is a series of projection installations telling a magical story through the city of London at night. And ‘The Lips by Puppets with Guts’ is a big puppet singalong show.
London Design Festival
16 – 24 September | Various locations
London Design festival returns for another year with lots of family friendly events and exhibitions. Highlights for little ones include PLAY at Art Practice, The LEGO Piece Garden X It’s Nice That, Nice to Meet You Again by Morag Turner, the Rangoli Mirrored Cosmos at Greenwich Peninsula, and Donna Wilson’s 20 Year Anniversary Show.
Colourscape Music Festival
9-17 September | Clapham Common
Colourscape Festival returns to Clapham Common from -17 September. Little ones will love the brand new 70-chamber Festival Two Colourscape – a labyrinth of multicoloured inflatable tunnels with a live soundtrack from resident musicians.
Open House London
7-17 September | Various locations
The Open House Festival returns from 7-17 September. An opportunity to explore some of London’s most iconic buildings, homes, architecture, and neighbourhoods, not to be missed is Hounslow Heath Infant’s School’s Adobe Playground.
Teddy Bear’s Picnic
17 September | Arts Depot
Let’s All Dance return to Arts Depot with a show for little ones aged 0-8 years. ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ combines classical ballet with physical theatre, and little ones are invited to bring their own teddy bears to join in the fun.
Thu 21 & Fri 22 Sep | Half Moon Theatre
Inspired by babylab research into the expanding vision of little ones from birth until 18 months, this 15-minute sound and light installation explores the wonders of how newborns’ senses develop.
Antifurniture by Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich
26 September – 29 October | The Design Museum
This free immersive exhibition is on display at The Design Museum’s atrium, mezzanine and museum grounds from 26 September until 26 October. Little visitors are invited to play, explore, and hide and will be able to climb into a hammock, try out a rocking desk, and scale a ladder.
Monet: The Immersive Experience
from 29 September | The Boiler House Brick Lane
The latest immersive art experience to open in London will explore 300 of Monet’s most stunning works of art in a 360 degree exhibition at The Boiler House in Brick Lane. Walk through a lily garden, entering the impressionist painter’s iconic dreamlike world.