From 31 May, visit Beanotown at Southbank Centre and celebrate 75 years of the country's favourite comic. Beanotown is the home of Dennis the Menace and Gnasher, The Bash Street Kids, Minnie the Minx, Roger the Dodger, plus all the other comic strip superstars from The Beano. It’s a place where kids of all ages can enjoy laughs, jokes and pranks together and this summer it’s being brought to colourful life for the first time ever! Beanotown is free and is located in the Festival Village, underneath the Queen Elizabeth Hall. It runs from 31 May- 8 September, and is open from 11am – 7pm.
The production of the classic story "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" is at the Little Angel Theatre until 21 July, for children 2+ What a treat!
This weekend is the end of Pirate Week at Alexandra palace Ice Rink. A motley crew of pirates have set up camp in the Ice Rink and throughout the half term will offer a range of games, activities and of course Treasure!Put your skills to the test, are you strong enough to take part in a Pirate battle or do you fancy trying to grab some golden coins in the bungee treasure race! For the smaller swashbucklers there’s a bouncy castle, facepainting, treasure chest lucky dip and pirate flag drawing competition. Pirate activities run from 10:00- 17:30 weekdays and 10:00-16:30 weekend. Full details here.
This is also the last wekeend of the Keats Festival at Keats House, Hampstead. On Sunday betwen 1 and 5pm kids can drop in to meet George the Dragon George - a giant mechanical Dragon. Rarely rolled out due to his great age and cantankerous nature, this marvel of grime and grease is a hand cranked mechanical wonder. Keith Moore invites the fearless and curious to step forward, turn the handles and bring George to life.
The Cutty Sark has a family fun weekend where you can make a ship's hat. 11.30 to 1.30 and 2 to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.
Children’s charity Honeypot is hosting a two day festival and pop-up clothes sale to raise money for the support it provides to young carers. The event features a huge sale of kids’ clothes as well as workshops in street art, dance, music and fashion. You can also dazzle the crowds with your karaoke skills from the Honeypot Bus on Saturday afternoon – see the website for full event details and timings.
Saturday 1 June
The Forge, Camden, has Children's storytelling with music at 10.30 for children 2-5 years. The story this week is Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson.
The Saturday morning show at Lauderdale House (10 am and 11.30am) is Heny and the Lollipop Pirates, for children aged 2-6 years. Join Henry the Hedgehog and his friends on their trip to the beach, where they meet the magical Wizard and help the goody pirates.
The Arts Depot is holding a performance of Woodland at 4pm. Part play, part installation, this family theatre treat from acclaimed theatre company Gomito Productions features puppetry, adventures and surprises in an interactive woodland world. Very special indeed!
Holborn Library, Theobalds Road, is holding a craft event at 2.15.
Sunday 2 June
My Brother the Robot is showing a tthe Arts depot at 12 pm (and 3pm- sold out). Tall Stories (the company that brought you The Gruffalo, Twinkle Twonkle and The Snail and the Whale) presents a brand new show, combining humour, music and storytelling for everyone aged 4 and up. A story of a little girl Bobbie, her inventor dada and a robot brother... For children 4-10 years.
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