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Family friendly events and activities for July 2019

There's everything from day raves to science festivals, theatre shows, museums and loads more to keep little people and their parents entertained, cultured and educated.

July is here and theyounglondoner has picked our favourite activities throughout the month for you and your little ones to enjoy. 

Summer Science Exhibition

The Summer Science exhibition from the Royal Society has a load of family friendly activities for science aficionados. Visit the Little House of Science team in the Kids’ Zone where inquisitive young minds can find the answers to life’s biggest questions or drop in to the pop-up maker space where little people can construct laser cut cars and put them to the test in a high octane battle on the race track. Or make and take away your very own creation from recycled trash in a drop-in workshop run by Rubbish Science.
When: 1-7 July 2019
Where: The Royal Society
How much: free

The International Youth Arts Festival 

There are shows for any ages and interests from Todos Teatro (Turtles Don’t Like Plastic), Lyngo Theatre (Tom Thumb and Jack and The Beanstalk), Collars & Cuffs (Be Not Afeard). GUT Buddies is a funny and surreal show fresh from Brighton Fringe.  There are also music workshops for early years (0 – 36 months), and storytelling workshops for little ones. Older children can enjoy GROWL a new musical from that National Youth Music Theatre, Hip hop dance show The Wizard’s Tale is a magical combination of wizadry and hip hop.  Chickenshed Young Company are bringing (L)able to IYAF –  a powerful new piece about labels and stereotypes.
When: 5 – 14 July 2019
Where: Kingston
How much: various costs, full line-up here

The Periodic Table in Lego

In this interactive drop-in activity you will discover how the chemical elements, the building blocks of everything around us, are created through the lives and deaths of stars. Recommended for ages 7 plus. More info here.
When: 6 July 2019
Where: The Royal Society
How much: free & drop in

South London Music Sessions

Enjoy a day of dance performances and workshops for all the family as part of the Trinity Laban Dance Festival. Bring your dancing shoes and join in the fun!
When: Sunday 7 July 12 til 5pm
Where: Horniman Bandstand
How much: free

Royal Opera House Family Sundays

These brilliant sessions throughout the venue are a great way to introduce little people to classical music, ballet, dance and storytelling. Expect lots of arts and crafts, theatrical productions, shows and art installations as well as dressing-up and toddling the Royal Opera House down. These sessions are simply fabulous. Sunday 7th theme is Pride and 28th is Fabulous Creatures.
When: Sunday 7 and Sunday 28 July 2019
Where: Royal Opera house, Covent Garden
How much: £8/£10 more info here

Mothers who make

Mothers Who Make is a peer support group and creative exchange session for mothers who are artists – professional and/or passionate – at any stage; every kind of maker is welcome and every kind of mother. It’s a chance to be visible and valued in your dual roles simultaneously. Kids of all ages are welcome whether inside you, beside you or running around you.
When: 12 July at 10:15 til 11:45
Where: The Place
How much: free to book but a donation of £3/£5 is suggested. More info & booking here.

Walthamstow Garden Party

This free two day global festival made locally, celebrates creativity in Waltham Forest, London’s first Borough of Culture. The Barbican, Create London, Waltham Forest London Borough have put on a host of activities for families to enjoy that includes circus, yoga and meditation, storytelling, music and dance, crafts (like pottery making), poetry and drumming circles, Walthamstow toy library and play centre and loads more without having to venture outside of London (always a bonus!) More family friendly festivals here.
When: 13 & 14 July 2019
Where: Lloyd park 
How much: free

Festival of Archaeology launch at British Museum

There will be activities for all ages, from archaeological activities to demonstrations and talks. In the day’s hands-on sessions, you’ll get a taste of what it takes to become a real-life archaeologist and work at the museum. Explore ancient technology and modern science through interactive displays. Enjoy demonstrations from a range of the world-class specialists at the museum, as they bring our history to life.
When: 13 July from 11am
Where: British Museum
How much: free

East Village Fete

This one-day event will have traditional summer fete activities with a seaside twist! Try your luck at the Donkey Derby, have your face painted, or get involved with the fun sporting and wellness activities (part of the Park’s Active East month of free sporting activities). Get stuck in with street food stalls, ice cream, craft beer bar and a prosecco van. Dance along to Rogue Symphony – the 13 piece orchestra playing the greatest hits by Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child. And don’t forget to capture all the fun of the fair with a boat selfie!
When: 13 July 2019 10 am til 5pm
Where: Olympic Park, Stratford
How much: free more info here.

Festival of Archaeology at the Museum of London 

A fun-packed programme of activities for the whole family inspired by the museum’s exhibition ‘Beasts of London’. Get hands-on with objects from the archaeological archive, learn how to identify animal materials, take an animal-themed tour and get creative making your own beastly archaeological artefacts.
When: 13 & 14 July 10am til 6pm
Where: Museum of London
How much: free

Disco Loco free kids disco 

Time for some alternative family entertainment with Disco Loco. The wild and wonderful family party welcomes revellers of all ages to an afternoon of DJing and performances.

Boogie to back-to-back tunes from the Disco Loco Allstar DJs and marvel at live music, dance and cabaret, hosted by the genial MC Chu-i.
When: 14 July and Sunday 21 July from 12pm
Where: Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall terrace
How much: free 

Family Day Rave with Big Fish Little Fish

Dance outdoors with your family under bubbles and balloons to acid house, techno and drum and bass. With iconic DJ Alex Paterson (The Orb) and drum and bass legend Aphrodite on the decks plus Big Fish Little Fish residents Baker and Beale. Come dance, laugh, craft and be daft – see you on the dancefloor family ravers!
When: Sunday 28 July, 2-6pm
Where: Horniman Gardens
How much: Child £12.50, Adult £15, pre-walking infant free

Family Dance Day 2019

For one day only The Place is jam-packed full of entertaining dance performances, creative workshops and unexpected surprises programmed for children (aged 0-8 years) and their families. As well as all the brilliant theatre shows and workshops there will be free activities including a special Leonardo Da Vinci inspired storytelling event by the British Library.
When: Saturday 20 July 11am-4pm
Where: The Place in Euston
How much: Combination of free events as well as some paid (from £7 for adult and child). Book here.

Little Baby Bum Live 

Step into the magical and colourful world of Little Baby Bum with nursery rhymes and original songs. Suitable for ver young audiences of 0 years and up.
When: 23 July 2019 – 3 August 2019
Where: Troubadour Theatre in White City
How much: tickets from £16.50 book here

The Space Station

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Apollo Moon Landing, SouthWestFest in collaboration with Shambush! are bringing their pop-up Space Station to Tate Britain. Get creative by helping to build a giant artwork and collect stickers to become a fully qualified Sham-Astronaut. It’ll be out of this world!
When: 20 & 21 July 12pm til 5pm
Where: Tate Britain
How much: Free 

Kew Science Festival

For all budding scientists young and old Kew’s Science Festival is the place to be. You can get involved in pop-up science sessions, behind the scenes tour, hands on activities, art installations, talks and a host of shows and performances. We visited the Science Festival at Wakehurst (their sister site) and were thoroughly impressed. Plus their new Children’s Garden is most likely the best playspace in London. 
When: 20 & 21 July 2019 10am til 5pm
Where: Kew Gardens
How much: Tickets start at £4.50 for children and £16.50 for adults. More info here.

New Animal Adventure playzone opens at ZSL London Zoo 

ZSL London Zoo is inviting children on a globetrotting journey of discovery this summer – with the launch of Animal Adventure, a new children’s play area at the heart of London’s zoo. Capturing little ones’ imaginations, child-sized hot air balloons and a replica HMS Beagle will ‘transport’ them to animal kingdoms around the world, connecting youngsters to animals through magical up-close experiences and adventurous play. Kids will be able to delve into the secret and surprising lives of animals and follow some of nature’s most epic journeys – encountering meerkats, porcupines, eagle owls, mongoose, coatis and more along the way.
When: from 31st of July
ZSL London Zoo
How much: £24.54 for adults and £15.95 for kids under 3s go free. Book here.

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