Things to do in London with Kids in January
There is so much to do in London that sometimes I don’t know where to start! In the six months that we’ve been living here we’ve not even scratched the surface of everything London has to offer, despite trips to museums, theatres, ice rinks and more. So, in a bid to really make the most of living in the capital, I’m starting a monthly round-up of what’s on in London for kids – both as a guide for families and an incentive for me to get out and do more! Here are some of the highlights as to what’s happening in London for families in January.
Lumiere Light Festival
Bringing some much needed colour to England’s winter season is Lumiere London, the UK’s biggest light festival. For four days in January it will feel as if Christmas never stopped as the capital is brought to light with more than 40 installations, designed by UK and international artists, dotted across the city. I’m looking forward to experiencing this nocturnal art exhibit! It’s free to visit and is taking place in Kings Cross, Fitzrovia, Mayfair, the West End, Westminster & Victoria and Southbank & Waterloo. For more information, take a look here.
Lumiere Light Festival
18 January – 21 January 2018
Hogwarts in the Snow
I’m not sure we’ll make the Christmas celebrations at Hogwarts this year but I’m definitely bookmarking this for next winter. However, if you’re in London and have time then it’s worth making the trip to the Harry Potter film studios where you’ll see the Great Hall decorated as it was for the Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and the Gryffindor common room decorated for the holidays. It’s on until January 28. For more information, see here.
Hogwarts in the Snow
Until January 28
Become a Stormtrooper
Become a stormtrooper for the day (or at least 15 minutes) when you journey to a galaxy far, far away in this immersive Star Wars pop-up experience. This is a hyper-reality journey where the smells, vibrations, temperature changes and physical props, such as switches, all help you believe that you really are playing your part in saving the Rebellion. Held in Westfield London (Shepherd’s Bush) until March 7, 2018.
Cirque du Soleil
My big kids are heading to the circus with their grandparents in a couple of weeks time and I only wish I was going with them. Held in the amazing Albert Hall, the bug-themed performance Ovo, by Cirque du Soleil, promises thrills, jaw-dropping aerial acts and amazing costumes such as these pictured.
Until March 4, 2018
Whales at the Natural History Museum
Compare the size of your hand to a whale flipper, find out the secret to swimming like a whale and hear humpback whales sing with the whale jukebox at this fascinating exhibition at the Natural History Museum. Whales: Beneath the Surface has been on show since July 2017 but will close at the end of February – don’t miss it!
Follow Pinocchio and his dreams of becoming a real boy in this production from the National Theatre. It’s the first time that the story has been put on stage since its film adaption by Disney in 1940 and is directed by John Tiffany from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The play has received some mixed reviews but I think it looks great and I’m hoping to see it before it closes on April 7, 2018.
Pinocchio, National Theatre
1 December – 7 April 18 | 7:00pm – 9:30pm
A Capella Festival
Anyone with dreams of appearing in the next Pitch Perfect (that’ll be me then!) will enjoy the London Kids A Capella Festival held in Kings Cross January 24 – 27. The festival will include performances by UK Looping Beatbox Champion OxBox and British a cappella ensemble Apollo5 as well as an epic ‘pitch battle’ showdown.
London Kids A Capella Festival 2018, Kings Cross
24 January – 27 January 2018
Winnie the Pooh
I’m looking forward to visiting this exhibition of the bear of very little brain at the V&A. It’s the largest exhibition of Winnie the Pooh to be held in the UK and features some 230 works including sketches, letters, photographs, cartoons and more.
Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic, V&A
9 December 2017 – 8 April 2018 |10:00am – 5:45pm
Another show that my big kids are going to with their grandparents (the other pair!) is Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella. He always puts on the most incredible performances and the kids are excited to see this at London’s Sadler’s Wells.
Skate at Somerset House
We went skating at Somerset House last week and it was great fun. If you have time, then get your skates on and head to this ice rink set within the stunning 18th-century courtyard of this Neoclassical building. It’s open until January 14.
Canary Wharf Ice Rink
Another skating option is the Ice Rink Canary Wharf held in Canada Square Park for 16 wintery weeks (it’s open until February 24). The 80m long rink is open seven days a week and there’s a dedicated children’s rink too. Lessons are available if you’re skating skills need some help! There’s also a skate path through a canopy of twinkling trees.
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