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The Best Family Events in London this June

2 June 2017 | Will Rathbone

There’s a buzz in the air, and London is starting to come alive after a period of hibernation, so it’s a great month to take the family out and explore the city. Children’s Art Week has a host of events across the city, there’s an al-fresco screening of blockbuster sensation Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the world’s first ever Powerpuff Girls emporium popping up in Soho.

Taking place across the city from June 10 - 18 is Children’s Art Week. Galleries and arts centres throughout London are hosting events, all aimed at encouraging kids to create, and many of the activities are free. Keats House Museum and Gardens are hosting a Mini-beast Safari on Sunday June 18, where you can pick up a wildlife spotter and explore the gardens finding as many birds and beasts as possible. Kids can then create and take home a miniature bug hotel to encourage mini-beasts into your own garden or outdoor space.
 
If encouraging mini-beasts into your home doesn’t appeal, then the National Portrait Gallery have invited award-winning animator Lizzy Hobbs to run a stop-frame animation workshop on the same day, June 18. Animating Aviators has a choice of age range-specific workshops - all inspired by female aviators throughout time. No booking required for this one.
 

Image Credit: Jane Moorhouse

Rich Mix are doing their bit for the planet on June 11 by running a day-long workshop on how to upcycle everyday waste and turn it into beautiful and useful household items. Everyone a Maker teaches you how to make papier-mâché bowls, and experiment with rolling and weaving waste materials like cardboard, paper and tape together to create art, have fun, learn about recycling and help the environment.
 
On the theme of doing amazing things with very little, dance company Turned On Its Head are bringing their delightful show Sponge to a number of venues throughout early June. Little Angel Theatre, Stratford Circus and Artsdepot are all hosting the show, which lets kids explore, clamber over and squeeze through a variety of malleable objects to a funky 70s soundtrack. The set and props are made entirely of sponge – and everything used in the show can also be replicated back at home.


Image courtesy of Turned On Its Head
 
If you’re looking for theatrical hi-jinks with a slightly broader appeal (not that we wouldn’t love to explore a completely sponge-based environment for the best part of an hour) then Made in China Theatre’s fantastic Double Double Act is coming to South London’s Unicorn Theatre from June 20. The show is performed by two adults and two 8-year-olds, each performing as a comedy duo, and as they jostle for control of the stage through jokes, tests, slapstick and green slime you can expect your expectations to be subverted – and to have just as good a time as your smaller guests.
 
If you fancy something a little less down-to-earth, then you won’t get much further than the vastness of space. The Royal Observatory Greenwich is running Weekend Space Cadets every weekend afternoon throughout June. Here kids can learn about rockets, the International Space Station and the latest discoveries about our Solar System and the wider reaches of space. It’s perfect for any little ‘uns with ideas about becoming an astronaut.


Image courtesy of Cartoon Network
 
Of course, some people won’t have moved past the idea of being a superhero when they grow up. Luckily then, London is hosting the world’s first ever Powerpuff Girls Emporium, from June 1-3, at 15 Bateman Street in Soho, where members of the public can ‘Powerpuff’ themselves before exploring a series of immersive zones. These include the power science café and a colouring wall. With only 1 in 10 Superhero films having a female lead, it’s definitely worth celebrating these three.   
 
Finally, if all this has tired you out, then London Bridge City Festival are hosting a free screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on June 6.
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