Why are pirates scary?

(Because they arrrrrrr)

Over the summer, there are some really lovely toddler-friendly events – many of them free – taking place at local museums, including a pirate themed show at the Museum of London, Docklands.

Here are five activities you might like to try with your toddler…

  1. ‘Shiver me timbers’ at the Museum of London, Docklands

Described as a ‘whirlwind journey of discovery about life on the high seas’ there are two versions of this show – one for over fives, and another for under fives. It runs between Wednesday 10 August and Wednesday 31 August. Check out the website for the under five performance dates and times, and turn up early to make sure you get a ticket.

Find out more.

2. Musical parade at the Museum of London

This sounds like fun – marching round the museum, listening to stories about London. There are three free sessions on Wednesday 10 August. It looks like you can’t book. You just have to show up to early enough to get your free ticket.

The same event takes place at the the Museum of London, Docklands on the Monday 15 August, so if one date doesn’t suit, you’ve a second chance.

3. Fun, films and more at the Museum of Childhood

There’s a whole ton of things going on during the summer holidays at the Museum of Childhood, including an animated film festival. Every Wednesday in August, there’s an hour of themed activities from 10am followed by a film at 11am (see schedule here). Sounds like a great rainy day option.

There are also a series of workshops and activities throughout the holidays that’s too varied to describe. Just scroll through here to take a look.

4. A big splash at the Southbank Centre

The water fountains sculpture is back at the Southbank centre, but that’s not the only reason to visit. There’s the chance to build dens or houses on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August, running all day in the L2 foyer area. And (not a free event) there’s an under fives dance workshop called Pram Jam on Wednesday 3 and 10 August.

More info on Pram Jam here.

5. Play Tuesdays at the National Maritime Museum

Meanwhile Tuesday seems to be the day to head to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. For just £3, you and your toddler can take part in ‘trails, arty workshops, songs and stories’ with four sessions to choose from in the day.

Find out more.




Author: Aline Reed

I am a freelance copywriter.

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