Family Fun

Low Cost/No Cost Family Fun in London

Is There Life on Mars? A National Libraries Day Celebration of David Bowie - Brixton Library

FREE (All ages)

Brixton Oval, SW2 1JQ / 020 7926 1056

Sat 6th Feb, from 10am

A fun filled day for all the family which draws inspiration from David Bowie; improve the environment with Father Nature, create David Bowie inspired blooms, make a disco bracelet or get your face painted Ziggy Stardust style?

Chinese New Year Family Festival Day - National Gallery

FREE (Ages 5-11)

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN / 020 7747 2885 / www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Nearest tube: Charing Cross

Sat 6th Feb, 10am-4pm

Celebrate the year of the monkey with an action packed day of fun for all ages at the National Gallery. Find hidden monkeys, re-imagine paintings, draw a monkey’s royal portrait, and re-hang pictures in your own monkey kingdom, create a traditional mask, listen to stories and learn how to play traditional Chinese instruments.

Carnival Weekend at Pop Brixton

FREE (All Ages)

49 Brixton Station Rd, SW9 8PQ / 020 7274 2903 / www.popbrixton.org

Mardi Gras - Sat 6th Feb, from midday. Pop Brixton will be transformed in a mini New Orleans French Quarter with brass band parades, live art, live music, Louisiana food and drinks, street performers and more!

South London Carnival - Sat 7th Feb, from midday. Brazil’s Carnival will be celebrated in Samba-infused style at Pop this Sunday with an exciting day of entertainment & activities for all ages to blast away those winter blues.

British Museum

FREE (Ages as below)

44 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG / 020 7323 8000 / www.british museum.org

Nearest tube: Holborn/Russell Square

Fun Family Photos (Ages 5+) - Sat 6th Feb, 11am-4pm. Learn green scree technology skills to create a picture of your family interacting with some of the Museum’s most fascinating objects. Drop-in activity which lasts 30-45 minutes. 

Shadow Puppets Animation (Ages 7+) - Sun 7th Feb, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm. Learn about the ancient art of shadow-puppetry and then decorate your own beautiful puppets before using voice recording software and video cameras to bring your characters to life through film. To secure a place, sign up on the day at the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre.

Foleyage: A Park Made of Sound - Serpentine Sackler Gallery

FREE (All ages)

Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA / 020 7402 6075 / www.serpentinegallery.org

Nearest tube: South Kensington

Sun 7th Feb, noon-5pm

You are invited to collect, create & manipulate sounds throughout the afternoon. Step up to the microphone in the studio or report from the field. Visit the Foley-stage to produce a peculiar soundscape from unexpected objects. Broadcast your sounds across the landscape as part of a collaborative reimagining of Hyde Park.

Playful Pets and Mythical Creatures - Royal Academy of Arts

FREE (All ages)

Piccadilly, W1J 0BD / 020 7300 8000 / www.royalacademy.org.uk

Nearest Tube: Green Park or Piccadilly Circus

Sun 7th Feb, 11am-3pm

Use clay and found materials to create creatures and pets in a 3D multimedia sculpture festival. The workshop is part of a celebration of the achievements of female artists today to mark International Women’s Day.

Grimaldi Service

FREE (All ages)

All Saints Church, Livermere Rd, Haggerston, E8 / www.clownsinternational.co.uk

Train: Haggerston

Sun 7th Feb, 3pm – 5pm

An annual service in which 60+ clowns gather in full costume to honour the king of clowns, Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837). The church service is followed by a clown show for the children in the town hall. Arrive early to get a seat, this is a popular event and the church often overflows.