Bank On It

metm9– Activities in London this May Bank Holiday


A list of what’s happening in London this weekend for London’s young families.


At the Museums (Afterall, who can trust the Weather these days?)


Wallace & Gromit Present: A World of Cracking Ideas at the Science Museum SW7

  • A fabulous family friendly exhibition that is wowing critics and mums and dads alike.
  • Until Sun Nov 1
  • Tickets cost £9 (concessions £7) and family tickets cost £21-£30. Advance booking is highly recommended.
  • Science Museum Exhibition Rd, London, SW7 2DD. Click here to see Mini-et-Moi’s Vital Stats.


Fantastic Frobscottle Weekend at the V and A Museum of Childhood

  • The Snozzcumbers and Frobscottle London exhibtion runs from Saturday 2nd May – Sunday 6th September 2009.
  • The weekend celebrations are 2 -4 May 2009 at 10:30-12:30 and 14:00-16:00, including an appearance by Quentin Blake on 4 May from 11am to noon..
  • This is a free event and is suitable for children aged 3 years +
  • Click here to see our Vital Stats


Back-Packs at the V&A

  • Pick up a Back-Pack from the Main Entrance and journey across the V&A with fantastic jigsaws, stories, puzzles and games.
  • Saturday 2 May at 10.30-17.00
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Cromwell Road, Kensington and Chelsea SW7 2RL
  • For further details call  0207 942 2211 


Little Woman: the Story of the Corset at the V&A

  • This light-hearted performance explores the life of a 19th-century lady as she wears her corset and dares to march for the female vote!
  • Presented by Little Lights Theatre Company
  • Saturday 2 May at 11.30 & 13.30
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Cromwell Road, Kensington and Chelsea SW7 2RL
  • For further details call  0207 942 2211 


Drop-in Design: Juggling Geometry at the V&A

  • You have been asked by the king to decorate his palace with beautifully patterned tiles. Hunt through the museum for inspiring ideas and create your own tiles using geometric shapes and patterns. (Lunchroom, Sackler Centre)
  • Sunday 3 May -Monday 4 May at 10.30-17.00
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Cromwell Road, Kensington and Chelsea SW7 2RL
  • For further details call  0207 942 2211 


At the Theatre (For those who like a little planning … )


The Tiger Who Came To Tea at the New Wimbledon Theatre (SW19)

  • Thursday 30 April – Saturday 2 May 2009 with shows at 10:30AM and 1:30PM
  • The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG
  • Call the Wimbledon Box Office on  0870 060 6646 


The Ugly Duckling at the Unicorn Theatre, SE1

  • A new adaptation of the classic tale about one duckling’s quest to find the place where he truly belongs.
  • Travelling Light’s blend of physical comedy, live music, dance and puppetry make it the perfect introduction to theatre for young audiences.
  • Running Time: 50 minutes, no interval


Handa’s Hen at the Little Angel Theatre (N1)

  • 25 April to 5 July 2009
  • When Handa and her friend Akeyo go looking for Grandma’s black hen Mondi, they find two fluttery butterflies round the hen house, three stripy mice under the grain store, four little lizards behind the pots…  But where is Mondi?
  • Book signings with author Eileen Browne will take place after the 10am and 11.30am performances on Saturday 9th May.  Books will be on sale from the shop.
  • Suitable for ages 2-5. (Under 2s not admitted except at Baby Friendly performances.)
  • Adults £8 / Children & Concessions £6;


La Guerre des Boutons (aka The War of the Buttons) at the ArtsDepot

  • Sunday 3rd May 2009 at 12.00 and 15:00
  • A silly and wonderful tale of squabbles, scuffles and …. buttons. Friendships are lost and won through an energetic mix of music, puppetry, clowning, movement and sign language.
  • Suitable for ages 3 years+
  • ArtsDepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, N12 0GA


The Sun Has Got His Hat On at the ArtsDepot

  • Monday 4th May 2009 at 12pm & 3pm (approx 50 minutes)
  • Join in the fun as folk tales come to life through the colourful and comic animal puppets from land, sea and sky.
  • A sway-along, bounce-along, sing-along romp of  musical storytelling. All inspired by tales and rhythms of the Caribbean. Aimed at pre-school children – older ones will have fun too and so will their parents and grandparents. Everyone loves Carnival.
  • Suitable for ages 2-5 years
  • Tickets cost £7
  • ArtsDepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, N12 0GA


Fetes and Fairs (For your little Queen of the May, and the King too)


Canalway Cavalcade in Little Venice

  • A weekend of festivities at Little Venice – a gathering of canal boats, stalls & entertainment around the site.
  • May 2 – 4


May Play! – The Village Fete at the ArtsDepot

  • Doors open 10.30am. Last entry 4.30pm., Monday 4th May 2009 11.00 – 17.00
  • artsdepot goes back in time for this year’s May Play! There are arts and crafts in the air as we string up the bunting and set out the picnic blanket for what promises to be one of the most fun and unusual play events yet.
    • Includes Traditional Games (from skittles to giant noughts and crosses, plus the old favourite, the Lucky Dip!), Ukulele Workshops (at 1-1.45pm/ 2.45-3.30pm/ 4.15-5pm), Kite Making (at 12.15-1pm/ 1.45pm-2.30pm/3.15-4pm), and Folk Tales with a selection of traditional tales and a fun mix of theatrical games (at 11.30am-12.15pm/ 1-1.45pm/ 2.30-3.15pm/4-4.45pm). Also, Drama and Dance Spaces.
    • Plus, a Bunting Party (Drop-In and help our artist create strings of bunting from recycled materials as we give a classic a modern twist). Join Mr Jake & the Tea Time Treats, 12.15-1pm & 2-2.45pm as they present a selection of curious and infectious songs to get you dancing! Attend the Recycled Instruments Workshop (at 11.15am – 12pm) and a Percussion Workshop: 3-4pm or enjoy the special appearance from the strange DJ Wheelie Bag with his unique music system
  • Some activities are only suitable for older children. A charge may apply to certain activities.
  • ArtsDepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, N12 0GA


May Bank Holiday Funfair at Alexandra Palace

  • Saturday 2nd – Monday 4th May 2009 from 12noon – 7.00pm
  • Family fun fair with dodgems, rides, stalls with prizes, kiddies rides and refreshments.
  • Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, N22.


The Great London Garden Trail (Various Locations around London)

  • Monday 4 May from 12;00 – 16:00 in gardens around the Capital.
  • A great opportunity to look around ten designer gardens for free.Find out how professional garden designers have made the most of outdoor spaces ranging from back gardens to roof terraces. Highlights of the Great London Garden Trail include the rooftop garden at Great Ormond Street Hospital which is not normally open to the public; Loftus Road, a typical long London back garden has a “secret” garden at the end, where neighbours share allotment space, fruit trees and a swing, and the Beaufort Street communal garden above the shops in Kings Road.

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