Week ending 10 & 11 October

MetM_Princess and the PeaGambado Children’s Party

  • Wednesday 7 October
  • A fabulous party in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
  • Pre-schoolers’ party:  9.30-11.30am (under fives and mummies)
  • Afternoon tea party: 4.00-6.00pm (all children up to 10 years and mummies)
  • Tickets: £30 per mummy and 2 children + £10 per each additional child (additional children under 1 year free)
  • Gambado Chelsea, 7 Station Court, Townmead Road, SW6 2PY
  • Click here for more details.


Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October 

London-Mums---April-Showers“Screen-printing morning” at Bainbridge Studios

  • Saturday 10th and Sunday11th October  9.30am-12.30
  • As part of the celebration, Bainbridge Studios will be opening its doors and inviting you to a morning of screen-printing. The workshop will combine drawing with print, to produce, bags, t-shirts and more. Come and get messy, working along side professional artists
  • This event is geared to families.
  • Tickets: £8.50 per adult , £4.50 per child including materials and refreshments.
  • 1 Sydenham Place, off Landsdowne Hill, West Norwood London, Lambeth SE27 0AP. Tel: 07970929645


“Scrolling souvenirs and paper napkins” at the Women’s Library

  • October 10 11:00–12:30 (under 12’s), 13:30–15:00 (12’s+)
  • Join this workshop with artist Clare Qualmann to design your own commemorative napkins, handkerchiefs and other printed souvenirs combining typography, decorative patterns and imagery from the Library’s collections with your own stories and memories. The morning will be a session for families and the afternoon session for 12 year olds and over.
  • This free day is suitable for all ages.
  • London Metropolitan University, 25 Old Castle Street, London, Tower Hamlets E1 7NT Tel: 020 7320 2222


Brunel’s Garden Party at the Brunel Museum

  • 10 October
  • Workshops and giant flowers to celebrate the opening of a new roof garden above the Grand Entrance Hall
  • Brunel Engine House, Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, London, Southwark SE16 4LF. Tel: 020 7231 3840
  • Normal admission charge
    Event: adults £2, concessions £1, under 16 yrs free


MetM5Draw on the Floor at the Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms

  • Come and create a huge pavement drawing outside the Cabinet War Rooms, using pavement chalk capture the people, places, hustle and bustle of the site 70 years ago.
  • October 10, drop in anytime between 13.00 – 16.00
  • No admission charge
  • Event: Free – admission charges apply to visit the historic site
  • Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms King Charles Street, London, Westminster City SW1A 2AQ Tel: 02077660130


Face to Face at the Fleming Collection W1

  • October 10 at 11.00am-2pm
  • Linked to our current exhibition The Face of Scotland have fun exploring different ways to draw and create a portrait. Why not try constructing your own life-sized portrait out of collage materials or add a paper-plate portrait to our washing-line gallery display. If you’re short of time, experiment with speed-drawing or simply scribble a face onto a post-it.
  • This event is suited to families and is free.
  • 13 Berkeley Street, London, Westminster City WIJ 8DU. Tel: 020 7409 5733


“175th Celebration -The Big Draw” at Forest School

  • October 10 from 10.00 – 12.30
  • A drawing workshop celebrating 175 years of Forest School ,making connections to the local area and artists such as William Morris. Over one Morning we will create a visual story and explore different drawing techniques. This event will be not require booking but interested groups should RSVP.
  • This event is for London families.
  • There is no admission charge
  • College Place, Snaresbrook, Walthamstow, Waltham Forest E17 3PY Tel: 0208 520 1744


“The Big Draw” at the Horniman Museum and Gardens

  • October 10 from 1.30- 3.30pm
  • Be inspired by the beautiful and exotic plants in the Horniman Gardens. Design your own flowers, either real or imaginary, then make them using colouful wire and pipe cleaners
  • This event is suitable for families of all ages.
  • There is no admission charge.
  • 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, Lewisham SE23 3PQ. Tel: 020 8699 1872 x 129


“Islington Museum’s Big Action Drawing Day”

  • October 10 at 11am – 4pm
  • To celebrate The Big Draw, and our Olympics Exhibition, Islington Museum is turning itself into a giant sketchpad, both inside and outside. Come along and explore action drawing, make giant picture on our walls and doodle on our floors with chalk, pencil or charcoal. Get inspiration and tips from our helpers.
  • This event is for families of all ages.
  • The event is free but booking is advised
  • 245 St John Street, Islington, London, Islington EC1V 4NB. Tel: 020 7527 3235


“The Big Draw – The Enchanted Palace” at Kensington Palace

  • October 10 from11.00 – 16.00
  • Kensington Palace is transforming! Stories are escaping from the bricks and mortar…come and help us imagine what our enchanted palace could look like.
  • We are offering FREE graphic illustration workshops for all ages and the chance for you to draw your own characters to add to our Enchanted Palace mural.
  • Activities at the Golden Gates entrance
  • This event is suitable for all ages
  • Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London, Kensington and Chelsea W8 4PX. Tel: 0203 166 6626


“Chinese Patterns in Clay” at the Museum of Croydon

  • October 10 from 11-1 and 2-4pm
  • Create a clay tile inspired by the patterns on the ceramics in the Riesco Gallery to take home. Clocktower Activities Room. Drop in. First come first served.
  • Free event.
  • Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon, Croydon CR9 1ET. Tel: 020 8253 1030


“The Big Draw – Draw Your Dinner” at Old Royal Naval College

  • October 10 from 12.00 to 16.00
  • Imagine the magnificent banquets that have been held in the Painted Hall. If you were having dinner in the Painted Hall, what would you eat? Draw your own dinner as part of a large-scale collaborative work. Use a range of materials to create a feast for your eyes.
  • Free drop-in sessions. Suitable for children and families
  • Off College Approach, Greenwich SE10 9LW. Tel: 020 8269 4715


MetM2.1“The Big Draw- Workshop with Freya Pocklington”

  • Saturday 10th October 2009, 11am- 3pm
  • Artist Freya Pocklington will be working with families to create a “playground of ideas” where participants can communicate and explore themes of ecology and mankind’s interaction with nature through imaginative drawings and sculptures they will create during the event.
  • Normal admission charge plus £3 per family for the activities
  • 14 Wharf Road, London, Hackney N1 7RW. Tel: 0207 490 7373


“EVOLUTION Lambeth Parks Big Draw 2009” at the Royal Mews

  • October 10 from 12pm – 3pm
  • Free interactive inclusive event for all the Family. Linking with several other Lambeth Parks Big Draw events.
  • This is a family event.
  • Buckingham Palace, London, Westminster City SW1W 1QH. Tel: 020 7766 7302


“Scurry and scribble with St John’s Church Mice”

  • October 10 from 12.00 – 16.00
  • A multi-media art trail around our historic building, which is home to two artistic mice. They will help visitors of all ages to explore and draw, using a wide range of materials and techniques. Come and create a mouseterpiece!
  • Free family event
  • St. Mark’s Place, Wimbledon, Merton SW19 7ND. Tel: 020 8286 3699

MetM_Princess and the PeaThe Princess and the Pea at the Lyric, Hammersmith

  • Saturday 10 October 2009 11am & 1pm
  • A tale of a prince in search of a real princess. A playful and comic adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s bedtime tale of a prince in search of a real princess, a tower of mattresses and, of course, a tiny pea.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Suitable from aged 2+
  • Plus! Get messy!  The Princess and the Pea Messy Play. If you fancy getting your mitts on paint, glitter, stickers and glue on a Saturday and Sunday afternoon, be sure to check out Messy Play. With only 25 spaces per workshop, book now to guarantee your place. Takes place at 12pm & 2pm (Ticket £3).
  •  Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, London, W6 0QL. Box office 0871 22 117 29


Family open weekend at Museum of Transport, Museum Depot, Acton

  • Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 October 2009 from 11.00 – 17.00 (last admission 16.00)
  • Explore road and rail vehicles from the past, present and future and discover over 370,000 objects including tours of the Museum’s poster and artwork store.  Ride on the Museum’s miniature railway which features steam and electric trains.  A heritage bus service will run.  Buses include London’s first prototype hand-build Routemaster bus RM1.  This unique collection is only open to the public during Open Weekends or by pre-booked guided tours.
  • Family activities include: Big Draw – crazy paving art workshop; Transport Tales and Railway Rhymes story telling; Glittery griffin badge making activity; Drama characters from the past and Museum object handling sessions
  • Tickets are valid both for days. Book tickets for this event now » or call bookings on 020 7565 7298

2 Museum Way, 118-120 Gunnersbury Lane, London W3 9BQ


MetM_3July_1Utterly Clarice Bean! Drop-in Design by Lauren Child at the V & A

  • Sunday 11 October from 10.30-17.00
  • Join Clarice Bean on a journey through the V&A and discover some mischievous ideas for a story.  Use your ideas and lots of imagination to create and illustrate your story using cut-outs and drawing techniques.
  • Part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Clarice Bean Books.
    (Lunchroom, Sackler Centre)


“The Big Draw & Diwali Festival of Light Family Day” at Osterley Park

  • 11 October 2009, 12.00 – 4.00
  • Create a Diwali Festival Mural and join in with lots of fun family activities!
  • For London families. There is no admission.
  • Osterley Park, Jersey Road, Isleworth Middx, Hounslow TW7 4RB. Tel: 0208 2325069


MetM_Handas_HenHanda’s Hen at the Arts Depot

  • Sunday 11th Oct 2009 10.30, 12.00, 13.30 and 15.00
  • Adapted from the book by Eileen Browne. 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, and four little lizards behind the pots… But where is Mondi? This beautiful and engaging show features 55 stunning puppets all created by hand for this brand new production. Join in with Handa and Akeyo as they sing and dance in search of Mondi, meeting a host of colourful animals and birds as they go. 
  • Ages 2-5
  • ArtsDepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, N12 0GA
  • Contact the Box Office on020 8369 5455 or info@artsdepot.co.uk

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