For anyone with a baby as energetic as mine (that boy has the kickiest legs I ever did see) you might find yourself searching for kid and parent friendly events far too often. While Hoop is a great everyday go-to app (you can thank me later) I’ve also picked out a clutch of events that you and your plus ones will enjoy this month. Take a look through these events I’ve chosen that will keep little ones engaged and not bore parents to tears:
Tea & a Gig, The Old Church, Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 9ES. Tuesday 4th July, 11am-12noon, £8 in advance, £10 on the door
Tots Tunes (one of our favourite singing classes – but more on that another time) host this monthly event as a gentle way to introduce babies and kids to live music. This month the live act will be: Samantha Whates is a London based singer and songwriter. Despite living in the capital since her mid-teens, her heart, voice and songs retain a strong affinity with her Scottish roots, cultivating a sound that is thoroughly contemporary, rooted in tradition yet uniquely her own. Plus there is, of course, tea – every parent’s lifeline.
You’ll like: a chance to recreate the wild gig nights of your youth (kinda…) without downing cheap lager and snogging someone unfortunate. The tea.
They’ll like: live (but not too loud) music, singing and dancing. Watching their parent’s reminiscing about Glasto ’98 (very muddy if me memory serves me right).
Lambeth Country Show, Brockwell Park, Brixton SE24 9BJ. Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July, 12noon – 8pm, free entry
An annual institution. As a native South Londoner this not-so-country Country Show has been a Silvester staple for a long time. Held in Brixton’s brilliant Brockwell Park you’ll find the best mix of everything this eclectic corner of South London has to offer (or has had to offer in the last 100 years…). There’s not many places you get to see Morris men, reggae, an owl display, a floral bike ride and the Hot 8 Brass Band. Which is exactly why you shouldn’t miss it.
You’ll like: locally brewed cider, the summertime festival vibe and stumbling across random sheep dog displays (come by!). Oh and the famous vegetable competition.
They’ll like: The Dog & Duck Show (cos who wouldn’t), the Scarecrow Competition – this year’s theme is children’s book characters plus a whole host of dance, music and craft workshops for little’uns.
Museum of Childhood’s Summer Festival, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA. Sunday 23rd July, 11.30am – 4pm, free entry (as far as I can tell…)
God I love this place – this calm space packed full of beautifully presented nostalgia always delivers. The summer festival promises: a buzzing programme of live music, dance, walkabout acts, designer stalls, food, face paints, henna, rickshaw rides. So I don’t think it will fail to offer another rather lovely day.
You’ll like: Any event put on by the V&A team behind the Museum of Childhood is going to be quality, so be ready for a good show. Bonus time to nosey around the museum’s 80s toys.
They’ll like: Craft activities and games put on to keep the kid-lings nice and busy while you try to think of ways to subtly leave with a Victorian rocking horse stuffed up your jumper.
Mrs H and the Sing Along Band, Exmouth Market Centre, 24 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE. Every Wednesday and Thursday during term-time, 10am-11am and 11am-12noon. Free
I’m pretty sure this is a phenomenon – my only evidence being that we tried to attend a free concert at the excellent Dalston Eastern Curve Garden recently and the queue was so long we *had* to give up and go for coffee instead (which sounds awful right?). But the huge line of parents, kids and even two nursery schools can’t be wrong, eh? That along with a bunch of stellar reviews online make me think checking out this live music event must be worth waiting in line for. They offer: a strong emphasis on audience participation, theatrical engagement and communal singing.
You’ll like: Chasing down an elusive, oversubscribed event. Original music by proper musicians, no Wind The Bobbin here…
They’ll like: Joyful singing and dancing while being entertained by the famous and sought-after Mrs H and her merry band