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Free days out with kids. Welcome back to our new monthly roundup of the best free things to do with children in the capital (and beyond). I’m Emmy and for the last five years I’ve been hunting down the best events and hangouts for Londoners with young kids and writing about them on my blog, bablands.com. I’ve learnt a lot about kids’ activities since I started blogging, but one of my most surprising discoveries is that the best stuff is so often free. With that in mind, I’ll be partnering with MoneyMagpie each month to bring you the best free days out for families in London and beyond.
Happy Easter! It really feels a lot like venues are making up for lost time this holiday. Traditional egg hunts and bonnet-making sessions will always have their place, but I’m excited to see so many venues putting on truly original events for families. I’m particularly intrigued by Uniqlo Tate Play’s collaboration with Woodland Tribe, which will see families working together with saws, hammers, and drills to build an adventure playground in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall; and Dog’s Trust’s South Wales-wide Snoopy sculpture trail looks epic. The best bit? It’s all free! Enjoy.
Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall will be transformed into an adventure playground built by children from the 2nd-18th, as families use hammers, saws, and drills to build and transform their own play spaces – with help from constructive play experts Woodland Tribe.
There are loads of things to do across London’s Royal Parks this Easter, from child-led, playworker-supported free-play sessions to super-cute teddy-bear picnics and fun-packed Discovery Days, plus special sessions created in collaboration with Chickenshed Theatre.
Foundling Museum has pulled it out the bag again this Easter, with five great free workshops to try from the 5th-8th. Kids aged 5+ can invent their own manga character, make a superhero costume, step inside a giant comic strip, or create a stop-motion animation.
Pitzhanger Manor is inviting play collective AssemblePlay into its grounds from the 8th-10th. Kids of all ages and their grown-ups are invited to get creative with giant blocks, boxes, colourful fabric, and other treasures, and make exciting play landscapes.
The neo-Gothic mansion will be the setting for six free family workshops this Easter, all inspired by the current Body Vessel Clay: Black Women, Ceramics & Contemporary Art exhibition. Workshop highlights will include Creative Coiling and Nature Tiles.
To celebrate the launch of its new rehoming centre in Cardiff, Dog’s Trust is hosting a Snoopy art trail from the 8th. The trail will consist of dozens of Snoopy sculptures (some big, some small) and take place across Cardiff, Caerphilly and Porthcawl for eight weeks.
Head to Manchester’s Whitworth gallery from the 12th-14th for its Afrocats Takeover. The award-winning charity will be hosting a variety of cultural and creative activities for families, including movement and arts-and-crafts workshops.
Tate St Ives is hosting special Tate Create sessions designed by students from Falmouth School of Art from the 4th-22nd. Drop into an interactive space for families inspired by the themes in Thao Nguyen Phan’s exhibition and take part in a variety of creative activities.
In Glasgow Kelvin Hall is running an Earth Day family event on the 23rd to celebrate the reopening of the venue for 2022. Expect badge making, gymnastics, a chance to try out the Clip n’ Climb and newly reopened soft play, plus loads of games and free bike tune-ups from Dr Bike.
Have a look at more free days out with kids in Bablands’ March blog here.
Also have a look at all the best playgrounds in London here.