Heaps of new openings coming up in 2020. Here is our pick of the bunch for family outings to keep you occupied in the first half of the year:
Picasso and Paper
From newspapers and napkins to wallpaper, see what the master could do with paper at the Royal Academy from 25 Jan. A show to get imaginative children tearing, cutting and creating. Tickets: £18–£22. Under 16s free. Click here to book.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
The travelling exhibition (devised by Seven Stories at The National Centre for Children's Books) continues its journey round the UK arriving at Osterley Park in West London on 11 Jan and will be in situ until the end of Feb. Admission is free but book a timed slot online. Click here.
The Prince of Egypt
The new musical version of the animated film, The Prince of Egypt opens at the Dominion Theatre on 5 Feb. Tickets from £19.50. Click here for details.
The Imagine Children's Festival is a half term delight celebrating the magic of stories and is back at the Southbank for its nineteenth edition from 12–23 Feb. Cressida Cowell leads the starry line up in her first year as Children's Laureate accompanied by, among others, Michael Rosen, Cerrie Burnell, Dermot O'Leary and Konnie Huq. Click here to browse the programme and book.
Step into a magical world of giants, palaces, gingerbread houses and treasure caves in the new immersive Fairy Tales exhibition opening at Stratford's Discover on 15 Feb. Click here for details. £2 per session for ages 0–8.
Marilyn, Coca Cola and Campbell's soup cans will be everywhere in March as a major Andy Warhol retrospective opens at Tate Modern on 12 March. We are looking forward to chatting to the curators about which aspects of the show will particularly appeal to kids (see our Spring issue) but in the meantime are pretty sure the special menus being devised by the Tate's restaurants and cafes will be a hit. Coca Cola Jelly, Mars Bar Cake, sundae making masterclasses anyone?! Tickets £20–£22 adults, £5 ages 12–18, under 12s free. Click here for details and to book.
"Good Morning Baltimore", "You Can't Stop the Beat!", "You're Timeless to Me"... Hairspray has belting song after belting song. At the London Coliseum for a limited run from 23 April with Michael Ball back in his Olivier Award winning role as Edna Turnblad. Tickets from £20. Click here to book and then watch the movie again to remind yourself how good it is!
Older children (suggested 12+) will love this one off evening at the Royal Albert Hall on 17 May. Sea Shambles is a celebratory voyage into the depths of our blue planet and how we can protect it. Co-hosted by a&u fave Steve Backshall, Robin Ince and Dr Helen Czerski, it should be a unique mix of comedy, science and music. Tickets from £11.50. Click here for details.
Alice in Wonderland
The V&A is promising theatrical sets, large-scale digital projections and immersive environments in its big summer blockbuster. Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser will take children and adults on a mind bending journey into Wonderland, seen through Alice’s eyes. Designed by award-winning designer Tom Piper – best known for his stage designs for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Opera House as well as his Tower of London poppies installation – the exhibition will reward ‘curiouser and curiouser’ visitors with secret doors and interactive displays. We simply cannot wait! Opens 27 June. Ticket prices TBC. Click here for details.
Life of Pi
The magical stage adaptation of Life of Pi sails into Wyndham's Theatre on 28 June. Suitable for ages 8+. Tickets from £27.50. Click here to book.
The Book of Dust
Seventeen years after his production of His Dark Materials at the National, Nicholas Hytner is bringing the prequel, The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage to the Bridge Theatre. Opens 11 July. Tickets from £15. Click here to book.
And one more for the end of the year. Frozen the Musical comes to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in October. Click here to sign up for priority booking by 12 Jan.