What We Are Looking Forward to in 2019

Hopefully you have some of this year's fabulous must sees in your diaries already, starting with Christian Dior at the V&A next month (have you got your tickets yet?), but they won't necessarily be top of your kids' wish lists.

Here is a selection that we think should be fun for all the family. Click on the blue text above the photos to link to the relevant sites.

JANUARY

Mime London 

Barely Methodical Mime London

Banish the January blues with some mesmerising soundless shows running across town all month. Filter by 'family-friendly'. The festival opens with Barely Methodical Troupe on 9 Jan - four acrobatic performers suitable for ages 5+.

Mary Poppins is flying back into West End 

mary poppins prince edward theatre 2019

The show isn't until the Autumn but booking opens later this month.

FEBRUARY

Royal Academy Young Artists' Summer Show Submissions

Royal Academy Young Artists

Committed to inspiring a new generation of artists, the RA is inviting kids aged 7–19 to submit artworks for an online and onsite show (to co-incide with the Summer Exhibition later in the year). Registration and submission opens 4 Feb. Under 13s need a parent or teacher to submit their work for them; 13+ can do it themselves. Go for it! 

Imagine Children's Literature Festival at the Southbank

Imagine 2019

Our favourite literature festival runs throughout half term (13–24 Feb). Highlights include a 'League of Laureates' (20 years of the Children's Laureate and there are some great names among them); Peppa Pig conducting a live orchestra; and a special show with David McKee celebrating 30 years of Elmer. Really? That old?

Brick Wonders at Horniman Museum

Brick Wonders Horniman

Discover amazing wonders from around the world built entirely with LEGO! Egyptian pyramids, Old London Bridge and even the Horniman Museum itself will be on display, plus this wonderful safari scene. There will be interactive spaces so visitors can make their own creations and even a mini cinema so kids can watch LEGO animations. Opens 16 Feb.

MARCH

Henry Moore The Helmet Heads at the Wallace Collection

Henry Moore Wallace Collection

The Helmet 1939–1940 (bronze) Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation. Photographer Nigel Moore

The armour collections at the Wallace are jaw-dropping. You can even try them on! Now there is another reason to head to Manchester Square with an exciting new show of this colossus of 20th century sculpture. Opens 6 March. Booking from 15 Jan.

APRIL

Beasts of London at the Museum of London

beasts of london museum of london

From before the Romans arrived and animals roamed the city freely to the domesticated pets we know today, the Museum of London will create an interactive digital world that will transport kids to an immersive animal kingdom. Sounds FANTASTIC! Opens 5 April.

Power UP at the Science Museum

Power Up Science Museum

The Science Museum's interactive gaming event covers four decades of video games history from retro classics such as Pong and Space Invaders to the latest generation consoles and VR. 5–22 April.

MAY

Children's Garden at Kew

children's garden kew

A new garden, created especially for children aged 2 to 12, will be a haven for exploring all the elements plants need to grow. A living bamboo tunnel, giant pollen spheres, pink candy floss grass, trampoline and plenty more. Opens 18 May.