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What's On this Weekend 16/17 June

What's on this weekend? Plan your family weekend with the kids with our round up of what's on in London 16th – 17th June 2018

We have heaps and heaps of inspiration for things to do in London this weekend. The following events are all a&u recommended and should be on any parents' radar! Click on the headers and links for more info and to book:   

The BP Portrait Award 2018

This year's show is all about real people and kids will enjoy responding to recognisable faces from everyday life. We couldn't resist including this rather amazing painting though. The New Religion by Conor Walton is anything but kitchen sink realism. Inspired by Renaissance altarpieces, the Christian iconography has been replaced by environmental concerns and biological scientists. The children in the painting are the artist's own. The show runs until 23 September and admission is free. 

The New Religion Conor Walton National Portrait Gallery

This is My Bed at Polka

Catch this opera about bedtimes, bears and dreams this weekend at the Polka. What happens when your bed itself has its own ideas, and can turn itself into a bus or a train or a rocket? And what can you do when a bear turns up one night and it whisks you off to meet the very things you’re frightened of? Fabulous songs, animation and more for children aged 2–5. Tickets: £12.50, £9 concs. 13 June–24 June.

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Pirate Takeover at the Museum of London Docklands

Families can join in for all sorts of pirate-themed fun at this free, family friendly festival this weekend at the Museum of London Docklands. Kids can learn more about and celebrate the history of famous pirates such as Captain Kidd, who were known to roam London’s Docklands on the lookout for plunder. Highlights include arts and crafts activities, slime- and costume-making workshops and sea shanty musical performances. 16–17 June, 12–4pm.

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Pirate Takeover Festival at the Museum of London Docklands, Museum of London

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day at the Royal Institution

Older children can explore the science behind black holes, multiple universes and more this Saturday at the Royal Institution. Join author Christopher Edge and cosmologist Andrew Pontzen to find out what happens when Maisie finds herself trapped in a constantly shifting reality and to learn more about real-life cosmology. The event starts at 6pm. Suitable for ages 7+. Tickets: £16, £10.

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Raver Tots' Father's Day

Raver Tots is hosting a Father's Day rave party this Sunday at London Fields. Parents and kids can dance and let some steam off together. There will be loads of kids fun including face painting, UV lights, bubbles, balloons, confetti and giant parachutes. Sunday, 17th June. 2–4pm. Tickets: £11 adults, £9 kids.

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LAST CHANCE TO SEE: Ocean Liners at the V&A

This is the final weekend to visit the simply brilliant Ocean Liners exhibition at the V&A. Don't miss the stunning Cartier Tiara, Ardizzone murals, the ocean liner swimming pool and the Christian Dior suit worn by Marlene Dietrich. Tickets: £18 adults, under 11s go free. 

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