Five fun events to brighten up a January weekend with the kids
1. Cirque du Soleil: Ovo
Cirque du Soleil makes its way back to the Royal Albert Hall this January, with a new selection of family packages. The Family Fun Circus Box allows families to marvel at the colourful, acrobatic works of more than 50 performing artists within the privacy of their own second-tier box, complete with pre-show treats and goodie bags for both adults and children., while the Family Adventure Package gives you the chance to enjoy a pre-show family trail with your own explore guide, as well as premium seats, snacks and goodie bags.
When: Until Sunday 4 March; performance times vary
How much: Standard seating, from £25 each; family packages, from £205 each
Where: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
0207 589 8212
If you’ve got a mini ski or snowboard enthusiast on your hands, or want to get some practice in before a trip, Dukes Meadows in West London sees the return of its indoor ski slope this winter. The continuously rotating track provides a surface which sees everyone from beginners to advanced learners improve their skills 10 times faster than on snow. There will be plenty going on during February half term, too, so be sure to take the kids. Suitable for little ones aged five years and over.
When: Daily, 9am to 9pm
How much: Adults, £37.95; children, £32.95
Where: Dukes Meadows Golf & Tennis, Dan Mason Drive, London W4 2SH
0208 994 3314
3. Pop-up performance: Winnie-the-Pooh
To celebrate the V&A’s new Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic exhibition this winter, the museum is hosting performance activities every weekend. Take your littlest ones along to enjoy storytelling, music and puppetry.
When: Every Saturday until Saturday 24 March, 11am, 1pm and 3pm
How much: Free!
Where: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
There’s so much for children of all ages to do at London’s newest family destination. Sorted! is the museum’s dedicated play space for children up to eight. Discover an immersive mini town with streets, buildings, trolleys, slides and chutes
When: Daily drop-in sessions last 45 minutes, 10am to 4pm
How much: £5 per child and accompanying adult
Where: The Postal Museum, 15-20 Phoenix Place, London WC1X 0DA
0300 0300 700
5. Lumiere London
Bigger, brighter and bolder, the Lumiere London light festival returns for a spectacular second year. More than 40 artists reimagine London’s iconic architecture and streets, transforming the city into a dazzling nocturnal art exhibition, with something that will appeal to all ages.
When: Until Sunday 31 December, times vary
How much: Free!
Where: Venues across London