What’s on this weekend: January 21st & 22nd

    Our pick of what’s on this weekend to keep your little ones entertained…


    1. The First Hippo on the Moon

    Based on David Walliams’ original children’s book with illustrations by Tony Ross, this is an explosively funny space adventure which sees the rich Hercules Waldorf-Franklin III and ingenious Sheila compete to be the first hippo to make it up into the night sky.

    When: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd January, times vary
    How much: Adults, £18.50; children, £16.50
    Where: Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes UB3 2UE
    0208 561 8371

    Photography: Vincent Vanhecke
    Photography: VIncent Vanhecke

    2. Leandre: Nothing to Say

    This family show is part of the annual London International Mime Festival. You’ll see playful mirrors, hear telepathic pianos and silent music. It’s a tale filled with optimism and enchantment.

    When: Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January; times vary
    How much: From £16 each
    Where: Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA
    0207 637 5661


    3. Magical Lantern Festival

    The Magical Lantern Festival is back, transforming Chiswick House & Gardens into a fairytale world of light sculptures and Chinese arts. There will be a fun fair and an ice rink, as well as food and drink to celebrate the year of the rooster.

    When: Until Sunday 16th February, 5pm to 10pm
    How much: Adults, from £18; children, from £10.50 when booked in advance
    Where: Chiswick House & Gardens, Chiswick, London W4 2RP