Festival
For: Families, under 5s
Min age: all ages
Entry: Free
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Toddlers are taking over the museum!

Bring your little ones to our special toddler takeover weekend inspired by the vast array of goods that once arrived in East London's docks centuries ago. This free family festival is a celebration of children's contributions to museums and is part of the Takeover day project coordinated by the charity Kids in Museums.

Programme of events

Saturday 20 May

Activities

  • 10.30am – 4pm: Activity trail - drop-in activity
  • 10.30am – 4pm: The chill out zone, a chance to chill out; play a game or read a book together
  • 10.30-11.45am, 12.30-2pm & 2.30-4pm: Ahoy there!; build your own mini boat
  • 10.30am – 12.15pm, 1-2.30pm & 3-4pm: Jungle sensory space
  • 10.30-11.45am, 12.15-2pm & 2.30-4pm: Sea biscuits and weevils; decorate your own biscuits, a popular sailor's snack
  • 10.45am, 1.15pm & 3.30pm: Journeys to the docks; a story developed with Morningside Children's Centre
  • 10.45-11.15am & 11.20-11.50am: Rise & Shine yoga for toddlers (mats provided)
  • 11-11.45am & 2.30-3.15pm: Baby Beeps; interactive music classes from Hartbeeps for sitting to walking babies
  • 11am – 3pm: Balloon modelling
  • 11am – 3pm: Facepainting (Saturday only)
  • 11.30am – 1.15pm & 1.45-3.15pm: Sugar, spice and all things nice; touch and smell some of the spices that were once stored in our warehouse building
  • 11.45am – 12.30pm: Storytelling picnic; bring your own lunch or buy some from the cafe
  • 12.15-1pm & 1.30-2.15pm: Baby Bells; interactive music classes from Hartbeeps for newborns to sitting babies
  • 12.45-1.15pm: Movement sea-mphony; explore how good travelled from sea to the docks in this movement workshop
  • 1.30-2pm: Sing your heart out; join Newham Music for this workshop

  • Performances

    Ruggieri Dance Academy baby ballet performance
    2.15pm
    Join this local dance school for a showcase by their baby ballerinas then learn some moves yourself in a beginners ballet workshop.

    CATS by Ruggieri Dance Academy
    2.30-3pm
    The ship's cat was often kept to catch mice and rats which could cause damage to the ship's ropes and wood. Meet some more cats in this dance performance by adults from local dance school Ruggieri Dance Academy.

    Budding ballet dancers
    3-3.30pm
    A ballet taster class for ages 3-5.

    Holding the Baby
    10.30am – 4pm
    Discover how bringing up children in East London has changed and share your own experiences. Tell us where you and your children roam, what you think of childcare and how you choose to bring up your children. Map and record your memories with Holding the Baby: an oral history project run by On the Record about parenting and childcare in east London.

    Sunday 21 May

    1. Activities

    2. 10.30am – 4pm: Activity trail - drop-in activity
    3. 10.30am – 4pm: The chill out zone, a chance to chill out; play a game or read a book together
    4. 10.30-11.45am, 12.30-2pm & 2.30-4pm: Ahoy there!; build your own mini boat
    5. 10.30-11.45am, 12.15-2pm & 2.30-4pm: Sea biscuits and weevils; decorate your own biscuits, a popular sailor's snack
    6. 10.45am, 1.15pm & 3.30pm: Journeys to the docks; a story developed with Morningside Children's Centre
    7. 10.45-11.15am & 11.20-11.50am: Rise & Shine yoga for toddlers (mats provided)
    8. 11-11.45am & 2.30-3.15pm: Baby Beeps; interactive music classes from Hartbeeps for sitting to walking babies
    9. 11am – 3pm: Balloon modelling
    10. 10.30-11.45am, 12.15-1.30pm & 2-3.30pm: Sugar, spice and all things nice; touch and smell some of the spices that were once stored in our warehouse building
    11. 11.45am – 12.30pm: Storytelling picnic; bring your own lunch or buy some from the cafe
    12. 12-2pm, 2.30-4pm: Jungle sensory space
    13. 12.15-1pm & 1.30-2.15pm: Baby Bells; interactive music classes from Hartbeeps for newborns to sitting babies
    14. 1.30-2pm: Sing your heart out; join Newham Music for this workshop
    15. 3-3.30pm: Movement sea-mphony; explore how good travelled from sea to the docks in this movement workshop.

    Performances

    1. Babyjazz performances
    2. 12.45-1.15pm & 2.30-3pm
    3. Enjoy performances by Babyjazz, one of the most exciting parent and baby music groups in London. With live jazz accompaniment Ruby Barker cleverly blends jazz standards, original tunes and nursery rhymes with colourful props and puppets to the delight of babies and their grown ups.

See what's on at the museum this May half term

Visit the Museum of London Docklands this Easter and visit our exhibition Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail and see what's on for families throughout the holidays.

Festival
For: Families, under 5s
Min age: all ages
Entry: Free

Gallery access

Access to the museum

10:00am - 6:00pm

Lift accessible