Aladdin at the Hackney Empire (thru 6 Jan)

Cinderella at the Tower Theatre (12 – 19 Dec)

Dick Whittington at the Denmark Arms, E6 (11 – 13 Jan)

The Box of Delights at Wilton’s Music Hall (30 Dec – 5 Jan)

Rapunzel at Hoxton Hall (13 – 30 December) Hoxton Hall

Sleeping Beauty at Theatre Royal Stratford East (thru 12 Jan)

The Wizard of Oz by the Victoria Park Players, Lauriston School E9 7JS (5 & 6 Jan)

Santa’s Grottos
Santa’s Victorian Grotto at the Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN;

Santa at Sutton House, 2-4 Homerton High St., E9 6JQ

Santa’s Snowflake Grotto at Westfield Stratford

Santa’s Grotto at Walthamstow Winter Wonderland, E17 7JY;

Music & Dance
Tots Gigs is a monthly morning series of acoustic gigs for parents who want to see a great gig in the daytime and bring their babies in tow. Check website for dates & times:

Children’s Creative Movement & Dance classes Saturdays at Chisenhale Dance Space. Times and ages:

Arts ‘n Crafts
Little Artists London offers an array of child-friendly workshops at CreatePlace, St Margarets House, 21 Old Ford Road , Bethnal Green ,E2 9PL. Days, times & booking info: littleartistslondon

The Geffrye Museum is holding a Screen Printing workshop on Dec 1st (all ages) and a family-friendly (age 8+) Christmas Decoration workshop on Dec 8th. Info & to book:

The Makers Guild at The Yard – play, discover and make; Fridays during term time.

Exhibitions & Activities
Step back in time and experience Christmas of yesteryear at the Dennis Severs House, 18 Folgate Street, E1 6BX. Dates & tkts: dennissevershouse

A Pirate’s Life for Me exhibition at the Museum of Childhood thru 22 April. Imaginary swashbuckling world of adventure and exploration.  Also Open Play for Under 5s on Saturdays, 10.45 – 11.30 & 12.00 – 12.45. and Free drop-in activities during term time, including arts and crafts, tours, trails and storytelling. Check the V&A Website for holiday activities.

The Castle Cinema
Genesis Stepney
Picturehouse Hackney
Picturehouse Stratford
RichMix Shoreditch 

Splish Splash
Use this handy site to find an indoor pool near you: Just put in your post code and voilà.

Check out Living with Warmth, a children’s what’s on guide for Hackney & Islington with a playground and child-friendly cafe and attractions map: livingwithwarmth

Ice Skating at Walthamstow Winter Wonderland, E17 7JY (thru 28 Dec) walthamstowwinterwonderland the Tower of London, EC3N 4AB (thru 6 Jan) toweroflondonicerink and Ice Rink Canary Wharf, Canada Square Park, E14 5AB (thru 16 Feb):

Try Time Kids Rugby, Victoria Park, opposite the Victoria Band Stand during term time. info: trytimekidsrugby T: 01252 794 150 /

Hackney Wick FC offers a variety of football opportunities for children of varying ages and abilities. Contact Bobby Kasanga for info:

Be sure to check times/availability via the websites or contact details provided