Dragging small children around London art galleries often seems like a good idea in theory but the reality can feel like an endurance test. Instead of going solo, join The Little Grand Tour, a genius company that offers small, tailored gallery and museum tours for ages 6-12. The two-hour sessions are delivered by young and playful ‘art wizards’ who engage children with carefully chosen artworks through a combination of listening, interaction and creativity. And whilst your children are stimulated you get a few hours of peace to wander the gallery. Here’s what’s on this summer:
Masterpiece London, The Royal Hospital, Chelsea (28 June – 4 July)
A chance for children to enjoy and interact at a fair which brings them the very best of art, design, furniture and jewellery, from antiquity to the present day. This is a unique chance to engage with art and design in a more intimate setting. There will also be a Treasure Hunt map available for all children to use throughout the Fair.
Picasso & Colour at Tate Modern (7 July, 10am-12pm, 11 July 10am-2pm)
Turner & Constable at Tate Britain (9 July, 10am-12pm)
Edward Bawden & Illustration at The Dulwich Picture Gallery (10 July, 10am-12pm)
Cedric Morris & Floral Fun at The Garden Museum (17 & 18 July, 10.30am-12pm)
Cicely Mary Barker’s ‘Flower Fairies’ at The Garden Museum (28 – 30 August, timings tbc)
Drop-in tours are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis with a maximum of 8 children per session, and private and personalised tours also available. Check The Little Grand Tour website below for details and more July-August dates.