It's the year of the monkey — celebrate Chinese New Year with your little monkeys this February, with one or more of these family-friendly events.
Magical Lantern Festival, Chiswick House
Head to Chiswick House for the UK premiere of the Magical Lantern Festival, an outdoor lighting extravaganza celebrating Chinese New Year 2016 and the Year of the Monkey. Expect beautifully sculpted lanterns in the shape of animals, birds buildings and more. Look out for the illuminated waterfall providing an intricate recreation of popular Chinese fable, The Monkey King.
3 Feb-6 Mar, Chiswick House, tickets vary, book online
Chinese New Year Family Festival Day, National Gallery
Visit the National Gallery on 6 February to take part in their varied Chinese New Year Family Festival Day. There'll be traditional Chinese storytelling, the chance to play a variety of ancient Chinese instruments, learn nursery rhymes in Mandarin, make traditional Chinese masks, and more monkey-tastic fun.
6 Feb, National Gallery, free
Family fun weekend: mischievous monkeys, Cutty Sark
Make a Chinese zodiac animal mask or a mischievous paper monkey to celebrate Chinese New Year in one of four fun workshops at Cutty Sark.
6-7 Feb, Cutty Sark, 11.30am or 2pm, included in venue ticket
Museum of Childhood's Chinese New Year
Celebrate Chinese New Year at the V&A Museum of Childhood with traditional and modern instrumental dance performances. And take part in Chinese opera mask and lantern making, as well as costume and calligraphy workshops.
13 Feb, Museum of Childhood
Chinese New Year at the National Maritime Museum
Head to the National Maritime Museum and celebrate Britain's shared history with China with a free day of performances, lion dancing, music and fortune telling.
13 Feb, National Maritime Museum, 11am-4pm, free
Chinese New Year at the Museum of London Docklands
Watch and learn traditional Chinese dancing, hear enchanting folktales and create your own masterpieces at the West India Quay-based museum, all inspired by this colourful holiday.
13 Feb, Museum of London Docklands, 11am-4pm
Chinese New Year Celebration: Rich Mix
Over in east London, the Chinese Association of Tower Hamlets is bringing cultural performances, mouth-watering food and drink, fun charity stalls and arts and craft workshops for children to Rich Mix to celebrate the Year of the Monkey.
13 Feb, Rich Mix, 12noon-4pm, free
Chinese New Year in the West End
Finally, the official London celebrations take place in the West End on Valentine's Day, 14 February. The parade of 10 lion teams and floats will leave Trafalgar Square at about 10.15am, and make its way along Charing Cross Road to Chinatown. At midday, there'll be firecrackers and performances in Trafalgar Square including traditional dances and gravity-defying lion dances. The festivities conclude with more fireworks around 5pm.
14 Feb, West End, 10am-5pm, free
Keep an eye on our family section for child (and teen) friendly events and activities throughout the year.