Set sail across the world via the Great Map and discover uncharted lands and treasures hidden beneath the sea. The Great Explorer is an interactive game for all the family, held at the National Maritime Museum. All you need to do is turn up, borrow a tablet and get exploring. May 1 – 31, from 11am – 4pm. Admission: FREE. National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, SE10 9NF.


Bird’s Nest Billy tells the story of a boy who, with no one else to play with, befriends a magical bird when it gets tangled in his big, curly hair. The chirping bird offers Billy three wishes. What will he ask for? Bursting with warmth, imaginative storytelling and puppetry, this show by Fidget Theatre is suitable for little ones aged 3 – 7 and their grown-ups. Canada Water Theatre, 21 Surrey Quays Road, Rotherhithe, London SE16 7AR. May 4 at 1pm – 2pm & 3pm – 4pm. Admission: £7.


Hunker down at the Royal Observatory for the latest installment of the venue’s sci-fi screenings. This time, it’s Peter Hyams’s 1981 movie Outland. The film, starring Sean Connery, Peter Boyle, and Frances Sternhagen, is set on Jupiter’s moon Io. Here, a police marshal uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy, and later finds himself marked for murder. The screening is being followed by a talk by a Royal Observatory astronomer explaining the science behind the fiction. Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Observatory, Blackheath Avenue, London SE10 8XJ. May 4, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Admission: £12/6 children.


Novelists, poets, journalists and playwrights of colour come together at the Albany for the fourth edition of Bare Lit, a festival of storytelling. Join them for readings, discussions, performances, and a chance to network and pitch your own work to publishers. New this year is a children’s programme, which takes place in the mornings of the festival and offers under 13s a space to explore literature and reading. Day or weekend passes available. The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG. May 4 & 5, from 10am – 6pm. Admission: £13 – £30.


Head to Southmere Square for the monthly food and craft market, and all-round family day out. Shop local crafts and give the kids a go at making their own. Little ones can also get their faces painted, and hungry browsers can dig into plates of international food – from gourmet hot dogs to Nepalese. Don’t forget to bring a picnic blanket so you can sit comfortably while enjoying views of Southmere Lake. Southmere Square, Southmere Park, London SE2 9XA. May 5, from 12pm – 4pm. Admission: FREE.