London Baby, Toddler, Child and Family Event January 11th – 18th, 2012

Jan 10, 2012 by

Just for Babies:

Bumps and Babies at Gymboree South Kensington: Brought to you by NCT Kensington and Chelsea, but you do not need to be a member to come along.  Every Tuesday from 12:30 – 1:45, free.  Come along and play in the beautifully cared for Gymboree, located on the lower ground floor of the Baden-Powel House, directly opposite the Natural History Museum.  More info

 Big Little Singers, Kensington.  Bring along your baby to St. Philip’s church Earl’s Court 10:00 – 11:30am) or St. Mary’s Islington (2:00 – 3:30pm) for proper choral singing (nothing but a love of music required).  This class is paid upfront, each term for £70, but it is a special and unique chance to sing.  More info

 Time for Mums Photography Workshops for Parents – babies come too!!! 5 week course for DSLR owners – 1st session, free trial Course starts on the 16th January at the Special Yoga Centre, Kensal Rise, 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm 

 Gate Cinema: Tuesday 17th January.  Big Scream.  Come and see one of the latest releases without the crowds, hassle or need to pay a sitter.  Tuesdays 10:30 free coffee and pastries.  Ooops, I meant: FREE COFFEE AND PASTRIES more info

 For Toddlers and Babies

Classics with my Baby LondonClassics with my Baby: Detox with the Baroques! A New Year Special for the whole family. Featuring:Philippa Mo, violin and Miaomiao Yu, piano.  Our treat of music begins with two of Bach’s most beautiful concerto movements to cleanse and uplift the spirits. We travel through France with Satie and Ravel finishing up on the beautiful Blue Danube before we join with a jolly sing-along of your favourite nursery rhymes. 10:00 am “Eat Cake and Mingle” 10:30 am Concert begins. Ends by 11:30am 
Website: Tickets at the door. £10 for adults, children come for FREE Buy tickets

             CHELSEA – Christchurch, Christchurch Street, off Flood Street, SW3 4AS  Next concert: Wednesday 11th January 2012

             NOTTING HILL – Notting Hill Community Church, Kensington Park Road, W11 2ES Next concert – Thursday 19th January, 2012, 10:30am

 Le Institut Francais, Baby and Kids French Tales: Saturday 14th January, 0-3 years, £7 adults, £5 children, South Kensington.  Did anyone else resolve to learn a language in 2012?  If you want to brush up on your French and begin teaching your kids, the French Tales are in “easy” French.  Come here an adaptation of Jules Verne’s Le Monde de le Lune  more info


Classical Babies: Wednesdays, 11:00am, Belisize Park, Interchange Studios.  £10 per family for a delightful classical concert that is completely baby and toddler friendly, the perfect mid-week bit of brain candy read more about the fabulous bit of motherhood: My reviewMore info

 For Bigger Kids:

Puppet Theatre Barge, Flight of Babuscha Baboon: Opens Saturday, 14th Janaury, £10 ages 3+.  The famous Puppet Theatre barge in Little Venice is opening what promises to be a charming marionette production of friendship and ecology.  More info

 Kids Club, Saturdays at Gate Picturehouse: Up This humorous and extremely touching film is a must see.  From 10am they have activities, then watch the foodie/kiddie feel good flick at 10:30.  £4 to join the Kids Club, but then tickets are £1 after, popcorn and juice for the kids £2.  Read more about the day out here.

 Royal Observatory Greenwich, Saturday Space Explorers: Drop in, free, 5+.  These introductory workshops teach children the basics of astronomy; make your own cardboard kit to take home with you  More info

Family Art Workshops in the Saatchi Gallery on Sunday 15th & 22nd January, £3 per child.  The fabulous Valeria will take your children on a guided discovery through the galleries with drawing activities and a further exploration of different artistic materials.  Very good value and great interaction with the Saatchi collection.  £3 per child, ages 4+ More info

Institut Francais, CineKids, Le Petit Prince.  Saturday 14th January, 11:30, in French, ages 5+, £5.  If you speak French, or just learning, £5 to go see a film on a Saturday … fabulous resource for London families.  More info

Two Temple Place William Morris Exhibit with ChildrenTwo Temple Place (WC2R 3BD), William Morris Exhibit: Come and bring older kids, 5+, to see the home of William Waldorf Astor and the pensive exhibit of William Morris decorative textiles, tiles, stained glass and more.  I took my 6 year old who was just enchanted with the hand-made, gorgeous princes costume she was allowed to borrow and while learning the stories of classic British literary tales as told through Morris’s works.  On until 29th January Two Temple Place is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 – 4:30.  Saturday and Sunday open from noon – 5pm, closed on Tuesdays.  More info

Somerset House, Ice Palaces Holiday Drop-In Workshops: Saturday 7th and 14th January, 11-1pm and again 2-4pm.  Come and make miniature ice skating rinks complete with glitter and miniature skaters.  The activity lasts about half an hour, if you show up and the session is full, you can wait for a place to open.  Free, ages 5+

 Just for Adults


NCT Interior Design Short Course A fabulous fundraiser for the National Childbirth Trust, an interior design course at Whole Foods Market on High Street Kensington.  Put together with the help of London Property Makeover, you can learn the basics of interior design (how to write a brief, colour theory, how to mix fabrics, create a mood board, spatial planning and lighting – wow!!).  This is intended for mums creating a nursery for their new-borns, but I want to come, too!!  Four Wednesdays 8pm – 9pm, from 29th February.  £80 for the course, donation to the NCT included.  More info

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