London Baby, Toddler, Child and Family Events Thursday 19th January – Wednesday 25th

Jan 18, 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.

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.

Bumps and Babies at St. Peter’s Notting Hill: Thursdays 2:30 – 4:30.  Come to the elegantly renovated St Peter’s Church on Kensington Park road (15 minutes walk from Notting Hill Gate and just off the 52 bus) with your bump or baby.  Put on by the NCT, but free and no membership required

Gate Cinema: Tuesday 17th January.  Big Scream.  The Iron Lady this week, Tuesday 10:30 FREE COFFEE AND PASTRIES

Upcoming: NCT Sling and Carrier Meet, Thursday, 2nd February, 2:30 – 4:00pm St. Peter’s Church Notting Hill.  A chance to mingle with new mums and try on a variety of different kinds of baby carriers, as an owner of four baby carriers, I strongly recommend going.


For Toddlers and Babies 

Classics 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

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

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 review

Buggy Walk in Holland Park: Mondays from 10am -11:30am.  Come meet in front of the cafe in Holland Park with your pushchair and infant; take a walk with some new mums.  Ideal for babies and toddlers who will stay in their pushchairs.


For Bigger Kids:

National Portrait Gallery Family Art Workshops and Storytelling: 

Storytelling Session: The Queen of Drury Lane.  Saturday 21st January 10:30 – 11:15, ages 3+.  Come here the dramatic story of one of the greatest actresses of her time.

Family Art Workshop – Miniature Theatre.  Saturday 21st January 11:30 – 1pm.  Make a miniature theatre with puppets to take home with you  Ages 5+, free, tickets allocated on arrival and available at 10:30


V&A Drop in Design Sundays and Gallery Plays Saturday:

Gallery Plays – The Boy Who Sat on the Dragon Throne.  Come hear the story of the 2 year old emperor who ruled over the Forbidden City. Saturday 11am, 1pm and 3pm, free, all ages.

Drop in Design Sundays: Take a wander through the museum to look for dragons, puppets and fans and make a beautiful dragon or fan to take home.  Free, all ages,

Next Week, Sunday 29th January 10:30 – 5:00pm Tagore Family Day: Painting, Henna demonstrations, storytelling, music, dance, poetry.  Mark your calendars for all day drop in events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rabindranath Tabore.


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+


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.


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