February 22nd – 28th, London Baby, Child, Toddler and Family Activities

Feb 21, 2012 by

London Bus Checker Smartphone App:

No need to wait around for a bus again; download the London Bus Checker Smartphone app for your iphone or Android for a mere £1.99.  Real-time updates from busses en route, easily downloadable route maps with stops indicated on street maps … read my review, or download from itunes here


Just for Babies:


Gate Cinema: Tuesday 7th February.  Big Scream.  Come and see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel this Tuesday without the crowds, hassle or need to pay a sitter.  Doors open at 10am, movie begins at 10:30, free coffee and pastries http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Gate_Picturehouse/Whats_On/Clubs_Groups/ 

Kensington and Chelsea NCT

Toy donations wanted! Local charity, NCT Kensington & Chelsea are starting a new drop-in group for parents and Under 5’s in SW3 and need donations of clean and working toys and toy boxes – suitable for babies and/or toddlers. If you have anything to donate, (even just one!), please email nctkensington@yahoo.co.uk. The new group will be opening after Easter, keep an eye on our Facebook page for up-to-date details, http://www.facebook.com/KensingtonAndChelseaNCT.

For Toddlers and Babies


Classical Babies: Wednesdays, 11:00am, Belisize Park, Interchange Studios.  This week soloist April Frederick will be performing, technically masterful and fabulously emotional, she also explains the works giving interesting details and insights for adults and children. £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


Classics with my Baby: a classical concert series for mums and tots.  Classical concerts specifically designed for mums and children (0-5 years) to enjoy together. Tickets: Adults £10, children FREE (special offers on website)

Friday 17th February, St. Luke’s Church, Clapham.  Eat cake and mingle from 10:00am and concert begins at 10:30am.  The theme for this concert is “Once Upon a Time … “ and the stories are almost as fabulous as the music.  My review

Pimlico Toy Library reopens: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday 10.00-12.00 & 1.00-3.00 Pimlico Toy Library – play sessions

Pimlico Toy Library is a fantastic place to go, but also a great local charity helping families out who struggle with many different issues.  They have been going for over 25 years but now face possible closure in March 2012 due to local government funding cuts.

So it’s vital that they get more members (annual membership is just £12) to avoid closure. 

Easily accessed by the 360 and 24 bus, and a short walk from Pimlico Tube, the Pimlico

They only have 50 more days on the Crowdfund website so its really important that we let you/ your relatives/ your bosses/ your shop keeper and anyone else you can think of, know that if they would like to donate money to the Pimlico Toy Library they need to do it now Please.  www.cowdfundsw1.com

Pimlico Toy Library, 133a Lupus Street, Pimlico, London, SW1V SEN. Tel/Fax 020 78343356. Email ptlcharity@gmail.com

For Bigger Kids:


Le Institute Francias: A Monster in Paris, 2D Wednesday 22nd & Saturday 25th February.  1 hour, in easy French.  http://www.institut-francais.org.uk/kids-and-teens/kids-screenings.  For ages 6+, a delightful story of Paris told in English.  £5 per ticket.


National Gallery Family Art Sundays: Windmills and Cow Flips.  Sunday 25th February, 11:00 – 1:00 & 2:00 – 4:00.  Bring the kids to an artist-led workshop for children ages 5-11.  Free, tickets allocated on arrival up to half an hour before the workshop from the education foyer at the very back of the museum.  http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/5-11-activities-sundays/


Saatchi Gallery Family Art Workshop: A Bag Full of Art.  Sunday 5th February, 10:30, noon, 3:00 and 4:00pm.  Explore the exhibition highlights through family oriented tours that incorporate interactive conversations and drawing activities.  The tour begins with the opening of a bag that contains media used by artists in Gesamkunstwerk.  Children will have the opportunity to touch, experience and interact with the materials.  Ages 4-12, younger siblings welcome, £3.00 per child.  Book required valeria@familyartworkshops@gmail.com  www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/a_bag_full_of_art.htm

Kids Club, Saturdays at Gate Picturehouse: Thumbelina, PG
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.


For the Family


The Imagine Festival at Southbank,

Friday 10th – Sunday 26th February; head over and check out the  Fun Fair, daily 11:00am – 8:00pm: take the kids for a ride on the traditional carousal and vintage fairground activities including a 1950s helter skelter.  There are loads of other events and activities wrapping up this year’s festival this weekend.

For the Family


Cinema Knit-Along with Craft Club: Saturday 25thFebruary.  Stratford East Picturehouse, Salway Road, London E15 1BX.  My kids and just enjoyed a relaxing, engaging and quiet knitting session with the Craft Club, so join Craft Club and learn how to knit with your family and be inspired by a new Craft Club short film.  Learn how to finder knit, kids can take home their knitting and a starter kit.  Craft Club is a national scheme that champions Craft in schools and communities.  www.craftclub.org.uk

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  1. Leslie Fabello

    The link for the Crowdfund for The Pimlico Toy Library is incorrect. It should be http://www.crowdfundsw1.com/projects/pimlico-toy-library/

  2. Thanks, I will ty and get in and correct that!! Laura

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