Insider’s Guide: London Baby, Toddler, Child and Family Events and Activities 29th February – 6th March

Feb 28, 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: Big Scream.  Come and a latest release Tuesday without the crowds, hassle or need to pay a sitter.  Doors open at 10am, movie begins at 10:30, free coffee and pastries

 NCT Group Highlights (there are loads of meet ups/ buggy walks/ playgroups around, many listed on the site.  Everyone, members and non-members, are welcome):

 NCT Westminster:The next big meet up is on the last Thursday of the month, Thursday 29th March, at Grovesenor Hall and will be Easter themed. We’re thinking craft activities with eggs and bunnies (not palms and crucifixion). Victoria who is our local Usborne book rep will be selling some Easter themed books. Some touchy feely ones and some Easter story ones for older children too with a special 10% discount. So save the date.  Email:

NCT Kensington & Chelsea: Join us for family yoga for toddlers and children aged 1- 4 years and parents. The eight-week course will start on Friday 9 March, 10am to 11am, in Earl’s Court.  A fun, interactive class for both children and parents – designed to explore the yoga world movement through your child’s eyes by combining songs, games and props. Venue: Earl’s Court Health & Wellbeing Centre, 2b Hogarth Road, Earl’s Court SW5 0PT.  Dates: Fridays 10am-11am, 9 March to 30 March (Easter break), 27 April to 18 May Price:£85 per adult & child Bookings:

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

Upcoming performance Monday 12th March St. Columba’s Knightsbridge


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 2nd March, St. Barnabas’s Church, Carlton Ave, Dulwich and

Tuesday 6th March, Christ Church Highbury, Highbury Grove, Islington:

Eat cake and mingle from 10:00am and concert begins at 10:30am.  The theme for this concert is “Brought to you by the Letter P” from Paganini, Piazolla, Prokoviev and much more!!  My review

My review

 Somerset House: Mini Make Believe, Sunday 4th March, 11:30 – 12:30 for the under 5’s (pitched to toddlers, but younger sibs welcome).  Bring the kids for a wonderful workshop of exploring, moving, making, singing and learning with the great education staff at Somerset House.  Free


For Bigger Kids

British Museum: Passport to the Afterlife Saturday 3rd March, 11:30 – 3:30.  Ages 7+.  Learn about the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead using mobile phones to interact with clues hidden around the museum.  There is not a better way to cultivate the budding Egyptologist than taking them to the British Museum.  ttp://


Le Institute Francias: The Peau D’Ane Rehearsal, (in easy French and English) ages 5-11, Sunday 4th March 3:00pm.   Bring the kids to the theatre to see what happens when a theatre company does not know the fairy tale they are supposed to perform.  Watch as they use costumes to improvise a retelling of Perrault. £10 adults, £8 children.


Somerset House: Free Family Workshops, Saturday 3rd March, 2:00-3:30pm.  Ages 5+.  Come and learn paper marbling this workshop, the activity takes about ½ hour to complete, you can collect your ticket anytime from 1pm and join in after 2pm.  Free

 Saatchi Gallery Family Art Workshop: A Bag Full of Art.  Sunday 4th March, 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

 For the Family


Kids Club, Saturdays at Gate Picturehouse: Howl’s Moving Castle, U
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.


Le Institute Francais: Cavatina Family Concerts.  Saturday 3rd March 10:45am.  Bring the kids to a enjoy the Galeazzi Ensamble in a concert designed for families.  While children are welcome, they should be taken out if they are disrupting the concert.  £7, £5 children.

Family Barn Dancing Primrose Hill

 Family Barn Dance at Primrose Hill with English Folk Dance and Song Society.  Saturday 3rd March, 3-5pm, Cecil Sharp House Did you ever, ever, ever consider folk dancing?  Bring the kids and enjoy a very unique and festive afternoon of family fun and culture.  Get silly and dance!!  £5 adults, £3 children.


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