London Family Events 22nd – 29th March 2012

Mar 21, 2012 by


Stars Gym, Battersea (London-baby’s featured sponsor)


Stars Gym, Chelsea and Battersea’s hippest, urban gym for busy but fit families, is offering London-baby readers a wonderful Spring offer: come and try out Stars gym and crèche (9:30-11:30am Monday-Friday) and pay what you like.  Try it out, get fit for Summer, bring your 0-5 year old to the crèche and get your groove back.  Feel free to ring ahead, or just pop in, mention and pay what you like.  The crèche is Ofsted registered and certified, clean, calm and lovely … read my review here  

Bonus for families with aspirations for fitness fame, Stars offers Judo Wednesdays 4pm (4-8 years) and 5pm (8+) with prospective Olympian Alex Farbon and Commonwealth champion Jonathon Purssey.  Further, starting 3rdApril, the engaging Carlos Andrade will be teaching Kickboxing on Tuesdays, 4:30 (4-9 years).  Carlos’s class is drop-in, £9 per session, so come along when you like and have fun!

The Toy Library has funding through October, they have an Easter Programme of events book now for Royal Philharmonic and other activities April 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 10th and 11th, 0-11yrs

Pimlico Academy is holding an exhibition to discuss plans to open a primary school on the existing site.  There are loads of families who live in Westminster who are unable to secure school places for their primary aged children, this would be very good indeed.  Further, the Academy has blossomed into a fabulous place to learn and grow, all of this is worthy of your time.  You will be impressed.  Also, as I understand the funding, businesses are lending their time, monies and acumen to help the Academy, there is no skimming of tax funds.  I welcome any clarifications/corrections on this.  The exhibition will take place Thursday 29th March 6-8pm, Friday 30th 2-6pm, Saturday 31st 10am-2pm

Our much-beloved local cafe, Khallouk & Taylor, is having to close down due to pressure from the leaseholder above. The owner, Lazan, has not only served the community as a café, I have seen him help those in need off help.  He’s a good guy and we should support all independent businesses to save London


Just for Babies:

Gate Cinema Big Scream: Tuesday 20th March.  Big Scream.  Come and watch a new-release without booking a sitter or staying up too late.  For carers and infants under 12 months. 

For Toddlers and Babies

mum, baby and toddler concert, Wednesday 28th March, Classical Babies


Classical Babies: Wednesdays, 11:00am, Belisize Park, Interchange Studios.  Come for the Double and Triple Violin concert!! ( Fingers crossed my kids are well enough to bring my in-laws for a special mid-week treat.)  £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 Greenwich


Classics with my Baby: As seen in the Independent, Time Out, and Gramophone Magazine, this critically acclaimed concert series specifically designed for parents and children (0-5 years) to enjoy together. March concerts are “brought to you by the Letter P … “, and includes pieces by Paganini, Prokofiev, and Piazzolla. Guest artist of the month is the multiple award-winning classical accordionist Milos Milivojevic who has played in the presence of princesses and garnered rave reviews worldwide. Tickets: Adults £10, children FREE ( special offers for online tickets from website) Eat cake and mingle from 10:00am and concert begins at 10:30am. My review

 Friday 23rd March, Greenwich

 For Babies, Toddlers and Bigger Kids:

Hullabaloo: Playgroup for 0-4, Mondays and Thursdays 10:00 – 11:30am, £1.

I found the most delightful new playgroup in Kennington, just near Lambeth Tube.  It is honestly worth the journey to chat with a load of fabulous mums and carers.  There is a huge room to play with different play areas and activities, an organised snack time and worth an hour bus ride any day: FREE, QAULITY, ENORMOUS LATTES/TEAS/COFFEES with your £1 donation.  Further, they have loads of people helping out so bring your multiples and have a great time. 

Culture Kids Music Class: Chelsea, Marylebone and Hampstead

Come along for the most amazing, dynamic, invigorating, multi-sensory, multi-instrumented music class.  There is not scrum for the chimes, every single kid gets a chime, ladybird game, sunglasses, gorgeous set of fairy wings, caterpillar costume … there are literally scores of props that come out with each song.  I cannot describe how well thought out and fun this class is for all, you really do need to come along, bring your friends and see for yourself.  Check the schedule for times and prices and age groups, but from babies-big kids: Mondays the classes are on in Kensington and Marylebone; Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Hampstead. 

For Bigger Kids:

Somerset House: Children’s Illustration Weekend. Artist led, day-long family workshops on Sat 24th & Sun 25th March 11am – 6pm and Sunday.  Join artist Marion Duechars on Saturday and Bruce Ingman on Sunday for a family, artist led workshop.  Children free, adults pick up tickets on the day, first come first serve. 

Saatchi Gallery Family Art Workshop: A Bag Full of ArtSunday 25th March, 10:30, noon, 3:00 and 4:00pm.  Explore the exhibition highlights through family oriented tours that incorporate interactive conversations and drawing activities.  read on 

Kids Club, Saturdays at Gate Picturehouse: Dolphin Tale PG From 10am they have activities, then watch the 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

Cadogan Hall: Crash, Bang, Wallop Family Concert.  The Tale of Peter Rabbit, noon, all ages.  Join the charismatic, super sop Michelle Wheeler as she takes you through Stephen McNuff’s musical retelling of the this classic well-loved tale.  £8 per person, £24 for a family of four, children over 6 months must have a ticket. 

Little Angel Theatre, Gingerbread Man.  Wed 21st & Thu 22nd : 10am/1pm.  Fri 23rd : 1pm/5pm (this show is only £5 per person).  Take the kids to experience the subtle magic of music and puppetry at the iconic Little Angel Theatre.  All tickets £8, except for the 5pm performances (fight traffic and save a few bob).

St. Martin-in-the-Field, Mini Maestro Concert, Saturday 24th March, 4:45pm.  Bring the kids for a fabulously engaging and interactive concert where children are included in the concert  Great day out for the family, you can work in a lunch time visit to one  of the National Gallery workshops beforehand.  £8.00 for adults, £6.50 for children

 Rich Mix: Dreamtime.  Saturday 24th March, 10:30, free, for ages 3+.  Come and see a magical puppet show about Kolpoturo, an imagination tree.  The show is in English and Bangala.

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