Monday 16th – Sunday 22nd April Best of London’s Baby, Toddler, Child and Family Events

Apr 14, 2012 by

Make a Play Date that Helps …

University College London’s Child Vision Lab at Moorfields Hospital needs mums and children to come in for a hour or so to aid studies aiming to help children with vision impairments.  Read on about the day and do consider volunteering …


Culture Kids Music Class: Chelsea, Marylebone and Hampstead

Check out their new web site!! Come along for the most amazing, dynamic, invigorating, multi-sensory, multi-instrumented music class.  There is not the usual scrum for the shakers, 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.  Further, these props all change the following week when the class explores a new theme.  If you quote  Read my review

If you “like” Culture Kids on Facebook and write “fabwebsite” on their wall, you will get a discount on your classes!/pages/Culture-Kids/177573312295777  Check the schedule for times and prices and age groups.  The new term commences 23rd  April, be sure to book now and avoid disappointment.  


The Kensington & Chelsea NCT branch are holding a Spring Nearly New Sale on Saturday 12 May 2012, 11.15am to 1pm. Early entry at 11am is open to all NCT members (upon display of NCT membership card).  For our Spring Sale we will have more rooms, more sellers, more refreshments and fabulous goody bags! We can’t wait to see you there. Entry will be ticketed at £2 per person and is open to both NCT members and non-members. The first 100 customers will receive a free goody bag.

Please note: cash sales only. Contact: or 0844 243 0007.

For Babies and Toddlers:

Stars Gym Creche Battersea and Chelsea, open 9:30 - 11:30 Monday - Friday

Stars Gym and Creche, Chelsea and Battersea’s newest gym 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


Pippa’s Poppets Kensington: The Award Winning singer, songwriter Pippa Cleary has expanded the ever popular Pippa’s Poppets into Kensington.  Come along on Thursday mornings to St. Luke’s Church, Redcliffe Gardens for some jazz hands, music making, soul singing fun.  9:45 babies to 12 months, 10:30 todders to 2 years, 11:15 small children 2-3.5 years.  £7.50 per class, paid termly. 

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

Classical Babies: (new web site coming along shortly) Monday 16th April, 10:30 at St. Columba’s Knightsbridge.  Come to St. Columba’s and enjoy a fabulous concert Monday morning. What a great way to start the week!!  Also, Friday 20th April, 11:00am, O2 Centre, Finchley. 

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


Events for toddlers and bigger kids:


Royal Festival Hall, When Spring Comes, ages 2-5yrs.  Come and enjoy dance by Vipal Bhatti, jazz on trumpet performed by Sean Corby and illustrations by Amberin Huq in this Half Moon Young People’s Theatre production for young children.  Friday 20th– Sunday 22nd April, 11:00am and 2:00pm.  Tickets: £8

National Gallery Magic Carpet Ride, under 5s.  Sundays 10:30 – 11:00 and 11:30 – noon, tickets allocated 1 hour before.  Come and enjoy an insightful story about a painting in the gallery with enough movement and walking to keep the little ones occupied while they get cultured up.  Free

National Portrait Gallery, Storytelling: The Real Miss Havisham.  Come and learn the inspiration for the jilted matriarch from Great Expectations.  Afterwards, join in making a mouse, ages 3+ 10:30 & 1:30.    


Events for Big Kids

Judo Classes at Stars Gym Wednesdays 4pm (4-8 years) and 5pm (8+) with prospective Olympians Jonathan Purssey and Alex Farbon.  Further, starting 3rd April, 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!!

National Gallery, Art Workshops: Paint Making.  Sunday 22nd April, 11:00am – 1:00pm & 2:00-4:00pm.  Come and learn about paint making with artist Charles Hustwick through an investigation of different paintings.  Tickets allocates one hour before workshop, free.  Ages 5-11


National Portrait Gallery Family Art Workshop: Bookmaking.  Rifling on the Dickensian theme, bring your kids along to make their own book.  Saturday 21st April, 11:30 & 2:30, ages 5+, free, tickets allocated 1 hour before.


Events, activities and workshops for the bigs and smalls:


The Forge Arts Venue: Keys and Coffee: Sunday 22nd April, 10:30am.  Bring the kids to this child-friendly, laid back Sunday morning concert.  This week be entertained by Ashok Klouda and John Reid.  Tickets £9 online and £10 at the door, coffee and tea included.

 Classics with my Baby Greenwich

Classics with my Baby: As seen in the Independent, Time Out, and reviewed by Gramophone Magazine, this critically acclaimed concert series is specifically designed for parents and children (0-5 years) to enjoy together. The series opens its doors to children of all ages for this Easter holiday concert (yes, still free for all children).


“The Art of Song” Tenor Norbert Meyn joins Miaomiao and Philippa to bring a programme of Arts Songs from the classical masters. Hear of a child’s longing for Spring (here was Mozart in 1791 stuck in Viennese snow); flowers and burning love (Haydn felt this long before Elvis); the hurly-burly of roaring cannons and ships at sea (Haydn again) and tales of wandering spirits…


Tickets: Adults £10 at door (or purchase online tickets here) Children FREE

Eat cake and mingle from 10:00am and concert begins at 10:30am. My review
Hampstead Village 17th April

Wimbledon Wed 18th April

Notting Hill Thur 19th April

Clapham Fri 20th April

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