What’s On: London Baby, Toddler and Family Events October half term 2012

Oct 13, 2012 by

I have put together a few things on offer this week, but focused more on the fantastic workshops, concerts and other events on over half-term that you need to book in advance.  I have tried (or gotten excellent feedback) from just about everything on the list and well-worth the time and cost.  I will follow up next week with the drop-in events that look equally compelling.

  • Do check out Beaufort House Chelsea; a chic, affordable private member family club on King’s Road with delightful staff in a truly fabulous venue (great for kids parties and other events).  You can read my review here and look for upcoming Baby and Family event mentions.
  • Have you gotten around to sorting through your children’s art work yet?  Let Super Southwest London Mum Ann sort this out for you, she will photograph all your kid’s art work and make a keepsake treasure for you and your family.  An excellent gift for any family member, check out my review and look at www.mykidsartbook.com Please let Ann know that you read about her on London-baby.
  • Lastly, I had the very good fortune of being introduced to Scandanavian Fitness founder, Linda Hedenstrom.  Linda has brought her efficient and effective Mums Boot Camps, to Central London parks; get in touch with Linda for a free Boot Camp Trial or personal training session if you mention London-baby.   info@scandanavianfitness.com

Just for Babies

Big Scream Gate Cinema: Located just up the steps for the Notting Hill Gate Underground, the historic and charming Gate Cinema puts on a fabulous baby cinema each week.  Come on your own or with friends, there’s low lighting, changing tables and coffee … great way to brighten up the doldrums of sleepless nights and feedings.  For infants under 1 year old, tickets £8, Tuesday 11th September, 10:30am.  This week’s screening: Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie

Culture-Kids Baby Sensory Classes, infants 4 weeks – crawling.  Drop-in, no need to sign up, great way to meet local mums and get out with your new-born.  Mondays in Marylebone on Portland Place, Thursday Kensington Central Library; see web site for times.  £10 per session.

Babies and Toddlers:

Bach to Baby: fabulous concerts for carers with babes and toddlers.  Back to Baby is perfect for babes in arms as these are concert-hall luminaries performing for adults; these are not concerts pitched for children in particular, although they do enjoy them thoroughly.  Come join the fabulous Miaomiao Yo and guest artist Claire Sterling on the violin, Thursday, 1st November, 10:30am, Pimlico.  £10 per adult

Preschoolers:

Monkey Music, Jiggety-Jig for pre-schoolers 2 and 3 years: St. Stephen’s Church Gloucester Road, SW7: Mondays 4:20, Tuesdays 9:10.  St. Michael’s Belgravia, SW1: Tuesdays 4:20, Wednesdays 3:45 & 4:20, Fridays 9:10 & 11:05. National Army Museum: Thursdays 4:25. Cineworld, Fullham Road, SW1: Mondays 11:00, Tuesdays 9:40 & 11:00, Wednesdays 9:10.  Ring Caroline, office administrator on 0208-767-9827 or email Jayne.harris@monkeymusic.co.uk Read London-baby’s review here

Le Institute Francais, Kids Tales, Saturday 20th October 11am.  Come join a session for children aged 0-3 to listen to Les Saisons Avec Hugo and then play interactive games and sing songs all in French led by a professional storyteller and the librarians. £7 for non-members, £5 members.  Ages 3-5 years and their carers


Half-term Holiday Workshops, Performances, Events:  (booking essential)

Holland Park Ecology Centre: Half term activities and workshops.  Bring your kids ages 5+ for a morning or afternoon session of learning, exploring and making.  Each workshop has a different theme (orienteering, owl pellets, bird identification, hibernation) and you do some learning, and generally followed by some interesting, well-resourced making.  Cost is £4 for RBKC residents, £5 per child for non-residents.  Monday 29th – Friday 2nd, 10am-noon and 2-4pm.  Booking essential, but you can sign up for more than one session.  0207 938 8186

Camden Arts Centre, Half term events and workshops.  Daily Workshop:  A Sculptural Experience for Infants, ages 5-7, Mon 30th – Fri 2nd, 2-4pm.  Come and work with everyday objects and different sculptural processes to explore how systems and order are used to create things.  Daily Workshop: Clay for Juniors, ages 8-11, 2-4:30pm, Mon 30th Oct – Fri 2nd Nov.

Half Term Events and Activities at V and A: Make-it Costume Design, ages 5-12, Monday – Friday, booking essential tickets £5 per child.  Come join Halye Nebauer to learn the process of researching, designing and sketching your own costume.

Wallace Collection Family Art Workshop: Amazing Maiolica.  Come and spend a morning with Ruby Sharp exploring the superb ceramics of the Wallace Collections.  Create your own plaster cast plaque inspired by Bernard Palissy’s maiolica masterpiece.  £7, ages 7+ Strongly recommend this fabulously rich and informative workshops.  Workshops on Monday 29th October 10:30- 12:30 and 2-4pm.  Booking essential booking@wallacecollection.org

Wallace Collection and Jewish Museum Family Art Workshop, King David’s Shield.  Begin with armour handling at the Wallace Collection then head over to the Jewish Museum where you can design and make your own shield with artist Miranda Lopatkin.  Ages 7+, booking essential, £11 per child. 10:30-3pm.  booking@wallacecollection.org.

Royal Albert Hall, Family Ignite Concert: Showtime.  Come explore the razzle dazzle world of West End Musicals in this £3 per child, £5 per adult family concert held in the Elgar Room (not in the hall) Tuesday 30th October, noon and 2:30.  Booking essential.

Chelsea Physic Gardens Half term Holiday Workshops.  Art of the Garden, Tuesday 30th Oct 10:30-noon and 1-1:30pm, ages 4+. Make a craft using painting, sketching and recycled materials inspired by the gardens.  Creepy Crawling: Wednesday 31st October 10:30-noon and 1-2:30, ages 4+ join Vic Taylor and his cockroaches, giant millipede, corn snake and tree frog for a fabulous time of handling and learning about animals and insects.  A Passion for Plants, Gardening for Beginners.  Thursday 1st November, 10:30 -2pm ages 7+.  Cost is £5.50 per child and adult for half-day courses, £6.50 for full-day workshops.

Wigmore Hall.   Half-term Family Event: And the Kitchen Sink.  Join musician Russ Pearson for a full day of instrument making and music making fun in the decadent surroundings of Wigmore Hall.  Friday 2nd November 10:30 – 3pm, £12 per adult, £8 per child.  Julian Lloyd Webber Family Concert.  Come along for this hour-long family concert listening to this celebrated cellist Julian Lloyd Webber with presenter Rachel Leach. Saturday 3rd November, 11am.   £7 per adult, £5 per child.

Southbank, Orchestra in the Age of Enlightenment, family concert for toddlers.  Sunday 4th November, 10am and 11:30.  Come join this concert created especially for the latest orchestral music neophytes.  £9 per adult, £1 per child (children under 2 free as long as they do not require a seat)

Family events for Next Weekend, October 20th:

The Gate Picturehouse Notting Hill, Kids Club.  Saturdays 10:30, £1 per ticket for members (membership costs £4), £2 for popcorn and juice.  This is my husband’s favourite gig in town on a rainy day when he’s been out late the night before (ahem).  The Gate is located at the top of the stairs to the Notting Hill Gate underground, is a fantastic old cinema, the Pirate Ship Playground is near-by or you can easily run into the West End or to the Museum Campus to enjoy some indoor culture.  This week’s classic: Mirror, Mirror.

Storytellng at the National Portrait Gallery: Queen Catherine, Two Million Pounds and a Cup of Tea.  Learn how Catherine, Infanta of Portugal, came to marry Charles II and her tea connection. Age 3+, free and 10:30-11:45, tickets allocated on arrival.

Family Art Workshops at the Saatchi Gallery: Peek into Korea.  Bring your kids to the wonderful Valeria as she leads your children through the gallery looking at a few interesting pieces in the current exhibit then you are off to the studio to create a fabulous work of art to take home.  Sundays 11am, 1pm & 3pm ages 4+, £5 per child (younger siblings welcome and non-participating children are not charged).  There is a newly opened, critically acclaimed contemporary photography exhibit, Out of Focus; adults can take turns with the Valeria in the workshop and check out this latest exhibit.

Camden Art Centre, Make and Do, Sundays 2-4:30pm.  Come join artist Chloe Cooper for an interactive art workshop based on the co-current exhibitions in Camden Art Centre, focusing on the iconic image of the sausage.  After exploring the exhibits, Chloe will work with the kids to explore the different kinds of materials one might use for function and form.  Free, all ages

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