What’s On: London Baby, Toddler, Child and Family Events October 7th-14th

Oct 6, 2012 by

Pimlico Academy has received planning permission from Westminster City Council for Pimlico Primary; they will be opening a 60-child reception class in Pimlico Autumn 2013.  There will be a series of Open Days where Principal Designate, Annaliese Briggs will be on hand to answer questions and to take applications.  As I understand the placement criteria, places will be allocated by proximity to the school.  There will be one this Wednesday, 13th October from 10am, young children warmly welcomed, so come and learn more.  Deadline for reception applications is January 15th for all Westminster schools.  Email pimlicoprimary@pimlicoacademy.org telephone 020 7802 1909.

On a lighter note, if you are looking for a venue for your next party (child or adult), check out Beaufort House Chelsea; a chic, affordable private member family club on King’s Road with delightful staff in a truly fabulous venue.  You can read my review here and look for upcoming Baby and Family event mentions.

Just for Babies:

Monkey Music Chelsea

Monkey Music, Rock ‘n’ Roll for Babies.  St. Stephen’s  Church, Gloucester Road, SW7: Mondays 2:25, Thursdays 11:45.  St. Michael’s Church Belgravia, SW1: Tuesdays 2:30.  National Army Museum: Thursdays 2:30. Cineworld, Fulham Road, SW1: Mondays 11:45, Wednesdays 11:45.  Ring Caroline, office administrator on 0208-767-9827 or email Jayne.harris@monkeymusic.co.uk.  Read London-baby’s review here

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: Liberal Arts

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:

Monkey Music, Heigh-Ho for toddlers 12+: St. Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Road, SW7: Mondays 3:05 &  3:45, Tuesdays 9:45 & 10:25.  St. Michaels Church Belgravia, SW1: Tuesdays 3:05 & 3:45, Wednesdays 2:25 & 3:05, Fridays 9:45 & 10:25.  National Army Museum: Thursdays 3:10 & 3:50.  Cineworld, Fulham Road, SW1: Mondays 9:40 & 10:20, Tuesdays 10:20 & 11:40, Wednesdays 9:45, 10:25 & 11:05.  Ring Caroline, office administrator on 0208-767-9827 or email Jayne.harris@monkeymusic.co.uk Read London-baby’s review here

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, Tuesday 9th October 10:30am, Islington and Wednesday 10th October in St. John’s Wood/Maida Vale.  £10 per adult.

Preschool Classes

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

Upcoming: Wigmore Hall Chamber Tots, Wednesday 17th October, 11:30am.  Tickets for this event typically sell out weeks in advance, if you are free it is worth every penny to get over and enjoy a special concert for very small children.  You begin with an intimate concert in Wigmore Hall followed by an interactive music workshop afterwards, an absolutely charming morning.  £6 per child, adults free.

Le Institute Francais, Kids Tales, Saturday 13th October 11am.  Come join a session for children aged3-5 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


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

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 husbands 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: Muppets Take Manhattan.

Royal Academy of Art, Family Studio: Big Draw at the RA.  As part of “The Big Draw” come to the Royal Academy and learn more about their collections and sketch in the historic Life Room at the Royal Academy Schools.  Saturday 14th October 11am-2pm.  Free, all ages.    You could pop over to Fortnum and Mason’s ice cream parlour after

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