London Baby, Child and Family Events 12th – 19th January

Jan 12, 2013 by

Family Events Saturday 12th January

Kids Club, Saturdays at Gate Picturehouse: Ratatouille.  From 10am Saturdays 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. This is my family’s favourite rainy-day start to Saturday: cheap and cheerful  Read more about the day out here.

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: Bring the kids to see the hilarious trio Ben Stiller, David Schimmer and Chris Rock in Madagascar 3.  10am.  Check out the newly refurbished Electric Cinema with its plush, red velvet beds, sofas and armchairs.  Looks like a great way for Dad to occupy the kids on a Saturday morning.  Tickets £8 per person

Le Institute Français, Kid’s Tales.  Les Chavaliers De La Table Ronde.  Come and hear the Arthurian legend in easy French.  Ages 3-5, £7 per child (complimentary glass of juice included).  11am.

Wallace Collection Special Day Event:  Day in the Seventeenth Century.  Bring the kids and spend the day exploring life in the Dutch Golden Age.  Learn about Dutch 17th century trade, economic expansion, and other fascinating topics while the kids go off (with the other adult) and make Rangali pictures, attend interactive music workshops, learn Dutch parlour games, make a Delft tile based on a Dutch portrait, smell and draw spices at the interactive children’s spice table, watch a preview to the new film “Cupid Lost” based on the work of a Dutch Poet … just your average London Family Saturday.  Free, drop in, all ages, 11am-4:30pm, £2 suggested donation.


Family Events Sunday 13th January

Royal Academy of Art Family Studio: Out of Space.  In conjunction with Mariko Mori’s current exhibit, Rebirth, come and make a stellar mobile and then see it glow in the dark in the RA’s UV workshop.  Free, all ages, drop in, 11am-2pm.

Shutter and Sketch: London’s Only Bespoke Children’s Portrait Artist.  I could not give Shutter and Sketch a higher recommendation or be more pleased with my son’s portrait created entirely in pencil strokes, check out Lucy SM Johnston’s fabulously affordable and beautiful results.  Lucy offers vouchers, fabulous fall-back when you are shopping for special gifts for parents, grandparents or yourself!! Get in touch with


And on to the upcoming week:

For Babies:

Electric Scream: Come and see Gangster Squad in the luxury of the newly refurbished Electric Cinema.  Monday 14th January, 11am.  This screening is only for carers with infants under 12 months, dim lighting, changing tables, quality food, even wine!!  £15.50 for an armchair, very pricy but great fun.

Gate Picturehouse, Big Scream.  Bring your infant under 12 months on Tuesday 15th January at 10:30 for a screening of Les Miserables.  Tickets are £8.50

For Babies and Toddlers:

Baby, Toddler and Children's Music Classes in Knightsbridge, Pimlico and Kensington

Pippa's Poppets Kensington Most Lovely Baby and Toddler Music Class

Pippa’s Poppets: SW1’s favourite singer and songwriter is kicking off another term.  There is an early morning class at St. Saviour, St. George’s Square (just by the Pimlico Tube) from 9:35am for 4 months- 3 years. £7.50 per class.

Mondays and Wednesdays at St. Gabriel’s Church, Pimlico.  Thursdays in Chelsea at Beaufort House (fabulous London family club) and Tuesdays in Knightsbridge.

Glimpse ahead for next weekend:

National Portrait Gallery: Storytelling for families.  Come and learn the story of a well-known author and illustrator while you sketch away.  Saturday 19th January.  Ages 3+, 10:30-11:15, free, drop-in.


National Portrait Gallery: Family Art Workshop Clay Creations.  Mould, pinch, squeeze, roll and build a portrait mug inspired by the portraits in the collection.  Saturday, 19th January.  11:30 – 1:30pm, 90 minutes, ages 5-11, spaces allocated on arrival up to 1 hour in advance.  Free

Forge Arts Venue: Interactive Storytelling.  Come and take part in Michael Rosin’s classic join-in, Going on a Bear Hunt.  Join in as the story is told with words, music and movement at this fabulously family-friendly venue.  10:45, Saturday 19th January.  Tickets £7 at the door.

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