What’s on this Week for Families: 19th – 26th January

Jan 19, 2013 by

Family Events Saturday 19th January

Le Institute Français, Kid’s Tales.  Les Chavaliers De La Table Ronde.  Come and hear the Arthurian legend in easy French.  Ages 0-3, £7 per child (complimentary glass of juice included).  11am.

Barbican Family Film club: Tales of the Night by Michael Ocelot (Kinikou, Princes and Princesses) experience the award-winning intrigue of silhouette animation in this gentle blend of myths and folk tales.  11am, tickets £2.

Roller Disco, Family Jam.  Head over to Vauxhall for one of London’s few remaining roller rinks this Saturday for Family Day.  Tickets £10 and includes skate hire.  Unsuitable for toddlers, but children 5+ very welcome.  Saturday 11am-5pm.

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.

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

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, Frankenweenie 3D.  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 mor

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 mail@lucysmjohnston.com.


Family Events Sunday 20th January

Rich Mix, Numbi Family Workshop.  Want to learn more about African dance and percussion? Come to this interactive music and movement workshop led by Funmi Adewole Kruczkowska and Bronzehead.  Workshop limited to 15 places, tickets can be booked online.  11am-3pm, £10 per Family

Brixton Ice Rink, Streatham Red Skins versus Invicta Dynamos.  For hockey-loving families with older kids, come and check out England’s National Ice Hockey league in Brixton.  £8 adult, £5 child, £21 family ticket.  Face Off 6:45

And on to the upcoming week:

For Babies:

Electric Scream: Come and see Les Miserable 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 Argo.  Tickets are £8.50

Mums and Babies Dolphin Square Gym: Thursdays 10:30-11:15.  You do not have to be member to try out this brilliant class brainchild of London’s celebrity yummy mummy trainer, Nina Turner.  If you want to get motivated to get fit, come to Nina: she will make you crack a rib laughing as you train so hard you might vomit (she is a bit gentler on new mums) but bring the baby and get fit.  No need to childcare, just come along and get your game back on.  £60 for 6 sessions for non-members, £50 for members: use them as and when.   Alternatively, try Buggy Fit with Nina in St. George’s Square SW1, 9:30am Monday mornings.  You bring the pushchair, Nina supplies the weights, skip ropes, mats and other torture devices er, fitness equipment.  Same prices and policy. email NTurner@dolphinsquare.co.uk for more details.

For Babies and Toddlers:

Love Swimming, Pimlico: London’s premier specialist swimming school (cited in this month’s Triatholon 220 as London’s top swim coach) has opened up morning lessons for babies and toddlers, 10am-4pm, see the timetable for all availability.  This is an excellent chance to get your kids in their swim school as there is a waiting list for school-age kids; the demand for places is huge as Love Swimming kids go to join swim on competitive and elite swimming squads all over London.

The Baby Lessons are an affordable way to get your kids into this highest quality, over-subscribed, specialist swimming school.

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

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:

Wigmore Hall “Write Your Own Heronine” Family Day, 10:30

Baby Loves Disco, Sway, Covent Garden

LSO St. Martin in the Fields, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

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