What’s on this week in London

Feb 13, 2013 by

Family Events Saturday 16th Feburary

Whitechapel Gallery, Family Day: Taking Pictures.  Come join Gregg and Gary of Lone Twin to stage interactive performances in reaction to films of Gerard Byrne and the sculptures of Guiseppe Penone.  Noon-4pm, free, booking advised.

Cadogan Hall, Saturday Spectacular Family Concert: Rhythm Factory.  Come and enjoy the Southbank Sinfonia and presenter Dominic Harlen as they explore the mechanics of a symphony orchestra with the audience.  A fabulous way to spend a Saturday with the kids, with Sloane Square and the National Army Museum near-by.  Children £5, adults £8.50, family (two adults, two children) ticket £23.

Pumphouse Gallery, Monthly Do: Picture your Pictures.  The Ribbon Machine, a collective of four female photographers, present a day of photographic fun at the Pumphouse Gallery.  Bring along your own digital photographs of landscapes, or make your own on the day, and have great time putting your own picture in your landscape image projected on the wall.  Free, all ages, drop-in, no booking required.


Barbican Family Film Club: Madagascar 3.  Tickets are £2, bring the kids and escape the cold while you chill and watch a movie.  Great price.  11am, all ages

Gate Picturehouse, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.  Tickets £1 with £4 membership, popcorn and juice £2.  My husband’s rainy day ace in the hole, fabulous value for Saturday morning family time in a great location.

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, Monsters Inc, 3D; 10:30am.  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. All ages

Shutter and Sketch: Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift: 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!! Do get in touch if you are on the fence with this, you will not be disappointed: mail@lucysmjohnston.com.


Family Events Sunday 17th February

Royal Academy of Art, Family Studio: Head in the Clouds.  Come and join an exploration of Constables clouds while trying to capture London’s skyline on paper.  11m-2pm, free, drop-in

Baby Rave Love Ball, The Pirate Castle.  3:30-5pm, infants up to 8 years old.  Come over to Camden and grove away Sunday afternoon dancing with your kids: stimuli for adults and littlies provided.  £3 for children, £6 per adult (includes free drink) or £4 (no drink).

National Gallery Imaginary Worlds Family Festival: Sunday 19th and Monday 20th February.  There are so many varied events at this family festival: join in a pram tour of and talk, bring the under fives to a gallery talk, take the older kids to an art workshop, enjoy a screening of Fantasia, join in a puppet show.  Do check out all the events at the festival


And on to the upcoming week:

For Babies:

Electric Scream: Come and see I Give it a Year.  Experience the luxury of the newly refurbished Electric Cinema.  Monday 18th February, 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 29th January at 10:30 for a screening of Lincoln.  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 your energy levels back.  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.  NTurner@dolphinsquare.co.uk

For Bigger Kids:

Running all week long: (with more half-term workshops here)

Love Swimming Fast Track Lessons and Coaching: Dolphin Square,  Pimlico (just around the corner from Pimlico tube) Want to give your kids some strong technical coaching to augment their regular swim regime?  Have you been thinking swim lessons are too big of a weekly commitment?  Get over to Dolphin Square’s gorgeous and luxuriously warm pool, with complimentary towel service and get your kids into Fast Track lessons, an hour or half-hour 1:1 or 2:1 lesson for a very reasonable price.  Bila, Rui, Anna and Musa are results-driven instructors; you will see an improvement by the end of the week.

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

Pippa’s Poppets Half-term Musical Theatre Workshop, St. Gabriel’s Church, Pimlico (just off Warwick Sq, half-way between Victoria and Pimlico stations).  For ages 3-6, drop-off musical theatre workshop where children work with an award-winning composer to put on a production of Peter Pan.  Monday 18th – Friday 22nd, 2-4pm, the final performance will be at 3pm on Friday, parents and family most welcome.  £90 for the week, class limited to 16 places so book soon. info@pippaspoppets.co.uk

British Museum: Amazing China Half-term Activities.  Monday 18th –Friday 22nd February, 11am-4pm daily.   Come to the Great Court in the British Museum for a selection of activities including calligraphy, storytelling, and activities in the galleries.

V and A Half Term Events: See Walt Disney’s Beauty on the Beast, for free.  Tickets allocated on the day.  Enjoy a pop-up puppet show, Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed, Monday 18th– Friday 22nd, 11am, 1pm and 3pm.  Imagination Station is open all week long, with craft packets provided for kids to make their own furniture.

Imagination Festival Southbank: loads of fascinating literary and artistic activities going on during half-term for all ages and tastes.  Book soon for workshops, they do sell out.


National Gallery Imaginary Worlds Family Festival: Sunday 19th and Monday 20th February.  There are so many varied events at this family festival: join in a pram tour of and talk, bring the under fives to a gallery talk, take the older kids to an art workshop, enjoy a screening of Fantasia, join in a puppet show.  Do check out all the events at the festival

Two Temple Place, Secret Ballet Workshop with the New English Ballet Theatre.  Monday 18th February.  Come and join in an informal dance workshop following each performance.  Free, ages 4+,  11am, 1pm and 3pm


Wallace Collection: Drop-in Family Workshop.  Join artist Lucy Wheeler and create your own Venetian Gondola.  Take inspiration from Canaletto’s paintings then create your very own 3D Gondola to take home.  Free, drop-in, Tuesday 19th February; 10:30-12:15 and 2-3:45pm.

Royal Albert Hall, Discover Circus.  As part of their half-term education events for children and families, children ages 5-11 are invited to come learn about the history of circus performances at the Royal Albert Hall.  10:30 and 1pm

Royal Albert Hall, Family Ignite Concert: The Animal Kingdom.  Join the 15 piece orchestra for a musical journey through the jungle.  All ages, tickets £5


Chelsea Physic Garden, Creepy Crawlies.  Ages 4+, booking required.  Discover a diverse world of animals with Vic Taylor of Mynewt Enterprises.  A corn snake, hissing cockroach, giant Millipede, giant African snail and a tree from are a few of the animals that children will be investigating.  10:30-noon or 1-2:30.  Booking essential.  £6 per child

Two Temple Place, Candlelit Storytelling Tours.  Wednesday 20th February.  Discover Cornish Myths and fairy tale interiors on a magical, candlelit tour of the amazing Astor mansion with storyteller Olivia Armstrong.  £3 per child, adults free.  4pm, 5:30pm and 7pm.  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/myevent?eid=5213337232


Two Temple Place, Smile Your in the Picture.  Thursday 21st February.  Campaign for Drawing: be inspired by the portraits of Cornish heroes and work with painter Rowan James to capture yourself your very own hero.  Free, drop-in

Chelsea Physic Garden, Art of the Garden.  An art workshop for children ages 7+, come paint, print, sketch or sculpt a work of art inspired by the garden.  10:30-2:20, £9 per child.  Booking essential.

Bach to Baby, Pimlico.  Take the kids to a concert this half term, featuring award-winning pianist, Miaomiao Yu and cellist Tim Lowe.  Doors open at 10:30am with Monmouth coffee for purchase, concert starts at 11am.  Adults £10, children free.


Vauxhall City Farm.  Feed, handle, learn and create crafts with and amongst the animals at Vauxhall City Farm.  Free and drop-in, 11am-4pm, all ages.

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