Whats on this week:

Mar 14, 2013 by

There is a meeting tonight regarding the closure of Westminster Fire Stations tonight, 6pm Mary Sumner House, Tufton Street, SW1P 3RB – Westminster_poster.

And lastly, if you have a minute, could you spare 30 seconds to vote for The Spa at Dolphin Square for “Luxury Spa of the Year”? If you have not been it is a wonderful indulgence and something for everyone to keep in mind for gifts or special treats.


Family Events Saturday 16th March

Camden Arts Centre: The Big Bamboozle.  This looks like the top event for the weekend, especially if you have slightly older children.   Come to a day-long celebration of Camden Arts Centre where the garden will be set up like a 1920’s beach complete with beach huts and palm trees.  There will be gourmet stalls and quality arts and crafts for children and adults alike.  Children can make clay finger puppets, decorate clocks, among other things, while adults can take part in sketching lessons and consultations with beauty consultants.

National Portrait Gallery: Storytelling and Family Art Workshop.  The jewellery has gone missing from the palace and who is responsible?  Take the little ones a look through the gallery and learn a little bit about some selected portraits and follow up with an art activity. 10:30-11:15 and 1:30-2:15 for ages 3+.   In addition to this, you can make your own treasure boxes for children ages 5+ 11:30 – 1pm and 2:30-4pm.  All free

Arts Catalyst: Mad Lab Family Day. Come and take part in an afternoon dedicated to science.  Listen to a talk on DIY biology – a movement to demystify and democritise biology showing families how to take it out of the lab and onto the kitchen table.  Follow this up with a hands-on workshop where children will make their own USB microscope and look for microscopic water bears.  £5 per child, £2 for low-income.

Saatchi Gallery Family Art Workshops.  Take part in an artist-led workshop learning about the current exhibit, you must book in advance. 1-2:30, £7

Chelsea World’s End Theatre: My Brother the Robot.  A tale set in the future where the lonely daughter of an inventor creates a robot for a little brother.  Saturday, 1:30.  £8

Love Swimming Lessons Available:

If you are looking for results-driven, individualised swimming instruction where the main goal is to make swimming fun, Bila and Rui have openings from 10am-3pm.  If you are thinking about giving swimming lessons, do give Love Swimming a try.  It might be worth considering taking your child out of nursery a little early to get them enrolled in the swimming school so they might get first dibs on the after-school places when they are in big school.


Saturday Films:

Barbican Family Film Club: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  This epic children’ classic is on the big screen this week!!  Tickets are £2, bring the kids and escape the cold while you chill and watch a movie.  Great price.  11am, all ages

Gate Picturehouse, Back to the Future  Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in this 80s favourite.  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.  Also, head down the road to The Gold on Portobello Road and have a fabulous family-friendly meal in a pre-gentrified Notting Hill gem.  Be sure to get one of the balcony tables in the atrium area … wonderfully food, cool venue and very family-friendly for slightly older kids.

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, Hotel Transylvania; 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


Family Events Sunday 17th March

St. Patrick Day Parade and Celebrations, Trafalgar Square.  Noon-6pm come and watch the parade go down Regent Street, listen to live folk bands, watch a film, make a craft, buy some food and you might be able to buy a beer somewhere.  Great fun, free, all ages.

Also, the London Irish Centre will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party on Sunday, with children’s crafts and activities starting at 11am.  All ages, £5/£10

Royal Academy of Art: Portraying Life.  Inspired by Edouard Manet’s exhibit, bring the kids for a look around and then they can create a portrait of their family member or carer.  11am, free, all ages.

Chelsea World’s End Theatre: My Brother the Robot.  A tale set in the future where the lonely daughter of an inventor creates a robot for a little brother.  Sunday, 11:30 and 3pm. £8

Forge Arts Venue, Keys and Coffee.  Join Sarah Trickey on Violin and Daniel Tong on piano.  Great way to begin a Sunday with little ones.  Tickets £10 adults, £4 children.

And on to the upcoming week:

For Babies and Toddlers:

Pippa’s Poppets: SW1’s favourite singer and songwriter is kicking off another term.  There is an early morning class on Tuesdays and Thursdays 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.

Classical Babies, Knightsbridge.   Bring the little ones to a clarinet and bassoon concert in St. Columba’s Pont Street, just down the street from Harrods.  Concerts £10, babies and children free.  11am.

Forge Arts Venue, Imagination Station.  A sensory movement and music class for babies 4 months to 2 years old.  £7, drop-in.

Electric Scream: Come and see Zero Dark Thirty Experience the luxury of the newly refurbished Electric Cinema.  Mondays, 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 Tuesdays at 10:30 for a screening of The Paperboy 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

Older Kids this week:

Rich Mix Story Craft with Apples and Snakes.  Monday 18th March, 1:30pm.  For children ages 2-5 years old, come along to Bethnal Green’s amazing Rich Mix and listen to Marleen Vermeulen retell the Chinese story Ling Chung complete with instruments and a craft at the end.  £3 per child.

Two Temple Place: Secret Ballet Workshop with New English Ballet Theatre.  Monday 18th March, 11am, 1pm and 3pm.  Come and enjoy pictures of the Cornish coast while also being treated to spontaneous ballet.  Informal dance workshops will follow.  Ages 4+, free

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