Family Events Saturday 23rd March
Wigmore Hall: Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants. Based on the book by Giles Andreae, and for anyone who needs help enticing their little boy to the concert hall, come and join in a fabulous, interactive storytelling session augmented by performances of Handel’s “Music for Royal Fireworks” and Rossini’s “William Tell Overture”. Saturday, 11am, tickets £7 adults, £5 children. Ages 5+
Southbank: Life Upon the Wicked Stage. Come on Saturday for a day-long series of workshops studying Kern, Hammerstein and an introduction to tap dance workshop. Come Sunday to focus on songs from Porgy and Bess, learn Fred Astair’s Top Hat dance and some jazz moves. All free, all ages, starting both days at 10:30
Natural History Museum: Animal Vision Shows. Head over to the Attenborough theatre and enjoy a presenter-led talk with live animals. 10-10:30, 11:30-noon or 1:30-2pm. All ages, free. Pair this with a visit to the fabulous Investigate Room (complete with microscopes, specimens and loads of helpful staff to guide the kids in an investigation) or the Cocoon, where children can learn a bit about the working life of a scientist before heading out into the garden. Great museum, much more than just dinosaurs to explore.
Le Institute Francais: There are all kinds of interesting events on at Le Institute this week. Baby Tales with Chopin for children 0-3 on Saturday 11am, £7 adults, £5 kids. Then Cinikids, Musical Medley (a melange of classical music scenes from the likes of Loony Tunes) Saturday 10am, £5. And lastly, The Lawson Trio will be performing Saturday at 10:30, tickets only £5
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 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. Times available: Monday – Friday, 10am-2pm. There are a few places on Sunday still available.
Fast-track swimming for Easter Holidays are starting to fill up. You can do 4 or 5 day blocks, great prices and your kids will learn much faster as they can consolidate the previous day’s lesson. These are well worth their weight in gold (post coming soon about how Bila got my son swimming in two back to back lessons).
The Penguin King. As far as I am concerned, you can never get too much David Attenborough. Tickets are £2, bring the kids and escape the cold while you chill and watch a movie. Great price. 11am, all ages
Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: Sammy’s Great Esccape. A somewhat sequel to A Turtle’s Tale. 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, Ice Age 4; 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
Forge Arts Venue, Keys and Coffee. The Glendower Duo performing classics on clarinet and piano. Great way to begin a Sunday with little ones. Tickets £10 adults, £4 children.
Wallace Collection: Make a Passover Plate. Head over Sunday to take a look at the traditional Seder plates in the collection, then eat some matza and make your own. Sunday, 2-4pm, ages 6+. £7
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.
Tuesday 2nd – Friday 5th April, 2-5pm, come and join Pippa at Cupcake Mum London (Parsons Green) for a week-long musical theatre workshop for kids ages 3-6 years old. And guess what… its drop-off!!!! They stay and learn song and dance while you go off an enjoy yourself or amuse the other(s). Fabulous price: £100 for members, £130 for non-members with a final performance at the end. You will be amazed at what they are able to do at the end of the week.
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 Ken Loach’s inspiring documentary, The Spirit of ’45. The film is about what the election of 1945 meant for the country and showcases the genesis of the NHS (in my overly-sentimental opinion, humankind’s greatest achievement) 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.ukTweet