What’s on for London Families
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Family Events Saturday 13th April
Somerset House: Free Drop-in Workshops. Saturday noon-3pm, in conjunction with the Landmark: The Fields of Photography exhibit, come and join this drop-in workshop and make your own custom made collage landscape.
Forge Arts Venue: Children’s Interactive Music Workshop. Music workshops for children ages 1-4 years, fabulous way to lay a good foundation for music appreciation. £6 online, £7 at the door.
V and A: Tudor Tales – learn the stories of kings, queens and overseas adventures; Saturday and Sunday 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Imagination Station – design your own coat of arms on a shield or a flag. All day Saturday and Sunday.
Southbank: Bollywood Dance and Singing Workshops: Saturday 13th April, 11am. Bring your voice and your moves and learn how to sing and dance like a Bollywood star. Free fun for all ages in the foyer spaces.
UPCOMMING – Royal College of Music: Choir in a Day. Saturday 21st April, 10am. Day-long workshop focusing on children working to compose a song as a group and then preform it on stage of The Royal Albert Hall. Ages 6-12. Tickets £20
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-2pm. 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.
Barbincan Family Film Club: The Never Ending Story. I never saw this, but I think its from back in our day. 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: Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian. Brilliant story and an excellent way to augment or enter the Narnia books. 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, Wreck-It Ralph; 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
Rich Mix, Bethnal Green: A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures. Tickets £1.50, Saturday and Sunday at noon. All ages
Family Events Sunday 14th April
Southbank: Fabindia Master Dyer print workshops. Come and learn how to dye fabric in the foyer spaces of Royal Festival Hall. Free, all ages, 3pm.
Royal Academy of Art, Family Art Workshop. Bookmaking workshop!! Create your own narrative and then make your own handcrafted book to record it in. Free, all ages, 11am-2pm.
Southbank, Moon and Genie. Hilarious sounding plot: a boy, Jamal and his street dancing monkey conjure up the genie of the saucepan to cook Jamal’s grandmother some food. Show is 40 minutes long, but allow an additional 20 minutes for after show events. Fabulous reviews, all ages, Royal Festival Hall, £8. Noon and 3pm.
Forge Arts Venue, Keys and Coffee. Cello and piano duo with Tatiana Chernyshova and Elena Kiseleva. Great way to begin a Sunday with little ones. Tickets £10 adults, £4 children.
And on to the upcoming week:
For Babies and Toddlers:
Classical Babies, Monday 15th April, 11am. Come and enjoy a fantastic concert at St. Columba’s, Pont Street (just around the corner from Harrods). £10 per adult, children free.
Electric Scream: Mondays, 11am. Come and see The Place Beyond the Pines Experience the luxury of the newly refurbished Electric Cinema. 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.
Pippa’s Poppets: SW1’s favourite singer and songwriter has a new venue … GAMBADO!!!. Bring your kids along to Pippa’s class and get one hour of play in Gambado after!!! Wednesdays 9:45 for babies and 10:10 for toddlers.
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.
Bach to Baby, Notting Hill. Wednesday, 17th April. From Bach to Broadway, come enjoy Belinda Evans fabulous soprano accompanied by Miaomiao Yu on piano. Notthing Hill Community Church, £10 for adults, children free. Coffee from 10:30, concert begins at 11am.