What’s On: London Baby, Child and Family Events April 20th-27th

Apr 17, 2013 by

If you can’t tell, I am a little bit excited about my client Carrier.  They have kindly extended London-baby readers an additional 5% off their already exceptionally valued family holidays (read my review).  Carrier offers an amazing selection of luxury resorts and hotels where the kids stay free, even during the school holidays.  Further, you can create a completely bespoke holiday with their skilled travel team, taking all the work out of the planning and getting value out of your time and expense.

Family Events Saturday 20th April

Saatchi Gallery, Family Art Workshop. Come and explore Russian contemporary art in a artist-led workshop designed for children ages 3-12 years old.  This week focus on the work of Dasha Fursey.  £7 per child, 1-2:30, booking essential workshops@saatchigallery.com

St. Martin-in-the-Field, Mini Maestro.  Introduce your children to Mozart’s Requiem with this fabulously entertaining and interactive concert series for children.  4:30pm, £8.50 per person, ages 4-12.

Whitechapel Gallery, Family Day.  Booking recommended to join Ella Phillips and Alexander Edward to discover the potential of creative play.  In this interactive workshop, families will watch films hand-picked by the artist and then explore the gallery with a family trail.  Noon – 4pm, all ages.

National Portrait Gallery Family Storytelling.  Learn about artist Eduardo Paolozzi, who grew up surrounded by sweets, cakes and sherbet and decided to make art from discarded sweet wrappers.  10:30-11:15 and 11:30-1pm all ages, free, drop in.

National Portrait Gallery Family Art Workshop.  Take inspiration from Eduardo Paolozzi and create a Tudor medallion out of sweet wrappers.  Ages 5+, 1:30-2:15 and 2:30-4pm, free, spaces allocated on arrival.

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.  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, 11:30am -1:30pm. There are a few places on Sunday still available.

Saturday Films:

Barbincan Family Film Club: James and the Giant Peach.  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: Wreck-it Ralph.  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, Rio; 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 21st  April

Family Barn Dance, Cecil Sharp House.  Bring the kids to a fabulous London institution: The English Folk Dance and Song Society for a barn dance.  Come and sing and dance with your kids for the last fleeting moments they might enjoy doing so on Sunday, from 3-5pm.  Tickets £3 for kids, £5 for adults.

Camden Arts Centre, Make and Do Sundays.  Artist Jason Baker is helping children create their own puppets and then using the puppets to create a cumulative rolling animation parade of puppets, not something you get to do every day.  Free, all ages, 2-4pm.

Shakespeare’s  Globe Theatre: Birthday Whirligig.  Come for an afternoon of family activities celebrating the birthday of the Baird.  There will be bubbling cauldrons, Prosporo will be there and Kevin McMahon from the Edinburgh International Magic Festival.  Noon-5pm

The Design Museum, Design and Make Workshops.  Make a model of your own imagination inspired by Design of the Year.  £5 per person, ages 5-11, booking essential tickets@designmuseum.org

And on to the upcoming week:

For Babies and Toddlers:

Wigmore Hall, For Crying Out Loud.  Wednesday, 24th April.  Concerts for carers of children under 1 year of age.  Tom Green performs, £8 per adult, baby free.  11am.

Electric Scream: Mondays, 11am.  Come and see Compliance 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.  Also, there is now 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, Pimlico.  Thursday, 25th April.  Come and enjoy classical guitarist Morgan Szymanski, £10 for adults, children free.  Coffee from 10:30, concert begins at 11am at St. Gabriel’s Church.

Gate Picturehouse, Big Scream.  Tuesdays at 10:30.   Bring your infant under 12 months on for a screening of  Love is All You Need. Tickets are £8.50.

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