What’s On: London Baby, Child and Family Events for 1st – 7th June 2013

May 29, 2013 by

In case you missed it, here is a list of London half term family events and workshops. 

Begging you all to please read the London Fire Station Closure Consultation and think about the impact not having first responders near your home.  Not only will they cut fire fighters who might come and save you, they specifically mention “lock outs” and “stuck in lift” as services to be terminated.  Who would you call if your toddler was stuck inside your flat with the keys?  I will be in touch with more information about how we can engage to keep these vital services; in the meantime, attend your local meeting and sign the petition.

  • Camden, Thursday, 30 May 7-9pm at McNamara Suite,      London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB
  • Greenwich, Wednesday 29 May 7-9pm      at Lecture Theatre 315, King William Building, University of Greenwich, 30      Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9LS
  • Havering and Redbridge,      Monday, 3 June, 7-9pm at Lambourne Room, Redbridge Town Hall, 128-142 High      Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1DD
  • Islington, Tuesday, 28 May, 7-9pm      at Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, Islington N1 2UD
  • Kensington and Chelsea,      Monday, 10 June, 7-9pm in the Kensington Small Hall, Hornton Street, W8      7NX
  • Kingston-upon-Thames and Richmond-upon-Thames, Tuesday 4 June, 7-9pm at Clarendon Hall, York House, Richmond      Road, Twickenham TW1 3AA
  • Westminster, Tuesday, 11 June 7-9pm      at the Parker Morris Hall, The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith St, London      SW1P 3BR

 

Family Events Saturday 1st June

Chelsea Fringe Festival: Meanwhile Gardens, w10.  Head over to Bayswater at Meanwhile Gardens for a fantastic afternoon of nature crafts for 2-8 year olds as part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival.  Choose between making nature collages, veggie print-making, painting and tactile, messy play with lentils, beans, rice and more.  Free, but booking strongly recommended.  Please contact Anna at info@greenpeasevents.co.uk/ tel: 07949392708, www.greenpeasevents.co.uk (they do fantastic birthday parties and events)

Design Museum: Come and sketch your own chair at this free activity put on in conjunction with the Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things Exhibit.  All ages, drop in.

V & A Museum, Mini Musicians.  Use your body and musical instruments to explore rhythm and movement.  This is intended for very young children and their siblings could tag along, too.   Saturday and Sunday 11am, 1 & 3pm, free.

Little Angel Theatre:  This wonderfully imaginative puppet show is for children ages 2+.  Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd 11am, 1:30 and 3:30pm.  Wednesday 5th at 10am; Thursday 6th 10am and 1:30pm.  Tickets £12, but it is a really good production, check out my review of Going on a Bear Hunt.

 

Saturday Films:

Barbican Family Film Club: Laurel and Hardy, Rebellious Clowns.   Complete with live music accompaniment.  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: London International Animation Festival 2013 .  Tickets £1 with £4 membership, popcorn and juice £2.  My husband’s rainy day ace in the hole read the review, 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, Rango; 10:30am.  Brilliant animated feature.  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 2nd June

Camden Arts Centre, Make and Do Sunday.  Come and join artist Adam Walker as he leads the children through an activity designed around Dieter Roth’s new exhibit: Diaries.  2-4pm, all ages, free.

Ragged School Museum: Bring the kids to Victorian school at the Ragged School Museum this Sunday and they will really appreciate how great they have it.  All ages, donations welcome 2:15 and 3:30.  Also, they have events on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th  from 10am to 5pm.

Clapham Pottery: Come along to throw a pot, listen to live music and loads of other fun activities in support of Clapham Pottery (a non-profit community studio offering classes for all ages and abilities and incomes).  Sunday noon to 5pm, adults £5, kids £2 all ages welcome!!

Little Angel Theatre:  This wonderfully imaginative puppet show is for children ages 2+.  Sunday 2nd 11am, 1:30 and 3:30pm.  Tickets £12, but it is a really good production, check out my review of Going on a Bear Hunt.

V & A Museum, Mini Musicians.  Use your body and musical instruments to explore rhythm and movement.  This is intended for very young children and their siblings could tag along, too.   Saturday and Sunday 11am, 1 & 3pm, free.

 

And on to the upcoming week:

For Babies and Toddlers:

STUCK IN LONDON AND FED UP WITH THE RAIN?  MUSIC IS OPENING NEW CLASSES OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS
Come and join us for a visit to the seaside at Monkey Music- sunshine and fun are guaranteed! BRAND NEW FRIDAY MORNING CLASSES AT CINEWORLD CINEMA, Chelsea.  Book now before they fill up.
They are opening new classes due to popular demand in Cineworld Cinema on the Fulham Road. The classes are held in a beautiful, carpeted, private room in the cinema with loads of natural light and easy buggy parking! Come along and find out what Monkey Music is all about with your little one- classes from 3 months to 4 years.
To book your complimentary class Email chelsea.westminster@monkeymusic.co.uk Call 020 8767 9827

 

Electric Scream: Mondays, 11am.  Come and see The Hangover Part III  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.

Little Angel Theatre:  This wonderfully imaginative puppet show is for children ages 2+.  Wednesday 5th at 10am; Thursday 6th 10am and 1:30pm.  Tickets £12, but it is a really good production, check out my review of Going on a Bear Hunt.

Imagination Station, play music and movement for babies 4 months +: Fun and affordable interactive music and movement class for infants and toddlers.  Mondays at the Kensington Library, Wednesdays at the Forge Arts Venue in Camden, Fridays in Marylebone.  See web site for details.

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

 

Just for Mums (but babies and toddlers can some too)

Little literates: how do children learn to read and write and what can you do at home to help them? This one hour session looks at early reading and writing development in children. One of the greatest pleasures as a parent is seeing your child become literate – what can be done at home (that is fun and games-based) to help your child’s literacy along? This session, led by Gabrielle Villani (a Deputy Head Teacher and new NCT mum) will cover how children may be helped with their pre-reading and writing skills before they start school. The content will appeal to parents who are interested in how literacy skills develop over time, from as early as a few months old. There will be books available for toddlers in attendance but you may also wish to bring one or two toys to keep them amused.

Venue for both  St. Thomas More Room, St Mary’s Church (enter via Draycott Terrace), Cadogan Street, SW3 London . Cost – £5.50 per person

Gabrielle is a Deputy Head Teacher and has been working in education for 13 years. She has been a Literacy Co-ordinator at the school where she teaches and has a Master’s in Early Literacy Intervention.

Note for attendees: please come to the parish office door (not the Rectory door) and please ring the bell clearly marked ‘Kensington Ballet’. The door will be clearly signed for the purpose of each of the NCT sessions.

Session times – Daytime 5th June, 11am to 12pm, babies and toddlers welcome.

Evening – 5th June, 7.30 to 830pm (no children please)

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