What’s On: London Baby, Toddler and Family Events June 15th-20th 2013

Jun 12, 2013 by

Family Events Saturday 15th June

Monkey Music Chelsea: Father’s Day in Hawaii at Cineworld Fulham Road.  There might be a ticket or two left, come and join Jayne for a tropical-themed day for dads.  9:30 Jiggety-Jig 2-3 year olds; 10:15 and 11am Heigh-Ho 1-2 years; 11:45 Rock n Roll 3months-1 year.  This is pure delight for dads and kids, do check in with Jayne and give dad a real treat this father’s day.  jayne.harris@monkeymusic.co.uk

Trooping the Colour.  Come out to the mall and revel in the full pomp and grandeur of the Queen’s Birthday celebrated by the military ceremonies in front of Buckingham Place.  Saturday from 10am with flypast at 1pm.

Spitafields Music Summer Festival: The Great Enormo.  Michael Rosin presenting the City of London Sinfonia at the Children’s Library at Idea Store, Whitechapel.  2-3pm, musical instruments available from 1:15.  Booking required, free event, all ages.

Wigmore Hall: Sounds Fishy.  Joint Kate Mapp for a Schubert-inspired day of musical activities for children ages 5+.  Make a nautical composition and then have a go at presenting your piece on the Wigmore Hall stage.  £12 adults, £8 children.

The National Portrait Gallery: Storytelling for Families.  Come and hear From Lincolnshire to Stormy Seas, the story of Captain Cook, and do a bit of art after.  For ages 3+ and their carers. Free, spaces allocated on arrival.  10:30-11:15 and again 1:30-2:15.

The National Portrait Gallery: Family Art Workshop, “Me, Myself and I”.  Explore what makes you special and then design and print your own t-shirt.  For ages 5+, 11:30-1pm and again 2:30-4pm.  Free, spaces allocated on arrival up to one hour before the start.

Southbank: The Adventure Club.  Adventures Tim (CBBC’s “Superhumans”) and Tieman (CBBC’s “The Slammer”) are back with another fast-paced, slap-stick comedy for the family.  Saturday and Sunday 4:15.  Tickets £10 or £15.

The Puppet Theatre Barge: Fowl Play – A Farmyard Adventure.  Come and see the curious and imaginative mix of Little Venice, a barge and puppet theatre – complete magic.  Saturday 11am and 3pm, £8.50 children, £10 adults.

Little Angel Theatre, Going on a Bear Hunt:  This wonderfully imaginative puppet show is for children ages 2+.  Saturday 1st and 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.

 

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Saturday Films:

Barbincan Family Film Club: The Croods   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: Chimpanzee.  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, Chimpanzee; 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 9th June

National Army Museum, Father’s Day Events.  Shooting range, assault course, rock climbing wall and sword play.  10am – 5pm, free, all ages.  My boy will be one of the many dragged away kicking and screaming from the Royal Hospital Grounds …

Design Museum: Sunday Workshop.  Design a chair.  £5 children, £10.25 adults.  Explore the numerous chairs in the Design Museum and then design your own miniature chair.  For ages 5+, 2-4:30pm.

Southbank: The Adventure Club.  Adventures Tim (CBBC’s “Superhumans”) and Tieman (CBBC’s “The Slammer”) are back with another fast-paced, slap-stick comedy for the family.  Sunday 4:15.  Tickets £10 or £15.

The Puppet Theatre Barge: Fowl Play – A Farmyard Adventure.  Come and see the curious and imaginative mix of Little Venice, a barge and puppet theatre – complete magic.  Sunday 3pm, £8.50 children, £10 adults.

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.

Coffee and Keys, Forge Arts Venue.  Come and join Simon Hewitt Jones on violin and Daniel Swain on piano for a Sunday morning concert of contemporary and classical pieces.  Tickets £10 for adults, £4 per child.  Very family friendly with a great brunch on sale after.  11am – noon.

Little Angel Theatre:  This wonderfully imaginative puppet show is for children ages 2+.  Saturday 1st and 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.

Love Swimming is now taking bookings for Summer Fast-Track.  This is London’s premier, results-driven, specialist swim school.  As of 9th June, autumn places will be re-allocated.

 

And on to the upcoming week:

For Babies and Toddlers:

MONKEY MUSIC – BRAND NEW CLASSES ON FRIDAY MORNINGS AT CINEWORLD CINEMA! OPENING NOW!
Monkey Music is opening Friday morning classes at Cineworld Cinema (absolutely amazing venue and fantastic teaching). Monkey Music is currently full and has no spaces available so they are expanding! Their classes are in high demand as they are so popular.  Call us to book your spot! jayne.harris@monkeymusic.co.uk, check out her web site and Facebook page

Electric Scream: Mondays, 11am.  Come and watch Man of Steel.  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.

Classical Babies, Knightsbridge.  Monday 17th June, 11am at St. Columba’s Knightsbridge.  Come and bring the little ones for a solo harp performance.  £10 per adult, children free.

Bach to Baby:  Wednesday 19th June, Notting Hill and Thursday 20th June, Pimlico.  Concerts start at 10:30, coffee starts at 10am.  £10 per adult, children free.

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 Much Ado About Nothing. Tickets are £8.50.

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