“What’s On: London’s Baby, Toddler, Child and Family Events

Jun 19, 2013 by

Quick note:

Parliament has all-party support for a bill that would empower parents to defer enrolment of summer-born children.  If you are not aware, there is robust and consistent research demonstrating the disadvantage summer-born children have in the inflexible starting age of children in England.  I will have a longer post giving more information on this in the following week, but if you are already informed, please contact your local MP and persuade them to support this bill.  The aim of the legislation is only to empower families who feel their summer-born children would benefit from deferment.


On a lighter note, I have a fabulous new client I would like to introduce you to: Sno Water

Sno Iceland Glacier Water

Brand-new to the London market, Sno Iceland Glacier Water this is the purest water you can find.  It is sourced from glacial run-off in Iceland, making the water completely free of hormones, caffeine, anti-depressents, etc.  Further it has zero nitrates, which is of particular concern to expectant mums and babies.  It is PH neutral, super high in oxygen content and just amazing tasting water.  Head over to any Whole Foods  to try some or to Buggy Bootcamp in Hyde Park.

Family Events Saturday 21st June

West End Live, Trafalgar Square: Come and celebrate London theatre in Trafalgar Square with Billy Elliot, Wicked, Matilda and scores more.  Saturday 11am-6pm.  Sunday noon-6pm.  Free, all ages

All Saints Road Summer Solstice Party: Head out to Notting Hill and join in master classes for home decorating and antique restoration, and have the kids make and do at various sessions on the day.  From 11am

Brixton Windmill Community Party: Did you know there was a just-about working windmill in Brixton?  Head over to Windrush Sq 1pm Saturday and watch the parade walk over to the Windmill where there will be entertainment, animals, food and loads of fun.  1-6pm, free

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, Sunday 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 and Sunday 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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Scouting for beautiful homes

Going on holiday? Have a second home? Travelling for work? Kid & Coe is currently accepting applications to join its network of rental properties around the globe. The travel company offers home-from-home hideaways for family travellers. As an extra incentive, the first 50 family-friendly properties accepted will receive professional photography to make each home truly shine.

To learn more, email info@kidandcoe.com or visit http://www.kidandcoe.com/ Be sure to Mention London-baby!!

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Saturday Films:

Barbincan Family Film Club: Oberhausen and More. 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: Wrong Trousers Close Shave. 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 in the heart of Notting Hill 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, old skooool, The Incredibles; 10:30am. Check out the newly refurbished Electric Cinema in Notting Hill 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 22nd June

National Gallery, Workshops for Children: Broccoli to Brocade.  Come for a 2 hour workshop where children will explore print making with Thomas Gosebruch.  Workshops start at 11am and 2pm, free, tickets allocated one hour before workshop start. Ages 5-11

Southbank: Monski Mouse Baby Disco Dance Hall.  Bring the under 5’s out to shake and groove!!  £8, 3pm

Coffee and Keys, Forge Arts Venue. Do not miss this amazing concert – The Caminetto Singers with Hannah Berridge, Soprano; Joanna Harriesm Mezzo Soprano; Joseph Thompson, Tenor; Laurence Williams, Bass.  £10 for adults, £4 per child. Very family friendly with a great brunch on sale after. 11am – noon.

Love Swimming specialist swimming school SW1


Love Swimming is now taking bookings for Summer Fast-Track. This is London’s premier, results-driven, specialist swim school. Also, book for September’s Baby Swimming classes.

And on to the upcoming week:

For Babies and Toddlers:

monkey Music Chelsea

MONKEY MUSIC, Chelsea’s favourite baby group, Monkey Music is expanding to make room for more friends to come and join the fun.  As an exclusive offer with London-baby, bring along 2 friends to try the new Friday morning classes at Cineworld Cinema on Fulham Road and join for only £1 (normally £17).

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

Looking Ahead:

NCT Kensington and Chelsea Nearly New Sale: Saturday 6th July 10am, St. Peter’s Church, Notting Hill – click through to get more details, book a table, etc.

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