What’s On: London Baby and Family Events
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Family Events Saturday 7th September
St. Martin-in-the-Field, London Musical Arts Orchestra Family Concert. Saturday, 4:30pm, Festival Family Prom. Come join this child-centered family concert where children are invited to listen and interact with the instruments. Fantastic value at £8, buy 2 tickets for 2 different concerts and get a 3rd concert free.
Somerset House, Free Drop-In Family Workshop: Design Your Own Water Feature. Work in various media to produce your own water feature to rival the Safra Fountain Court … it might even be warm enough to run through it. Fantastic child-centered event if you are out and about in the West End. Saturday noon – 3pm, ages 6+ but younger siblings warmly welcomed.
Southbank, Beanotown Festival. It’s the last weekend to enjoy the sandy beach, the wheelbarrow gardens, the greenhouse and rides … it’s all free, for kids young and old.
Thames Festival, The Great River Race: Watch 300 Dragon boats, Viking longboats, Irish cunraghs, to name just a few, make their way from Docklands to Ham, Surrey. The race starts in Docklands at noon. Free, good fun.
If you are out and about with a pushchair in London over the holidays, download the best London Baby App to date: Gobaby App. All London Underground and DLR stations are listed with their push-chair navigation explained in detail through four simple icons. Once you get the hang of the icons, you can tell by a glance if the station is step-free, has more than 10 steps, has a lift or requires an escalator. For nervous mothers like me who find the escalators intimidating, but happy to bump the pushchair down a small flight of stairs to get on a lift – this app is INGENIUS and the best £1.49 you will ever spend.
Further, over 1,000 nappy changing restaurants and retailers are listed. Even better, each restaurant listed has an icon indicating if they have high chairs and children’s menus. Worried about downloads or your battery dying while you are out? Search neighbourhoods in list format or view your saved destinations without needing internet access or draining your battery. Check out The Gobaby App review on London-baby.com and Gobaby App’s review in London’s Evening Standard.
Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: Sammy’s Super T-Shirt. 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, The Smurfs 2; 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 8th September
Camden Arts Centre, Family Storytelling and art activity. Sunday 11am-12:30 with one story at 11am, a second at 11:10 and an art activity at 11:20. A third story at noon, fourth at 12:10 and another art activity at 12:20.
Spitafields Farm, Eco-Chic Market. Every Sunday noon – 6pm with loads of great diversions for children including Bay Leaf the Donkey and other animals from the farm, along with artesian foods and crafts.
Coffee and Keys, Forge Arts Venue. Lawson Piano Trio – Annabelle Lawson on piano, Clara Bliss on violin and Rebecca Knight on cello. £10 for adults, £4 per child. Very family friendly with a great brunch on sale after. 11am – noon. Coffee and tea from 10:30
And on to the upcoming week:
For Babies and Toddlers:
Buggy Bootcamp, Hyde Park: Join Kerri Holland and the nicest group of new mums and dads, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30am. Meet at the pedestrian bridge near the Serpentine Café (not the big bridge past the Lido) and bring the little ones along. Fantastic Value £6 for a one-off class and great fun.
Monkey Music Chelsea, Gloucester Road & Belgravia: Chelsea’s favourite specialist weekly music classes guarantee lots of fun and giggles, mesmerizing the little ones with Monkey Music songs, beautiful puppets, hand crafted props, specialist percussion instruments, dance, movement and magical bubbles, providing the perfect, structured environment for your child to flourish and develop. It’s great for making grown up friends too! Fabulously clean, wonderful venues, great families and kids.
The highly acclaimed Ding Dong( 3-4 yrs) classes teach the children to read music, introduce the instruments of the orchestra and provide a super preparation for learning an instrument.
Monkey Music was voted the best class in Chelsea by NETMUMS last year.
For all class details and to book a complimentary class please click here
Join Monkey and his friends on facebook too https://www.facebook.com/MonkeyMusicChelseaAndWestminster?ref=hl
Beaufort House Mummy Mondays: Introducing Chelsea’s latest craze in King’s Road baby fun, Mummy Mondays at Beaufort House. Come along Wednesday, 11th September for a free day of taster sessions with Culture-kids, La La Lydia Jenkins, Alisa and the Wriggly Crusaders and more all complimentary. Come and sample Beaufort House’s award-winning menu, 2 courses £10. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org. Wednesday 11th 10-12:30
Gate Picturehouse, Big Scream. Tuesdays at 10:30. Bring your infant under 12 months on for a screening of About Time Tickets are £8.50.Tweet