What’s On This Week: London Baby, Toddler and Family Events

Sep 18, 2013 by

Quick word to mums of school age children about my favourite company in the world…

London’s premier organic grocery delivery company, Able and Cole, has put together an amazing school fundraising scheme, Farmer’s Choice.    If you have been involved in the ardours of school fundraising, do take a look at Abel and Cole’s Farmer’s Choice Scheme – 25% goes directly to your school.

Also, if you are interested, I wrote up how much it costs me to fill my kids’ lunchboxes with Abel and Cole versus school dinners … I was surprised at the cost comparison.

Family Events Saturday 21st September

Globe theatre

The Globe Theater, Sackler Story Days: Join Debs Newbold for a dramatic re-telling of Macbeth.  Recommended for ages 9+, £15 for one adult and one child, £8 for each additional ticket.

Wigmore Hall, Open House Family Day: Come for a fabulous day of exploring the sumptuous Wigmore Hall.  There is a musical treasure trail around the hall and an interactive workshop at the end of the day.  11am-3pm, free, all ages

National Portrait Gallery Storytelling and Family Art Workshop: Storytelling sessions for ages 3+: come and hear a story behind a portrait and follow up with a short art activity.  Free, 10:30-11:15 and repeated 1:30-2:15.  Family Art Workshop: Explore painting techniques and portraits.  Ages 5+, 111:30-1pm and 2:30-4pm.  All free, tickets allocated one hour prior to start on first come basis.

Geffrye Musuem Family Art Day

Geffrye Museum, Family Art Day:  Join the artist-led workshop team and make ceramic magnets with your kids, 2-4pm, free

battersea power station

Battersea Power Station: Last chance to tour the inside of London’s iconic landmark before the flats go up around it (I would like to mention that Boris Johnston has closed the fire station serving Nine Elms in addition to Westminster’s Greycoat place and Knightsbridge fire stations.  Your insurance premiums will go up more than your council tax would have – last chance petition to stop the closure of London fire stations) enough digressing, it’s a great day to show the kids the inside of this awesome structure.   Be prepared for queues to enter!!

Saturday Films:

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: Despicable Me 2. 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.

Barbincan Family Film Club: Sherlock Hound. Tickets are £2, bring the kids and escape the cold while you chill and watch a movie. Great price. 11am, all ages.

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, Despicable Me 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 22nd September

horsemans st johns

St. John’s Church Hyde Park, Horseman’s Sunday: Now in its 46th year, come and watch hundreds of horses parade through Hyde Park Crescent to get a blessing from the vicar in the my favourite, understated, quirky and meaningful London family events of the year.


Arts and Crafts Fair, Lauderdale House.  From 11-6 on Sunday, puppet show at 2:45 plus other children’s activities to allow one to shop and one to supervise.  All ages, voluntary donations welcomed

Rich Mix Bethnal Green: Bring the little ones to The Poetry of Joe, Cbeebies Rhyme Rocket performer, for a hilarious and imaginative puppet show.  £6.   Romeo and Juliet told in Bengali Folk Street Theatre form – live music, Bengali, songs, dance and stick fighting help bring a unique twist to this play.  £10.

laurderdale house

Battersea Power Station: Sunday will be the VERY last chance to show your kids the inside of this awesome structure.   Be prepared for queues!!

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.

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.

Coffee and Keys, Forge Arts Venue. .  Come and hear composer Nikolay Medtner performed by Mae Haydon, mezzo soprano and Alexander Karpeyev on piano. £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 £9 for a one-off class and great fun.

Monkey Music Jayne Harris - St. Michael's Church Belgravia, St. Stephen's Church Gloucester Road, National Army Museum, Cineworld Fulham Road

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.  Hop over the Beaufort House, on The King’s Road, on Mondays with the little ones for classes with Culture-kids, La La Lydia Jenkins, Alisa and the Wriggly Crusaders and each class £10.  Come and sample Beaufort House’s award-winning menu, 2 courses £10.  Mondays from 11am

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

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