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

Oct 30, 2013 by

Really quick, before you dig into what is on this week and weekend:


I was at The Isis Education Centre in Hyde Park today, a post will be coming along, but I know people are always looking for interesting London venues for children’s parties and this is top-notch.  Plus, it’s another resource London families are dependent on and any money we can give the Royal Parks Foundation helps us all. 

If you want a twist on breakfast for the kids, try these easy, protein-rich pancakes made with lots of eggs and spelt flour to help keep little minds focused at school (all ingredients came in my box last week) Abel and Cole Morning Glory Pancakes and help spread the word that you can get a free box and cookbook with the promo code “Londonbaby”.  


Family Events Saturday 2nd of November


Royal Institute of Great Britain, Family Fun Day: Space  11am-4pm, free to Faraday Members.  Join on Jim Al-Khalili and LauraThomas for a day of talks and activities exploring space.  Most importantly to curious minds will be Al-Khalili’s talk on time travel and physics.

Cadogan Hall, Crash Bang Wallop: Join presentor Clair Bloor for a fantastic family concert, “The Mad Professor” by the City of London Sinfonia.  11am pre-concert activitites; hour-long concert at noon.  £8 adults, £6 kids, family of 4 £24

Lauderdale House, Mrs H and the Singalong Band: 10am and again 11:30, tickets £4.50 adults and £3 kids- take the kids to enjoy the iconic Lauderdale House, Hampstead and a great show for kids.


Rich Mix, Africa Film Family Day: 11am-4pm, free all ages.  Bring the kids to Rich Mix for free screenings of the short films “My Shoes” and “When They Slept”. Crafts, storytelling and African market.

Saturday Films:

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: Hotel Transylvania. 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: Kirikou and the Men and Women. 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, Justin and the Knights of Valour; 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 3rd November

Camden Arts Centre, Family Storytelling Sessions.  Join artist Shona Handley as she tells two stories related to the current exhibit and then follows up with a craft making session.  Free, all ages.

Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall, Benjamin Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” come celebrate the season of Britten and being the kids to one of the most child-friendly concerts written.  Tickets for children start at £5, adults £10.


Rich Mix, Origins: Day of the Dead.  This is one of the most fascinating celebrations and children just absolutely adore this.  Similar to All Saints Day but actually a pagan event, Day of the Dead marks the day in the year when you honour the dead.  What is unique is the attitude where there is a lot of mocking of death, completely with sweets and festivities to make it fun.  So head down to Rich Mix for Day of the Dead t-shirt making (book free tickets), sugar skull decoration (book ahead), face painting and good-quality Mexican street food.  Free, all ages

Pumphouse Gallery Battersea Park, Diwali Mobiles.  Use recycled objects to make gorgeous, decorative Diwali mobiles.

And on to the upcoming week:

Big Kids:

See Gobaby App’s Half-Term Guide (I can strongly recommend the British Museum – drop-in clay instrument making and more) but also,

Pia’s Curly Tail – storytelling and craft sessions at Jo Jo Maman Bebe Balham Friday 1st November.

For Babies and Toddlers:


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 more (classes cost £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 In a World …  Tickets are £8.50.

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