What’s On This Week: London’s Best Free and Affordable Family Events

Nov 20, 2013 by

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Family Events Saturday 23rd  November

coopers arms

Monkey Music Christmas Open Day Launch Party – Join Monkey Music Chelsea for a complimentary class in the gorgeous, spotless, light and airy Coopers Arms on Flood Street in Chelsea.  Bring the family; make it a special kick-off to the festive season.  Please ring 0208 767 9827 or email Chelsea.westminster@monkeymusic.co.uk to book your place – regular classes commencing at this venue in  January 2014.

Lauderdale House, Big Goldilocks and the Three Bears:  Come and see the Booster Theatre Cushion’s production at 10am and 11:30, tickets £4.50 adults and £3 kids- great price for live theatre and the chance to enjoy the iconic Lauderdale House, Hampstead.


Half Moon Theatre, The Boy Who Cried Wolf: a beautiful retelling of Aesop’s classic tale for 3-7 year olds.  Tickets are £6 each.  11am and 2pm

Scottish Nattional Jazz Orchestra

Southbank, Jazz Toons: Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.  Come to family themed jazz concert, tickets start at £5, all ages.  Head over to the Southbank Christmas Market before or after.  Concert starts 3pm

Saturday Films:

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: The Jungle Book, timeless classic. Tickets £1 with £4 membership, popcorn and juice £2.

Barbican Family Film Club: Justin and the Knights of Valour. 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, Turbo; 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 24th November


Royal Academy of Art, Family Studio: Colour in the Desert.  Join Australian artist Albert Namatjira for a workshop on water colour landscape painting (head over to Fortnum and Mason after for your Christmas Pudding).  11am-2pm, free, drop-in.

The sunday Spot South London Gallery

South London Gallery, The Sunday Spot: join artist Laura Carle as she leads children through a playful, hands-on workshop inspired by Oscar Murillo’s current exhibition. Free, ages 3-12, 2-4pm

London Design Museum, “Fashion Fabulous”: inspired by the exhibit “Hello my Name is Paul Smith” children will dress their own 3D mannequin.  Drop-in, 2-5pm, ages 5-11, free with museum entry.

London Jewish Cultural Centre, Chanukah Gift Fair and Fun for Kids.  Loads of activities for kids including doughnut decorating, t-shirt graffiti, henna tattoos, face painting, magic workshop, candle making (activities are 50p- £5 paid for in purchased tokens).  For adults there will be a pamper and massage area and a gift fair with loads of interesting Entry £2 for adults, kids free.

Sutton House

Sutton House Christmas Craft Fair: Join a Georgian Christmas Feast, make your own Christmas cards, write your letters to Santa, decorate your own mince pies and then step over the road to Mare Street and make Georgian Hackney Lanters.  Adults £3.50, children £1, Family £6.90

Hampstead Christmas Festival: on and around Hampstead High Street.  Kick-off the day with a 10:30 screening of “Up” (one adult can do some Christmas shopping while the other relaxes with the kids).  After there will be musical and circus acts on the stage throughout the day.  There will also be a treasure hunt and Santa’s Grotto.  There will be food and market stalls all over for you to peruse and enjoy.  10:30 – 5pm.

And on to the upcoming week:

For Babies and Toddlers:

Mini Music Makers Pimlico

Mini Music Makers –  Pimlico.  Holy Apostles Church, Fridays 10am – 11:30am (check site for times and ages).  Join Jeremy, a classically trained musician who brings traditional nursery rhymes to life with beautiful singing and musicality.  Children have a great time and music as do the adults.  £7 per child (or £5 per child paying in advance for the term)

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

Forge Arts Venue, Imagination Station: Bring the babies , from 4 months, along to this enchanting music and sensory class.  From 10am Wednesday mornings, 4 months to 3 years.

Ritzy, Brixton, Toddler Time: Thursdays 11am, £3 per child, adults free.  This week’s programme: Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom

Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am.  £7.50.  This week’s feature: Computer Chess


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