What’s On This Week for London Families

Feb 26, 2014 by

Few quick notes before getting to this week’s post:

There is a very nice family looking to rent a 2 bedroom flat near Pimlico from 1st April through the end of June.  They have an infant and another child under 5 and have great references (from one of Pimlico’s best citizens).  Please email me at laura@london-baby.com if you have any ideas or suggestions.  Many thanks

For anyone contemplating what an academy/free school might mean for your child or for anyone else’s child, please come to South London Education Question Time Thursday, 27th February.  Fiona Phillips will be chairing the event, with a variety of participants.  There is a shortage of school places in many London neighbourhoods.  Academy/free schools are the only ones opening – it is really important to learn from parents and other insiders what is really going on in these schools (like that there is no play in the timetable for 4 year olds at some schools in SW1)

Londonbaby promo code is running with Abel and Cole  you can use this code for new customers to get a 4th box free and a great cookbook.  Abel and Cole has some goodies coming your way for existing customers, and I will fill you in on that shortly.  In the meantime, here is a recipe for Coconut Kale Saag (don’t crash my server clicking through at once) it is actually a fabulous dish.

And lastly, would you like to put your people and performing skills to use, entertaining children and adults alike?  Would you like to earn some extra income and still keep school holidays for you and your children?  Come and join the fantastic, supportive team at Monkey Music Chelsea, Belgravia and Gloucester Road – good pay (honest) and perfect hours for mums.   To learn more about the lovely position and the small, supportive and enthusiastic team you will be working with (and GREAT boss) ring Caroline or Jayne at 02087679827 or email Chelsea.westminster@monkeymusic.co.uk


Have a great week,



Family Events Saturday 1st March

Somerset House Family Events

Somerset House Family Workshop: come and help make a pageant for the Thames.  Make boats, draw bridges and people along with a procession of boats  Free, ages 6+, non-5pm

Mistunderstood Monsters Half Moon Theatre

Half Moon Theatre, Misunderstood Monsters: For children ages 4-9.  Overcome your fear of spiders, fiends, aliens and crocodiles in this fast-paced, spoken word performance. Tickets are £6 each.  Saturday 11am and 2pm

Lauderdale House, Mrs Bubbles and the Teddy Bear Picnic: Performances at 10am and 11:30am,bring your own teddy bear and come a stroll through the park.  Children under 2 free, adults and children £4.50

Saturday Films:

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Moshi Monsters. Tickets £1 with £4 membership, popcorn and juice £2. (best £3 you will ever spend on a rainy Saturday)

Barbican Family Film Club: This week’s feature: The Wind in the Willows. 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, Moshi Monsters; 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 2nd March

Camden Arts Centre, Make and Do.  Come join artist Judith Brocklehurst to take a look at the current exhibit and have a go at making your own art.  2-4:30pm, free, drop-in, all ages.

Two Temple Place Family Sundays

Two Temple Place, Sunday Craft: Join Eloise for a drop-in workshop might be inspired by the butterfly drawer in the new exhibit, Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration from the University of  Cambridge Museums.  We stopped in last Sunday and it was brilliant.  My8 year old had a fantastic time making a lion mask.  Just outside Temple tube stop.  Free, all ages, drop-in, 2-4pm

Battersea Park, Pumphouse Gallery: Yussef Mrabty, The Spoken Word.  Come and work with words using rhythm and sounds.  Free, all ages.

Ragged School Museum Sunday open house

Ragged School Museum, Sunday Open House and Victorian Classroom: head out to the East End and check our Dr. Bernardo’s Ragged School – remind your children of the place anytime they whine about being incredibly privileged children.  Open from 2-5, with the Victorian Classroom Experience at 2:15 and 3:30.  It is good fun, £2, all ages

Family Activities Wallace Collection

Wallace Collection, Little Draw: 1:30-4:30 this Sunday, work with an artist to get inspired by the collection to do your own drawings.  Great fun, free, all ages (and its just off Marylebone High Street, making for a great day out)


Royal College of Music, Igniting Opera in a Day: Ages 6-12, have a mini opera workshop and then head over to the Royal Albert Hall for a matinee performance of La Boheme at the Royal Albert Hall.  Tickets £20, and include 1 adult and 1 child ticket to the performance.

Royal Opera House Family Sundays, 27th April: We went to the last “family Sunday” a few weeks ago and hope to get to another soon.  The kids got to try on real costumes from the opera house, we listened to arias performed by opera singers, made a mini shadow puppet theatre and puppets – this was a fabulous event of the highest quality and cannot recommend it enough.  The next two Family Sundays have sold out, so you might want to get tickets to this one if you are interested.


And on to the upcoming week:

For Babies and Toddlers:

A Playdate that Counts – Your Baby Can Help Vision Research

What does your baby see? You and your baby can help us understand the science of vision!

UCL’s Child Vision Lab, together with the charity Fight For Sight, are developing interactive games that measure your baby’s ability to see.  They are looking for healthy volunteers aged 3-12 months, to come play the games between now and June 2014. All the games are fun, safe, and only take a few minutes to complete.

To register for a visit or find out more about the Child Vision Lab:

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: Rastamouse: Da King’s Speech

Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am.  £7.50.  This week’s feature: The Book Thief

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