What’s On: London’s Best Baby and Family Events

Mar 19, 2014 by


Monkey Music Chelsea’s Summer Term is soon to start, make sure that you don’t miss your chance for a place as the Summer Term is rapidly filling.  If you are new to Monkey Music, be sure to book for a complimentary session and experience the fun for yourself.  Join the hundreds of Chelsea mums and babies who come week in and week out for Monkey Music’s specialist music curriculum.  For a complimentary lesson or to book your place, ring Caroline or Jayne at 02087679827 or email Chelsea.westminster@monkeymusic.co.uk


Family Events Saturday 22nd March

The Velveteen Rabbit Unicorn Theatre

Unicorn Theatre, The Velveteen Rabbit: this classic story where the toy/child relationship make a beautiful analogy to parent and child.  £10 per ticket, limited seats for Saturday and Sunday.


British Museum, Neolithic Workshop.  Explore a reconstruction from the Neolithic site Skara Brae and work with an archeologist to create your own piece of digital Neolothic art (part of the Samsung events) from 11-1:30 and 2:30-5pm, free, ages 7+


London Film Museum, Bond in Motion: come and see the Bond cars on display – a family exhibit celebrating the James Bond films – check prices as they look to be £4.50 and could not find children’s pricing.


Southbank, Pull Out All the Stops: What a better way to get your kids excited about organ playing (I am told there are a lot of organs that need playing around Oxbridge) than an organ festival.  Over Saturday and Sunday they can make organs, play organs, meet the Royal Festival Hall organ, look at early instruments … do check out the festival as it does look fabulously curious and interesting.

Royal Academy of Music, Junior Academy Ensemble.  Dukes Hall, Royal College of Music (just off Marylebone Road).  If you have calm, quiet children, here is a free concert where they scholars get a chance to perform.  3:30 Saturday

Belsize Park Community Library Early Years Family Fun Day: if you have little ones and have not been to the Belsize Park library, you do not know what you are missing.  It is a gorgeous family-friendly campus of library, leisure centre, café – amazing.  This Saturday they are hosting a fun day with giant painting projects, crafts, fancy dress and photos, cloth nappy demo (from Nappy Ever After – used them for both kids and cannot give a higher recommendation for cloth nappies, their ease of use and the costumer care), market stalls and parent-prenuers on hand to chat.  £1 entry, 1-5pm, all ages

Half Moon Theatre, Nobody Rides the Unicorn :  For children ages 4+.  Come enjoy handcrafted puppetry with the story of Zoe who is tricked by the evil Dr. Slythe and the greedy King of Joppardy to capture a unicorn to steal her horn.  Will Zoe risk her own safety to help save the unicorn? Tickets are £6 each.  11am and 2pm

Lauderdale House, Saturday Kids Show, Eddy the Teddy: Performances at 10am and 11:30am, Eddy has been in hospital, join him on an adventure of friendship.  Children under 2 free, adults and children £4.50

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Saturday Films:

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: The Muppets (2011- the one with Jason Segel.  The kids have banned me from singing “Am I a Man or Am I a Muppet). 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: Walking with Dinosaurs. Tickets are £2, bring the kids and escape the cold while you chill and watch a movie. Great price. 11am, all ages.

Buster Keeton The General

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, The General (Buster Keeton’s 1926 classic!!);  9:30am. 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 23rd   March
Two Temple Place, Sunday Craft: Join Eloise for a drop-in workshop might be inspired by the lions in the current exhibit.  Located just outside Temple tube stop.  Free, all ages, drop-in, 2-4pm

Battersea Park, Pumphouse Gallery: Work with artist Tanya Kaprielian to learn mark making and drawing techniques….  Free, noon – 4pm, all ages.

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.

And on to the upcoming week:

For Babies and Toddlers:

Wigmore Hall, For Crying Out Loud: Thursday 27th March.  Bring your infant under 12 months to Wigmore Hall for a sweet taste of sanity and civilisation (the nicest parts).  £6 for a 40 minute concert.  11am and 12:30pm

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: Masha and the Bear

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


Royal Opera House Family Sundays: Sunday, 30th March come and try on costumes from various performances, listen to arias, make stage props … it is an amazing day out with the kids.  £3 for children, £5 for adults (and if you head over to Sophie’s Steakhouse, just around the corner, kids eat for free on Sundays)

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