What’s On: This Week for London Families
Aquababies Swimming Classes: New classes Tuesdays 11:30 – 1pm, few spaces remaining. Aquababies, a specialist swim school for infants and toddlers up to 3 years old, has a few openings remaining in their Marble Arch venue at exceptional value – £75 for 5 week course. Bring a friend and mention London-baby and you will receive a 20% discount. Bring two friends and get a 40% discount (don’t forget to mention London-baby!!). Ring Sam on 01273 833101 and he will happily give you more information about the course, the instructor and the pool.
28th – 31st May Royal Court Theatre, Short Plays for Children: This is a very special event. Plays written by and for children, directed and acted by the Royal Court – great fun for the entire family at a reasonable price £10 adults, £5 children. Book early as these go quickly.
Battersea Park, Pumphouse Gallery: Printed Patterns. Come and make your own tea towel learning the craft of printmaking. With the help of artist Helen Bridges, children will design and cut their patterns and print them onto their own keepsake tea towel. Saturday 26th, noon-4pm, free, drop-in
Saatchi Gallery, Storystock: Children will also be given an “anti-guide” to help them interact with the current exhibition, Pangaea. Friday 25th there are a few places remaining in the stop-motion animation workshop and Saturday is a junk modelling workshop. £15 per child includes craft session, storytelling and guided tour through the exhibit.
The London Garden Museum: Saturday 12th, 11am-1pm & 1:30-3:30, all ages, drop-in, free craft making activity
V & A: in addition to the Imagination Station (craft kits you can take around the museum to make something walking around the museum) there is a good deal of theatre on. Bottom’s Dream is on Sunday 27th, free, all ages. Shakespeare 4 Kidz is giving a performance Friday 25th at 11am, 1 & 3pm (brilliant, the kids loved this and its free/drop-in).
Saturday Films and Shows:
Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Mr Peabody and Sherman. 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 Lego Movie. 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, The King and the Mockingbird, 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
Sunday Family Events
Royal Opera House: Family Day – come in for a selection of fabulous activities including trying on real, “retired” opera house costumes (the quality and artistry up close is exquisite) listen to a mini-performance, arts and crafts, stage make-up demonstrations. Brilliant day out (and Sophie’s Steakhouse, near-by, lets kids eat free on Sundays)
Southbank, Orchestra in the Age of Enlightenment: Head over to Southbank for a special, interactive concert for children ages 2-5. Tickets are £9 for adults, £1 for children over 2 years old.
For Babies and Toddlers:
For Crying Out Loud: Wigmore Hall is hosting short concert for mums and carers of infants under 12 months old. £6 per adult, babies free. Tuesday 29th April 11am and 12:30.
Ritzy, Brixton, Toddler Time:Thursdays 11am, £3 per child, adults free. This week’s programme: Olly and the Little White Van
Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am. £7.50. This week’s feature: CalvaryTweet