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

Apr 11, 2014 by

monkey on his hols

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


This Weekend:

Globe theatre

The Globe: Saturday 12th April, 11am and 2pm, ages 6+, £15 for 1 adult/1 child, £8 for each additional ticket – Story Days.  Bring the little ones to hear The Tempest brought to life in this interactive storytelling session.

Royal Academy of Art: Sunday 13th April, 11-2pm, all ages, drop-in, free – Lego Reimagined.  Come and work with Lego to create your own fairy tale structure.

St. Martin in the Field, Mini Maestro:  Saturday 12th, 4:30, all ages, £8.50 adults, £6.50 children.  Come and listen to an interactive concert, Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

The London Garden Museum: Saturday 12th, 11am-1pm & 1:30-3:30, all ages, drop-in, free – Felt Brooches and Badges.

PABA - sport reflief Aquababies

Aquababies: Parent and Baby Aquafit Classes (PABA) now taking bookings for their new classes in Marble Arch (super-sumptuous Marriott pool).  Bring the baby, get a workout, spend some quality time in the pool and meet local mums.  Fabulous class for post-partum bodies in a great pool; kids up to 3 years old welcome!  Read my review



And on to the week ahead:


Isis Education Centre: come to Hyde Parks best place for kids, the Isis Eduction Centre and take part in booked nature classes or drop-in for making and doing later in the week.  Tuesday 15th April 8-12 year olds will work with resident education biologists to discover spring animals – £12, booked in advance.  Alternatively, drop-in Wednesday and Thursday for free making and doing activities.

BFI, Southbank: Book your kids into a film making workshop.  Work with green screens or make your own Easter Egg hunt film. Ages 8+, book ahead, £22 for day-long session.

Sir John Soane’s Museum: Animal Architects workshop, Thursday 17th April.  Ages 6-11, £25.

Royal Institute: hands-on science demonstrations and lectures for school age kids.

Holland Park Ecology Centre: for ages 5+, with ages 8+ allowed to be left unaccompanied.  2 hour sessions £5.40, 4 hour sessions £9.50.  Meet in the Holland Park Ecology Centre (now located in the Adventure Playground) and let the kids have fun making shelters, learning about lizards, hunting for minibeasts, looking for owl pellets – all kinds of fantastic activities.  Monday 14th– Thursday 17th and Tuesday 22nd – Friday 25th.

Ragged School Museum: Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th. 10-5pm, all ages, drop-in.  Take the kids out to Tower Hamlets and discover what life was like for Dr. Bernardo’s children.

Chelsea Physic Garden: Wednesday 16th, 5+, 10:30-noon & 1pm-2:30, £6.60 – Gardens Safari and Microscope Marvels. Thursday 17th, 8+, 10:30-2pm, £8.60 – Celebrate Spectacular Seeds and Examine Exceptional Eggs.

Royal Albert Hall, Elgar Room:  Little Angel Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty in the Wood.  Monday 14th & Tuesday 15th , 11am & 1:30.  £11.20 children, £13.24 adults.  Live music, video projections and fantastic puppetry bring this classic tale to life.

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 Saturday 12th, 19th, 26th and Sunday 27th, free, all ages.  Shakespeare’s Puppet Show is on Monday 14th – Saturday 19th at various times, £5 per person and £15 per family.  Shakespeare 4 Kidz is giving a performance Tuesday 22nd – Friday 25th at 11am, 1 & 3pm.

National Portrait Gallery: Tuesday 15th– Saturday 19th, ages 5+, free, drop-in – come and take part in a variety of storytelling and craft sessions taking place throughout the late morning and early afternoon.  Create your own family portrait, make your own cut out card portrait, make a family silhouette and much more…

Wallace Collection:  Monday 14th April, ages 9-12 years, £12, 10:30-3:30- Dress Up and Draw.  Children will work with an artist to sketch the clothed human form.  Wednesday 16th, ages 5+, free – Twelve Labours of Heracles.  Come and take part in the retelling of King Eurytheus and Hera; a talented storyteller with a few props will guide the group through a theatrical production of the story.  Thursday 25th April,, 10-2:15, all ages, free – Spring Fling.  Drop in and make a work of art inspired by the collection with a Spring theme.

Kensington Palace: Thursday 17th – Monday 21st, ages 7-11, £16.50 per adult: various activities running, this is a great place to do some exploring with the kids and not have to deal with the crowds at the museums.

Two Temple Place: Monday 12th, 1-3pm, free, all ages, drop-in – Games Galore.  Come and explore board games old and new.  Wednesday 16th: 11:10, 12:10, 1:30 or 2:30, free but need to book as only 10 children per session – Meet Charles Darwin.  Come meet the man and make some worms.  Thursday 17th, 1-3pm, free, drop-in – Make a Captain Cook or Mary Anning Puppet to take home.  Friday 18th, ages 6+, free, but need to book in advance – Easter Egg Extravaganza.

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