What’s On: London for Families September 13th-20th

Sep 11, 2014 by

St. Katherine Docks classic boat festival

Totally Thames Festival:  There are lots of interesting events take place along the Thames this weekend as part of the Totally Thames Festival:


Firing on the Foreshore, Bankside: Saturday noon – 3pm, free.  Come and watch as Thames clay is fired in driftwood collected from the Thames (a 5,000 year old tradition).  At the same time, there will be “Thames Finds” on display – learn how to properly identify clay pipes and Victorian beer bottles you might collect mud larking.  There will be an archaeological walk at 1:30.  All free, all ages.

Classic Boat Festival, St. Katherine Docks: family activities, floating cinema, music and stalls will surround St. Katherine Docks and the vintage boats moored there.  Take tours aboard, or just walk around famous vessels like The Gloriana.


Blue Ribbon Village, Potter’s Fields: Saturday and Sunday, noon-6pm.  Head to Potter’s Fields for clay modelling, farm animals, Unicorn Theatre leading workshops, music, food and much more … all free, all ages.


Kings Place Festival, Kings Place:  Saturday, 11am-7pm, all ages, £6.50 adults, £4.50 kids.   Bring the entire family to a delightful cultural festival offering concerts and workshops for the entire family.  From cake decorating, to Guardian Newspaper family workshops, wine tasting (sans enfants), Alice in Wonderland performances … all events are £6.50 per adult, £4.50 per child – but take a look around.  One might sit with the kids while the other attends a talk or concert.

Evlina Family Fun Day Oval

Family Fun Day at the Oval, in support of Evelina London:  Saturday, 11am – 5pm, free.   Head over to the Oval for a scootathon, bouncy castle, farm animals, face painters, balloon artists and more to help raise money in support of Evelina London.

Brixton Bolt, Pope’s Road, Brixton: Sunday noon-3pm, free, all ages.  Take part in 100 metre footraces to determine the fastest little boy/girl, big boy/girl, man and woman in Brixton.  Initially started in support of the 2012 games, this even is in its third year.  BBQ, face painting and good neighbourhood fun.  Registration begins at noon, races start at 1pm.


Pumphouse Gallery, Battersea Park: Sunday 11:30-3pm, free, all ages.  “What’s the Story?” Join artist Amy Pennington and explore the storytelling and narration through old slides and photographs to make your own artefact for narration.

Stockwell Festival, Larkhall Park: Saturday noon-6pm.  Music, rides, workshops, dog show with Battersea.

Family Cinema:

Curzon Cinema, Victoria:  This week’s Kids Club programme: Frozen Sing-Along.  Saturday and Sunday, 10:45. £3.50 per person.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Matilda.  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: Mooman and Midsummer Madness . 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 Unbeatables,  9:30am. Check out the 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


For Babies and Toddlers:


Chelsea’s award-winning mum and baby activity, Monkey Music, is pleased to announce it is launching a special, new venue Chelsea’s Mermaid Retreat (Chelsea’s gorgeous mum, dad and baby retreat for post-partum overnight stays right on up to toddlers) located right on The King’s Road.  These classes will be solely for infants 3-12 months.  Spaces are filling up quickly for October, avoid disappointment and book your place soon.  Call us on 020 8767 9827 or email chelsea.westminster@monkeymusic.co.uk

Aquababies Marble Arch Parent and Baby Aquafit

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.

Ritzy, Brixton, Toddler Time:Thursdays 11am, £3 per child, adults free.  This week’s programme: The Grufffalo

Electric Cinema, Electric Scream: This week’s feature: Before I go to Sleep– bring babies under 12 months to this amazingly plush cinema, relax with some coffee and catch a flick.

Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am.  £7.50.  This week’s feature: Before I go to Sleep


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