What’s On: This week’s Best London Baby, Toddler and Family Events
Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival: taking place in various venues along the Thames including Greenwich; Royal Arsenal, Woolwich; Wood Wharf, Canary Wharf, various tall ships from near and far will be parading down the Thames with free tours in the three docks aboard some ships from 10am – 6pm Friday and Saturday.
Little Angel Theatre Summer Party, St. Mary’s Gardens, Islington: Sunday 7th, 1pm – 5pm. Celebrate the opening of Fantastic Mr. Fox with a great day of puppet making (£30 per child for the10am-1:30pm workshop for 5-11 year olds), cakes and parades. All ages, free outside of the workshop.
Angel Canal Festival, Islington: Sunday 7th, 11am-5pm, all ages, free. Combine this with the Little Angle Theatre’s Summer Party, head over to City Road Lock Basin and go on boat trips (canoe and bell boats), Punch and Judy show, bouncy castle, storytelling, pottery sessions, live music, Pearly Kings and Queens, food and craft stalls and much more.
The Musical Adventurists: “Best children’s party entertainment ever” – I had The Musical Adventurists to my own home for a party earlier in the summer; I cannot recommend them more highly – everyone was thrilled. My son’s class has taken the characters with them over the summer, they are still playing Captian Boon! Cross the dark lagoon. The Musical Adventurists provided hours of quality fun and magic, the kids can’t wait for them to come back… London’s Children Entertainers The Musical Adventurists. Check out some footage here – so. much. fun.
Phoenix Gardens Agricultural Show and St. Giles Fayre: Saturday 6th, noon-6pm, all ages, free. Come to the West End’s famous little gardens and enjoy Punch and Judy, brass bands, Morris Dancing, bell ringing, cake stalls, bee keepers, lavender, and rare breed farm animals.
Wallace Collection, Little Draw: Sunday 7th 1:30-4:30, all ages, free. Come join illustrator Heidi Deedman who will lead the making and doing workshop. Head over to the farmer’s market after and stroll the high street.
Somerset House, Family Drop-in Workshop: Saturday 6th, noon-3pm, ages 6-12, free. Part of the Tattoo Art Today exhibit, help create a tattoo map of the world.
Picassos in the Park, Kennington Park: Saturday 13th September, 10-11:30, 4 week course £40 per child, ages 5-10 years old. Art classes for children on Saturdays in Kennington Park run by local Kennington Mums Laura and Chloe. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 078414452181
Villa Pia, Tuscany’s All Inclusive Family Getaway: escape the crowds and the heat, head to Tuscany’s family paradise, Villa Pia. Pool, playground, indoor play area; fitness, sport and exploring for the adults – a perfect place where families are completely catered for. Check out my reivew
Saturday and Sunday Films and Shows:
Curzon Cinema, Victoria: This week’s Kids Club programme: Frozen Sing-Along … “The cold never bothered me anyway”. Saturday and Sunday, 10:45. £3.50 per person.
Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Glitterball. 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 Nut Job, 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:
British Museum: Ancient Lives, New Discoveries: Tuesday 9th September, 10am-noon, room 5. Mummies (and Daddies) carers, here is a dedicated time for you to visit this extraordinary exhibit of mummies from Sudan and Egypt. A great way to miss the queue for tickets and bring the pushchair along. £10
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 email@example.com
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: 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