Victorian Photographs, Autumnal Gardens, Family Sing and Young Orchestra for London

Oct 16, 2014 by

This Weekend for Family, Bigger kids and Little Ones:

Geffrye Museum Autmnal Gardens

Geffrye Museum: Autumn Gardens – Bring the kids, all ages, to Geffrye Musuem and enjoy a day of autumnal gardens.  Children can make leafy creatures, autumn mobiles, sensory play, garden activities, and a Geffrye Explorer area.   Sunday 10:30-4pm

Big Draw Family Day at Keats House: head up to Hampstead and over to Keats House.  Take a good look around the house to get inspired, then add your work “It’s Our World” themed collaborative work.  Sunday 1-4pm.

Saturday Spectacular Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall, Saturday Spectacular: bring kids all ages to Cadogan Hall for a silly, audience participation, full orchestral concert.  Music of the highest quality for children of all ages.  Saturday 11:30.  Kids £5, adults £7.50

Mostly for bigger kids and perhaps their younger siblings:


National Portrait Gallery– Victorian Photographs: ages 5+, 11:30-1pm & 2:30-4pm.  This is a fabulous event, children dress up using props and have their photograph taken against a backdrop making an cherished keepsake photograph to take home (from an earlier event above).  Also, the Storytelling session focuses on Dame Edith Evans, learn all about the portrait of London’s leading lady followed by a craft.  Saturday, ages 3+, 10:30-11:15 & repeated 1:30-2:15.  All free, tickets allocated on arrival, 1 hour prior to the start.

Royal College of Music Family Discovery Day

Royal College of Music Sparks Family Discovery: The Great Classics. Bring children age 6+ for music discovery workshops followed by attending The Great Classics concert at Royal Albert Hall.  Tickets are £20 for 1 adult and 1 child, £7.50 for each additional ticket.  Sunday 9:45am

Wigmore Hall – family sing with Dominic Harlan, bring the kids along to learn some songs you already know and some you might not be familiar with.  The workshop works in with the half-term.  Saturday, for ages 7+, concerts at 10:30 and again at 1:30.  Adults £9, children £7.


Southbank Young Orchestra for London Discovery Day – Young instrumentalists from London’s 22 boroughs are invited to Royal Festival Hall for an afternoon of workshops, exploration, discussion and debate about music.  On Saturday from 10am – 5pm, Barbican Guildhall and Southbank Centre with conductor Sir Simon Rattle are for the first time organising this event.  Children ages 11-21 should bring their instruments to Southbank for a day of learning.

Little kids (and perhaps their older siblings):

Garden Museum:  Head over to the gorgeous Garden Museum for an enchanting storytelling session, followed by a charming craft-making activity.  Saturday mornings, craft 11:00, storytelling 11:30.

JW3: head over to Finchley Rd for AMAZING activities for families.  Yogabugs, crafternoon, Imagination Station for infants and toddlers, lots to do!!!


Chelsea’s award-winning mum and baby activity, Monkey Music, is now three weeks into the term and as there are only a few places remaining, Monkey Music Chelsea is offering a fabulous promotion for London-baby readers: when 3 or more mums join together, the membership fee is £1 (normally £18).  Spaces are filling up quickly and the offer will not last for long, avoid disappointment and book your place soon.  Call Monkey Music on 020 8767 9827 (don’t forget to mention London-baby) or email


Family Cinema:

Curzon Cinema, Victoria:  Do head over and check out Victoria’s swish, new cinema, right off Victoria Street.  This week’s Kids Club programme: Toy Story.  Saturday and Sunday, 10:30. £3.50 per person.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Escape from Planet Earth.  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 House of Magic. 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, Bugsy Malone (1976, made entirely of a cast of children),  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

Le Institute Francais: Room on the Broom, Sunday 11am.  £5 per ticket.

For Babies and Toddlers:

Ritzy, Brixton, Toddler Time:Thursdays 11am, £3 per child, adults free.

Electric Cinema, Electric Scream: This week’s feature: The 1100 Foot Journey– 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: Gone Girl

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