What’s On for London Families: Blood, Opera, Dixieland Jazz Bands, Barn Dance and more

Oct 9, 2014 by


This Weekend for Family, Bigger kids and Little Ones:

Steam Extravaganza Kings Cross

King’s Cross, Stream Extravaganza: an indoor celebration of the age of rail featuring Dixieland jazz band, Victorian phot booth, coal shovelling contests, dry ice and wacky water show, storytelling, drinks and food.  Great day out for young and old alike.  Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm, all ages, free.

cecil sharpe house English folk and dance society may day

Cecil Sharp House Family Barn Dance – bring the kids and enjoy live music, expert callers and folk dancing instruction.  Under 2s free, £7 adult, £5 children.  Sunday 3-5pm

V and A Big Draw

V & A Big Draw: stop in and help make a magical hat inspired by Clara Button, add your creation to the hat installation and have your artwork on exhibit in the V & A.  Sunday, 10:30-5pm.

The Musical Adventurists in action

The Musical Adventurists in action

The Musical Adventurists:  “Best children’s party entertainment ever” – I had The Musical Adventurists to my own home for a party 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.

Mostly for bigger kids and perhaps their younger siblings:

Royal Institute Family Day

Royal Institute Great Britain: Family Fun Day, Blood– Come and spend a day taking part in hands-on activities and enjoying lectures on blood.  There will be a talk on vampires in folklore and literature along with cardiology specimens and an interactive artificial lung exhibit. Ages 6-12, £12 adult, £6 3-18 year olds.

Wigmore Hall Open House Day 22nd September 11am

Wallace Collect, Ba’ROCK Opera: Create an opera in a day. Led by Luke Crookes and Marc Woodhead, children will take inspiration from the baroque paintings at the newly refurbished Wallace Collection Great Gallery and then head over to Wigmore Hall to perform the opera on stage.  Saturday 10:30-3:30, £15 per adult, £10 per child.

Clapham Pottery Family Day

Clapham Pottery Family Day: bring the kids and have a magical afternoon of art therapy at Clapham’s pottery studio.  Tickets are £10 per person, Saturday 1:30-3pm.

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.  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, Lego Movie screening, Rosh Hashanah celebration, food explorers and more


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  chelsea.westminster@monkeymusic.co.uk

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: Pirates!  Saturday and Sunday, 10:00. £3.50 per person.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Beauty and the Beast.  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: Mr Benn Short Stories. 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, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,  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:

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

Electric Cinema, Electric Scream: This week’s feature: Gone Girl– 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: ‘71

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