What’s On London Families: Reindeer, Drag Queens, Ice Rinks, Film Festivals and More ….
This Weekend for Family, Bigger kids and Little Kids and Babies:
Covent Garden Reindeer Feeding: take in the baubles, the lights, the mulled wine, the mince pies, shop the artisan stalls, watch performers and listen to music – all for free (except the food, booze and gifts). Good fun, noon-4pm, Covent Garden
Ice Skate Vauxhall Christmas Maze: This looks so sweet and charming – new this year to the Vauxhall skating rink is a Christmas Tree Maze. This is a small forest of trees covered in lights, you work your way through the maze and find a seasonal friend at the end!! Can’t wait to check this out. Also, street food and gift stalls.
Upcoming: Royal Opera House family Sunday. The next family Sunday is 30th November, but this events tends to sell out. It’s a great day out for families, performances, costumes, stage makeup and set design activities are just a few of the interactive events that take place. Children £3, adults £5
London-baby is pleased to introduce a fabulous London mumpreneur’s membership site offering deep discount on the highest quality (and highest chicness) French children’s brands. Do take a look at Tendre Deal, a discount members French children’s clothing site.
Mostly for bigger kids and perhaps their younger siblings:
South Ken Kids Festival: Huge apologies for getting the dates wrong on this, I went to send a retraction email correcting the date and was barred for sending too many emails! Hopefully no one inconvenienced too much. This weekend, head over to Le Institute Francais and take part in various workshops and talks children’s literacy luminaries including Anne Fine, Judith Kerr and Alex Scheffler. Most activities need to be pre-booked, so check the details before heading over.
Royal College of Music Orchestra for a Day: for instrumentalists ages 6-12 (beginner to grade 5) bring your instruments along and take part in a mini-orchestra before heading over to Royal Albert Hall for a special Sparks concert. From 9:45 at RCM, £20 per child including concert.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields, LMA Mini Maestros Ode to Joy: After petting the reindeer in Covent Garden, head over to St. Martin’s to hear some Beethoven in this interactive, family concert. Tickets £8.50
World’s End Theatre, Aunty Ben Sunday 23rd, 3pm. Come and learn about a drag queen aunt and join a journey of acceptance that many families are unique and all families are special. Tickets £10.
Pumphouse Gallery, Battersea, Photographic Paintings: Sunday 11:30-3:30 all ages, free. Join artist Raksha Patel to explore how painting and photography combine. At 2pm families may join a tour of the exhibit.
Garden Museum, Storytelling Saturdays: 11am-noon, free, ages 2-8 (all ages welcome). Come and join for a craft making and storytelling session. Gorgeous and serene space, a very enjoyable end to Saturday morning.
Little kids (and perhaps their older siblings):
Somerset House Ice Rink: Fortnum and Mason is offering mid-week tickets for just £5. Perfect for older kids who might be able to skive off school (or for little ones not yet locked away) … Monday 24th November – Friday 28th, 10am-4pm.
British Museum, Little Feet – All Wrapped Up: This is for next week, but I thought I would tell your early to Bring the under 5s to the British Museum for a fabulous, hands-on journey to ancient Egypt. Free, drop-in Friday 28th November, 10:30-noon.
JW3: head over to Finchley Rd for AMAZING activities for families Sunday. Yogabugs, crafternoon, Imagination Station for infants and toddlers, lots to do!!!
Babies and Toddlers
Ritzy, Brixton, Toddler Time:Thursdays 11am, £3 per child, adults free.
Electric Cinema, Electric Scream: This week’s feature: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1– 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: Get on Up
Curzon Cinema, Victoria: Do head over and check out Victoria’s swish, new cinema, right off Victoria Street. This week’s Kids Club programme: The Princess and the Frog. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30. £3.50 per person.
Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: The Unsstoppable Tickets £1 with £4 membership, popcorn and juice £2. (best £3 you will ever spend on a rainy Saturday)
Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, no Good, Very Bad Day, 9:30am. Check out the Electric Cinema with its plush, red velvet beds, sofas and armchairs. Looks like a great way for Dad to occupy the kids on a Saturday morning.