Silent Film Festival, The Attenborough Studio, The Four Seasons … What’s On This Week in London

Jan 22, 2015 by

This weekend for the Family:

lma orchestra

St. Martin-in-the-Fields, LMA Mini Maestro: Bring the family to this child-centred concert and introduce the children to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.  Tickets £8.50 adults, £6.50 children

Pumphouse Gallery Sunday Social

Pumphouse Gallery Sunday Social: Exploring Unknown Territories.  Imagine who first lived around London and what the prehistoric landscape might have looked like.  Family tours of the exhibit at 11:15 and 2pm for babies right up to grown-ups.  Older children can take part in Caroline Claisse’s project “Unknown Territories” and make their own art project.  Sunday, 11:30-3pm.

This weekend for older kids (and perhaps their younger siblings)


Natural History Museum, Attenborough Studio, A History in the Life of Fossils: Join the author of the book “A History in the Life of Fossils” for a discovery of how these rocky remnants record the evolution of life and hear the stories of the scientists who discovered them. The Attenborough Studio is located in the Cocoon, younger siblings can wander around the Cocoon or explore the gardens just outside the studio while the older child and parent attend the chat.  Saturday 12:30-1 and 2:30-3pm


BFI Southbank, London Comedy Film Festival, LOCO Jr: An introduction to silent comedy film and live accompaniment by The Lucky Dog Picture house.  Bring the kids to watch a series of classic silent comedy shorts and learn a little bit about what makes it work.  Sunday 2pm, tickets £10.45 adults, £8.45 children.

National Gallery, Drawing Sunday: join artist Harriet Hill to learn about tone, form and volume in Chiaroscuro paintings.  Children will create three tone pictures.  Ages 5-11, 11am-12:20 and 2-3:20

London Design Museum, Create and Make: Saturday, 1-4pm ages 5-11.  Bring the kids to make pup-up surprises in the Design Museum studio.  Fabulously resourced and organised, pleasant way to spend a shivery afternoon.  Free with museum entery.


Half Moon Theatre, Shoe Kangaroo and the Big Bad Boot: Saturday, ages 4-9, 11am and 2pm.   Take a journey to an island of lost shoes with mime, clowning and beautiful puppets helping create this imaginative production.  Tickets £6.

Babies and Toddlers


Monkey Music Pimlico, Chelsea and Belgravia: Come and join Jayne and her expert staff for loads of fun on Friday mornings in her new Pimlico venue at Holy Apostles or Friday afternoons at the Cineworld Cinema on Fulham Road, there are also of other lovely venues in Chelsea and Belgravia.  Monkey Music’s specialist, award-winning, pre-school music classes are favourites with mums all over Chelsea and Westminster.  Please call or email to book your spot in your local class as just a few places remain for Spring term  call Caroline or Jayne on 208767 9827

st james sussex gardens stay and play

New Playgroup in W2: Stay and Play at St. James’s Church, Sussex Gardens.  This gorgeous church is located just off Hyde Park, near the Italian Fountains, opposite Lancaster Gate station.  They have just opened a lovely little playgroup complete with homemade cakes, tea, coffee, and juice for the kids.  There is singing, but the rest of the time is unstructured time to mix and mingle with other parents, carers and children.  Stop in Mondays 10-noon, all are welcome.

Tendre Deal French Children's Clothing Discount Site

Tendre Deal: This is a site just set up by the lovely London Mumpreneur, Alexandra.  Tendre Deal is a membership site (free to join) where regular flash sales give discounts up to 70%  for French brands like Jacadi, Chupeta, Janod and Leontin. Great mum, great site and great brands at a bargain

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

Electric Cinema, Electric Scream: Mondays.  This week’s feature: The Imitation Game. 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: Into the Woods

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: How to Train Your Dragon 2.  Saturday and Sunday, 10:30. £3.50 per person.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: The Boxtrolls £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 is Pim and Pom: The Big Adventure. 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, Tinkerbell, 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.

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