What’s On for London Baby and Kids This Weekend
Villa Pia, the quintessential Italian holiday for mums and babies (read my review) is offering London Baby and Kids readers £100 discount off their already exceptionally valued all-inclusive holidays between 18th April and 23rd May. Grab your mates and the kids, and enjoy a holiday of eating, drinking and relaxing in the Tuscan countryside. Do check, as there may be a few mid-week arrivals available which will bring down the cost of flights.
This weekend for the Family:
King’s Place, London A Capella Festival: Take the kids over to King’s Place for all ability, all ages workshops from 10-11, 11:30-12:30, 1-2 – tickets £9.50
Wallace Collection, Little Draw: Sunday 1st February, all ages, free, 1:30-4:30. Join Heidi Deedman to make a cut-out paper forms inspired by artwork in the Wallace Collection.
V and A, Pop-up Performances: The Big Race, bring the kids for this retelling of a Chinese Zodiac traditional tale with live music and dance. Free, all ages. Saturday and Sunday 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
This Weekend for Younger Children and Perhaps their Older Siblings:
Kenwood House, Family Day: Creative workshops for the family where you work together to create work of life inspired by one of Kenwood House’s world-famous painting. Sunday, noon-4pm. Free, with entry (which is free for English Heritage members).
Pumphouse Gallery Sunday Social: Creature Consequences 1st February Sunday, 11:30-3:30pm. Join ceramic artist Amy Hughes and look at the path of evolution and create a prehistoric creature.
This weekend for older kids (and perhaps their younger siblings)
Wigmore Hall, The Music Machine: Saturday 10:30-3pm. Join the Royal Academy of Music for a day-long music workshop. Ages 6+, £15 adults, £10 kids
Serpentine Gallery Family Day: Sunday 1st noon-5pm, see Julio Le Parc’s exhibit and then join filmmaker James Holcombe to draw, sketch, punch 16mm film and then project it. Free, drop-in
Ragged School Museum Family Sunday: Bring the kids to the Ragged School Museum Sunday from 2-5pm where they can learn all about Dr. Bernardo and what life was like for some children in London. At 2:15 and 3:30, your kids can take part in the Victorian Classroom; they will happily run back to their own schools Monday morning.
National Gallery, Drawing Sunday: Come and join artist Thomas Gosebruch to find a mythical creature and place it in a surreal sunset make with rubbing and printin. Ages 5-11, 11am-12:20 and 2-3:20
Half Moon Theatre, Shoe Kangaroo and the Big Bad Boot: Saturday, ages 4+, 11am and 2pm. Join Pavlo watching a gorgeous magic show and see if he is able to prove himself and belong. 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 Chelsea.firstname.lastname@example.org call Caroline or Jayne on 208767 9827
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: 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: Unbroken. 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: Kingsman: The Secret Service
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 Book of Life. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30. £3.50 per person.
Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Dolphin Tale £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 The Book of Life. 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 Lego Movie, 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.