What’s On for London Families-

Jan 15, 2015 by

Monkey Music Chelsea

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.westminster@monkeymusic.co.uk  call Caroline or Jayne on 208767 9827


This weekend for the Family:


Wallace Collection, Ball in the Hall: pop into the The Wallace Collecttion on Saturday from noon – 4pm and celebrate the reopening of the Great Gallery.  There will be dancing, caricaturists, art workshop and an Instagram trail.

Live portrait drawing Royal Academy

Royal Academy, Live Portrait Drawing.  Stop by the courtyard of the Royal Academy on Sunday from 2-5pm and get your portrait sketched by artists Lilias Buchanan or Claire Price.  You must sit for 15 minutes, so this may be fun for the grown ups to get there portrait sketched while the little ones fun around the courtyard under another adult’s supervision.


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

National Gallery, Studio Sundays: Head over to The National Gallery on Sunday to paint your self portrait in acrylic paints on a Renaissance background printed on a wooden board.  Free, ages 5-11


Tate Britain, The Petits Painters: French speaking 7-12 year olds come and take part in a 2 hour observational drawing class taught completely in French.  Ages 7-12, 10-12:15, £20, Drop-off.


Le Institute Francais, Eleanor’s Secret.  This is a very sweet, beautifully animated film for children ages 3+.  Follow the story of children entering their grandmother’s secret library.  2pm Sunday, tickets £5.

Red Riding Hood Puppet Theatre Barge

Puppet Theatre Barge, Red Riding Hood and the Wolf who Tried to Eat Her: Head over to Little Venice and watch this beautiful retelling of this classic tale on board the Puppet Theatre Barge, Saturday 11am and 3pm, Sunday 3pm.  Children £8.50, adults £12

The Great Brush Up

Royal Academy, The Great Brush Up: Come to this free drawing and painting workshop lead by Art Macabre.  Sunday 11-3pm, all ages.


National Portrait Gallery, Sound and Vision: Bring children ages 3+ to an interactive session from 1-2:30 and children 7+ to the session from 3-4:30.  Free, drop-in.

Camden Arts Centre, Build an Otter Dam: head over to Camden and make an otter dam in the gallery.  Sunday, 2-4pm.


Little kids (and perhaps their older siblings):


Half Moon Theatre, Need a Little Help: Friday 10:30 and 1:30, Saturday 1pm and 3pm, tickets only £8, children ages 3-7.  A play based on the experiences of a young carer with original music and fun, physical comedy.

National Portrait Gallery, Sound and Vision: Bring children ages 3+ to an interactive session from 1-2:30 and children 7+ to the session from 3-4:30.  Free, drop-in.


Babies and Toddlers

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

Electric Cinema, Electric Scream: Mondays.  This week’s feature: Wild. 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: Up.  Saturday and Sunday, 10:30. £3.50 per person.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Petit Nicolas £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 Mr. Men Shorts. 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, Paddington, 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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