What’s On for London Families: Cave Paintings, Space Safari, Vanessa Woolf and more

Feb 26, 2015 by

This weekend for the Family:


Battersea Park, Pumphouse Gallery – Cave Paintings:  Join artist Amy Hughes as she leads children on an exploration of ancient cave paintings.  Learn how the these were used to record history and to communicate, then children will be able to make their own cave-like box and record their own story.  These activities are brilliant and highly enjoyable for the entire family.  Sunday, workshop from 11:30-3:30, all ages, drop in.

At 11:15 and at 2pm there will be a family-friendly tour of the current exhibit, so bring kids babies right up to older kids to this hands-on art day in Battersea.

Wallace Collection, Little Draw: join artist Hattie Moore and take a look through the impressive Wallace Collection in this most sumptuous building and then have a go at drawing, with Hattie’s help, after.  Lovely family activity for any and all ages and abilities.  Sunday, 1:30- 4:30, free, all ages, drop-in.

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This Weekend for Younger Children (and perhaps their older siblings)

National Maritime Museum Greenwich, Planetarium, Space Safari: designed for children under 7, this special planetarium show for the very youngest of stargazers is sure to delight.  Family tickets £20 or £6.50 adults and £4.50 for kids.

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Lauderdale House World Book Day: come and join storyteller Vanessa Woolf for a morning of interactive storytelling to help celebrate World Book Day.  £4.50 per person, 10-11:30, ages 2-7.

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Grab your mates and the kids and plan a group outing before school holidays get in the way.  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.  You, your friends and the babies can enjoy a holiday of eating, drinking and relaxing in the Tuscan countryside.  Do check with Villa Pia, as there may be a few mid-week arrivals available which will bring down the cost of flights.


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

National Gallery, Studio Sunday, Surreal Sunsets: join artist Thomas Gosebruch, find mythical creatures in the collection’s paintings and then explore printing and rubbing techniques.  Workshops from 11am-1pm and repeated 2-4pm, free, ages 5-11, tickets allocated on arrival up to 1 hour before the workshop begins.


Le Institute Francais, A Festival of Art Festival, Let’s Make our own Portrait Gallery: Join Jacky Bahbout and Hannah Warren, creators of Funny Face, use collage and other techniques to make your own portrait and help make a collective portrait gallery.  Saturday, 2pm, ages 4+, £5 per participant, booking required.

Babies and Toddlers

For the diary: NCT Nearly New Sale, Saturday 18th April, 10-noon (entry 10am for NCT members, 10:15 for non-members) Westbourne Grove Church, Notting Hill, W11 2RW.   £2 per person.


Whitechapel Gallery, Crib Notes: join Whitechapel’s own assistant curator, Candy Stobbs for a  tour and discussion of the current exhibition Adventures of the Black Square.  £8.50 per adult, ticket includes refreshments.

Pimlico Toy Library: Pimlico Toy Library has a new web site showcasing all their wonderful children’s workshops and baby playtimes.  This is a fantastic resource for any parent or carer, the toys are fastidiously cleaned and the art workshops are brilliantly planned with high quality materials.

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

Electric Cinema, Electric Scream: Mondays.  This week’s feature: The Theory of Everything. 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: A Birdman

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: Lego Movie!!  Saturday and Sunday, 10:30. £3.50 per person.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: The Rug Rats Movie (and children over 8 years can be left alone in the cinema) £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 Frozen Sing-a-long. 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, Annie (2014, not the Carol Burnette one) , 10:30am. 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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