What’s On London Baby and Kids: Puccini, Family Photography, Chopin and Romeo and Juliet

Feb 12, 2015 by

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


Royal College of Music, Opera in a Day: For children 8+, come and take part in a creative workshop on Puccini’s Madam Butterfly and then watch the performance at Royal Albert Hall after.  Saturday, starting at 10:15.  £25 for 1 adult and 1 child, £7.50 for each additional.

Shakespeares stories untold

Shakespeare’s Globe, Shakespeare’s Stories Untold: Romeo and Juliet.  Come and hear this family-friendly retelling of this treasured tragedy, told from the point of view of a minor character.  Ages 6+, £16 for 1 adult and 1 child.

Kensington Palace Mini Makers: bring the kids to Kensington Palace and through a variety of hands-on activities, explore the life of Queen Mary and what it would be like to live in a palace.  4-7 year olds, noon-1pm, 1:30-2:30, 3-4pm.


Whitechapel Gallery: bring the kids on Saturday noon-4pm  to a great day of making and exploring.  Kids will be making costumes to wear around the exhibit and also explore shapes while configuring straws, wood and other materials.  Free, all ages.

Clapham pottery family

Clapham Pottery Family Day: bring the kids and enjoy throwing clay as a family.  £10 per person, 1:30-3pm, all ages


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 with Villa Pia, as there may be a few mid-week arrivals available which will bring down the cost of flights.


This weekend for the Family:

Imagine Festival, Southbank: This is a fantastic place to take the entire family, big and small, there are loads of fabulous events and activities on through the 22nd of February.

King's Place Aurora Family Concert

King’s Place, Aurora Family Concert: Far, Far Away.  Head over to King’s Place for special family concert Dragonfly Brings Spring, featuring Chopin waltzes for children ages 0-5. £7.50 adults, £5.50 children, £17.50 family of four.  Saturday 10:15.


National Portrait Gallery, Out of the Shadows: Bring all the kids for a great family portrait shoot.  Use creative props and take a great keepsake (mine are in the “to be framed” pile).  Sunday, 1-2:30 and 3-4:30drop-in, all ages


Babies and Toddlers

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.

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

Electric Cinema, Electric Scream: Mondays.  This week’s feature: Whiplash. 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: 50 Shades of Grey (errrrr…. If you did have the headspace for sadomasochistic erotica, a room full of new babies #awkward)

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: Boxtrolls (great film).  Saturday and Sunday, 10:30. £3.50 per person.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: The Book of Life (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 Hook. 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, Frozen Sing-a-long , 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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