What’s On: Theatre, Workshops, Barnyards and More

Mar 5, 2015 by

This weekend for the Family:


Vauxhall City Farm Family Fun Day: with the warm weather this weekend, what could be more pleasant than holding baby lambs, looking at eggs in the incubators, arts and crafts and horse jumping shows.  Free entry to this wonderful little London treasure, 10:30-4pm all ages.



Battersea Park, Pumphouse Gallery – Cave Paintings:  Join this fabulous artist led workshops and learn about what the world might have looked like for the first humans.  This week’s activity 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,First Humangs, so bring kids babies right up to older kids to this hands-on art day in Battersea.

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

TI_8_Alastair Parker (Killigrew) and Arthur Darvill (Long John Silver). Photo by Johan Persson

National Theatre Family Workshops: Two fabulous sounding workshops are on offer this weekend, Pirate Puppetry from 11am-12:30 where children will make their very own parrot and Painting Caverns from 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm where children will learn to paint the atmospheric caves from Treasure Island.  Great value at £3 per child and £5 per adult.


Little Angle Firsts Festival, Lab Rats: for 8+, bring the kids to see some new pup[et theatre at a fantastic price.  Lab Rats will be showing at 4 and 8pm, tickets only £5.

National Gallery, Put the Present in the Past with Paint: join this artist-led workshop and use acrylic paints on wooden panels to learn to create Renaissance portrait backgrounds.  Workshops from 11am-1pm and repeated 2-4pm, free, ages 5-11, tickets allocated on arrival up to 1 hour before the workshop begins.

Babies and Toddlers 


 Wigmore Hall, For Crying out Loud.  Bring babies under one year of age to Wigmore Hall for lovely morning concert, Thursday 11-11:45, £7.50, babies free.

Half Moon Theatre, Curious: Saturday 7th March, 10am, noon and 3pm.  Bring children ages 0-3 to this theatre for the youngest of children, perfect for little ones curious about cooking.  £8 per person


Also, if you are interested in a very family-friendly, car-free holiday just 2 hours outside of London.  We have visited the Balmer Lawn hotel many times as a family.  Our last visit I wrote up into a post, read here about the sumptuous family suites, the New Forest, the ponies, the family cycle hire on site, the luxurious baby-friendly pool … all at exceptional value.  Lots of outdoors, fresh air, great food and world-class service.  Discount of 10% offered to families outside of school holidays for mid-week visits (mention London Baby and Kids)


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.

  Date 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.


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

Electric Cinema, Electric Scream: Mondays.  This week’s feature: Trash. 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: check on the site.


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: The Nut Job  Saturday and Sunday, 10:30. £3.50 per person.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Check on the site, £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 Penguins of Madagascar. 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, How to Train Your Dragon 2, 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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