What’s On: BFI, Serpentine Gallery, Holland Park’s Right Royal Ride and more …

Apr 23, 2015 by


This weekend for the Whole Family


Serpentine Gallery, Family Day – Short-lived Sculpture: bring the kids on Sunday afternoon to explore and construct transitory sculpture in Kensington Gardens with artist Jenny Moore. This is in conjunction with Marthine Tayou’s Boomerang Installation.  Free, all ages, noon-5pm.


Right Royal Ride, Holland Park: Saturday 25th, 10am-1pm, £5 adults, £3 children (under 5s free).  Head over to Holland Park and join a marshalled ride (under 5s should be in child seats).  A participants will enjoy refreshments and entertainment after in Holland Park.  The event will be benefiting numerous Kensington charities.


Feast of St. George, Trafalgar Square: head over to Trafalgar Square Sunday afternoon for a celebration of English food, with music, dancing and family activities.  English producers will selling fabulous food, there will be cooking demonstrations all day long.


If you or anyone you can think of might be interested, by friend and “colleague” Ann Nkune from Bloomsbury Beginnings is hosting a fantastic series of workshops (with onsite creche) for parents who would like to start their own businesses.  This series starts this Monday and runs for 10 weeks from 10-noon and is held at the extremely family-friendly Belsize Park Community Library.  The workshop is supported by Royal Bank of Scotland and The Winch so that the cost is just £99 for the 10 week course.  Click through to Bloomsbury Babies Parent-Cubator for booking details.


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


School of Noise, Chats Palace Arts Centre, Hackney: explore and experiment with sound in entertaining and creative ways, no experience required to join in.  Sunday 26th, 11-1pm, ages 7-13.  £10 per child.


Scratch Workshop, British Museum: head over to the British Museum on Sunday for a workshop where you turn your visit into a game using Scratch software.  Ages 6-9 10:30-1pm and ages 9-12 2-4:30.  Free, booking advised.

South London Gallery, The Sunday Spot: join artist Elaine Reynolds to explore how stories are passed from one person to another.  This workshop is run in conjunction with Kapwani Kiwanga exhibition in the main gallery.  Sunday 26th, 2-4pm, free, drop-in, ages 3-12.

Southbank, Bec and Tom’s Awesome Laundry: Sunday 26th, 4:15, ages 5+, £10 per person.  Storytelling, songs, puppets are all used in this whimsical production of two silly people who do not want to do laundry.

London Design Museum, Pop-Up Postcards: head over to the London Design Museum on Sunday from 1-4pm and make 3D pop-up postcards.  The activity is free with museum admission.

National Gallery, Sunday Family Workshop: Self portraits in acrylics on boards, Sunday 11am-1pm and again 2-4pm, ages 5-11.  Bring the kids and join artist Robin Lee Hall to learn about self portraits and how to use acrylic paints.

Babies and Toddlers 


Monkey Music Chelsea, Belgravia, South Kensington and Pimlico are taking bookings for Summer Term.  Read more about these “must-do” specialist Baby and Toddler music classes and book your complimentary class before they fill up!!

Royal Albert Hall, Storytelling and Music Sessions: bring children ages 0-4 to Royal Albert Hall on Wednesdays for a magical experience with storytellers Paul Rubinstein and Olivia Armstrong where singing, storytelling and musical instruments are woven into one story session.  £4, 11:30am

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.

Electric Cinema, Electric Scream: Mondays.  This week’s feature: Avengers Age of Ultron. 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: The Falling.


Family Cinema:

Curzon Cinema, Victoria:  Do head over and check out Victoria’s swish, new cinema, right off Victoria Street.  Penguins of Madagascar this Saturday and Sunday, 10:30. £3.50 per person.

BFI Southbank, Family Film Sundays: great value and great family cinema.  £4 per child, £11.75 adults, 1 child 1 adult £10.  This week’s screening, The Story of the Weeping Camel.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme:Bugsy Malone. £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 Big Hero 6. 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, Home at 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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