What’s On: Little Venice, Kentish Town Morris Dancing, London Philharmonic and more …

Apr 30, 2015 by


villa-pia_home-thumb1Villa Pia, Classical Babies  and Mothers and Shakers Invite You to an (early) Afternoon of Beautiful Airas, Prosecco and Panettone.  Come listen to the enchanting Soprano, Caroline Kennedy, as she sings Italian-themed opera arias for parents, carers, babies and children.


Classical Babies is London’s premier provider of the highest quality parent and baby classical music concerts.  The venues are all pushchair and baby-friendly, tickets are £10 per adult – kids free.


Villa Pia is an all-inclusive, baby and family-friendly holiday villa in Umbria, near Lippiano Italy.  Villa Pia will be sharing a 5 minute presentation about the holidays.

Friday, 8th May, 11am: O2 Centre Finchley

This is a free event, but booking is required as spaces are limited.  Please contact Coco: 07966446152 or email: info@classicalbabies.com


This weekend for the Whole Family


Canalway Cavalcade, Little Venice: head over to Little Venice for a wonderful weekend of canal boats, kayaking, stalls, games, Punch and Judy and more.  Its a wonderful way to celebrate the secret garden in London.


FunHarmonics, Royal Festival Hall: head over to the Royal Festival Hall for an entire day of music activities.  Join CBeebies presenter Chris Jarvis for the concert at noon (tickets from £10), also join in Artharmonics arts and crafts from 10-11:30.  There will be Miniharmonics sessions for the under 5s at 10:30, 11:15 and 12:15.  There will be have a go sessions at 10am and 1:10pm.

Kentish Farm May Day Festival: bring the kids out for ponies, bands, BBQ, felt making, games and much more.  Sunday 1-4pm, £1 adults, 30p for children.


Westminster Day of Dance: Morris Dancing in Trafalgar Square, Sunday 2nd May anytime between 10 and 6pm.   The Westminster Morris Men are hosting a day of dance in Trafalgar Square this Sunday.  Nothing says May Day like the brilliantly British eccentricity of Morris dancing.


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

Family Activities Wallace Collection

Wallace Collection, The Little Draw: bring the kids over to the Wallace Collection for a day of art and interacting with the museum collection.   Join artist Hattie Moore on Sunday from 1:30-4:30pm.  All ages, free, drop-in


Wigmore Hall Family Concert: Join presenter Julian West along with Mark Frost on clarinet and Roland Pontinen on piano for Brahm’s Hungarian Dances.  Sunday, 3-4pm, ages 5+, £9 adult, £7 children.


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!!

Unicorn Theatre, Planet Ka: a interactive space integrating sounds, textures and visual effects for children ages 0-3 (over 3’s not allowed!).  Tickets £10 per adult, two children per adult.  A variety of dates, next upcoming: Thursday 7th May. =

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: Force Mejeure. 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: Samba.


If you or anyone you can think of might be interested, by friend and “colleague” Ann Nkune from Bloomsbury Babies 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.


Family Cinema:

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

BFI Southbank, Family Film Saturdays: great value and great family cinema.  £4 per child, £11.75 adults, 1 child 1 adult £10.  This week’s screening, The Tale of Princess Kaguya.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: A Letter to Momo. £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 The Rescuers. 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, The Iron Giant 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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