What’s On: Royal Institute, Alchemy Festival, Chelsea Fringe and more

May 14, 2015 by

Do you know a really great Dad?  My friend is looking for a couple of Dads to be interviewed Friday 15th or Saturday 16th to help kick-off ITV’s Father’s Day competition “Totally Modern Dad”.   If you know of Dad who loves being a Dad, would speak about what makes a modern Dad, how they think the role has changed, and differences or similarities between them and their own dads.  If you know a Dad who would like to be interviewed, please email nicolette.amette@itv.com


This weekend for the Whole Family



Chelsea Fringe, Stories of Stockwell: Saturday 16th, 10:30-11:10.  Head over to the Oasis Children’s Venture and take part in making seed bomb and bird box workshops, explore the story garden with the very little ones, and listen to dragon tale storytelling.  Adults £2, children free.  Also, check out loads of other interesting Chelsea Fringe Family Events this weekend.


 Alchemy Festival Southbank: Head over to the Southbank for the Alchemy Festival and celebrate the best of dance, music, theatre, design and fashion from the UK and South Asia.  Check out the Pulse and Bloom interactive gardens in the Royal Festival Hall, stroll through art exhibitions, food markets and more.

St Peter’s Eaton Square May Fair: Saturday 16th, noon-4pm, all ages.  Bring the kids over to Belgravia for an afternoon of games, prizes, face painting, and a stall serving hickory-smoked pulled pork prepared by one of London’s most illustrious BBQ kings: London Baby Daddy. It is a very nice day out for the family.

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


Royal Institute of Great Britain, Family Fun Day – Light: Saturday 16th, 11-4pm.  Take part in these well-run events with interesting activities including make your own camera, magic kaleidoscopes, paint with light, chemistry flame tests and more.  £12 adults, £6 children over 3


Battersea Park, Pumphouse Gallery, Sunday Social: Sunday 17th, 11:30-4:30.  Head over to the Pumphouse Gallery for a series of activities on the terrace including cyanotype printing with Zoe Burt.


National Portrait Gallery, Portraits in Clay: Sunday 17th, 1-2:30 ages 3+ and 3-4:30 ages 7+.  Make a portrait in clay at the National Portrait Gallery in this free, drop-in event.

Royal Academy of Arts, Family Sunday: Sunday 17th, 11am-3pm.  Bring the children over to a fabulous art making session where children will make magical collages from books, matchboxes and more interesting objects.

Excellent Children’s Theatre

Polka Theatre, Operation Magic Carpet: head over to Wimbledon’s best-loved children’s theatre and take a journey from London to Baghdad on a magic carpet.  Fabulous play, our review is coming soon.  Ages 6-11, tickets £14.50


Babies and Toddlers 

National Gallery Welcome Wednesdays: Bring your little ones to this new event put on by the National Gallery on Wednesday from 10:30-11:10am.  Children will interact with paintings through music, art, messy play and storytelling.  Under fives, free, booking required education@ng-london.org.uk

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 available from 20th May.

Classical Babies: If you are able to get up to the O2 Centre in Finchley, make sure to check out a Classical Babies concert there.

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: While we were Young. 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: Mad Max


Family Cinema:

Curzon Cinema, Victoria:  Do head over and check out Victoria’s swish, new cinema, right off Victoria Street.  Big Hero 6 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, Moomins on the Riviera .

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Pirates! In and Adventure with Scientists. £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 Mupppets Treasure Island. 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, A Letter to Momo 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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