What’s On: VE Day, May Fetes, Imperial Festival and more …

May 7, 2015 by

This weekend for the Whole Family

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VE 70 Festivities in London: Head over to Whitehall, St. James’s Park and Trafalgar Square on Sunday for a series of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the the war in Europe.  The Queen will be at mass at Westminster Abby, a parade of veterans and active troops will make its way down Whitehall, live music in Trafalgar, 1940s cars in St. James’s Park, several flyovers.  Sunday from 11am, free

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Covent Garden May Fayre: Head over to St. Paul’s churchyard for a celebration of Punch and Judy’s birthday.  A day of food, fun and eccentricity.  Grand procession at 11am, led by a brass band with a birthday toast to Mr. Punch.  Sunday 11am-5:30

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Urban Village Fete, Greenwich Peninsula: Head over to Greenwich on Sunday for a fabulous celebrations of design, music, art, craftsmanship.  There are fabulous events on for children, of particular note The House of Fairy Tales. Free, Sunday from noon-7pm.

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

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Imperial Festival: head over to Imperial College London for a day of activities and demonstrations of science and engineering.  Do take a look at the robots, slime making, learning about parasites and dozens of amazing explorations of science.

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Cecil Sharpe House, English Song and Dance Society, May in a Day: this is a fabulous family festival, come to the Cecil Sharpe House and spend the day learning about Brazilian and English folklore through the story  “The Oss and the Ox”.  Make beautiful masks; learn to dance English ceilidh, maypole and more; take part in music making and much more.  A great May festival for all. £20 for a family of 4, £7 adult, £5 children under 18, under 2s free.  Saturday 2-5pm.

Crash, Bang, Wallop Codagon Hall March 24th

Cadogan Hall: Crash, Bang Wallop: Bring the kids to Codogan Hall for a wonderfully entertaining family concert performed by the City of London Sinfonia.  Tickets £10 per adult, £8 per child, £30 for family of four.  Saturday, activities from 11am, concert starts at noon.

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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 

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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: Far From the Maddening Crowd. 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: Spooks

 

 

Family Cinema:

 

Curzon Cinema, Victoria:  Do head over and check out Victoria’s swish, new cinema, right off Victoria Street.  Shaun the Sheep 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: Big Hero 6. £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 Moomins on the Riviera. 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, Sponge Bob Square Pants 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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