What’s On: VE Day, May Fetes, Imperial Festival and more …
This weekend for the Whole Family
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
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.