What’s On: Children’s Art Week, Grow London, Fetes, Festivals and more
This weekend for the Whole Family
Hampstead Heath, Grow London: bring the kids to this fabulous garden fair. After the grown ups have had a wander, head over to the children’s area for a variety of great activities including botanical monoprinting, nature inspired art, making scented herb bags. My favourite, an immersion theatre event focused on Phillip Pullman’s retelling of the Grimm’s Tales. £10 adult, children free.
Children’s Art Week: there are so many venues taking part in this fabulous event. Take the kids to the Royal Mews, South London Art Gallery, Flemming Collection, 1A Arts (Holborn Community Association), The National Gallery, Half Moon Theatre and Camden Arts Centre (more venues listed on the site).
Streatham Common Kite Day: Sunday 11am-5pm, head over to Streatham and watch competitive kite flyers and enthusiasts demonstrate their kite flying abilities. There will be a bouncy castle, face painting, community stalls along with food and drink.
Just Festival Westminster: Head over to Westminster this weekend and explore issues of social justice at the Just Festival. Kids can take part in origami workshops, African storytelling, music and more at St. Michael’s Church.
Pimlico, Festival Day, Southwest Fest: Saturday, noon-6pm. If you don’t mind crowds, head over to St. George’s Square in Pimlico for a fun day of live music, carnival rides, a parade, games, animals from Vauxhall City Farm, lots of arts, crafts, faceprinting and more.
Weekend for Older Kids (and perhaps their younger siblings)
Codasign at the British Museum: learn how to sew a LED circuit and make a amazing pin. Ages 7+, Sunday 11am-4pm
Raspberry Pi at Dragon Hall: Saturday 2-5pm. Come and learn the basics of coding with a Minecraft workshop and programming music with Sonic Pi. There will be a specialist teaching the basics of soldering, too. Bring your own laptop and make a hearty donation to this fantastic group. Booking require, donations warmly welcome.
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 and repeated again at 11:30 Children will interact with paintings through music, art, messy play and storytelling. Under fives, free, booking required firstname.lastname@example.org
Monkey Music, Free Taster Sessions: Come join Chelsea and Westminster’s favourite baby class for a complimentary session at Brompton Library Wednesday 24th June 11am or Thursday at Kings Road Library in Chelsea Old Town Hall Thursday 25th June 2:30 for mums pregnant with 2nd baby 3pm for babies 3 months to 1 year (1st time pregnant mums and new babies warmly welcomed) and 3:45 for mixed age group 1-3 years. Free, but you must book your slot ring Caroline on 02087679827 or email email@example.com
Unicorn Theatre, One Little Word: this very special show is for London’s littlest theatre goers mixing music, movement and gorgeous set design to make a play with just one spoken word. Ages 3-6, tickets £10-£16, various dates and times available.
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: Entourage. 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: Entourage or Mr. Holmes