What’s On: Concerts, Pageantry, Festivals and more …

Jun 4, 2015 by

This weekend for the Whole Family


Southbank Festival of Love, 67 Acts for Big Change Launch: head over to Southbank for the opening of the Festival of Love, where you and your children will be challenged to complete 67 acts of compassion, humility, kindness and love; one for each your of Nelson Mandela’s public service,  Saturday 1pm, free, all ages.


Trooping the Colour: head over to St. James’s Park for the amazing pageantry marking the celebration of the Queen’s birthday, take the kids for a picnic and a play and you can fight the crowds to get a glimpse of the action or avoid them and soak up the ambiance in the park.


King’s Place, She’Koyokh Kids Concert: head over to King’s Place for a participatory concert of Balkan music, stories, singing and dancing.  Tickets just £5 (free accompanying adult), Saturday, 2pm.  Head over to the fantastic Granary Square after and have a play in the fountains.


Fayres and Fetes this weekend:




Plumstead Make and Merry 40th Anniversary: head over to Greenwich for may pole dancing, rugby, storytelling, ukulele playing, folk dancing and much more.  Saturday, noon-6pm, all ages.

Westminster Chapel Country Fayre: head over to Westminster Chapel, just off Castle Lane, for a charming and fun afternoon of music, food, animals from Vauxhall City farm and more.  Proceeds will help fund the Westminster Food bank run by the Trussel Trust (The Mirror reported that Westminster council would like to ban the feeding of the homeless) give your support to this very important life line for many of our fellow human beings while you can. Sunday 1-3:30, all ages.

Kentish Town Summer Fair – This is a smaller and less crowded summer fair, with performances, creative workshops, food and craft stalls.  Saturday 1-6:30pm

Just Dig It, Chelsea Fringe in Brixton: head over to Brixton for a botanical fancy dressed theme party with music, good food, craft beer and art on display along with loads of plants and planting activities.


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


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National Theatre Workshops, Beaty and the Beast Devise and Perform: Saturday 11am-12:30. Work with a director to create a character and perform a brand new version of this popular traditional tale.  £5 adults, £3 children. Also, Beauty and the Beast Set Design: Saturday,11am-1pm and 3-5pm, £5 adults, £3 children.  Come and create your own model set design for one of the locations in Beauty and the Beast.

Cadogan Hall, Southbank Sinfonia Family Concert: head over to Sloane Square Saturday, 11am and take the kids to a concert exploring some of the greatest symphonies ever written.  Idea for ages 5-11, tickets £5 children, £10 adults, family of four £25

Le Institute Fancais, Cavatina Family Concert with the Sacconi Quartet: bring children ages 5-11 to a special family concert featuring music played by this innovative string quartet.  Tickets just £5, children free and receive a complimentary juice.

Somerset House Free Family Drop in Workshop, Bird’s Eye View: bring the kids to take a birds eye view of the building.  Artist Gareth Owen Lloyd will guide your kids to explore using flying flying machines, kites, hot air balloons and more.  Saturday noon-3pm, ages 6-12

Babies and Toddlers 

National Gallery Welcome Wednesdays:  NOT ON THIS WEEK DUE TO STRIKE ACTION, but do support this great program and fabulous employees next week,  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

Whitechapel Gallery, Crib Notes: fully booked, ring to see if there are any returns, but this is  a wonderful way to spend a few hours with the baby or toddler – taking a guided tour of an exhibit.  Wednesday, 10-noon, children under 5.


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: Danny Collins. 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: Listen Up Phillip


Family Cinema:

Curzon Cinema, Victoria:  Do head over and check out Victoria’s swish, new cinema, right off Victoria Street.  Cinderella this Saturday, 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, Animal Farm 1954 (a fabulous film that should be essential viewing for all London children’s)

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Finding Nemo 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 SpongeBob Movie.  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 Princess Bride 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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