What’s On: London’s Best Free and Affordable Family Events

Sep 10, 2015 by


Monkey Music is Expanding!

Monkey Music: Chelsea, Gloucester Road, South Kensington, Belgravia and Pimlico. Complimentary taster class at Holy Apostles, Cumberland Street Friday 11th September.  This is the best-loved mum and baby activity in the area.  Monkey Music’s award winning specialist music classes have been running since 2003, teaching and entertaining hundreds of babies each week.  Autumn classes are soon to begin, click here to see the various venues and learn more about Monkey Music Westminster and Chelsea.  Book your first FREE class 020 8767 9827 or chelsea.westminster@monkeymusic.co.uk

This Weekend for the Whole Family


Great River Race: Head over to the Thames this Sunday and watch a fabulous spectacle of fun, colour, pageantry and competitive boating between dragon boats, cutters, whalers, cutters, skiffs, skerries, longboats and more.  The race should come by Tower Bridge 11:15, Westminster Bridge at 11:30, and Richmond Bridge at 1:35.


V & A Chuseok Festival Family Day: bring the kids for a day-long celebration of the Korean Harvest Festival.  Engage with traditional music, games, storytelling, kite making, and K-Pop dance workshops.  Sunday 11am-5pm, all free, all ages, drop in.


Totally Thames Festival: St. Katherine Docks Classic Boat Festival, head over to St. Katherine Docks Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm and peruse the docks, board the boats and have a good look around and pop in a pub for some lunch.  Free, all ages

Upcoming Event, Radio Times Festival, Royal Hampton Court Palace:

     Radio Times is holding an arts and literature festival at Hampton Court Palace Sept 25th-27th.  Adults can attend talks hosted by David Attenborough, Andrew Marr, Robert Peston, take a Wolf Hall tour of the palace and many more amazing sessions to get involved with.  Click here for the full programme.

Children can take part in Shaun the Sheep model making, Thomas the Tank Engine, Tony Ross (Horrid Henry) drawing masterclass, storytelling with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler just to name a few.  Click here for the complete children’s programme.

Radio Times is offering London Baby and Kids a few free tickets to one or a selection of the following: Crackanory, The Bolds, Timothy Bentinck, Thomas the Tank Engine and From Gruffalo to Stick Man.  There are 10 tickets which will be allocated to the first to respond.  To apply for a free ticket and for more information, please email daisyc@brandevents.co.uk, make sure to be quick, before the free ones go! As a gesture from the Radio Times Festival, use discount code GBDC10 at checkout and receive a 10% discount on your tickets.


This Weekend for Slightly Older Children (and perhaps their younger siblings)


Whitechapel Gallery, Hato Press ABC Printing.  Bring the kids to create their ABC’s using vegetables and fruit.  Sunday 2pm, Free

LMA Mini Maestro St Martin in the Field Family Concert

London Musical Arts Ensemble, St Marin in the Fields, Mini Maestro: bring the kids for wonderful, interactive family concert, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.  adults £8.50, kids £6.50

Clapham pottery family

Clapham Pottery: Head over to the Clapham on Saturday from 1:30-3pm where the whole family can take part in this fabulous pottery workshop.  £10 per person, all ages.

Pumphouse Gallery

Pumphouse Gallery, Sunday Social, Healing Plants: Learn some ways people have identified plants for the healing properties, and then create your own healing plant out of fabric, paper and images of plants from the Chelsea Physic Garden.

Babies and Toddlers 


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


Classical Babies Pimlico: Head over to St. James the Less in Pimlico Monday 14th September for 11am.  Luminary soprano Caroline Kennedy will be singing best love arias and vocal pieces for a very special performance.  Tickets are £10 per adult, children are free, you can pay cash at the door or book online .  Contact Pauline 07581 440258 or pauline@classicalbabies.com

Monkey Music Pimlico and Chelsea

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: L’Eclisse. 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 features: Irrational Man, Legend and Dope.

Family Cinema 

Curzon Cinema, Victoria:  Do head over and check out Victoria’s swish, new cinema, right off Victoria Street.  This week’s programme, Strange Magic.  Saturday and Sunday, 10:30. £3.50 per person.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: The Rescuers. £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 Song of the Sea. 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, Postman Pat: The Movie. 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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