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

Oct 15, 2015 by

 

 

This Weekend for the Whole Family

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Big Fish Little Fish: Enter to win tickets to Sunday 18th October in Hackney Wick or Sunday 15th November in New Cross at Villa Pia, or just book tickets and your diary.

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Holland Park Ecology Centre, Apple Pressing: Saturday noon – 4pm.  Head over to London’s fabulous Holland Park for a day day of learning, tasting and pressing apples.  Fun and games for the family, free, drop-in, all ages.

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Cadogan Hall, Southbank Sinfonia Family Concert: Saturday 11am.  Come and find out what happens when an orchestra tries to perform without a conductor.  A great morning for the entire family.  Tickets £5 children, £10 adults, family of four £25

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Royal Opera House Family Sundays

Royal Opera House Family Sunday: Sunday 25th October, £3-£5.  Book now for a great day listening to arias, trying on ROH costumes, learning about stage makeup, dance workshops and more.

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Love Swimming Half-Term Swim School: Treat your kids (and yourself) to Fast-Track swim lessons over October half term with Love Swimming in Pimlico.  Results -driven, individualised lessons over half-term.  Read more here

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Save the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Garden: please take 5 seconds and let the the powers on high know that the 1 acre garden (if you have not been, get there while you can) is a special place and should not be bulldozed for expansion.

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Please check out local mum Daniela’s new home beauty service Gwenelda.  You can have your hair cut, highlighted, facials, waxing, massage, make-up and kids’ cuts all done in your home at a highly competitive price point and most importantly, no sitter!!!  Check out my review (and new mummy makeover).   Mention London Baby and Kids and get 10% off; enter LBM15 at checkout to get the discount to apply.

This Weekend for Much Older Children

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Half Moon Theatre, Map of Me: the emotional, heartfelt story of migration for children ages 13+.  The production features prize-winning poets and performers.  Saturday 17th, 3pm and 7pm, £6.50

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Le Institute Francais, Game Lab:  I am really curious about this, its an interactive and informative video game session exploring educational games.  Saturday 17th, 2:30, bilingual, free, ages 7+

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The Royal Society, The Big Draw: Saturday 17th, 11-5pm.  Head over the Royal Society and celebrate the 350th anniversary of Micrographia, Robert Hooke’s text of microscopic observations.  Loads of hands on and illustration workshops.

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King’s Place, OperaUpClose, Ulla’s Odyssey: Saturday 18th, 2pm.  Come and see OperaUpClose’s debut with the world premier of Ulla’s Odyssey (homer retold in a modern setting in opera).  £12 under 14s, £19.50 adult, £36 family of 3

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

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Chelsea Theatre, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Sunday 18th October 11am and 2pm.  Come and see dancing shoes, pirate shoes … all made by elves.  £9, ages 3+.

Houses of Parliament, Suffragette Season, Suffragette Saturday: bring children age 7+ to the Houses of Parliament on Saturday at 2pm and 3pm for a 45 minute tour and some “Votes for Women” activities afterwards.  My kids and I went last week and found the tour incredibly inspiring (my daughter has requested to see the movie Suffragettes and I may just take her out of school to do so).  Adults £10, children free.  Booking essential.

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The Geffrye Museum, Making Home: Saturday 18th, noon-4:30.  Head over to Hoxton for a day of activities including biscuit baking, making flower pots, badge making and more.

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

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:Irrational Man. 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: The Lobster

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Curzon Cinema, Victoria:  This week’s programme, Minions 2D.  Saturday and Sunday, 10:30. £3.50 per person.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Who Framed Roger Rabbit. £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 LIAF Presents Amazing Animations. Tickets are £2, bring the kids and escape the cold while you chill and watch a movie. Great price. 11am, all ages.

Ritzy, Brixton, Kids’ Club: Fridays, 11am.  £1.50.  This week’s features: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Nightmare.

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, Bill, 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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