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

Oct 15, 2015 by



This Weekend for the Whole Family


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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)


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

Family Cinema 

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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