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

Jan 8, 2016 by


postparty_logo_transparency_hi-res_no-borderFor anyone wishing to think about including more fitness in their 2016, do check out local mum Kerri Holland’s new Postparty online fitness videos. This is a fabulous resource for anyone pre or post-partum, staying at home with small children, or returning to work and unable to squeeze a visit to the gym into the daily grind.  A fun and convenient way to fit some exercise in around the kids.

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Monkey Music Spring Term


Monkey Music, the “must do” specialist, baby and toddler music classes have a few remaining spaces in their ever-popular Chelsea venues.  These mum and baby music classes are favourites with over 400 local mums, and are a great way to connect with other families in your neighbourhood.  The venues are lovely, carefully chosen for mums and pushchairs.


The light-filled, spacious Cineworld Cinema venue is a favourite with local mums; colourful and fun with sweeping fews over Fulham road. Coopers Arms, just off Flood Street, is another fabulous venue and very convenient for anyone running an older child to school in the area.


Monkey Music is extending a special offer to new members:  half-price on its membership in January.  Please ring Caroline 0208 767 9827 or email chelsea.westminster@monkeymusic.co.uk to book your complimentary trial class and receive half off your membership fee; book early to avoid disappointment.

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


BFI Family Sunday: Part of the Blitz Flicks season, bring the kids along to see Just William, a 1940s classic about a young boy who tries to help is father get elected to the local council, but runs into a problem with jewel thieves.  Also showing, two short films from the same era. Tickets from £4 – £10.65, Sunday 1:45.


Somerset House Family Workshop: Wise up to the world on and off the screen in an afternoon of delightfully data themed activities, part of the Big Bang Data exhibition currently running at Somerset House.  Ages 6-12, free, drop in, Saturday noon-3pm.


Le Institute Francias, Digital Club  head over and enjoy a session of gaming in French and English – its great fun, well run and very enjoyable; booking in advance is essential as they are VERY well attended.  Free, 2:30pm, in easy French (honest!), ages 6+.


Half Moon Theatre, Fairytales Gone Bad: Saturday 9th, 11am, £6.50. Join poet Joseph Coelho as he unravels familiar fairytales to create contemporary classics.  For ages 3+.

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Cecil Sharp House, Family Barn Dance: Sunday 3-5pm.  Bring the babies, toddlers, children (if they will speak to you after) to the Family Barn Dance at the Cecil Sharp House with the English Folk Dance and Song Society.  Tickets are £7 adult, £5 children, under 2s are free.

This Weekend for Much Older Children


Noel Coward Theatre, A Christmas Carol: This is neither free, nor affordable, but we took the kids and went as a family on New Year’s Eve and had the most wonderful time.  As you would expect, the kids LOVED Jim Broadbent who brilliantly played Ebenezer Scrooge with a perfect balance of timing and physical comedy to keep them roaring with laughter, while the grown-up thoroughly enjoyed the anti-austerity political commentary running throughout the play.  Worth every penny, if you have any left after the holidays.

Hackney Aquatic Club Swim Squad: HAC is putting together a new squad, for competitive and non-competitive swimmers.  Book in advance for a brief trial where you will be advised the best squad to join.

Babies and Toddlers 

Wigmore Hall Open House Day 22nd September 11am

Wigmore Hall, Chamber Tots: Come and explore Under the Sea.  This has not yet sold out yet!! If you have not been, take up your chance to take part in this enchanting morning of musical discovery.  Children will take part in musical activities and watch a very short concert in the hall … lovely.  Thursday, 2pm, ages 3-5 years, £5 child, £8 adult.


Royal Albert Hall, Storytelling and Music Sessions: Could you think of a more stately venue to introduce 0-4 year olds to music, movement and storytelling?  Join seasoned storytellers Paul Rubinstein, Olivia Armstrong and Becky Dixon to this fabulous, hands-on, musical storytelling session.  Wednesdays, 10 am and 11:30 (sold out), tickets just £5.

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, 10:30.  This week’s feature: Joy. Bring babies under 12 months to this amazingly plush cinema, relax with some coffee and catch a flick.

Everyman Belzise Park, Baby Club: Head up to Belsize Park and catch a film with the baby, this week’s feature: Joy.  Tuesdays, 10am

Clapham Picturehouse, Big Scream: Head to Clapham and see The Danish Girl, Joy and Dad’s Army  Sundays and Thursday, 10:30, £7.50.

Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am, £7.50.  This week’s features: The Danish Girl and In the Hear of the Sea

Rich Mix, Parents and Babies: See The Danish Girl.  Monday 11th January  £6

Family Cinema 

BFI Family Sunday: Part of the Blitz Flicks season, bring the kids along to see Just William, a 1940s classic about a young boy who tries to help is father get elected to the local council, but runs into a problem with jewel thieves.  Also showing, two short films from the same era. Tickets from £4 – £10.65, Sunday 1:45.

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

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Hotel Transylvania.  £1 with £4 membership, popcorn and juice £2. (best £3 you will ever spend on a rainy Saturday)

Bloomsbury Curzon: 10:30 Saturday, this week’s screening is Pan.  £3.00 per person.

Ritzy, Brixton, Kids’ Club: Saturdays, 10:30am.  £1.50.  This week’s feature: Hotel Transylvania 2.

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