What’s On: London’s Family Weekend Guide

Jan 28, 2016 by

This Weekend for the Whole Family:


King’s Place, Clara Quartet Pre-concert Foyer Performance: Bring the family to listen to Haydn’s String Quartet in B flat and more.  This concert is free and open to all.


Mini Vault Festival, Waterloo: Explore the secret tunnels under Waterloo enjoying live music, a baby space, face painting, storytelling, circus and more.  Next weekend there are free tickets on offer from Villa Pia for the Big Fish Little Fish Rave.


King’s Place, London A Cappella Festival 2016: Saturday 30th starting at 11am. Head over to King’s Place for an great day of singing, music, workshops and fun. Kids pass £10.50, family £25.50

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


William Morris Gallery, Family Day:  Head over to enjoy the gallery picked full of fun activities for families to make and do together.  Saturday 1-4pm, free, drop-in all ages

Wigmore Hall Open House Day 22nd September 11am

Wigmore Hall, Cavatina Family Concert: Bring the kids to listen to the beautiful Magnard Ensemble Saturday 20th, 11am, ages 5+


Spitalfields City Farm, Wild Club: This is a fabulous opportunity for children to help groom animals, take part in gardening, build campfires and more.  Saturdays, mornings 10:30-noon children 4-7; afternoons 1:30-3pm children 8-12.


Unicorn Theatre, Up Club and Up Club: Head over on Saturday mornings for a free art session.  This Saturday make snazzy shells, noon-2pm, age 2+, drop-in.

Upcoming of particular note: Cirque de Soleil workshop at Royal Albert Hall, half-term workshop, £5

Family Theatre This Weekend: 


Hackney Children’s Theatre, St. John at Hackney Church: Saturday 30th, 11am and 2pm, ages 2+.  Dress up as a superself or superhero and enjoy a variety show that combines dance, circus, comedy and a children’s interval activity.  £5 – booking essential.


Half Moon Theatre, Rumpelstilskin   Saturday 30th, 11am and 2pm.  Auntie spins as hard as she can to make wool for the King’s jumper … come and find out the rest.  Ages 3-8, £6.50


Lyric Hammersmith, Freya A Viking Sage : Saturday 30th, 11am and 1pm, ages 4-8, £8.  Freya, a Viking girl, uses her wits and friendship to outwit a giant who want’s to eat her.

Puppet Theatre Barge, Joey’s Fireworks: Head over to London’s most enchanting theatre for a beautiful tale filled with humour.  Saturday 11am and 3pm; Sunday 3pm.  Adults £10, children £8.50.  Check out my review and pub recommendation here

Unicorn Theatre, Grass and Minatour : London’s very own children’s theatre.  This weekend: Grass for ages 4+, The Minatour for ages 8+

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.


Babies and Toddlers 

mum, baby and toddler concert, Wednesday 28th March, Classical Babies

Classical Babies, Pimlico: Bring the kids to St. James the Less Centre off Moreton Street for a clarinet and piano concert.  11am, £10 per adult, children fee.


Dickens Museum, Little Dickens: Thursdays 9:45-11am and 11:15-12:30. These enormously popular session are for children age 1-5.  Kids and adults are able to explore the museum in a fun and informal way.  Booking required

Little Diggers, Vauxhall City Farm: A gardening club for parents and toddlers with a range of activities that get children digging in soil and growing food.  Thursdays 10-11:30, children ages 2-4, £4 per 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, 11:00.  This week’s feature: Sisters. Bring babies under 12 months to this amazingly plush cinema, relax with some coffee and catch a flick.

Clapham Picturehouse, Big Scream: Head to Clapham and see Youth and Spotlight Sunday and Thursday Room, 10:30, £7.50.

Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am, £7.50.  This week’s features: Spotlight and The Danish Girl.

Rich Mix, Parents and Babies: See The Danish Girl.  Monday 11th January  £6, 11:40


For 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 staying at home with small children, or returning to work and unable to squeeze a visit to the gym into the grind (there are workouts for home and office).

If you do some social media sharing or sing up to be a free member to Postparty site, you can also enter to win a complimentary stay at the sumptuous all-inclusive family guest house, Villa Pia in Lippiano Italy, during April or May, excluding May half-term.  Should you win, you, your spouse and infant (any additional children and activities will incur regular the tariff) will be treated to a 6 night stay in Villa Pia, be wined and dined for all meals except Thursdays (chef’s day off) and have use of two swimming pools, tennis courts, grounds, play equipment, cots, highchairs, cutlery … a true holiday for parents.


Family Cinema 


BFI Families: TheThief of Bagdad!!  £4 – £10.65, Sunday 1:20pm.

Le Institute Francais, The Long, Long Holiday: come and watch the Les Grandes Grandes Vacances in English Saturday 2pm, Sunday 31st, £5

Framed Film Club:  Head to the Barbican for the Framed Film Club, this week’s feature: A Cat in Paris.  Saturday 10am for workshop, 11am for the film.

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

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Pan 2D.  £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 The Big Knights, £3.00 per person.

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

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, 9:30am. 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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