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

Feb 25, 2016 by

This Weekend for the Whole Family:


Royal Academy, Playful Pets and Curious Creatures: Celebrate International Women’s Day with an inter-generational, hands-on family workshop celebrating female artist by making 3D creatures with clay and found materials.  Sunday, 11am-3pm, free, all ages, drop-in.


The Foundling Musuem, Peter Pan Puppet Theatre Family Workshop: Saturday 27th, 10:30-noon, 1pm-2:30pm, 3pm-4:30pm.  Inspired by the exhibition Drawing on Children, kids will explore Peter Pan’s theatrical beginnings by making their own shadow puppet theatre fight artist Davina Drummond.  Free for children with accompanying adults (entrance fee £8.25 for adults, children free).

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: Make Beautiful Butterflies, head over on Saturday mornings for a free art session. This Saturday, noon-2pm, age 4+, drop-in.

This Weekend Just for Older Kids


Fulham Palace, Young Archaeologists’ Club: The Moat – Head over to Fulham Palace and have a look around a dig and recent excavations from the longest domestic moat in England.  Suitable for 8-16 years old, tickets £10.  Saturday 10:30-12:15.


 Le Institue Francais, Dessine-Moi Ton Pays Drawing Workshop: Come and draw while learning about countries that make up our world in a completely new way.  Aude and Olivia de Prelle will show you where to start and the will be up to you.  Saturday, 2:30, free, all ages.


House of Illustration, Creating Comics with Merlin Evans: Get inspired by the Comix Creatix exhibition and learn how to make your very own exciting comic story with illustrator and graphic novelist, merlin Evans.  Ages 5+, tickets £7 adults, £4 kids, booking essential and only a few places remain.

Family Performance This Weekend: 


Wigmore Hall, O Duo: Crash, Bang, Wallop: Virtuoso percussionists Oliver Cox and Own Gunnel, O Duo,  will explore marimba, virbraphone, glockenspiel, drums and perform Bach, Glass and Chopin.  Saturday 11am, ages 5+, £10 adults, £8 child.


JW3, The Party: A Circus Show – A circus show for the whole family, The Party is a totally madcap celebration spiralling out of control through clowning, juggling, trick cycling and tumbling.  Ages 3+, tickets £10 for adults and children.  Sunday at 1:30.


Waterloo Vault Festival, JunNK Live: Using nothing but rubbish, these four hilarious and talented guys have created a fun and dynamic show overflowing with a cappella singing, percussion and energy.  Thursday – Sunday at 6:15, tickets £10 each.

Chelsea Theatre, Not There Yet  Come and enjoy a chaotic and endlessly entertaining show including a French cyclist, a man dressed as a giant chicken, and a mysterious stranger.  Fun for the whole family.  Sunday 11am and 2pm, tickets £9.


Half Moon Theatre, Handa’s Hen  Saturday 27th, 10am, noon and 2:30. Hands and Akeyo go looking for grandma’s black hen Mondi … beautiful and classic story tough to life on stage.  Ages 2-5, £6.50 (children under 18 months can site on an adult’s lap free of charge)

Lyric Hammersmith, Where Caterpillars Go: Saturday 27th, 11am,1pm and 2:30pm, for under 5s,  £8.  Follow an inquisitive caterpillar into a beautiful, tactile garden with live music and playful movement.

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, It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It and Minatour : London’s very own children’s theatre.  This weekend: Its Not What You Day, It’s How You Say It  for ages 3-7, The Minatour for ages 8+

Little Angel Theatre,Rumpelstiltskin : Beautiful puppetry, live music, captivating storytelling.  Saturday 11am, 2pm.  Sunday 11am (all age performance) and 2pm.  Suitable for age 5-8; £10 adults, £8 children.

Babies and Toddlers 


Postparty: Fitness and Fun for Bump, Baby and Beyond:  Join Postparty online fitness instruction for 3 months free (offer good for 6 weeks).  Use it at home, with or without the kids, in the office, on the go – your personal fitness instructor.  Enter the offer code SPRINGFEVER at checkout to redeem your 3 months free.

Upcoming: Mumand baby in class MM


Monkey Music’s Spring Spectacular Workshop Saturday 5th March Cineworld Cinema, 142 Fulham Road, SW10 9QR

You are invited to Monkey and Mo’s Spring Spectacular Workshop with Dawn and Jayne. Come along and sing, dance and join in with your favourite songs from Monkey Music! Come and take part in these popular Saturday workshops, aimed as a lovely weekend treat for everyone, it’s Mother’s Day weekend too!  veryone’s welcome, especially those who may miss out during the week, mummies or daddies (loads of daddies love to come along), grandparents or nannies.

Workshop time

9.30am Jiggety-Jig 2&3 years

10.15am Heigh-Ho Toddlers from 12 months

11.00am Heigh-Ho Toddlers from 12 months

11.45am Rock’n’Roll Babies from 3 months

How to book – All classes to be paid fo
r in advance please.

£20 per child attending, including siblings

Spaces literally sell out within a day or two so call us to reserve your spot on 020 8767 9827 or email chelsea.westminster@monkeymusic.co.uk

Monkey Music Notting Hill

National Gallery, Welcome Wednesdays: Bring the paintings to life with music, storytelling, art and messy play for the littlest ones.  Wednesdays, 10:30-11:10am.

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, tickets just £5.  shapeimage_5

Pippa’s Poppets, Pippa Cleary, founder of Pippa’s Poppets is an award-winning composer who has written songs for CBeebies, National Youth Theatre, Stagecoach along with several award-winning musicals. Pippa’s Poppets include homemade drums, click sticks and shakers. Venues include Mondays and Thursdays in Pimlico; Tuesdays at St. Columba’s Knightsbridge; Thursdays at Christchurch Chelsea; Fridays at Bumpkin South Kensington.


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: Secret in Their Eyes. 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 Grimsby and Secret in Their Eyes.  Sundays and Thursdays 10:30, £7.50.

Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am, £7.50.  This week’s features: Grimsby and Secret in Their Eyes.

Rich Mix, Parents and Babies: A Bigger Splash.  Monday 29th February,  £6, 11:40

Family Cinema 

Regent Street Cinema, Howl’s Moving Castle : An unconfident young women is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell list with a self-indulgent, yet insecure young wizard.  Saturday, 10:30am, just £1.75.

BFI Families: Family Sunday – The Disney/ Lasseter Short Films.    £4 for kids,  – £11.75 for grown-ups, Sunday 1pm. Drop-in workshop activities 11am-12:3pm.

Le Institute Francais, Shaun the Sheep:  Saturday, 2pm, ages 4+.  Bring the kids to watch Shaun the Sheep classic Aardman Animation.  Tickets £5 each.

Framed Film Club:  Head to the Barbican for the Framed Film Club, this week’s feature:Ernest and Celestine.  Saturday 10am for workshop, 11am for the film.


Curzon Cinema, Victoria:  This week’s programme, Snoopy and Charlie Brown: Peanuts Move. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30. £3.50 per person.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Paper Planes, tickets just  £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 Snoopy and Charlie Brown: Peanuts Move, £3.00 per person.

Ritzy, Brixton, Kids’ Club: Saturdays, 10:30am.  £1.50.  This week’s feature: Paper Planes.

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, Aardman Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits, 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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