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

Feb 4, 2016 by

This Weekend for the Whole Family:

Southbank Mind Space Family Events

Southbank, Mind Space: Take part in a variety of activities to rest your mind including Javanese gongs, dance, Tai Chi, crafting, writing workshops and a Big Sing choir.  There is some thing for everyone.


Big Fish Little Fish Mini Vault Festival London Family Events

Big Fish Little Fish, Mini Vault Festival, Waterloo: Out of this world Mini Rave on Saturday 6th 11am-2pm.  Bring the babies and kids dancing, have fun grooving to great DJs, gadget workshops, entertainers, storytelling, archaeology workshop, a Villa Pia photo booth, play space and more … amazing event and £15 and babies are free.

National Gallery Chinese New Year London Family Events

National Gallery, Chinese New Year Family Festival Day: Head over to Trafalgar Square on Saturday and take part in a variety of activities, some for children of all ages, all free and drop-in.  Make masks, learn Mandarin nursery rhymes, take part in storytelling and more.  After, head over to China Town and celebrate with dim sum. Activities start at 10am, free, all ages, drop-in

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

Two Temple Place Beyond Beauty Egyptian London Family Event

Two Temple Place, Learn to Read Hieroglyphics: Do you have an budding Egyptologist? Head over to Two Temple Place and see the new exhibition, Beyond Beauty: Transforming the Body in Ancient Egypt an then take party part in a fun workshop where you learn to read and write hieroglyphics.  Admission to the exhibit is free, workshop is £4 per child.  Saturday 2pm and 3:30, booking required.

Somerset House Orhan Pamuks The Museum of Innocence London Family Events

Somerset House, Cabinet of Curiosities: Make a mini museum for all your favourite trinkets and treasures.  This workshop is held in conjunction with Orhan Pamuk’s exhibit The Museum of Innocence (the physical manifestation of his novel).  Saturday noon-3pm, ages 6-12 (younger siblings welcome), free, drop-in.

Royal Academy Playful Pets and Creatures London Family Events

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.

Saatchi Gallery Doodle Day London Family Events

Saatchi Gallery, Doodle Day: Doodle Cube Workshop, bring the kids to Saatchi to take part in a collaborative art installation where they decorate a their very own blank cube.  Take a look around the Champagne Life exhibit and then take a look at the Doodle Nest books, messy children’s art portfolios turned into premium coffee table books. Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm, free, drop-in, all ages.  (no links, or posting on the website, but I did receive an email from the Saatchi Gallery about he event)

Wildclub Spitalfields City Farm Family Gardening Events

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 London Family Events

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.

Family Theatre This Weekend: 

Half Moon Theatre, London Affordable Family Theatre Guide

Half Moon Theatre, A Real Mermaid’s Tale  Saturday 6th, 11am and 1pm. Captain Clever is good at code breaking and problem solving; Captain Conker is super fast and not scared of anything.  They have a tadpole catching competition…  Ages 5-11, £6.50 (children under 18 months can site on an adult’s lap free of charge)


Lyric Hammersmith, Tadpoles: Saturday 6th, 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, 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, The Ugly Duckling: Beautiful puppetry, live music, captivating storytelling.  Saturday 11am, 2pm.  Sunday 11am (all age performance) and 2pm.  Suitable for age 5-12; £10 adults, £8 children.

Babies and Toddlers 

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

Family Cinema 

Regent Street Cinema, Ponyo: Studio Ghibili’s magical retelling of The Little Mermaid.  Saturday, 10:30am, just £1.75.

BFI Families: The Princess and the Frog!!  £4 for kids,  – £11.75 for grown-ups, Saturday 1:30pm.

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


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

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Back to the Future 2, 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 TheGood Dinosaur, £3.00 per person.

Ritzy, Brixton, Kids’ Club: Saturdays, 10:30am.  £1.50.  This week’s feature: Back to the Future 2

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature,Bon Voyage 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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