London’s Best Free and Affordable Family Events this Weekend

Mar 17, 2016 by


National Portrait Gallery, Family Portraits:  Head to the NPG this Sunday and get a family portrait taken in their pop-up portrait studio.  This is part of the Vogue 100 exhibit; the photographs are of a very good quality and well worth the effort.  Saturday, free, 1:00-2:30pm and 3:00-4:30pm, all ages.


Streatham Common Woodland Activity Day:  Sunday from 10am-4pm, bring babies and big kids to Streatham and learn more about this fabulous London green space and the lesser known rookery and woodlands in the upper east side of the common.  Older children can book into tree climbing, fire craft, food foraging and cooking, forest school craft and drama workshops, £5 each session.  There will be free talks and guided walks through the park, stalls and an Easter egg hunt.


Le Institute Francais, Its All About the Piano: A piano festival in South Kensington! Bring the kids to free tuition; Laurel and Hardy film with live accompaniment; a workshop exploring the mechanics of a piano; even Little Maestros for infants and toddlers.  Also on is the Digital Club Video Game Lab … see web site to book events.


British Library, Sound Hoppers Workshop:  Join Wajid Yaseen for a investigation of sound through listening games and experimentation with his Soundboxes.  Saturday 1:00-2:30, ages 5+, free, spaces allocated a first come basis.

St. Martin in the Fields, Mini Maestro Family Concert:  Bring the entire family to hear Baroque Favourites.  Saturday, 4:30, £8.50 adults, £6.50 children.

Keats House, Family Day – A Hunting We Will Go:  Head to Keats House this Sunday for Egg Hunt.  There will be singing and storytelling, too.  Free, drop-in, Sunday 1-4pm.

Shakepeare’s Globe, Twelfth Night Family Performance:  Saturday 12th and 19th March, tickets £5 for standing, £10-£15 for seated.  This is a full-scale, but fast-paced, 90 minute performance of Twelfth Night.

Airside Andy: Check out this brilliant new game for children age 4-8; its safe, social and STEM.  Great fun combining problem solving with great graphics and functionality.  Check out my Airside Andy review here.

Family Performance This Weekend:

Half Moon Theatre, The Girl and the Giraffe Saturday 19th, 3pm, ages 3-6. One day, a girl is playing in her garden, she spots something peculiar on the other side of the fence.  Climbing up as high as she can to get a better view, she come face to face with Giraffe!!

Lyric Hammersmith, Leaper a Fish Tale: Saturday 19th, 11am and 1pm, ages 4-8,  £8. Using a signature blend of intricate puppetry and mesmeric music, Tucked In are asking “what’s happening to the fish?”.

Puppet Theatre Barge, Town Mouse and Country Mouse : 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, Up Club and Up Club; My Father, Odysseus : Arts and crafts club for ages 2+ and My Father Odysseus for ages 11+.

Babies and Toddlers 


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.

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Postparty: Fitness and Fun for Bump, Baby and Beyond:  Join Postparty online fitness instruction for 3 months free (offer good for 1 more week).  Use it at home, with or without the kids, in the office, on the go – your personal fitness instructor.

National Gallery, Welcome Wednesdays: (ring to check that this is on this week) Bring the paintings to life with music, storytelling, art and messy play for the littlest ones.  Wednesdays, 10:30-11:10am.

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.

Pimlico Toy Library, Mum’s The Word with Royal Court Theatre: Local Mum’s come and work with Royal Court to create a theatrical production on motherhood.  Weekly workshops take place Thursdays 11am.  Children welcome to attend.  Contact

Reform Social & Grill, Marylebone is hosting a complimentary tea/coffee and arts and crafts session for little ones Thursday 24th March, 10:30-12:30pm.

Electric Cinema, Electric Scream: Mondays, 11:00.  This week’s feature: Truth. 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 Anomalisa and High-Rise.  Sundays and Thursdays 10:30, £7.50.

Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am, £7.50.  This week’s features: 10 Cloverfield Lane, High-Rise and Marguerite.

Family Cinema 

Regent Street Cinema, How to Train Your Dragon : What would it be like if dinosaurs had never become extinct?  Saturday, 10:30am, just £1.75.

Framed Film Club:  Head to the Barbican for the Framed Film Club, this week’s feature: Snoopy and Charlie Brown the Peanuts Movie.  Saturday 11am.


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

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: London International Animation Festival Shorts, 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 The Iron Giant, £3.00 per person.

Ritzy, Brixton, Kids’ Club: Saturdays, 10:30am.  £1.50.  This week’s feature: London International Animation Festival Shorts.

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature,Oddball and the Penguins, 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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