Canal Cavalcade, Bernstein, Buckingham Palace, May Day and more …

Apr 28, 2016 by


If you are frustrated with SATS/SPAGS, corporate curriculum, austerity in our schools and the rest of the education palaver, do take a moment to read about the Parents Defending Education Campaign.  There is a lot we can do if we work together; as recently observed when local parents worked together to block the extension of the school day at some local schools.  Keep your kids home from school to protest SATS 3rd May – Let Our Kids be Kids



Little Venice, IWA Cavalcade: from 10am Saturday – 5pm Monday.  This is one of my kids’ favourite festivals; the Pirate Castle will be holding kayaking sessions in the canal (be prepared for the kids to get splashed).  There will be a floating classroom on the Electric Barge; Pirate Prince and other boats will be open to exploration, Punch and Judy, really good fun fair rides, face painting, circus workshops, stalls … its a very enjoyable day out (if you aren’t chasing a mad toddler who might fall in the canal).


BBC Ten Pieces Family Concert, Barbican: Monday 2nd, 4:30.  A journey through music; Adams, Bernstein, Beethoven, Prokofiev and Stravinsky.  Tickets £12.

Family Activity Day - Painting Paradise Saturday, 18 April 2015 Join us at The Queen's Gallery for a day of family fun. Take part in our exciting art workshops and interactive talks and learn how gardens have changed during the last four hundred years.

Buckingham Palace, Family Activity Day: Monday 2nd, 10:30-3pm, free with admission (adults £10.30, kids £5.30, family £25.90, kids under 5 free; tickets good for one year).  Head to The Queen’s Gallery for a day of family fun learning about metamorphosis through a storytelling session and drawing art workshop.


V&A, Japan Festival for Families: Sunday 11am-5pm.  Bring the kids to the V&A for a day of dance, music, storytelling and art activities for the entire family.  Events will be held throughout the museum.


Kentish Town City Farm May Day Festival: Sunday 1-4pm, head over to Kentish Town for an neo-traditional May Day Festival.  There will be pony rides, goat grooming, face painting, BBQ, live music, children’s games, art in the garden, bug-eating plants, felt making and customary favourites like May Pole dancing. Entire just £1 adults, 40p for kids.

Le Institute Francais, Game Lab: Saturday 30th, 2:30.  My kids love any excuse to get on a screen, but they especially love coming here.  Free, ages 6+.

National Gallery Studio Sunday: Sunday 11am-1pm and repeated 2-4pm.  Come and make your very own Fantasy Flower sculpture after exploring Dutch flower paintings.  These sessions are amazing and very worthwhile.  Last time we went, my daughter made a mod roc and wire statue of Pursues holding a plasticine head of Medusa!  Free, tickets allocated 1 hour before the start of the workshop, ages 5-11.


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Babies and Toddlers

Sure Start, South London Children Centre’s Parent Voice: Friday 6th May, 9:30-11am.  Churchill Garden’s Children’s Centre.  Join other parents to find out about the latest Children’s Centre news, what changes you would like to see and input on local issues or problems. Free creche, booking essential. Ring Catherine 0207 641 5676.

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Monkey Music’s classes are structured, themed and action packed with beautiful puppets, hand crafted props, specialist percussion, dance, movement and magical bubbles. There’s lots of fun when summertime arrives in class too, finding buckets and spades and swimming under huge, wonderful sea themed  parachutes.

Classes are divided by age and offer innovative curriculums for each stage of your little one’s development, beginning with specialist baby classes from 3 months up to 4 yrs old.   It’s great for making grown up friends too!

Weekly classes are held in Chelsea, South Kensington Gloucester Road,

Belgravia & Pimlico

Click on the link below for full timetable and venue details. 

To book your complimentary class email us at

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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.

Cineworld, Diddi Dance West London: Brand new toddler dance classes are starting in Chelsea.  Diddi dance is a specialist dance class for children 18 months and upwards to enhance coordination and rhythm; play with ribbons and other props, dance to hip hop, salsa, disco, tap and 12 other styles. This is a free taster session, 9:30 and 10:30.  Register your interest before they are all booked up!

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.

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.

Wimgore Hall Chamber Tots: Thursday 28th, 10:15 and Wednesday 4th may 12:30:  These lovely little concerts are just magical.  Very short, very child-centred and lots of fun.  Tickets for these concerts are still available.

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: 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: Eye in the Sky. 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 Dheepan on Thursday, Captain American Civil War on Sunday, both screenings at 10:30, £7.50.

Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am, £7.50.  This week’s features: Captain America Civil War, Demolition and Son of Saul.

Family Cinema 

Regent Street Cinema, Kino Club Films : You can now bring your children to London’s beautifully restored, sumptuous cinema for screenings of better than average children’s films on Saturdays. This week’s screening: The Jungle Book (original) 11:30am, just £1.75.

Le Institut Francais Movies: Moomins on the Riviera Saturday 2pm.  Tickets just £5.

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

Framed Film Club:  Head to the Barbican for the Framed Film Club, this week’s feature: Belle and Sebastian: The Adventure Continues.  Saturday 11am.

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

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: The Muppets.  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 Alvin and the Chipmunks, £3.00 per person.

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

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, The Incredibles, 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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