Family Rave, Sicily Fest, Waterloo Vaults, diddi dance, Pippas Poppets and more

May 18, 2016 by


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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!  gina.kane@diddidance.com

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Mile End, Codasign Closing Festival: Saturday noon-5:30.  Drop-in family workshops for ages 5+ where you learn how to create your own interactive story using conductive paint, a magnetic switch and an LED.  Make your own LED badge or attend a weaving workshops incorporating Makey Makey and the Barde Conductive Touch Board.  Activities cost between £2 and £15, no booking needed.

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Ladbroke Grove, Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave: come and party with DJ Aston Harvey at Acklam Village Market 2pm-4:30 Sunday.  Tickets are #9 adults, £6 kids, babes in arms free.

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Bishops Square, Sicily Fest: Head to the authentic “Made in Sicily” festival just outside Spitalfields Market.  In addition to the food, there will be a photography exhibition and art activities for children.  Friday and Saturday.

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Waterloo Vaults, Goosebumps Kids: Bring you ghoul-loving children to the Waterloo Vaults for a great interactive, theatrical discovery of the Waterloo Vaults put together by an outstanding creative team of designers, musicians and actors.  Based on the ever-popular Goosebumps series, tickets start at £15.  Saturdays and Sundays 11am-12:30, the show starts every 30 minutes, for brave 5-11year olds.

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Southbank, Leaps and Bounds: Part of the Alchemy festival.  This series of events is designed for disabled children, but everyone is welcome.  For children 12 and under, come an dace to South Asian music in a relaxed and creative atmosphere.  Sunday 22nd May, 2-4pm.  Free.

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British Library, Punk DIY: If you can’t get to the rave, your kids are too scared to get to the Waterloo Vaults … head to the British Museum and let out a rebel yell! Its time to cut and paste, use drawing, collage, destruction and construction to make art.  Sunday 2-3:30, ages 5+, free.

Chelsea Theatre, Annabelle’s Skirtingboard Adventure: Ideal for little ones age 3-6, to see this enchanting play incorporating film, music and animation to tell the story of the worlds smallest elephant and her friend Icarus, a moth.  Sunday 11am and 2pm, tickets just £9.

Pippas Poppets Chelsea, Pimlico, Wandsworth and Knightsbridge

Upcoming, Half-Term with Pippas Poppets: Pippa will be holding one of her famous half-term musical theatre workshops this half-term.  Do get in touch if you have a 3-6 year old as these are fantastic value and amazing fun for the kids.

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Babies and Toddlers

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British Museum, Little Feet: Thursday 19th 10:30-noon, bring your under 5s to the British Museum and help create an underwater world with seaweed to crawl through, fish to catch and all the colours of the sea to enjoy.  Free, drop-in, under 5s.

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.

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.

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: Dheepan. 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 Green Room on Thursday, X-Men Apocalypse on Sunday, both screenings at 10:30, £7.50.

Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am, £7.50.  This week’s features: A Hologram for the King and X-Men Apocalypse.

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: Matilda 11:30am, just £1.75.

BFI Family Cinema:Family Sunday: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Q&A with actor Julie Dawn Cole.  Sunday, 12:30 Sunday workshop begins in the foyer at 10:30.  Kids £4, adults £11.75

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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: The Iron Giant.  Saturday 11am.

Curzon Cinema, Victoria:  This week’s programme,Kung Fu Panda 3,  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 Kung Fu Panda 3, £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, Justin and the Knights of Valour at 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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