What’s On: Diddi Dance Chelsea, Imperial Festival, Covent Garden May Fayre, Kings Place

May 5, 2016 by


Families not wanted, MAJOR cuts are coming to our services (something to think about on your way to the polls today):

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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Imperial Festival 2016: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May, Imperial College London (South Kensington).  This is an amazing festival filled with hands-on STEM activities, along with music, dancing and food for kids and parents.  Free, all ages.


Kings Place, Aurora Orchestra: Far, Far Away: Agatha the Pirate (Early year’s show).  Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th shows at 10:15, 11:00 and 11:3o.  Join the Aurora Orchestra for a treasure hunt adventure with Agatha the Pirate.  Suitable for children ages 0-4 tickets £5.50 children, £7.50 adults, 17.50 family of 4.


Covent Garden May Fayre: Sunday 8th May, Punch and Judy puppeteers from all over the country will convene on the spot in 1662 where Samuel Pepys witnessed the first show.  There is a grand procession at 11am, church service at St. Paul’s at noon and the Fayre from 12:30-5:30 in the gardens of the church.  Free, all ages.

British Museum, Under the Sea Family Discovery Day: Saturday 7th may, noon-4pm.  Enjoy a day of activities for the entire family making art, listening to stories, exploring the galleries and using the family photo booth.  Free, all ages.

Somerset House Family Workshop: Saturday 7th May, noon – 3pm.  Capture the Sun, an interactive, artist-led workshop inspired by the exhibit “Totatlity”.  Children will learn how to build, shape and manipulate solar silhouettes to create a wall of wondrous works.  Free, ages 6-12.

Book Now for Villa Pia, Italy’s finest baby-friendly, all-inclusive, fabulously valued family holiday destination – fabulous savings for off-peak stays, perfect for families with children not yet in school.   Read my review of Villa Pia


Thinking of taking the train to enjoy the sun this weekend?  Read my review of Whitstable for Oysters and Broadstairs for a lovely sandy beach and pleasant town.

Babies and Toddlers


Cineworld, Diddi Dance West London: Thursday 5th May – 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

Do Re Mi Babies, St. Luke’s Church Chelsea: Tuesday 10th May, 10am (concert starts at 10:15).  Bring little ones to a violin and piano concert featuring Bach, Mozart, Vlasigerov and Szymanowski. £12 at the door, £10 in advance, 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.

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: Florence Foster Jenkins. 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 Captain America Civil War on Thursday, Florence Foster Jenkins on Sunday, both screenings at 10:30, £7.50.

Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am, £7.50.  This week’s features: Florence Foster Jenkins and I Saw the Light.

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: Hugo 11:30am, just £1.75.

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: London International Animation Festival.  Saturday 11am.

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

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Capture the Flag, 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 Castle in the Sky, £3.00 per person.

Ritzy, Brixton, Kids’ Club: Saturdays, 10:30am.  £1.50.  This week’s feature:Capture the Flag.

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, Cinderella (1950) 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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